At its forthcoming in-person edition – set to take place from Saturday 15 to Tuesday 18 January at the Riva del Garda (TN) Exhibition Centre – Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags is ready to showcase excellence in the footwear and accessories sector, with an extensive and international offer.
The show will be a strong signal for the whole sector, which, despite the difficulties experienced during this period, wanted to reflect the dynamic recovery confirmed by the increased number of participants. Over 520 companies are expected to exhibit at the show, from more than 30 countries worldwide: Italy, India, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Brazil, France, the Netherlands, China, the UK, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Poland, Hong Kong, Belgium, Sweden, Taiwan, Bulgaria, Croatia, United Arab Emirates, Albania, Austria, Greece, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Nepal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Thailand. These companieswill offer a range of unique proposals, in an inclusive format open to the needs of the sector’s players.
Various initiatives have been key to making it easier for producers from China, India and Brazil to take part, including Digital Connection, a digital platform based on an efficient Artificial Intelligence system, and the activation of “hybrid” exhibition solutions, which ensure that companies unable to attend can physically display their samples at the show and manage business negotiations virtually and remotely.
“The growth in the consumption and imports of footwear and accessories worldwide shows us that operators in this sector – producers and buyers – really need to meet each other to “support” the market’s recovery” - commented Roberto Pellegrini, Chairman of Riva del Garda Fierecongressi - “In this sense, attending an international event like Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags is an unmissable business opportunity for manufacturing companies. As leading exhibition for volume footwear and fashion accessories, we have adopted an even more rigid safety protocol and supported companies to collect international travel authorisations. Our goal was helping them to overcome the various international travel obstacles in order to be present in person in Riva del Garda with their autumn-winter 2022/2023 collections”.
The focus on the theme of innovation will be key, and will be reflected in scouting activity aimed at identifying the best start-ups to be encouraged, incubated and accelerated; in the last year, this activity found its ideal stage at Innovation Village Retail, the project coordinated by Alberto Mattiello, a member of the show’s Scientific Committee.