Michael Scherpe, president of Messe Frankfurt France, is delighted to welcome the new Leatherworld Paris event into the cluster of trade fairs under the Messe Frankfurt France umbrella. He believes that by making leather the overall theme - something totally new for them - they are covering a fresh segment of fashion and accessories. He would like Leatherworld to be viewed as a story of materials, leather in all forms, but also flexible materials like fake fur and vegan leather. With an increased focus on finished products and offering their visitors a wide variety of choices for accessorising their collections they provide the range that retailers are seeking.
European leather goods internal trade represents 18% of the global exchanges. France, Spain, Italy, the UK and Germany are Europe's largest leather importers, all ranking among the top worldwide in 2016. Exports of leather goods from Asia and Oceania to Europe constitute 20% of the global exchanges, with 26% of the global import of leather goods, 29.4% of the global production of leather clothes and accessories, and 22.4% of the global import of shoes are destined for the EU. Leatherworld enables importers and exporters to gather together and share new trends.
In fact, new synthetic materials that mimic leather have appeared in homes, cars and fashion, boasting properties that did not previously exist. These materials are essential for answering the growing worldwide consumer demand. Other criteria, such as insufficient supplies and the high price of real leather, have accelerated the demand of synthetic leather during the past decade. However, the industry must not lose sight of its long-standing goal for ready-to-wear brands to reduce the use of fabrics garnered solely from animal origin.
Leatherworld Paris is the leading platform for the European Leather Market, lovingly organised by Messe Frankfurt France. Around 80 companies are expected at this first edition of the show, with exhibitors from Bangladesh, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Mexico and South Africa to name but a few. On display will be products ranging from raw materials to finished leather goods. Exhibitors will present a large display of fake fur, exotic leather, tanneries, finished and semi-finished leather, accessories, luggage, furniture and more.
The inclusion of new materials, such as vegan leather or synthetic fur, is extremely important for Messe Frankfurt France, which is neatly exemplified through the opening of Leatherworld Paris. For example, synthetic fur has considerably gained in quality and technicity as the demand has increased. This year, new materials have been successfully integrated into Leatherworld, with manufacturers of this sector being strongly represented during the fair. It will be possible for visitors to locate the leather and the synthetic materials all in one unique place.
Many high-quality and revered brands will be in attendance at Leatherworld, this includes 3 Suisses, Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas, All Saints, Barbara Bui, Benetton, Bensimon, Burberry, Bon Marché, C&A, Calvin Klein, Celio, Cheap Monday, Chevignon, Coach, Cyrillus, Escada, Etam, Galeries Lafayette, Giorgio Armani, Groupe Beaumanoir, Guess, Hugo Boss, H&M, Kookai, La Halle, La Redoute, Lacoste, Lee Cooper, Levi's, Mango, New Look, Ralph Lauren, Reebok, Rip Curl, Samsonite, Stella Forest, Tara Jarmon, Zadig & Voltaire and Zara to list a small selection.
Leatherworld will be co-located with five other renowned textile events of Messe Frankfurt France, such as Apparel Sourcing, which is also held at the Paris Le Bourget exhibition center. The shows are held twice a year in February and September. This year, the collection of events will be held under the name 'The Fairyland for Fashion' and will gather more than 1,850 exhibitors.
At the shows, visitors will find trend books, developed by art directors and printed for all who attend. There will also be forums, with an aim to suffuse the visitors and exhibitors with the latest turns in fashion, to have them feel the materials for an interactive and 'hands-on' visit. Conferences and talks on the most recent and projected trends, innovations and sourcing possibilities will be given over the course of the fair. The catwalks take an important place during the event, as this is where the visitors and the exhibitors can watch the carefully chosen items paraded. Catwalks will also be country-specific to best highlight the brands and manufacturers from the respective country.
The catwalk art director will walk around the six shows to choose clothing and accessories from the exhibitors' booths, before combining it all together to create meticulously constructed looks, to be later showcased on the catwalk. Visitors will be able to admire designers' catwalks, where young creators can express their inventiveness and innovation.
During the fairs, two itineraries are to take place. The 'Small Quantity' itinerary is formed from manufacturers that offer fabrics on stock and in fewer quantities, approximately 50-100m for fabrics and less than 100 items for clothes. The 'Sustainable Sourcing' itinerary features ecological materials produced in environmentally friendly processes with viable social standards. This last itinerary showcases around 100 suppliers of organic cotton, linen and hemp, recycled materials and other equitable and sustainable textiles