The idea of placing Le Cuir A Paris within the overall structure of Premiere Vision Pluriel at the Parc des Expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte was both logical and successful. Le Cuir A Paris had always hoped to attract visitors from the prestigious Premiere Vision and while this occurred to some extent in the past when the show dates coincided, it became a much more likely prospect when the shows came together under the same roof.

The organisers logged 12,116 visitors, taking full advantage of the synergy between the five trade shows which now make up Premiere Vision Pluriel which attracted the top fashion names. Nor was this merely a show within a show. Le Cuir A Paris had its own front entrance and a free shuttle service to and from the train station. An additional bonus offered by the organisers was a common pass for those who wished to visit the other shows.

Due a loophole which will surely be identified and dealt with in short order, trade visitors were allowed in free of charge to Le Cuir A Paris, while those using the other entrances were required to pay €45. The free flow of visitors through the various entrances undoubtedly gave added potential for buyers, specifiers and designers of international fashion to discover the multitude of possibilities with leather: stretch, printed, translucent, anti-stain treated nubuck, washable leather, exotic skins, fur and more.

Actual exhibition space increased by 12% and there were 256 exhibitors, out of which 60 were new to the show. Participants came from 20 different countries (41% Italy, 26% France, 14% Spain, 19% others) to present their autumn/winter 2006-07 collections. The sectors represented: 61% finished leathers, 11% textiles, 7% fur, 6% components/chemical products, 5% leather garments, 4% raw hides and skins, 6% others.

Béatrice Rousseau, show manager, said that the changes of dates and place had been well received by the exhibitors who, in general, were very satisfied with the event. Being the first trade show of its kind in the season, Le Cuir A Paris sets the tone in colours and materials. As a working tool much appreciated by the buyers and designers, the Trends Gallery promoted new sources of inspiration and creativity (see also pages 50-52).

The next edition of Le Cuir A Paris will be held in Hall 4 and will have direct access from the main gallery of the Parc des Expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte. It will be held at the earlier date of February 21-24, 2006. The autumn show will take place from September 19-22.