At this 146th I.L.M, 294 exhibitors (previous year 290), including 153 from abroad, presented a compact and clearly structured range of goods, divided into different product segments, on 13,086 sqm of booked out exhibition halls (previous year 12,907 sqm). The exhibits ranged from bags and small leather goods, through luggage, business and school items to umbrellas and accessories.
Exhibitors reported lively business and orders on all three fair days. The increase in the number of foreign visitors was striking. Alongside buyers from all over Europe, a significantly large number of dealers from Asia, the Middle East and South Africa were registered. Italy has had a very strong presence, in terms of an increased number of exhibitors and buyers. Also more and more buyers from the textile and shoe industry are visiting Messe Offenbach in order to buy top-selling bags and accessories to supplement their product ranges and they now make up about 15% of visitors. The buyers liked the exciting, international mix of brands, ranging from well-known brands from the premium segment, through mainstream and down to small labels, with prime space devoted to the steadily growing luggage segment.
Apart from the great diversity of products, exhibitors and visitors praise the inspiring framework program. The very elegantly choreographed fashion shows served as a great help with orders and as a fashion guide. The Fashion Forecast Spring/Summer 2018 held on Sunday gave the creative minds a glimpse of the future of fashion.
“It was a fantastic I.L.M – summed up Arnd Hinrich Kappe – Our strategy is to offer our exhibitors and visitors constancy and reliability. We want to be a solid international fair where orders are placed and everyone benefits. In these uncertain times, stability is in demand – we have caught the spirit of the industry.”
With the next “I.L.M Summer Styles” to be held from September 02nd to 04th 2017 (for which there is already a waiting list), Messe Offenbach will be launching the 2018 Spring/Summer season.