In person and in complete safety, while returning with numbers that are increasingly close to the pre-pandemic period, is Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags, on show at Riva del Garda from Saturday 11 to Tuesday 14 June 2022. The international fair of reference for volume footwear, completed by the Show dedicated to leather goods and accessories, is clearly focused on encouraging strong international participation, with the presence of exhibitors coming from European and non-EU countries like Turkey, India, Brazil, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, Nigeria, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and Poland, in addition to the participation of Italian companies. Likewise confirmed is the presence of Chinese companies, attending both in-person and using the new hybrid stand service (with 40 hybrid services confirmed).

Hybrid Service

After the success of last January, returning is the exclusive ‘Hybrid Service’ for stand management, which perfectly combines an exhibition space at the fair (where the real collection are present) with remote participation of the brand managers coordinated through a digital platform, thanks to the support of qualified personnel who have received specialized training by the trade fair’s managing body. A service that allows, also during a complex moment like the current one, which is still subject to the effects of the pandemic, 40 Chinese companies to be involved in the June edition (compared to the 10 hybrid stands present at the January 2022 edition).

Innovation Village Retail

Confirmed also for the June edition is the themed village dedicated to previews of innovation in the footwear and accessory industry, with projects proposed by start-ups and young businesses. The theme of this edition and the January 2023 edition will be product traceability, representing the focus of the programme of events that will accompany the four days of the fair with interviews, round tables, presentations, and talks. Innovation Village is not just an exhibition area, however, but also an opportunity for pitches by the 10 selected start-ups, who will have the chance to present their product/service before the fair’s public and a jury of experts, who will then select and announce the winner of the Startup Competition contest.

NEW – Incoming Foreign Buyers

With the collaboration of the ITA – Italian Trade Agency -, Expo Riva Schuh aims to reinforce the matching between supply and demand with an incoming of 130 buyers coming from over 25 foreign countries.

NEW – Business Scout

Being launched for the first time is the Business Scout service reserved for official delegations and hosted buyers present at the fair: a personalised counselling service, a sort of ‘concierge’ service undertaken by specialised personnel, who will assist buyers in their search for certain products or companies of interest.


The theme of sustainability remains at the centre of the actions of Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags (a UNI ISO 20121 certified location for sustainable events), which is dealt with also in various events of the programme, under the coordination of the Expo Riva Schuh Scientific Committee, and especially William Wong – Member in Charge of Sustainability.

Kind Leather Contest

In accordance with its own values, JBS Couros – in collaboration with Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags, Fotoshoe Magazine and Arsutoria School – has decided to promote the Design Kind Leather initiative, a contest destined for creative professionals in the world of fashion, with the winners to be awarded over the course of the fair. The aim is to establish an annual rendezvous with stylists and producers of shoes and bags dedicated to the fundamental values of Kind Leather: sustainability, reuse of materials, and better management of resources: