After 18 months of compulsory hiatus, the international leather goods fair "worked brilliantly in its restart", says Arnd Hinrich Kappe, managing director of Messe Offenbach, satisfied with the good attendance during the days of the fair. A total of 207 exhibitors welcomed visitors from 27 countries: the international percentage, despite travel restrictions linked to Covid, was almost 20%. Numerous buyers from England, France, Switzerland, Benelux, Spain and Italy, who used the fair to place orders for summer 2022. In addition to the important European market, there were also some visitors from Russia and Asia. In addition to fashion bags and small leather goods, the business and travel segment is in a recovering state. Furthermore, the topic of sustainability has been the view point of many producers, who are increasingly focusing on green issues, recycling and upcycling, respectful of the environment and people both in the product and in the company philosophy.
Once again the ILM offered a broad support program: the evocative fashion shows and a large number of interesting talks provided the sector operators with an impetus for the business of tomorrow. During the Offenbach Industry Talk, participants from trade and industry talked live with journalist Gudrun Allstädt about current industry topics such as the growing importance of digitization. Visitors were able to experience the combination of analog and digital world, live on the ground floor of the fair, where product presentations or lectures were shown on a huge LED wall in the modern OFF XR studio. ILM exhibitors and visitors also took advantage of the opportunity to exchange ideas in the new food truck area in the inner courtyard and in the modern co-working space in pavilion B2. In addition, the first edition of the "XTRA Order Days" was presented in Offenbach, which will run parallel to Fashion Week from 19 to 21 January 2022. "We will offer big brands and new talents a big stage with 'XOD' and open more ordering options, ”says Arnd Hinrich Kappe, highlighting the benefits of the new platform for business and networking.
Appointment with the next edition of ILM from 5th to 7th March 2022.