Le Cuir à Paris, the successful leather show in Paris that has grown to accommodate 430 exhibitors this week, has been renamed Première Vision Leather, a new name that would allow Première Vision, the leading international textile fair, to stage similar leather exhibitions around the world. PV is holding textile shows at other locations around the world, notably in New York, São Paulo, Shanghai and Istanbul.
The change of name for Le Cuir à Paris follows Première Vision's takeover of the Paris leather show last February and a decision to rename all the fairs gravitating around it. Expofil will become Première Vision Yarns, Modamont Première Vision Accessories, Indigo Première Vision Design, and Zoom Première Vision Manufacturing. A total of 1,936 exhibitors are showing at all these fairs this week.
In Milan, meanwhile, the organizers of the local textile show, Milano Unica, which took place a few days earlier, are considering a shift to the month of July to be more competitive with the Paris fair. It would be ablow for Lineapelle, which has moved from Bologna to Milan, taking place at the same time as Milano Unica at a different venue in the city.
Lineapelle may find comfort in the fact that Simac and Tanning-Tech, the Italian machinery fair for the footwear, leathergoods and tanning industries, are also moving to Milan next year to coincide with Lineapelle on Feb. 25-27. Organized by Assomac, the Italian association of machinery and equipment suppliers for the manufacture of leather, leathergoods and shoes, the exhibition will be more compact than before, occupying two halls at the Rho fairgrounds that will communicate with each other. Diomedea, the public relations agency that already takes care of theMicam and Expo Riva Schuh, has taken charge of communication for Assomac and the fair.
With 1,123 exhibitors at last week's edition, a few more than a year ago, Lineapelle remains a much bigger show than Le Cuir à Paris, and the earlier dates and the new venue have been a positive move. Its organizers have announced attendance by around 20,000 buyers from 107 countries last week, up from 19,000 when the show was held in Bologna at a later date in the season. Fourteen percent of the buyers were new to the show.