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New Brasil Fashion Now initiative sells Brazilian fashion abroad through a digital platform

Apex-Brasil, ABEST, ABIT and Abicalçados developed the new project in partnership with BLANC Fashion

The Covid-19 pandemic totally changed the Brazilian fashion scene and required rapid adaptation with digital solutions that will not be used only during the crisis. With that in mind, Apex-Brasil (Brazilian Agency of Promotion of Exports and Investments), ABEST (Brazilian Fashion Designers Association), ABIT (Brazilian Association of Textiles and Apparel) and Abicalçados (Brazilian Association of Footwear Industries) came together to start a partnership and launch the Brasil Fashion Now project, which will be featured on the BLANC Fashion digital platform - www.blancfashion.com.

With an initial duration of six months, Brasil Fashion Now is an action that takes place via Fashion Label Brasil (Program of Internationalization of Value-Added Brazilian Fashion), Texbrasil (Brazilian Fashion Textile Industry Internationalization Program) and Brazilian Footwear, fashion export programs in partnership with Apex-Brasil. It aims to introduce, facilitate and generate exports of Brazilian innovative and unique brands for international retailers, a model known as B2B (business to business). The project will appoint an exclusive space for Brazilian brands on the digital platform, which currently has more than 10k buyers from 60 registered countries.

Apex-Brasil's Project Manager, Flavia Egypto, points out that the agency had already been planning the growth of digital initiatives in its fashion projects - Fashion Label Brasil, Brazilian Footwear and Texbrasil. “Current circumstances have accelerated these initiatives and solidified the need for a joint venture to gain strength in the international market. We are confident that it will be a successful action ”, Egypto points out.

ABEST's president, Alberto Hiar, reinforces that, with the pandemic happening in the world, it was necessary to accelerate existing movements in favor of the use of technology in the designer fashion products export process. "We identified the need to respond immediately to this demand for digital services by members, because through it international buyers will have access to a diverse range of products", Hiar explains.

For Texbrasil's executive manager, Lilian Kaddissi, it was necessary to understand the best way to support companies in the current scenario: “At this moment, we felt it was important to listen to companies to understand the best way to help them. With that, we gathered information to set up online actions that would meet all their needs. It is through initiatives like this that Texbrasil brand members are able to expand their business, even with the present physical limitations ”.

Abicalçados' Commercial Promotion coordinator, Letícia Sperb Masselli, points out that Brasil Fashion Now brings Brazilian footwear closer to international buyers on a safe and convenient digital platform, “combined with proactive commercial efforts, in complete harmony with the new business models”.

To join the project, ABEST, ABIT and Abicalçados brand members must contact their association expressing interest until July 23th. The asking price to take part in the Brasil Fashion Now project is US $ 1,600 for the six-month period. It includes, among other benefits, the development of an exclusive web page with a digital Brand Book on the BLANC Fashion platform, and a personalized and exclusive commercial effort to market the brand.

About Fashion Label Brasil

Fashion Label Brasil, a Program of Internationalization of Value-Added Brazilian Fashion, was created in 2003 by ABEST in partnership with Apex-Brasil. Its proposal aims at introducing and placing the image of Brazilian fashion abroad, valuing the profile of an innovative and contemporary country. The program has strategic activities in addition to special actions, to expand access into new markets around the globe and to strengthen the network with those already attained.

About Texbrasil

The Brazilian Fashion Textile Industry Internationalization Program (Texbrasil) works with companies in the textile and apparel sectors to develop strategies to get hold of the global market. Over almost 20 years, it has helped around 1500 brands to get their act together in order to start exporting, making USD 3.6 billion in business. Abit leads the Program in partnership with the Brazilian Agency for the Promotion of Exports and Investments (Apex-Brasil).

About Brazilian Footwear

Brazilian Footwear is an export incentive program developed by Abicalçados in partnership with Apex-Brasil. This program aims to increase exports of Brazilian footwear brands through development, commercial promotion and image actions designed to address the international market.

About ABEST

Created in 2003, the Brazilian Fashion Designers Association aims to strengthen and promote Brazilian fashion design. Its main proposal is to assist the development of Brazilian brands with international reach and to guarantee the authenticity and creativity of each one, in addition to promoting Brazilian lifestyle, thus contributing to the growth of all segments related to fashion. Currently, ABEST, a non-profit organization, has 122 brand members from all over Brazil that export products to 57 countries. In addition, the program constantly executes strategic actions to expand its access into new markets around the globe and to strengthen the network with those already attained.

About Abicalçados

Created in 1983, Abicalçados represents the national footwear industry. The institute represents the footwear division in claims with public authorities and maintains programs and projects that seek to develop the business in Brazil. Its members number amount for more than 70% of the national footwear production.

About Abit

The Brazilian Association of Textiles and Apparel (Abit), founded in 1957, is one of the most important institutions among the country's economic sectors. It represents the productive force of 33 thousand companies spread throughout the national territory, companies from all ranges anywhere of the country that employ more than 1.6 million workers and together generate annual revenues of US $ 36.2 billion.

About Apex-Brasil

The Brazilian Agency for the Promotion of Exports and Investments (Apex-Brasil) works to promote Brazilian products and services abroad and to attract foreign investments to strategic sectors of the Brazilian economy. To achieve these objectives, Apex-Brasil carries out diversified commercial promotion actions aimed at boosting exports and valuing Brazilian products and services abroad, such as prospective and commercial enterprises, B2B roundtables, support for the attendance of Brazilian companies in major international trade shows, as well as bringing in foreign buyers and opinion makers to get to know the Brazilian productive system, among other business platforms that also aim to strengthen Brazil as a brand.