Anci, the Italian Shoe Manufacturers Association, is giving more attention to the Russian market, where retail buyers have started to reduce their purchases of Italian shoes. It has a significant role in Shoes From Italy, a workshop being held with Russian buyers next May 20-22 in Moscow. Obuv Mir Kozhi, the big trade show for Italian shoes organized in Moscow on March 23-26 by Anci and BolognaFiere, saw a 6 percent drop in attendance and “a more prudent attitude among buyers,” according to Anci, but participating companies came away feeling optimistic.
CLARIFICATION: The licensing deal signed by R.G. Barry with Levi’s for slippers and sandals concerns only the U.S. DC Company of Italy remains the brand’s licensee for these and other types of footwear for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.