Present the most important international production hubs worldwide, from China and India, which exhibited with their collections at the fair in their own special areas of Fashion Top China and the India Hall, to Brazil, Turkey, Spain, and Portugal… a total of 1,469 exhibitors, including 1,207 foreign companies from 40 different nations, presented their Fall/Winter 2019-20 collections to a public of 13 thousand visitors from 100 different nations. This public expressed their approval for the “widespread fair” format, or rather, the exhibition network of Expo Riva Schuh, Gardabags, and the Riva hotels hosting brands looking for a more suitable context for one-to-one meetings. The unique format of Expo Riva Schuh was also well-liked by the 40 delegates coming from France, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary and Croatia, as the protagonists of the incoming services organised with the support of the ICE Italian Trade Agency and MISE – the Ministry of Economic Development.
The fair of Riva is flexible, streamlined, and ready to interpret the needs of the market, making them its very own: Expo Riva Schuh offers not only the season’s latest proposals, but also fast fashion and e-commerce solutions. However, all this is not enough. With the offer of Gardabags, the total accessory look is completed by bags that are presented in conjunction with the shoe offering. At PalaFiere, around sixty leather goods companies from various parts of Italy and the world exhibited with their collections of bags.
At the same time, Expo Riva Schuh goes beyond the fair itself and the fair’s opening talk, with the Director of Riva del Garda FiereCongressi, Giovanni Laezza, journalist Cinzia Malvini, and blogger Sabrina Musco, spoke of e-commerce and influencers, as well as the digital revolution, interpreting these issues from its own point of view. Not to be forgotten are the future trends of bags as told by “The Dream Bag” at Gardabags, which was presented by style coach Carla Gozzi. This special guest attracted the attention of the event’s most bag-addicted fans.
Expo Riva Schuh also presented its territory through its tastes and fragrances, which were the protagonists of the Taste Lounge entrusted to chefs and sommeliers from the Trentino Association of Cooks. Lunches and dining were offered at the Buyer’s Lounge in Hall C4, while aperitifs and relaxation for visitors and the press could be found at Garda Taste in Hall A1. Plus, there was a new and striking format for doing business among “shoes and taste” with the “Food&Shoe experience” dinners, which brought companies and their customers to striking locations where, among local specialties and wine tastings, speaking of shoes was an unforgettable pleasure.
The formula of Expo Riva Schuh was once again rewarding: buyers and companies confirm the perfect timing of the event, appreciate the working environment (and the after-work experience), the services and the awareness of the organisers when it comes to intercepting market trends. Always keeping pace with the times, Expo Riva Schuh was once again a resounding success.
The next edition of Expo Riva Schuh and Gardabags will be held from 15 to 18 June 2019.