Riding on the wave of improved sales in the U.S., the Italian shoe industry association, Anci, is organizing an exhibition of selected Italian brands at the Flathotel on West 52nd Street in New York on Aug. 2-5, during FFANY. One of them is Manas, the company of Cleto Sagripanti, who was recently elected president of the association. Anci will also host a gala cocktail on Aug. 2 from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Gramercy Park Hotel on Lexington Avenue. Italy's footwear exports to the U.S. grew by 13.3 percent in volume and 24.7 percent in value last year. The positive trend was confirmed in the first quarter of 2011, with increases of 4.0 percent in volume and 16.8 percent in the average price.