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NEWS


international event


for shoes & accessories 11 to 13 September 2013


Gold is the Trend Colour in 2014 + Great Interest in the New GDS Concept + Light Boots, Pointed Flats and Sport Hybrids are In


At the Düsseldorf shoe fair GDS – international event for shoes &


accessories 815 exhibitors from 36 countries presented the trends and looks of the 2014 Spring/Summer season over the three days of the exhibition. Add to this the 341 exhibitors from 15 countries at GLOBAL SHOES – leading trade show for sourcing held at the same exhibition centre though starting one day earlier. Almost 21,000 visitors, half of whom came from abroad, attended GDS


and GLOBAL SHOES over the three/four days of the events – 80% of visitors were managers with decision-making powers.


Avid Interest in the New GDS Concept This interest was only exceeded by the press conference on the new GDS


concept held on Thursday afternoon – over 70 trade journalists accepted the invitation to find out more about the innovations. GDS and GLOBAL SHOES Director Kirstin Deutelmoser was delighted at


the great turnout: “I can’t remember any press GDS conference that was as well attended as today’s. And the spontaneous response we received from exhibitors seeing the concept for the first time encouraged us in our plans.” The press conference was followed by further presentations on the large


fashion stage aimed at also informing GDS exhibitors about the new concept. Spectators heard that GDS will now be earlier, more market-oriented,


trendier and more international as this suits the sector’s needs, explained Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President & CEO of Messe Düsseldorf: “As a leading fair we want to allow retailers the chance for guidance at the start of the season. Exhibitors should not just see Düsseldorf as a kick-off event for their innovations but should also use its PR opportunities to stage their brands.”


Light Boots, Pointed Flats and Sport Hybrids are In While journalists and exhibitors were already finding out about the future


of GDS, retailers focused on the new styles of the 2014 Spring/Summer season. As proven by an exclusive survey at GDS, there is great demand for focus trends like light boots, pointed flats, sport hybrids and summer loafers. In particular, pointed flats play a very key role both in Germany and abroad. As expected, German retailers looked more to light boots while Southern


Europeans went for summer loafers. The style choices made by German retailers is influenced here by the negative experiences of this current summer: 56% of the German retailers polled said that sales this summer were worse than last year. However, the mood amongst foreign retailers was positive: two thirds reported similar or even better sales than in Summer 2012.


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GLOBAL SHOES – leading trade show for sourcing held in Dusseldorf, 10-13 September 2013 What respondents did, however, agree on were the key colours of the


forthcoming summer season. Here there were few differences at home and abroad, not only on the top two classics – beige/brown tones and black – but also on the actual trend colours. The key common denominators were as follows in this order: silver/gold, neutrals, black/white, indigo/denim and white. The great significance of silver and gold also ties in with the top favourite


materials: right after leather (46%) come metallic and effect materials (44%). While all retailers agree on this, opinions differ significantly when it comes to suede/nubuk. German retailers rate this material the highest (49%), while foreign retailers rate the material significantly lower than leather and metallic and effect materials.


APICCAPS and GDS present International Yearbook Thursday saw the Portuguese shoe association APICCAPS join forces with


GDS to present the “World Footwear Yearbook 2013”, a comprehensive reference work for the global shoe market. In the presentation spectators were given particular insight into the US market and China’s impact on the worldwide shoe market. However, the Portuguese colleagues not only brought figures to


Düsseldorf but also presented the “Portuguese Innovation Awards” at GDS honouring young talents at the Footwear Industry’s Centre of Professional Training in Portugal for their special achievements. GDS – international event for shoes & accessories was held from 11 to 13


September 2013 and GLOBAL SHOES – leading trade show for sourcing from 10 to 13 September 2013 at Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre. A total of 1,156 exhibitors (815 GDS and 341 Global Shoes) from 41 countries presented trends for the Spring/Summer season. The next edition of GDS will be held from 12 to 14 March 2014. GLOBAL


SHOES will be held one day earlier running from 11 to 14 March 2014. All activities of GDS and GLOBAL SHOES as well as numerous


features like exhibitor contact data and collection descriptions can be found online at: www.gds-online.com or www.globalshoes-online.com


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