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A trade show for leather and synthetic materials for the fashion and clothing industry

Sep 3, 2018

Messe Frankfurt France launches a new show: Leatherworld Paris, the international trade show for leather and related materials Around fifty exhibitors are expected at this very first show that will cover an overall space of 1500 sqm and will be devoted to the subject of leather and much more besides. South Africa, attending a Messe Frankfurt France trade fair for the first time, is a major player in the leather industry and is the guest of honour this season. This large African country profits from trade agreements with Europe, but also with the United States, which make it an attractive market for fashion brands. Footwear is currently one of the sectors with the highest consumption of leather. Luggage is also an essential item. Production is local for their entire leather sector, from hides to the finished product. South Africa has the advantage that it offers special leathers such as ostrich or crocodile but it also boasts a pioneering textile industry that makes it easy to find leathers, substitute products and synthetic furs.

“I am extremely happy to welcome the new Leatherworld Paris show to the cluster of Messe Frankfurt France trade fairs. In making leather the overall theme, something totally new for us, we are covering a fresh segment of fashion and accessories. I would like Leatherworld to be viewed as a history of materials: leather, of course, and its different versions for example, but also flexible materials, including fur, another animal product, and even, in future, similar materials to leather or other sources that are essential for the fashion industry. With an increased focus on finished products I hope to offer our visitors a wide variety of choices for accessorising their collections and provide the ranges that retailers are seeking”. South Africa, which is our guest of honour this season, is definitely one to follow in particular: their very structured offer is original and very promising”

Satisfying all the demands of the fashion market 

The introduction of Leatherworld is in response to twofold demand: firstly that from countries which exhibit very regularly at the show and wanted to be able to offer products from their leather sector; secondly, that from fashion labels who are always on the lookout for additions to provide finishing touches for their collections and who appreciated the availability of leather goods in the accessories segment at Apparel Sourcing Paris. This is why that Leatherworld, although representing the entire leather sector, is concentrating on finished products: leather goods, leather clothing, fashion accessories, etc. With Leatherworld Paris, Messe Frankfurt France also intends to open things up to equivalent flexible materials, such as synthetic fur, the quality and technical properties of which have improved considerably to the point of rivalling genuine fur. This inclusion in Leatherworld has succeeded since clothing manufacturers in this segment have shown a tremendous response and are very eager to attend the show. This is an avenue to explore that picks up on certain consumer issues. Hides and associated materials, especially those used for accessories or often extensively for clothing, are all grouped here in one area, simplifying searches for prime contractors, who are buying for clothing collections, accessories and luggage destined for fashion labels and retailers. 

Showcase for international skills: where Messe Frankfurt France excels

Whether it is a question of tanneries/taweries, small leather goods, gloves or footwear, the foremost supplier to France and Germany remains China, which goes to make up the main body of the products at Leatherworld, with a focus on synthetic fur. The major specialist firm from Shanghai, Ecopel (Stand M025), will also be attending with its French representation, combining European style with Chinese skills. The guest of honour, South Africa, with backing from SAFLEC (South African Footwear & Leather Export Council), is attending with a substantial delegation of ten companies, dedicated, of course, to footwear manufacture but also to leather clothing. We also note attendance from Bangladesh, represented by three firms with proven skills, and the Pakistani company Muhammad Ashraf and Sons (Stand M037) with fashion items and accessories just in leather. Three Turkish specialists bolster the comprehensive offers for leather, associated materials and synthetic fur. And lastly, let us mention the attendance by the American firm General Merchandise & SVCS (Stand N050), which boasts a broad range of products made of leather-look synthetic materials. 

Leatherworld boasts a dedicated area for lectures and presentations to keep prime contractors better informed. It has a dedicated trends forum and a café where you can just relax or carry on business discussions. Stands that are particularly forward-looking and creative complete this information hub for professionals.   

A long-standing presence at the show, the organiser of the Frankfurt Style Award fashion competition (Stand M047) will introduce their take on leather in all its forms thanks to collections from high fashion and up-and-coming designers. Leatherworld Paris welcomes FashionSustain (Stand N048), the incubator for innovative sustainable development in fashion and textiles, which showcases the latest experiments involving footwear.

Keeping to its strategy and unwavering in its orientation towards visitors’ needs, Messe Frankfurt France has organised a series of lectures on the latest happenings in the industry. A trends forum and a catwalk show combining leather clothing and accessories will round off this new offering. 

All details about textile trade shows organised by Messe Frankfurt throughout the world can be found at the new platform:

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,400 employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €669 million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent). 

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Press officers: RE ACTIVE – Frédéric Pellerin – & Dimitry Helman –  –  +33 1 40 22 63 19 
Messe Frankfurt France – Cassandra Galli – - +33 1 55 26 61 39


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