Shoe Republic booth at GDS
11 Sep. 2013
Relaxed Atmosphere At GDS
The GDS shoe & accessories fair in Düsseldorf has started successfully. The atmosphere at the booths is relaxed and visitors are interested in new trends. Despite the strange situation in the shops – the summer season starting so late - retailers are looking for fashion. New colours such as brown and beige have made an appearance, and comfortable platforms and smart leather goods have had a good response. The most important items are summer boots with studs, metallic decorations and vintage details, flat sandals and new running style sneakers in different colors.
Susana Fernandes, Clarks: “We are happy with the new dates. Finally the fair has found a solution and we can show new fashion items.” Many international visitors have missed the show in the past because of the late date. Michael Weyergans, Camel: “GDS is an important fair for us and we are happy with the new concept.” For the fashion orientated retailers the early date is necessary. Some 800 exhibitors are presenting the trends and looks for the 2014 Spring/Summer season until Friday 13 September. Last year about 860 brands were showing. The Design Attack area for young designers has the theme “Bahama Mama” and is hosting about 100 young designer brands.
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