Assopellettieri confirms the positive signals from the market and renews its commitment to the sector by investing in wide-ranging partnerships, new tools and digital technologies. Leather goods have been able to get back into the game and are now more ready than ever to definitely resume their place as a reference for Made in Italy excellence. A real rebirth after the crisis, which will also be celebrated at the 121st edition of MIPEL to be held from February 20th to 22nd 2022 at the Milano-Rho Exhibition center. Three intense days focused on the new autumn-winter 2022-2023 collections, which will feature all the main brands and buyers in the sector, as well as a unique opportunity to create business opportunities and discuss the issues and problems of the sector and the entire fashion system.
With MIPEL121, Assopellettieri is aiming to replicate the great success of the 120th edition held last September, which marked the resumption of the physical show with a return of international buyers, also from Russia and the United States. It sanctioned the creation of important synergies with the other main fashion fairs, according to the #RestartTogether motto and the launch of innovative projects that the association now intends to consolidate and strengthen. A winning strategy that has led Assopellettieri and Assocalzaturifici to choose to make MIPEL and MICAM a joint exhibition also in 2022. The excellent results of the September edition (in three days of opening, a total of 22,274 operators met the offer of the 735 companies present at the fairs) and the good prospects for the future allow Assopellettieri to expand the space dedicated to the event, which will no longer occupy only the upper part of Hall 1 but also Hall 3. The official presentation of the trends for SS22 was also very well received, a strategic service made available to its members by Assopellettieri and organised by Fabio Benassi, President of MIPEL Fashion Committee and Elisabetta Armellin, another member of the Fashion Committee. Strongly backed by Assopellettieri President Franco Gabbrielli, this committee is dedicated to supporting the association in special projects and partner companies in the creation of new collections. The trends developed for the coming season focus, now more than ever, on the unique values of Italian style. Colours and materials draw inspiration from the places and crafts that are at the origin of Italian history and know-how.
Also confirmed for next year is the second edition of MIPEL Lab, a project with two souls, conceived by Assopellettieri together with important partners: an online B2B platform dedicated to sourcing Italian leather goods and an innovative trade fair. The B2B matchmaking platform, in collaboration with EY and with the support of the DS GROUP software house, was set up to bring together the best Italian leather goods producers and national and international luxury brands. It has already attracted the attention of important brands and manufacturers and is about to be officially launched next month. The new exhibition format dedicated to the sourcing of leather goods was created in collaboration with and within Lineapelle and conceived to bring brands from all over the world in contact with leading Italian manufacturers. It was showcased in September and was met with great enthusiasm by both visitors and exhibitors and will therefore be repeated not only during the next Milan edition of Lineapelle on 22-24 February 2022, but also during its international events in New York, London and Shanghai.
“Mipel was a success and has confirmed itself as the ‘place to be’ for leather goods: international buyers returned to the stands and started buying again, further fuelling the feeling of confidence in the full recovery among professionals – commented Franco Gabbrielli, president of Assopellettieri – Now we need to show that we have learnt some important lessons from the crisis period. This means working as a system, both within the leather goods supply chain and with other fashion operators. This is why the synergies established with MICAM and Lineapelle will be strategic for the sector and we are sure that they will contribute to bringing our Made in Italy back to the levels that it deserves on an international level.”