Seizing growth opportunities in Bulgarian TCLF industries

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - 08:34English
The textile, clothing, leather and footwear (TCLF) industries employ 80,000 workers in Bulgaria. However, employment has gone down by 20% in the past four years which is a concern. Social partners discussed the challenges and opportunities of the new EU Sustainable Textiles Strategy and focused on both environmental and social sustainability. They agreed that for the Strategy to be successful, all stakeholders must come together, and that a level playing field must be maintained between EU (Bulgarian) and non-European companies. In the face of tough global competition, huge investment will be needed in both technology and people to ensure that the Bulgarian TCLF sectors can become greener and more digital. The modernisation of these sectors would also help the sector to become more attractive to Bulgarian workers, thus reducing the need to hire workers from abroad.


Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 12:16English
Micam Milano, Mipel, TheOneMilano, and HOMI Fashion&Jewels Exhibition join forces under the hashtag #finallytogether to welcome buyers from all over the world Milan, 20 September 2022 – Optimism, dynamism and a forward-looking attitude: their enthusiasm is what brings together the 35,470 professional dealers attending the fashion trade fairs held over the past few days at fieramilano – Rho (+20% more than in March 2022). International footwear show MICAM Milano and international leather goods and fashion accessories showcase Mipel joined forces with TheOneMilano, featuring Haute-à-Porter (part of the Confindustria Moda galaxy) and HOMI Fashion&Jewels Exhibition, an event focusing on quality jewellery and accessories, all held on overlapping dates to attract top-level buyers from all over the world, making all the events a great success.

Istanbul will host the next World Footwear Congress

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 - 15:01English
On the occasion of the CEC Board meeting in MICAM Milano, the CEC Members confirmed yesterday that the 7th edition of the World Footwear Congress will take place in Istanbul, Türkiye, on 9th-11th May 2023, under the joint management of the Footwear Industrialists Association of Turkey (TASD) and the CEC Secretariat. The World Footwear Congress was created in 2003 by the European Footwear Confederation (CEC). As a well-recognised worldwide event among the footwear community, the Congress aims at bringing closer all footwear players around the world with the aim of increasing international collaboration that supports the industry competitiveness and growth, while working together for a free and fair global market with equal chances for all on a reciprocal basis.


Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - 22:24English
The coming edition of MICAM Milano has opened with a bang! Under the slogan #finallytogether, 1,012 brands, 54% from Italy and 46% from abroad (+23% over March 2022), will meet with buyers from all over the world at fieramilano (Rho) between 18 and 20 September, confirming the importance of MICAM Milano not only as the biggest footwear show but the biggest post-pandemic fashion show in the world. The Italian footwear industry continues to recover, recording further growth in sales (+14.5%) and in domestic consumption (+ 18.2% by value) in the first half of the year, following upon a total growth rate of +18.7% in 2021. But there are a number of unknowns looming on the horizon. According to Assocalzaturifici Chair Giovanna Ceolini: “The industry as a whole has recovered significantly, but high energy costs, raw materials costs and the consequences of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine (with the value of exports to the two markets down -30%, a total drop of - 46% since the start of the war) are putting short-term growth at risk. Our member companies are satisfied with sales to North America and the main EU markets, though spring lockdowns slowed sales in China. While designer brands are performing very well, half our member companies have not yet returned to pre-Covid sales figures. We hope that MICAM will, as usual, offer a chance to take advantage of business opportunities and discover new trends and opportunities on world markets”.

LIFE GreenShoes4All: Working towards a circular footwear industry

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - 16:01English
On 7th September 2022, the partners of the LIFE GreenShoes4All project met again in hybrid format, this time in Elda (Spain) at the INESCOP premises, or virtually. The meeting was an occasion to wrap up the four years of intense work undertaken by all partners from Belgium, Portugal, Romania and Spain, to assess the main achievements and to define the last activities before Friday, 30th September, official end of the project, as well as the after-life of the project. The project goes beyond the definition and implementation of the Product Environmental Footprint category rules (PEFCR) which are being addressed by the Technical Secretariat for Apparel and Footwear supported by the European Commission. In the first part of the project, the partners drafted Eco-design guidelines for footwear, which have been tested with fruitful confirmations of the original theses. Supported by the eco-design guidelines and by using the PEFCR, the companies partner in the project are currently recycling up to 100% of their manufacturing waste. The resulting products have already been certified and will be soon placed on the market, meaning that the project’s efforts on bringing the industry towards a greener footwear industry have exceeded the original expectations.

NEONYT goes Düsseldorf – from January NEONYT will be held twice a year at the same time as FASHN ROOMS on Areal Böhler.

Thursday, September 8, 2022 - 08:51English
From Paris to Berlin to Frankfurt and now to the whole world. Since its foundation, NEONYT has established itself as the most relevant B2B community platform for fashion, sustainability and innovation in the last two decades. The international fashion business is big, as is the responsibility of Neonyt as an order platform and trend spotter in the sustainable sector as well as the interest in the brand worldwide: Messe Frankfurt recognises the lighthouse potential of the event as a pioneer and is rolling out NEONYT internationally. In the B2B segment, NEONYT in Germany will be held in Düsseldorf from January 2023.


Tuesday, September 6, 2022 - 12:50English
Good mood. Good climate. From 28 – 30 August the Who is Who of the sector met at SHOES DÜSSELDORF at Areal Böhler. The most relevant shoe order event for the medium and high-end segments has confirmed its importance once again. Numerous buyers not only from Germany but also from the neighbouring countries Austria, Switzerland and Benelux as well as Southern Europe travelled to Düsseldorf to place their orders for Spring/Summer 2023.


Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 19:22English
Giovanna Ceolini has been appointed acting Chair of Assocalzaturifici. In the wake of former Chair Siro Badon’s recent resignation, art.12, paragraph 6 of the Assocalzaturifici Articles of Association specifies that “in the event of advance resignation from the post of Chair, the most senior Vice Chair in terms of age will temporarily serve as acting Chair until the procedures for election of a new Chair can be completed”. Giovanna Ceolini has therefore been designated Chair, and accepted the appointment; in addition to matters of ordinary administration, she will oversee the establishment of the Appointment Commission. “I hope to count on the support of the entire organisational structure and all our members in getting through this difficult time,” says Ceolini. “In the midst of these troubling times, as industry slowly recovers from the effects of the pandemic, we are preparing for an outstanding edition of MICAM that will confirm the event’s status as an essential business opportunity and economic driver for the entire footwear industry, which plays a leading role in Italian manufacturing industry


Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 10:24English
The countdown is on. Anticipation is rising. The final preparations are in full swing. When SHOES DÜSSELDORF opens its doors from 28 to 30 August, the “Who’s Who” of the industry will get together. More than 300 exhibitors and over 600 brands just wait to be discovered by retailers. “It is starting soon now and we are all hugely looking forward to this event, which will be held at Areal Böhler for the 11th time now. Let us inspire you and come to SHOES to Düsseldorf,” says the host and Igedo General Manager Ulrike Kähler appealing to the footwear and fashion world.


Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - 19:36English
Fashion starts here. FASHN ROOMS - OPEN DOORS for Inspiration, Orders and Talks FASHION - BEAUTY - GREEN ROOM under one roof From 21 - 25 July, Areal Böhler will be all about fashion and focus on fashion, talks and inspiration. Forming the origin and heart of the Düsseldorf fashion scene will be FASHN ROOMS with integrated showroom concept. In the trendy setting of Areal Böhler fashion becomes tangible. “Here it’s all about experiencing, discovering and coordinating. The size of the store does not matter – because here especially small and medium-sized retailers find the products that make up a good mix and thus the store of the future,” says Igedo CEO Ulrike Kähler.