Press Kit September 2014
LINEAPELLE IN A “COUNTERTREND”
September 10‐12, 2014, Milano Rho
LINEAPELLLE accentuates its world leadership by returning to Milan. Revolving around it is a universe of 50,000 companies and a business revenue of $150 billion deriving from offer and demand in more than 110 countries, with Italy in the forefront of excellence. And it is precisely Italian leather that gives this current edition (September 10‐12, Milano Rho fair complex) a climate of optimism, showing a countertrend to the general economic situation: online foreign buyer accreditations and display space have had net increases. Luxury goods, automotive, footwear, furniture and apparel makers get styling inspiration and supplies from 1123 exhibitors from 41 Nations ‐ displaying on an area of more than 42,000 square meters – to create their products for Winter 2015‐16.
In addition to the new venue, greatly appreciated by operators in all ranges and all over the world was the much earlier scheduling of the show, permitting them to prepare their collections in time for simultaneous distribution globally. In the 6 big halls there will be hides, accessories, fabrics, components, models, design schools and the press – a host of articles with quality and added value superior to the norm, where the Italian‐made plays a leading, stimulating role for fashion.
The “Trend Area” will be housed in Lems 3 and 4, the lovely ovoid structures along the elevated stretch of the Ponte dei Mari, offering selected items from companies and in particular from those who will be exhibiting at the Anteprima (preview) show (January 15‐15, 2015, Mico, Milan).
Styling “forecasts” for Fall‐Winter will be provided in pavilion 13/15 (2nd floor, Gamma Room) on September 10 and 11, in Italian at 11 am and 2:30 pm and in English at 12:30 and 4 pm.
There will again be “Workshops” devoted to materials and methods for working them (pavilion 9) in collaboration with Barbara Ricchi’s My Vintage Academy. This valorization of handcraftsmanship will be streamed live within the expo complex and at Italy’s major railway stations (Milan, Rome, Florence, Naples, Turin).
In July and August the economic picture saw stable prices for raw and semi‐worked hides, with availability limited in Europe and the United States, increasing in Australia and rising marginally in Brazil. Prices held steady for metals, rose for aluminum alloys and decreased for rubber, cotton and wool. The automotive sector and leather goods were on an upward curve while there was uncertainly in footwear and padded furniture (except in the USA), making it a good year on the whole for designers.
“Credit” will be the subject of a round table held on September 10 at 11 am, to examine the current situation and prospects in the light of a survey conducted by Claudio Cacciamani (Parma University). Participants will include Filippo Taddei (Assistant Professor of Economics, SAIS [Johns Hopkins University, Bologna] and Democratic Party [PD] secretary for economics), Emanuele Piazza (manager, PD national department) and Monica Cellerino (Unicredit); Stefano Righi (Corriere Economia) will be moderator.
LINEAPELLE’s international services also include a series of stylistic conferences and presentations held in the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Russia, Poland, Canada, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and South Africa, United Kingdom, Turkey.
Memo: shortly after the show closes exhibitors will post their samples on “Show Room Lp” (www.e‐ lineapelle‐fair.it) and what was displayed in the Lems will be transferred to the Fashion Studio (Via Brisa 3, Milan).