Preview - Gallery FASHION & Shoes - 24 – 26 July 2021 - Showroom Concept 22 – 26 July 2021

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 11:07English
“COVID-19 has caused me to mature even more, both as a person and professionally. In fact, I’m emerging from the past one and a half years stronger: with solidified partnerships within the industry, but also on a political level. We are so happy that we can now plan to hold our events twice every six months again and that we can be present once more. As an established order platform, we are proud that we have been able to offer the industry almost seamless continuity – even throughout the crisis – with three events. All our hard work has really paid off.” Ulrike Kähler Managing Director of Igedo Company


Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 15:07English
Milan, 13 May 2021 - “The government’s recent announcement of a date for starting physical trade fair events again makes us cautiously optimistic about the future,” says Assocalzaturifici and MICAM Chair Siro Badon. “Starting up this virtuous system again, at the service of enterprises and the exports that result from trade fairs, means relaunching the whole industry on world markets,” explains Badon. “We’re working on an edition concentrated in a new three-day formula rather than the usual four days, guaranteeing perfect safety under protocols developed with Fiera Milano. MICAM is the first business opportunity of decisive importance for our member companies, a privileged venue for negotiating orders and opening up opportunities for growth and penetration of new markets. It is essential for relaunching a crucial sector of Italian industry and our economy, a sector of production that suffered great difficulty in 2020 as a result of the pandemic”.

S4STCLF2030 School Orientations

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 15:45English
The spring of 2021 has seen a concerted, virtual, effort to attract new talent to the European Textiles, Clothing, Leather and Footwear (TCLF) sectors by the partners of the Erasmus+ Skills4Smart TCLF industries 2030 Blueprint (S4TCLF) project. Between February and April, over 600 14-18 year olds from Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal and Romania took part in ‘Your First Step in TCLF’ virtual career and opportunity orientations webinars, introducing them to these sectors, relevant contributors to the European economy. In 2019, the TCLF industries generated more than E200 billion in turnover and directly employ more than 2 million European workers across almost 225 thousand companies.

The Network of European TCLF VET providers promoting Excellence takes off!

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 21:52English
On the 14th April, 2021, the 22 members of the European Network of TCLF VET providers promoting Excellence met virtually for the first time to exchange ideas and priorities for joint action. This initiative, conducted within the framework of the Erasmus+ Skills4Smart TCLF industries 2030 Blueprint (S4TCLF), brings together European Vocational and Training (VET) institutions to further strengthen Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear (TCLF) skills provision in Europe through the implementation of ambitious joint actions. In such a moment of crisis and global economic downturn, many TCLF SMEs find it increasingly difficult to remain afloat, while unemployment rates are staggering, putting the economic stability of many European regions at risk. Robust and agile TCLF VET systems can more than ever make a difference on companies’ completeness and bolster the economic recovery from COVID-19 in many European industrial regions.


Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 13:46English
The Chair Siro Badon: “Now, more than ever, we need to support Italian manufacturing abroad, as this is the only driver for the post-Covid economic recovery” ASSOCALZATURIFICI ORGANISES A COLLECTIVE OF ITALIAN COMPANIES AT THE AYMOD INTERNATIONAL FAIR IN TURKEY Italian shoes land in Turkey. Assocalzaturifici is organising a collective of Italian companies for the Aymod international fair, which is scheduled to take place in Istanbul between 31 March and 3 April 2021. A total of fourteen companies will be participating and represent some of the most important Italian footwear brands. “Turkey is a leading manufacturer, but it is also a market with great potential – states Siro Badon, Chair of Assocalzaturifici – It is the 6th largest global footwear manufacturer in terms of volume, with 535 million pairs produced in 2019, and is also the 6th largest exporter, with 275 million pairs. However, local products cater to a very different market segment than Italian shoes. According to calculations by the Confindustria Moda Research Centre based on ISTAT data, in the first 11 months of 2020, Italy exported 760,242 pairs of shoes (-9.1%, a reduction that was less severe than many other markets, in this very difficult year) for a corresponding value of 42.08 million euro (-14.3%), with an average price per pair of 55.35 euro (-5.7%). The top three Italian exporting regions are Lombardy, Veneto and Marche, which account for 64% of total exports. Despite the difficult economic situation Turkey is currently experiencing, this is a market that should not be overlooked for our medium-high quality footwear production and it is also a country that can be reached safely even during the pandemic. For this reason, we continue to support our companies in their internationalisation efforts in Turkey and other important markets, by helping them attend foreign trade fairs, which still represents a great opportunity to come into contact with local players from the sector and improve business prospects.”

Joining forces to tackle TCLF skills challenges for more competitive companies

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 18:54English
On the 17th of March 2021, the European Footwear Confederation (CEC) participated in a High-level Roundtable with European Commissioners Nicolas Schmit and Thierry Breton and other Textile, Clothing and Leather stakeholders, to discuss the industries’ perspective and best skills strategy to recover from the COVID-19 crisis and increase growth. CEC President Luis Onofre reiterated the economic value and potential of the footwear sector for many European regions and the utmost necessity of investing in workers’ skills development to safeguard the industry’s competitiveness. Skills are crucial for the industries’ future, say EU TCLF companies


Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 18:42English
On the 22nd of March 2021, the European Footwear Confederation (CEC) and partners from Cyprus, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Spain, and Romania met remotely to kick off the new Erasmus+ project digitalFABLAB. New, innovative Vocational Education and Training (VET) practices and digital learning and teaching technologies must be taken up to reduce the skills gap between the education and the workplace, attract new professionals, and adapt to a highly digitalized post-COVID-19 world. The project will build on partners’ expertise in research, education, and digital tools elaboration to develop a digital Fablab using Augmented Reality, an associated international training course for students, and a methodology brief for teachers on how to incorporate the new platform into their training programmes.

Opening - ‘Gallery SHOES & Fashion Industrial Showroom’ 18 – 20 April 2021

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 13:53English
“As the latest registration numbers stand, 150 participants with 350 brands will be taking part in the upcoming special edition divided over three halls at the Areal Böhler in Düsseldorf. Retailers are also looking forward to completing their product ranges at the special edition, where the focus will be purely on the orders themselves.” Ulrike Kähler Managing Director of Igedo Company


Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 13:32English
Trade fairs are an essential asset for SME’s and industry in Italy, and starting them up again would be an important trigger for recovery of the national economy. This is why Italy’s biggest fashion trade shows, PITTI Uomo, Bimbo, Filati and Taste in June, Milano Unica (showcasing excellence in fabrics and accessories) in July and the September shows MICAM Milano (the international footwear show), MIPEL (the international event for leather goods and accessories), TheONE Milano (the women’s haut-à-porter show), LINEAPELLE (an exhibition of innovative leathers, fabrics, accessories and components), DaTE (an exhibition of advanced eyewear) and HOMI Fashion&Jewels Exhibition (featuring costume jewellery and fashion accessories), are asking the government for absolute certainty about when they will be able to open their doors again, holding their events in compliance with the health and safety regulations and protocols for both exhibitors and visitors.