With 287 exhibitors and 12,237 visitors (up 8% compared with February 2011) the show closed on a positive note. This growth was accompanied by an increased exhibitor presence from the leading countries in terms of creativity in leather: +22% for Italy, +4% for France, +27% for Spain and +30% for Turkey.

Leather fashion colours and trends for the spring/summer 2013 season were highlighted at the show, which forms part of the larger Première Vision Pluriel exhibition at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition grounds.

The show introduced a new area called ‘Bespoke by Le Cuir A Paris’. At the inaugural edition it included nine companies offering novel applications on leather using either traditional or innovative techniques for the creation of bespoke items. Exhibitors were delighted with the contacts made with the big fashion and luxury names as well as leading players from the interior design sector that visited.

Around 40% of the visitors attended the show from France while significant numbers came from UK (20%), Italy (15%), Spain (8%), Germany (8%) and Netherlands (5%). From outside Europe, 4% of visitors came from the USA and China (2.5%).

The next edition of Le Cuir A Paris takes place September 19 – 21, 2012 featuring trends for the autumn/winter 2013-14 season.