Designers of women's apparel sent fashion models out on the runway clad in everything from conservative knit suits to urban street wear. Your typical fashion show but with an Asian flavor.

It was this year's Global Korea Textile Week's fashion show Oct. 27 at downtown's California Market Center.

The goal of Textile Week and the fashion show is to bring more attention to South Korean fashion designers and build relationships between Korean and American apparel businesses.

"Korean Americans have many textile companies here, and we want to create business links between Los Angeles and Seoul," said Sang-Chul Kim, director of the Korean Trade Investment Promotion Agency, which organized Textile Week, now in its third year. It was the second fashion show.

Seventy-five Korean apparel, accessory and textile businesses participated in Textile Week, with some getting involved in "business matchmaking" between companies on both sides of the Pacific.

South Koreans used the event to highlight the potential benefit that ratification of a free-trade agreement between the United States and South Korea would have for apparel companies importing and exporting. The free-trade agreement is awaiting final approval by the governments of both countries, and would lower tariffs and open the Korean market.

"When the customs tariffs are removed, it will be good for free trade between the two countries," Kim said.

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