Riva del Garda Fierecongressi has cancelled the upcoming editions of Expo Riva Schuh and Gardabags, both of which shows it organizes, because of the Covid-19 pandemic. They were scheduled for June 13-16 in Riva del Garda, Italy.

In consultation with local and international exhibitors, visitors and stakeholders, it is considering revising the events’ calendar to advance the winter editions into late 2020 from their traditional slot in mid-January. While the fashion industry is questioning the current seasonal mode of its collections because of a lack of customers’ purchases this spring, the pressure on show organizers for earlier dates is intensifying. A similar inclination toward earlier dates has in fact been taken by the organizers of Mido, the big international eyewear show in Milan, who have decided to schedule its 50th edition for Feb. 6-8, 2021. Originally due to be held at the end of February, as usual, it had been postponed to the beginning of July, but it was cancelled on April 2 because of the pandemic.

Riva del Garda Fierecongressi has acknowledged that suspending the summer editions will have a “direct economic and organizational impact on the entire (supply) chain,” and intends to explore ways to safeguard the industry and lay the “foundations for new trade strategies.” It expects to disclose “operational details and strategic choices” over the coming weeks. We would not be surprised if, like Mido, it suggests an interaction between manufacturers and buyers over the internet.

Meanwhile, Pitti Uomo, the menswear show that was going to take place in Florence on June 15-19, has been postponed to Sept. 2-4. Many footwear brands exhibit at this fair to show their collections well ahead of the Micam show in Milan, which takes place later in September.

The Berlin Fashion Week, scheduled for the end of June, is likely to be postponed to the end of July. The main show organizer, the Premium Group, says it has decided to wait for further developments before making a decision at the end of May. On the other hand, the Copenhagen Fashion Week has been tentatively moved from June to the end of August.