The organizers of Who’s Next and Première Classe have confirmed a project to take the two Paris fairs of young fashion and accessories to Dubai. The show will take place in the Dubai International Exhibition Center next Oct. 11-13, grouping about 100 brands of women’s wear, 50 brands of urbanwear and 50 brands of shoes and other accessories. About 40 percent of them will be French companies subsidized by the French government.

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German shoe retailers enjoyed a 22% boost in their sales in April, bringing the increase for the first four months of this year up to 6%, but May was not so good +++ Ludwig Reiter’s first Chinese store has opened in the Jinbao Place shopping center of Beijing +++ John Lobb’s Paris store is moving to larger premises, occupying 500 m² on rue Mogador +++ MBT has started selling its shoes over the internet in the U.S. +++ Laurent Neuville, who has spent many years with the Go Sport retail group, has become buying director of Spartoo, the French online shoe retailer run by another former Go Sport executive, Philippe Wargnier +++ Karl Prattes, who has been developing the Federflex collection for Intermedium, has moved to Central Park Shoes +++ Martin Britizius has started selling Durea shoes in Germany +++ The acquisition of END (Environmentally Neutral Design Outdoor footwear) by Lacrosse Footwear is now complete +++ Converse has created a line of All Stars in cooperation with Woolrich featuring that company’s distinctive check and plaid patterns; they will be $85 and available at the beginning of August +++ Satra is offering a seminar on Sept. 22 in the U.K. on the EU’s regulations on chemicals to help manufacturers keep up with the latest restrictions and comply with them +++ The National Shoe Retailers Association of the U.S. is offering a one-day symposium to help managers called "Human Resources: Your Best Asset to Achieving Your Corporate Mission"; it will be July 30 at the Tuscany Suites & Casino in Las Vegas +++ Charles Vögele, the European fashion retailer based in Switzerland, has adopted the merchandise visibility solution of Checkpoint Systems to RFID-enable (radio frequency identification) its products, from the point where they are manufactured until they are on the shelf +++ The organizers of Spirit of Fashion have decided to shelve this young fashion fair, which would have run parallel to Bread & Butter in Berlin on July 2-4.