Expo Riva Schuh closes its 80th edition with 10,850 visitors, +1.5% compared to June 2012.  “Expo Riva Schuh is an ever-evolving workshop which celebrates its 80 years looking forward to the future – states Giovanni Laezza, Managing Director of Riva del Garda Fierecongressi. At every single edition, around 3 billion pairs of shoes are sold and concrete  business opportunities continue to multiply. As far as we are concerned, we can only continue to enable this enormous potential to grow, a force that has been built up over the years offering new spaces and new services: for example, this time round we have added 1,500 square metres of exhibition space, involving new countries such as Ethiopia, Greece and Singapore”.

A DATE AT RIVA DEL GARDA WITH THE SPRING/SUMMER 2014 COLLECTIONS  From June 15th to 18th the appointment with Expo Riva Schuh once again returns, celebrating its first 80 editions based on a strong international calling and the desire to continue on the crest of the wave of the last edition, which closed with great satisfaction for the results achieved, both in terms of quantity and also for the quality of business which was developed.

The February edition of Pure London will not disappoint with an array of new and returning footwear and accessory brands.   Situated on the Upper Level of London Olympia, the Accessories and Footwear sections will allow buyers the chance to source products alongside seasonal clothing trends. With 88% of buyers to Pure London interested in the Accessories and Footwear, February will see the largest selection of handcrafted jewels through to leather clutches, printed scarves and bespoke hats.

The Kensington Shoe Event closed its doors on September 28 on yet another successful show. Popular with footwear and fashion buyers, the three-day Event has become a premier show for medium-to-high quality footwear, but it still remains deliciously compact and customer-friendly. 

It would seem from the first responses to the recent Blackpool Show, staged at the Imperial Hotel in the North Shore of the famous seaside town that we footwear types definitely do like to be beside the seaside, even in the middle of January.  Visitors and exhibitors alike were pleased with the new format and the new venue. 

From the moment the doors of the Imperial opened on the Saturday right through to close of play on Monday evening, there was a very positive buzz running through the whole event with exhibitors reporting healthy order books and retailers showing confidence in the new ranges on show. So much so that plans are afoot to hold it twice a year with a summer show pencilled in to take place pre Moda. 

As the capital prepares to become the international fashion focus for buyers and retailers alike, Pure London springs into season introducing new sections within the footwear and accessory areas, creating a vibrant new atmosphere and providing visitors with a more effective and enjoyable buying experience.

With the largest ever collection of accessories and footwear on the Upper Level, Pure London is the ultimate one stop shop! This February the Footwear Hall unveils a new look splitting the brands into three areas, New to Pure Footwear, Trend Led and Design Led, allowing buyers to source collections more easily.

Leading overseas development agency CARE International is delighted to announce the launch of the fifth Prima Solutions Adventure Challenge, exclusively for the fashion and fashion retail industry.

This challenge, which is supported by Footwear Today, will take place in the stunning Exmoor National Park on 22nd May 2010. Teams from across the industry will hike, bike and canoe the distance of a marathon in a day. 

A marked increase in new exhibitors and stable buyer figures at fashion trade exhibition Londonedge shows a strengthening in this fashion sector.

Managing director Carole Hunter said: "We have always had a very loyal, core section of buyers who have stuck with the show despite recent hardship in the economy but we now seeing a wider stability in buyer figures and there has been a general feel of optimism at this show." 

On 20th June 2009, the Prima Solutions Adventure Challenge, supported by Footwear Today, saw teams from across the fashion industry take on a remarkable triple challenge: hiking, biking and canoeing around the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, whilst raising valuable funds to support the poverty fighting work of CARE International.

The De Vere Slaley Hall resort near Hexham in Northumberland provided a first class location for the 64th Championship, with both courses in excellent condition as the PGA British Seniors Championship was the following week.

At the Banquet on the Thursday night, the Chairman of the LHTBI, William Tusting, and Robert Hollidge from Footwear Friends, were presented with cheques for their respective Charities, and it is hoped that this year, despite the economic downturn that the total for the year will reach £15,000.

It's now less than 3 months until teams from across the fashion and fashion retail sectors challenge themselves and challenge poverty in the Prima Solutions Adventure Challenge.

This year the International Golf Championship of the Shoe Leather and Allied Trades is to take place at Slaley Hall in Northumberland, on June 18th and June 19th. Slaley hall is De Vere Hotel Complex with excellent facilities for Golf and leisure.  

Teams from across the Fashion industry are already signing up to challenge themselves and challenge poverty, in the Prima Solutions Adventure Challenge supported by Footwear Today on 20th June.

Taking place in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, the challenge combines outdoor activities in a day of exhilarating fun. The day includes a fast-paced canoe relay, a demanding mountain biking course and a hike on the beautiful Brecon Beacons Horseshoe... all in the target time of ten hours.

Hot spot for Traders: GLOBAL SHOES

As a new and unique bi-annual trade fair held partly alongside the GDS at the Düsseldorf trade fair complex, GLOBAL SHOES provides an ideal communications and ordering platform for whigh-volume traders within the international shoe market. If you are looking for just the right production or trade partner beyond the quantity confines of the speciality market, GLOBAL SHOES is the perfect place to make direct contact with bulk producers.

Some of 500 exhibitors from 25 countries are looking forward to presenting a full range of price points as well as a variety of quality and fashion options over an area of 25.000 sqm.

Register here - http://www.globalshoes-online.com/25



Footwear Friends, the footwear industry charity, has announced the sixth year of its prestigious Annual Awards aimed at recognising and helping develop British Design and Entrepreneurial talent. The Awards include substantial cash prizes and probably more importantly a 12-month mentoring programme by senior individuals in the footwear industry. Entry is open to people in the following categories who are determined to build a footwear career in the UK.

Opening times: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm. RENAISSANCE MANCHESTER HOTEL, BLACKFRIARS STREET, MANCHESTER, M3 2EQ. TEL.0161 831 6015 Multi storey car park next door to hotel. Showing: Sachelle Couture, Vanilla Moon,Olga Berg, Cara London, Caprice.  Zoe & Brian Agencies Ltd

Berlin stays the home base of BREAD & BUTTER – tradeshow for selected brands. With its return in July 2009, BREAD & BUTTER has permanently strengthened Berlin as a fashion location. Since then, the Fashion Week Berlin has strongly gained relevance in the competition with the international fashion capitals such as Paris, Milan and New York. Berlin's dynamics are not comparable to those of any other city. Berlin as a fashion location is clearly on a tear, is clearly way out in front. As a result, the professional visitor cannot manage Berlin in the course of three days anymore. "As the international leading tradeshow, we have a responsibility towards the industry and towards Berlin", says president Karl-Heinz Müller. "Therefore, it is our duty to counteract this situation by offering a solution."

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