Italy Lineapelle Leather Show is one of the most important international exhibitions in the leather, accessories, shoe materials, synthetic materials and textiles industry. The latest one is held at the Rho Pavilion in Milan from 21 to 23 February.
The current Lineapelle shows the spring of 2018 leather trend, a total of 1198 exhibitors, significantly higher than last year, the number of exhibitors last year, 1155. Compared with February 2016, the number of foreign exhibitors increased by 5%. The total number of tourists for the 21,800 people, compared with last year increased by 1%.
According to statistics, in 2016, the Italian leather industry sales fell significantly, mainly due to reduced supply of raw skin, resulting in a significant decline in the number of products exported to China. According to a preliminary survey by Lineapelle organizers, the overall sales of Italian tanneries fell 2 percent to 20 billion euros in 2016.
"At present, people are more keen on sushi and other fish and shrimp food, the demand for meat products such as steak is declining, and most of the tanneries used in Italian tannery are derived from livestock slaughtering." People's eating habits The change directly affects the fate of the leather industry.
According to Lineapelle's market trend report, medium to large leather products sales fell 3% year on year, while sheep and goat leather products sales fell 7%.
Lineapelle said Italian sales fell 2.3% year-on-year and total exports fell 5% year-on-year.
Exports to the United States increased by 11%, Italy, the number of leather exports to North America has been growing for seven consecutive years; France and Vietnam followed, exports were up 6% and 4% - by the luxury giants LVMH and Kering and other leading Of the French customers for the Italian tannery industry's fourth largest customer base, in 2016, the French customers bought a total of about 220 million euros of Italian tanning leather.
On the contrary, exports to Hong Kong and mainland China have fallen for three consecutive years, down 22% and 14% respectively. Exports to Germany, Portugal and South Korea also fell sharply.
65% of the world's leather products from Italy, 9% from Spain, 5% from France.
Lineapelle said it would re-cooperate with the Turkish leather manufacturers alliance. A total of 16 Turkish companies participated in the exhibition. Shearling and GündüzKürk are one of the oldest Turkish leather manufacturers and have been participating in Lineapelle for 12 consecutive years. "Turkey has become the most important strategic partner of the Italian leather industry, not a competitor, and we are developing synergies and methods to meet the leather needs of the Far East market. In 2016, Turkey's total leather exports," said Ruken Mizrakli, vice president and exporter of Gündüzkürk. To $ 1.4 billion, down 5.7% year on year.
It is reported that this company is located in Istanbul, about 30% of the products are sold to Europe. In 2016, GündüzKürk's sales fell slightly compared to 2015, mainly due to the slowdown in consumer spending in Russia.
In terms of product trends, this line of Lineapelle shows a series of summer color and impression of the series. Lineapelle's creative team chose yellow, blue and green as the main colors of the season leather trend. Lineapelle explains: "The choice is based on the evolution of new colors, where soft tones, sharpening and changing directions draw on the preferences of the digital world, which can be achieved by changing the natural cool colors and the underlying material shadows and iridescence."
In addition to promoting the forefront of fashion trends, Lineapelle exhibition for young talent and fresh ideas to provide a display platform.
Tessitura Attilio Imperiali is a factory specializing in the production of footwear fabrics, which, in cooperation with textile manufacturer Segre & Schieppati, launched a project called "Tele Contemporanee" at Lineapelle, working with artists, writers and illustrators, who are working to create Force from the cotton material transfer to the silk fabric.
In addition, a tannery called Antiba has been focused on the production of metal-free leather without chemical solvents. Since 1987, Antiba has been in Santa Croce Sull'Arno base in Italy for the top fashion company production and provide drying and tanning suede, calfskin and lambskin. The most popular Antiba process is Sugar Lux series of leather, its soft texture, the use of different weight of the goat skin to complete, and applied to highlight, metal, matte, rubber and laminated process. This type of leather can be used for handbags, shoes and small accessories and other products.
"Consumer preferences are constantly changing, so we pay great attention to the construction of a comprehensive and sustainable development business," said Graziano Balducci, head of Antiba. "In 2016, the company's sales remained stable."
The Manifattura di Domodossola leather factory, which specializes in knitting leather, exhibits a series of woven fabrics for handbags and shoes, which mix cotton, wine and coconut. "At present, our customers have not yet been affected by globalization, so our company is relatively unaffected, which is not unrelated to the uniqueness of our products," said Giuseppe Polli, co-founder of Manifattura di Domodossola.
According to the Italian Fashion Chamber of Commerce, Lineapelle hopes to achieve a comprehensive and sustainable leather industry in Italy by 2025. Fulvia Bacchi said: "In Italy, from dyeing to leather processing, we have completed a completely sustainable development of the leather process." In addition to the decline in demand, the leather industry is facing a quality challenge. In general, due to air, weather conditions, food and pasture quality, for decades, leather quality has been in decline.
Italian eco leather factory Russo di Casandrino SpA has been tanning the production of leather products without chemicals. Gianni Russo, head of Russo di Casandrino, said the company's sales fell by about 4% year-on-year in 2016 due to the slowdown in Russia, the impact of terrorism on luxury shopping and the rise in tariffs on China's exports.
Many tanner executives said it was difficult to predict what would happen in the 2017 industry, and this year's geopolitical outlook was really uncertain.
Lineapelle executives said that the Lineapelle exhibition in overseas cities such as London and New York would raise the international visibility of the show. It is understood that the next 2018/2019 autumn and winter Lineapelle London and Lineapelle New York exhibition will be held July 11, July 18 to 19 held. On March 7th, Lineapelle will also feature the "Sustainable Fashion" series at the Le Grand Hotel in Paris, which will feature the spring and summer series of 2018.