With approximately 1,850 collections GDS provides a comprehensive market overview of the progressive and classic premium segment, of the high-selling, colourful sports and denim wear segment while presenting design newcomers. New from March will be the altered sequence of days for the event. So as to better meet the needs of both trade and industry. GDS and its sister event Global Shoes will in the future now be held from Wednesday to Friday.

Over three days visitors will have the opportunity to take a look at the new looks on four different catwalk shows. Trend installations will present to them the details in greater depth and in some 20 seminars international speakers will impart important know-how on key ordering trends and sector-specific themes.

GDS steps up its online activities

Already in the run-up to the event GDS has numerous innovations in store for visitors and exhibitors. At the familiar www.gds-online.com address GDS’ new online presence will go live as from December 2010. The new web presence will soon boast not only a new design but also exciting new content. Already on the landing page there will be regular news for visitors to discover. Whether lifestyle news, trendy labels, the trends of the coming season or the chance for interactive exchange with the shoe community via Facebook and Twitter, the online presence will offer users all sorts of news on the fair and the latest from the sector even in between trade fairs. Also new this season is the revised visitor admission management system. When visitors register online ahead of the fair they receive a free eticket. The September GDS also saw the start of another new online service, the GDS Matchmaker. Using this free contact and cooperation exchange producers, retailers and agents can quickly and easily find suitable business partners even outside trade fair times.

Global Shoes

Held at Dusseldorf Exhibition Centre in parallel to GDS will be Global Shoes, an independent communication and order platform for OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and volume suppliers. This leading fair for the sourcing segment will once again present a broad-based range of shoes and leather goods for the bulk market. Expected at the forthcoming event will be around 410 international suppliers from 20 countries.

The next GDS and Global Shoes fairs will be held from March 16-18, 2011 and also September 7-9, 2011. Approximately 1,190 exhibitors from 41 countries will be presenting their shoe, bag and accessories collections for the 2011/12 autumn/winter season at the fair in September.