The All China Leather Exhibition, the China International Footwear Fair and Moda Shanghai, closed last Sept. 3 in Shanghai with a total of 14,980 visitors from 78 countries, up 20 percent from last year. Over 84 percent of visitors were from mainland China, who came from 34 provinces and cities, says APLF, which organizes the three shows as well as Fashion Access, a fair scheduled for next month in Hong Kong where 20 shoe and leathergoods suppliers from Spain will again congregate, among others. APLF also reports strong interest in Fashion First, the new European trade show for competitively priced footwear and leathergoods scheduled to be launched in Brussel from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 next year. The fair will include many exhibitors from Asia, especially from Chinese regions such as Zhejiang, in addition to companies from Belgium, China, France, India, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey. Chauss’Europ, M&M Footwear and Blue Star have confirmed their participation. Peter Mangione, president of Foootwear Distributors and Retailers of America, will be a guest speaker at the event.