For the fourth time, a fully booked Gallery SHOES will be opening its doors from 10-12 March 2019 – and is proving to be a whole lot more than just a functional order platform for shoes and the accompanying collections. In a very short time, Gallery SHOES has become a competent industry get-together for the European shoe business that provides visitors with a wealth of useful information: this makes it unparalleled and unique, and not only in Germany.
- Over 9,500 professional visitors are expected to attend this strong event with over 500 brands and around 350 exhibitors, which is rounded off by an impressive line-up of accompanying events and the striking industrial backdrop of the Areal Böhler venue.
- “The event is making dynamic progress with extremely positive developments,” sums up Igedo Managing Director and Gallery SHOES Project Director Ulrike Kähler. “Awaiting professional visitors at the fourth edition are new, exciting brands including firm favourites like Clarks, but also plenty of exciting newcomers like EYS, BNSM (Basics Natural Spirit in Motion) and Mythoo. We are allocating, for example, the ‘Halle am Wasserturm’ to 40 brands including Cinque Shoes and Colmar Footwear, including 15 new brands such as Alba Moda, Manas and Womsh from Italy.”
Also very much in tune with the times is the accompanying line-up of events, which is making a significant contribution to the event’s appeal as a meeting place for international manufacturers and buyers from neighbouring European countries, as well as the press and media.
Plus: The topic of sustainability in leather production will be the focus of a presentation by OEKO-TEX. And the award ceremony of the HDS-L Junior-Award, which honours outstanding achievements by young talents who are showing their innovativeness in the production of shoes: under the motto ‘Sport meets fashion – open minded’, the focus this year is on finding new, creative ideas for sports sandals. The wealth of in-depth information will be complemented by the HDS-L press conference, an absolute must-attend for the international trade press, and the MODEUROP Fashion Forecast, as the official trend fashion platform of the DSI, the German Shoe Institute. In addition to the lectures, FASHION TREND POOL will also be represented with a ‘Trendbox’ dedicated to the overriding topic ‘Checks combined in a sporty way with elements from Memphis design’ to provide visitors with inspiration and ideas for the store window design of fashion looks at the POS.