by Stephen Garner

MIPELInternational leathergoods and fashion accessories show Mipel wrapped up its 113th edition on Wednesday, February 14 in Milan. It is the second one under the direction of Danny D’Alessandro, CEO and managing director of Mipel and general manager of AIMPES – Italian Association of Leathergoods.

This edition saw growth in both exhibitors and visitors. For the second consecutive time, the “sold out” target has been reached with over 100 new exhibitors in Hall 10 and about 60 in the SPAZIO project, presented for the first time in Centro Servizi at Fieramilano-Rho.

Visitors were up 5.6 percent compared to the edition in February 2017. Italian buyers registered were up 5 percent, while visitors from China were up 6.8 percent, Russian Federation up 26.1 percent, Japan up 13.6 percent, and South Korea up 7.8 percent. Although the number of visitors from France, Portugal, and the United Kingdom went down (probably due to the first effects of Brexit), buyers from Germany and Austria increased.

MIPEL“The results has been achieved thanks to the work of the Board of Directors and the Mipel team, to whom I have to be grateful, in addition to our consolidated collaborations with Camera della Moda Italiana and Camera Italiana Buyer Moda as well as to the support of the institutions: ICE – Agenzia (Italian Trade Agency) Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico (Ministry of Foreign Affair) and Municipality of Milano,” said Riccardo Braccialini, president of AIMPES and the new president of Mipel. “In addition to such relationships, this time has been a privilege to work with Rolling Stone Italia and Rinascente, absolute key player of the lifestyle and business world, with which the engaging edition of “Mipel in città” was created, the out-show of our event.”

The next edition of Mipel will take place from September 16-19 at Fieramilano-Rho in Milan at the same time of MICAM (a leading footwear trade show) and with the “strategic” overlap of the last day of Milan Fashion Week.