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Assopellettieri's innovative format lands in Seoul

After the obligatory stop in March caused by the COVID-19 emergency, one of the most awaited events for the world of Italian leathergoods returns to Seoul, with a whole new look: Mipel Leathergoods Showroom in Seoul evolves and becomes Silent Mipel Showroom in Seoul.

The pandemic made it necessary to revise the well established format created by Assopellettieri with the invaluable support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and ITA-ItalianTrade Agency which will take place from 20th to 26th October 2020 in High Street, Seoul and will see the participation of 21 Italian brands.

Companies will be protagonists with their SS2021 collections exhibited in Seoul and entrepreneurs, even if not physically present, will be able to "meet" buyers and the Korean press through virtual sessions of "Meet the Brands": 20-minutes spaces for each brand concentrated in the first three days of event and dedicated to a selection of companies that will be able to sell themselves and sell their products.

The event was officially inaugurated on the 20th October with a ceremony halfway between the virtual and the real: in the High Street was present the Director of ITA-ItalianTrade Agency Vincenzo Calì who did the honors, while in connection through the Zoom platform have spoken: the Italian Ambassador in Seoul Federico Failla, the President of MIPEL and ASSOPELLETTIERI Franco Gabbrielli and the Director of ASSOPELLETTIERI and CEO of MIPEL Danny D'Alessandro. In the first two days of the event, the physical presence of over 100 buyers has already been registered and the same number of on-line spectators connected during the "Meet the Brands" sessions.

"The Silent Mipel Showroom in Seoul is an example of how it is possible to continue to support companies and do business in this moment of profound crisis, while not moving from the national territory
– comments President Franco Gabbrielli, we are proud to say that this format, conceived by us together with the precious partnership with ITA-Italian Trade Agency and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, is the first ever in the Italian fashion scene to be landed across the border and come to life with these characteristics. Korean buyers and press will be able to enjoy live, in physical presence, the collections of our companies set up for the occasion in the spaces of the HIGH STREET Italia building in Seoul; the representatives of the brands, on the other hand, will connect in streaming according to a specific calendar and will have the opportunity to tell about themselves to the Korean world. An innovative format of which we are the forerunners and which we will certainly replicate on other international initiatives".

In addition to these meeting moments dedicated to the brands, seminars dedicated to buyers and the Korean press have also been organized with a focus on the world of Italian leathergoods, on sustainability as a winning element in the leathergoods sector and on the importance of creating "durable" products; very interesting moments of reflection organized with the collaboration of Studio Mattori and Lineapelle.

Below is the list of participating brands:


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The one hundred and eighteenth edition of MIPEL , the international event dedicated to the world of leather bags and accessories, ends today and it will certainly be remembered by organizers, exhibitors and visitors as "the editi on of courage and of resilience".

The event has always been a fundamental moment of meeting between brands, buyers and press from all over the world: the Covid 19 emergency has obviously reduced the number of operators present but at the same time has brought o ut even more the importance of “To be there”, the need to give a strong and concrete signal to the international m arket: the Italian leather goods sector is here, it is strong and want s to restart.

"Probably several will have called us crazy in confirming the fair in this period and under these conditions declares Franco Gabbrielli, Presiden t of MIPEL and Assopellettieri but for us it was a real act of responsibility towards the System and the whole Made in Italy, towards those exhibitors who have always believed in MIPEL and who have done so above all TODAY by siding with us at the forefront. In these days the eyes of the whole world were focused on us, we were among the first to restart with a physical event and we can proudly say that we have passed the test and once again Italy has given a great demonstration of how much it has been able to return to a "new normal" in compliance with the rules and the safety of all"We can say in a loud voice that we, as MIPEL, together with a ll the entrepreneurs present, have protected the leather goods system commented the General Manager of MIPEL and Assopellettieri Danny D'Alessandro especially to the latter goes a huge applause, they are the brave captains of whom we will not forget at the next edition of MIPEL scheduled from 21 to 24 February 2021. We are convinced that when we will have finally put this crisis behind us we will all be proud of to be able to exclaim: I was there and I con- tributed to the restart of the System".

The event proved to be in a phase of profound transformation and listening to the needs of the participating brands: first of all, MIPEL does not completely end today but continues in digital version with the MIPEL DIGITAL TRADE SHOW on NuORDER; member companies will therefore have the opportunity to continue their sales campaign by exploiting the potential of the leading American platform in B2B e commerce. Several ideas and stimuli were also provided during the event through the numerous talks organized in the field of digitalization, sustainability, internationalization as well as the launch of a new consultancy service in the financial field dedicated to the Assopellettieri members. The event was then the moment chosen to formalize the launch of the MISS MIPEL pro- ject, an initiative promoted by Assopellettieri in support of Italian leather goods which will consist in the creation, by 30 selected companies, of a specific bag model reinterpreted according to their own specific characteristics and which will then be proposed to international buyers under the MIPEL brand. Each bag will tell the story of the individual craftsman who made it, enhancing the value of Made in Italy and the originality of each piece. The project also includes the launch of a B2C platform dedicated to the MISS MIPEL brand for direct sales to the final consumer.
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The Leather goods meets in Milan
MIPEL President Franco Gabbrielli said: "We wanted to be present without doubt. We do it for ourselves, for the leather goods system and for SMEs. For me, those who will be present will have the ticket to the future".

MIPEL 118th edition is just around the corner: from 20th to 23rd September in a new location: Hall 1 - FieraMilano-Rho will start perhaps the most "special" edition of the main international trade fair dedicated to leather bags and fashion accessories.

The event, organised with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the ITA – Italian Trade Agency and promoted by the Munici-pality of Milan, will be presented in a format that is certainly smaller than in the past but still renewed: "Our presence has never been called into question despite the many difficulties we have had to face in terms of organisation" - explains Franco Gabbrielli, MIPEL President - "For us, this edition marks a very important demarcation line: coming together for this event is fundamental, it means teamwork and a common front in a situation that has caught everyone unprepared, it means having the sector at heart and trying together to relaunch it. This is the message that we have shared with our historic and new exhibitors and with all Italian leather goods manufacturers by giving them an appointment in Milan at MIPEL".

We will have about 90 brands that, confirming their presence, have given a great demonstration to the market: Italian leather goods want to restart" - echoed the General Manager Danny D'Alessandro - "Obviously these numbers are smaller than those we are used to, but we never had a doubt about confirming the edition: MIPEL is an invaluable strategic moment for the sector, companies and buyers as well as doing business come to meet each other, keep up to date with the latest news and trends, take inspiration, meet each other and all this has been missing for 7 months now. It's time to look each other in the eye again, albeit with a mask in front of the mouth"


The exhibition "moves" for the occasion inside Hall 1 of Fiera Milano-Rho and will host three special areas of great interest: the Trend Area, which for the occasion will have a new and different concept and the Mipel Square that has been confirmed and will liven up by various talks and events.

An interesting news will be represented by the innovative project MISS MIPEL that aims to promote the uniqueness and value of Italian leather goods in the world. In the country of quality, "Miss Mipel" project has been developed with the idea of "nourishing" the leather goods sector hard hit by the unprecedented crisis (like all sectors, after all), offering companies, in the meantime, an opportunity to show off their skills and, why not, to com-pares themselves with fresh and new ideas, then to propose themselves abroad, both through e-commerce and through numerous pop-up stores that will be set, also thanks to the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and ITA Agency that have joined the project in support of the System.

Also for this edition MIPEL benefits from their support for the enhancement of major trade fair events. Thanks to public support, the event has strengthened the communication activities of both the traditional and the digital fair, launched MISS MIPEL project and invested in research, selection and hospitality of international buyers.

"MIPEL DIGITAL TRADE SHOW": the digital to support the traditional

To complete the offer of services designed by the organization to support participating brands there is "MIPEL Digital Trade Show", the virtual event that starting on 15th September will slightly anticipate the start of the physical trade fair and then integrate with it in order to ensure maximum visibility for participating exhibitors to those international visitors who, for reasons related to the global health emergency, will not be able to travel. Thanks to this innovative solution, visitors will still be able to place their orders, virtually meet the brands, view collections and discover the latest news in the sector.

The partner chosen to inaugurate the beginning of this digital path is NuORDER, the leading B2B fashion e-commerce platform. Exhibitors will benefit from marketing tools such as digital catalogues, line sheets, 360° images and the virtual showroom, all designed to increase sales.

"MIPEL Digital Trade Show" will accompany the brands in their sales campaign for two months until 15th November 2020.


In one of the main areas of the event there will be a space dedicated to a selection of young Italian designers who have distinguished themselves for the creative idea of the project.

With this project, called "ITALIAN STARTUP", MIPEL and ITA Agency strengthened their support to emerging realities in order to find new ways to enhance and promote Italian creativity and genius.


The event will be held at the same time, totally or partially, with the other main fashion fairs: Lineapelle - A New Point of View (22/23), Micam (20/23), TheOneMilano (20/23) and Homi - Fashion & Jewels (19/22). The 5 fairs, which already show a great synergy, are even more compact at the cry of #strongertogether. A strong message of union of the Italian fashion and lifestyle supply chain aimed at the market, an expression of the courage and desire to restart.

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The edition from 20 to 23 September 2020 at FieraMilano-Rho has been confirmed, and will launch "MIPEL DIGITAL TRADE SHOW" in collaboration with NuORDER

The latest edition of Mipel, the most important international B2B fair dedicated to leather bags and fashion accessories, ended with excellent results in terms of visits just before the outbreak of the Covid-19 emergency in Italy; today the event not only confirms its dates (20-23 September 2020 at FieraMilano-Rho), placing itself among the first fairs to take place again physically since the start of the pandemic, but relaunches with an innovative platform: the "Mipel Digital Trade Show,” a virtual event that will guarantee maximum visibility for participating exhibitors to international visitors who, for obvious reasons related to the global health emergency, will not be able to travel. Thanks to this digital solution, attendees will still be able to place their orders, meet participating brands virtually, view the new SS2021 collections and find out what's new in the sector.

The partner chosen by Mipel to inaugurate the beginning of this digital path is the leading B2B e-commerce platform NuORDER. Exhibitors will benefit from NuORDER’s market leading features such as digital catalogs, line sheets, 360 imagery and Virtual Showroom to boost their wholesale business.

“We are excited about this collaboration,” says Franco Gabbrielli, President of Mipel.  “The main international brands of leather goods and fashion accessories that animate our event every year will have the opportunity to get in touch with a qualified network of over 500,000 retailers linked to NuORDER thus creating an unprecedented digital networking system for Mipel. The physical fair remains for us and for the exhibitors an extremely important moment of contact and comparison and the beginning of such a digital path adds further value to the event.”

"NuORDER is an extremely innovative platform to which we have entrusted the task of transporting Mipel into the digital future of trade fairs,”comments Danny D’Alessandro, General Manager of Mipel.“The partnership is a collaboration based on skills: Mipel's undisputed role as the industry's leading trade fair and its global network of contacts are combined with NuORDER technology and the forward-looking approach to B2B e-commerce.”

“We are excited to partner with the global leader of the leather and accessories industry to power its first ever digital trade show,” says Heath Wells, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of NuORDER. “MIPEL has responded quickly to address the needs of its exhibitors and attendees to ensure the crucial connections can still take place alongside its physical event. We are thrilled to provide NuORDER’s leading platform to Mipel’s global network and look forward to the opportunities of enhanced brand discovery and commerce that will be forged through this new way of collaborating.”

MIPEL is the most important B-to-B international event in the world dedicated to leather goods and fashion accessories. It takes place twice a year, in February and September at Fiera Milano-Rho, Milan. A prestigious showcase for companies in the sector, MIPEL offers participating brands a strategic opportunity to meet international buyers, professionals and international press.
In the exhibition area of the FieraMilano-Rho exhibitioncenter, over 300 companies exhibit among known brands, emerging brands and trend setters. With over 24,000 visitors a year, MIPEL confirms itself as an essential appointment to promote and share new style proposals.

ABOUT NUORDER (@nuorder):
NuORDER is the leading wholesale e-commerce platform. Brands use NuORDER to deliver a seamless, more collaborative wholesale process, where buyers can browse products, plan assortments and make smarter buys in real-time. The NuORDER platform was engineered with flexibility and scale in mind processing over $35B in GMV. It empowers businesses of all sizes with enterprise-level technology. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California with offices globally; NuORDER connects more than 2,500 brands and 500,000 retailers, helping them grow and win together. For more information, please visit https://www.nuorder.com/

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THURDSAY 23rd JULY, 2020 – H 10.00 am

The emergency due to the spread of COVID-19 is having disastrous consequences for the whole Italian economy, including the leather goods sector. In the first quarter of 2020, the Italian leather goods companies suffered a drastic drop in turnover (on average equal to a reduction of 37%); orders fell down by about 45% on average.

ASSOPELLETTIERI –the Italian leather goods companies association- since the beginning of this emergency has fought for alarm voices of the companies in the sector to be heard, a 9 billion euro supply chain (2019 data) which 85% consists of exports; more than 4,000 companies that employ around 35,000 people and which, like many others, are put to the test.

In order to that ASSOPELLETTIERI decided to organize an important moment of exchange of views between all the players in the leather goods sector to talk about this situation and to make companies understand that 'making a system' is, today, an essential value. The main actors of the Italian economic world will also be invited to attend the event.

"The States General of Italian Leather Goods" will be held on July 23, 2020, 10:00 am, in Florence at the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio, the event will also be available in live streaming on Mipel TheBagshow youtube channel:  https://bit.ly/2ZE7jDv

The event is co-promoted with the Municipality of Florence.

The choice of Florence as the venue for this event has a symbolic value: Tuscany represents one of the most important leather goods production districts, 60% of the Italian production comes from this region representing one of the main economic assets.
The movement promoted by ASSOPELLETTIERI therefore has to start from Tuscany, obviously widening the range of action meeting the needs, problems and requests of leather goods companies of all the other - equally important - Italian production districts (Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Marche, Abruzzo and Campania).

During this meeting will be discussed proposals and solutions trying to help companies in the concrete, thinking that the future is based on five fundamental pillars:

• Aggregation
• Digitalization
• Internationalization
• Sustainability
• Credit & Finance

The challenges to which companies are called at the moment are crucial: they has to understand the importance of "teaming up", the centrality of digitization that can no longer be considered "the future" but "now", the need to face up internationalization in a different way, with a vision and greater organization, the need to talk about sustainability at 360 degrees and not only regarding the environment and alternative materials, the importance of greater ease of access to credit and finding finance for the company.

In all these cases, anyone can be left alone but has to be supported by the bodies appointed to do so. ASSOPELLETTIERI during this delicate phase wants to act as an efficient link between companies and institutional interlocutors, thanks to a deep knowledge of the sector and a deep-rooted attention to all its peculiarities.
From the largest to the smallest ones, the Italian leather goods sector represents a chain full of excellences and craftsmanship unique in the world, a heritage that is absolutely necessary to preserve.

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Our dates have not changed,
we are waiting for you  from 20th to 23rd September 2020!


At FieraMilano – Rho, hall 10.


A renewed event, a different layout and new areas to discover! 

WHO WILL YOU FIND?          

The best in the world of Italian and international leather goods!


The safety and health of our visitors and exhibitors above all!
Together with FieraMilano we will ensure that the event takes place in the most serene and safe way possible: precise access methods will be defined, routes to follow in order to guarantee the distance of visitors, most likely you will be asked to wear a mask during the visit , the disinfectant gel will not be missing in all spaces.
Don't worry, we will send you all the information you need to organize your visit in the best possible way!



What you will not be able to discover live you can virtually view it by accessing the Digital Fair! This will be one of the news that we will launch with the next edition,








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D'Alessandro, Gabbrielli, Bacchi

Unity is strength. In this case, the union makes the supply chain. MIPEL and Lineapelle launchIT Lab, the leather sourcing club, a new exhibition project presented yesterday at Fieramilano Rho which will start next September and will take place from 23 to 25 September simultaneously with Lineapelle and in conjunction with the last day of MIPEL.

The IT Lab club aims to become the reference point for sourcing exclusively "Made in Italy",a link between manufacturing companies, brands and designers.
“IT Lab is configured as a club of Italian companies specializing in leather goods - explains Franco Gabbrielli, president of ASSOPELLETTIERI - and which essentially produce for big brands. The project collects the real need of the supply chain to join forces. We are studying it to make sure that these companies can make contact with high-level customers, but also with premium ones. The companies we sensitized to the project - continues Gabbrielli - responded with great interest.The IT Lab club must be made up of a select group of producers; they will be very beautiful companies, but to be present they will have to offer precise guarantees, we will be very strict on the selection".

The new trade fair format of ASSOPELLETTIERI was born thanks to the precious collaboration with UNIC and Lineapelle who immediately responded to the call of the President Gabbrielli perceiving the added value that the new format can generate for the entire supply chain.
“Lineapelle has given us an opportunity. All this can happen thanks to them",explains Gabbrielli. Union of intent and fair synergy that Fulvia Bacchi, CEO of Lineapelle, underlines by explaining that “Lineapelle has immediately joined the IT Lab project and will be alongside MIPEL for everything related to organization, logistics and appearance promotional. About 40/41% of Lineapelle's visitors and visiting companies come from the leather sector. We thank MIPEL for this opportunity that allows Lineapelle to enrich itself with another segment, accentuating its centrality for the whole world leather area".

The IT Lab club therefore intends to become the reference point for sourcing with the intention of enhancing and emphasizing the increasingly important role of what were once defined as subcontractors. "Today, however, they are much more -comments Danny D’Alessandro, general manager of ASSOPELLETTIERI - they are exponents of a sector that combines high craftsmanship and technology. A world that, however, often works with too few customers. Many of these companies work with one or two large customers, with a very high business risk. IT Lab thus becomes a place where big brands and small designers can find who produces samples and collections. After all, the market goes in a specific direction: the production demand for the brands”.

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Positive results of an Italy that makes “team”
Trend Area Mipel 117

The 117th edition of MIPEL has just ended and confirms itself as the world reference for the leather goods sector. Four days full of talks, events and performances that surrounded the business moments between the approximately 300 brands present at the event and buyers from all over the world. Three themes that accompanied visitors and exhibitors in various ways: Italianity, craftsmanship and sustainability.

The edition recorded an increase of 11% qualified MIPEL visitors (compared to February 2019) which becomes a +22% if we also consider visitors from fairs held simultaneously: MICAM, HOMI Fashion & Jewels, LINEAPELLE and SIMAC. The positive trend started last September (+19% compared to the same edition of the previous year) therefore continues.

The "coronavirus" effect impacted less significantly than expected, however generating a drop from the Far East. On the other hand, the presence of European visitors increased as well as an important return of Russian and Ukrainian buyers; the fair queen of leather bags and accessories therefore confirms its international vocation with 50% of foreign visitors.

“The positive numbers recorded in this edition are also the result of the synergistic path undertaken with the other events that took place on the same days as MIPEL; a collaboration that has made it possible to face a definitely difficult moment for international business and that it is necessary to continue in an ever stronger way. This is Italy that works and teams up to achieve important results and face international competition", comments Franco Gabbrielli, President of MIPEL and ASSOPELLETTIERI.

Appointment at the 118th edition of MIPEL to be held from 20 to 23 September 2020 at Fiera Milano-Rho.

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FW 2020/21

Four stories to forecast the most relevant styles of leather goods lovers which can be summarized through three adjectives: ERGONOMIA, MAGIA, POESIA AND PULIZIA.


#furnituredesign #big#wide #rounded #puffed #unreal #highfrequency #leatherduvet #artificialintelligence #4Ddesign #tecnonabuk #thick #newembossing #alternativematerials #multipockets

Ergonomic bags, perfect for body shapes (messengers, transformable backpacks with adjustable shoulder straps and long shoulder straps).

Paddings, Coupled fabrics: nabuk with technical materials, knitted structures, interlacing of leathers and new regenerated materials, 3D effects, embroideries on carbon and aluminum.

Warm bleached gray colors, aluminum, steel, concrete and red accent.


#unexpected #surprise #experimental #embellishment #mixedmedia #overdecorated #highcrafted #uglybeauty #exotic #embroideries #fun #recustomized #nonsense #newkitsch #noboundaries

Eclectic bags attractive for the combination of colors, materials, volumes and decorations.

Squared geometric shapes representing the disorder and frenzy. Ethnic jacquard fabrics, geometric inlays, bamboo handles, embroidery with spread elements, metal iridescent studs, applications of colored feathers.

Pink, nude, blush, purple colors with a dark brown accent.



#memory #authenticity #customization #taste #refined #understated #subtle #mature #stateoftheart #intense #european #timeless #unique

Soft bags, shopping bags, shoulder bags, or small classic volumes.

The natural style revisited, inspired by ancient art. Fabrics embellished with traditional Italian regional embroidery: hand weaves on vegetable tanned leathers, finished with oils and waxes. Use of certified leathers which highlight the tanning culture.

Colors with natural tones and an antique finish, cold opaque and intense.


#minimalism #hightech #methaphisycal #linear #layering #3Dtextures #3Dpleating #3D padded #sharpness #severe #boxshaping #mannish #stitching

Bags for everyday life and occasion, for day and evening.

Research of new shapes, regular lines and volumes, minimal. Mix of fabric and leather with modern, geometric, asymmetrical and innovative cuts. Use of smoothed, polished and pleated surfaces. Decorations with large handmade leather stitching.

Mineral colors, grey and mud tones with a burgundy accent.



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The Italian leather goods industry 2019
Preliminary Results Sectoral Report
prepared by Centro Studi for ASSOPELLETTIERI


In the second half of the year, the favourable dynamics that had already emerged in the previous months, were confirmed on foreign markets.

In an international macroeconomic context, where new difficulties were not lacking (the USA protectionist winds of the trade war with Beijing, which has nearly achieved Europe, and the slowdown of the most important economies, such as Germany and China) alongside the continuation of pre-existing crisis (Russia in the first place) and in a climate of general uncertainty, the Italian leather goods sector – considered as a whole – achieved definitely positive results in 2019, driven once again by exports. In a year largely characterized by the contraction of international trade and attenuation of world growth, foreign sales of leather goods have reached new absolute records in value, with a consequent significant consolidation of the trade surplus, showing a vitality unfortunately unknown to the domestic market, recording reductions in household expenditures.

In the first 10 months of the year, exports grew by +25.8% in value over the same period of 2018, with a definitely limited increase in terms of value (+0.8%) and an increase of the medium prices (+24.7%).

The very divergent trend between quantity and value reflects the increasingly fundamental role played, within the sector dynamics, by the International Luxury Brands, as shown by the figures relating to exports to Switzerland (traditional logistic-distribution platform for the fashion world brands), even doubled in value (+102.6%). Net of the flow to this market, sectorial exports would in fact increase by a modest +2.5% and slightly decrease in KG (-0.3%).

Although there is no doubt about the relevance of the overall performance of the sector – which 2019 proved to be the most dynamic among the sectors of the national fashion textile accessory - a more deepen examination of the data allows us to highlight how this growth hides the presence of “two speeds” inside the national product reality, whose fabric is made up of a large number of very small companies (70% have no more than 5 employees) for many of which, the year just ended, has reserved results far from those above mentioned double-figure averages. This is confirmed by the indications of numerous operators, an also by the figure relating to birth-mortality company released by Infocamere-Movimprese, which recorded a negative balance from January to December 2019 in the number of active leather goods companies equal to 120 units, between crafts and industry, as well as the resumption of the use – with reference to the largest aggregate of companies in the leather goods sector, to the wage integration tools - with the authorised wage support hours (CIG), increased in 2019 by +28%, with increases in both the ordinary component (+31%) than the extraordinary one (+40%).

Behind the overall considerable numbers linked to subcontracting for the brands, there is a very uneven situation among the companies (artisan workshops, small – medium dimensions own branded companies or not working for luxury brands) which have achieved, in 2019, less profitable or even negative results.

The Istat data on Italian leather goods and tanned leather exports also show that only Tuscany, among the main export regions, has recorded significant growth. The detail of the flows by destination and type of products allows to highlight further critical issues in recent international demand, as well as to underline their most rewarding aspects.

Behind the aforementioned Switzerland – which has become, not only in terms of value (where it holds 37.4% share of total exports) but also in terms of quantity, bypassing Germany, the first country – we find France, another destination, tied, in part, to subcontracting for the brands, which grew by 15.2% in value and + 8.3% in KG in the first 10 months of 2019.

France and Germany (where the cooling of the economy seems to have induced distribution to greater prudence in purchases, causing –5.9% drop in quantity, compared to substantial stability in value) have always been the main destination markets of the Italian operators, which also in 2019 directed 60% of the exported quantities to the 27 partners of European Union (against a much more limited share in value, equal to 27%, due to an average price of 72.60 euros per KG, four times less than that of goods sent to Extra EU (298 euros / KG).

On the whole, the EU markets registered a hold, both in terms of KG (+0.6%) and value (+1.4%) but with a move back in different countries: Spain, The Netherlands, Austria, Romania and Poland, to mention the main ones, recorded in fact decreases both in value and in volume, even if with different intensity. On the other hand, the sales trends towards the United Kingdom is favourable, +3% in value and +4.3% in KG, in a year characterized by the strong uncertainty linked to a possible Brexit no deal.

Positive indications for the North American markets, where both Canada (+16.8% in value and +3.3% in KG) and USA (+4.9% in value and +11.3% in quantity) are growing. The American market, our third destination in value and fourth in volume is very important and it’s for a long time under observation because we fear that tariff disputes with China, which have recently eased, may also extend to trade with the EU.

Difficulties persist in Russia where, after the partial recovery of the two-year period 2016- 2017 and the abrupt interruption of 2018, you can find double-figure contractions in the first 10 months of 2019 (-16.3% in value and –21.8% in KG), as happened for the contiguous footwear sector. Equally penalizing performance affected also the other two mains markets of the area, Ukraine and Kazakhstan (-8.5% and –7.3% in value, respectively).

Fluctuating results in the Far East, which recorded an overall +4.1% increase in value, accompanied however by a –3.2% drop in KG.

South Korea reaffirms the favourable trend of recent years, recording a further doublefigure increase (+19% in value with +12% in volume) which made it the fourth destination market in 2019, to the detriment of Hong Kong (-14.4% in value and even –26% in KG), which international trade statistics still consider separately from China. Mainland China grew by 11% in value (+5.3% in quantity).

If considered together, Mainland China and Hong Kong are confirmed at the second destination market for Italian leather exports, despite a –4.2% decrease in value on January / October 2018.

Japan, growing by 11.2% in value and +4.4% in KG, will certainly be able to offer the Italian operators important new development opportunities even thanks to the partnership agreement signed with the EU (which provides for a gradual but slow, liberalization).

Favourable trends also for Taiwan and for Thailand, which, thanks to increases in the order of 10%, has become one of the top 25 destination markets.

On the other hand, there was a heavy decrease, around -30%, in exports to Singapore, where the negative trend, which began in 2016 is going on.

It should be underlined that Far East markets are, among the main export destinations, those which have (together with Switzerland) the highest average price per KG, far higher than the average of the total Italian export.

Middle East markets are quite stable (-1.1% in value and +1.1% in KG globally), despite the positive signs in the UAE, the main customer of the area.

The export analysis by material highlights significant increases in value of 21.7%, both for leather goods products (which cover three quarters of the export national value) and for those in substitute (+40.8%).

But the leather goods sector – typical of Made in Italy production – shows a little contraction in quantity (-5.2%), with negative signs for bags (-4.8%) and small leather goods (i.e. wallets, purses, key rings, cases), dropped by -5.8% in KG.

The export of non-leather items is also consolidated in KG (+6.4%), with a +10.5% for bags.

Import appears to be almost stable in quantities (+0.7% over the first 10 months of 2018), with a +5% in value, as the low dynamism shown by the international market. The average price per KG (+4.3%) stood at € 22.60, more than 7 times lower than the one of exports (€ 162.24).

The imported leather products KG. decreased by -7.6%; the quantity of goods made of other material (largely majority, since they cover almost 90% of the volumes entering Italy) increased of 2% (but with +23.5% for bags). Both leather and substitute products increased of around 5% in value.

Goods arriving from China (first supplier with a share of more than 60% of the total quantity) increased by a 6.6% in quantity and 4.2% in value. Significant increase for Vietnam (+ 22% in KG, +39% in value). The average prices of products coming from these two countries are the lowest among those of the main suppliers (10.06 and 7.79 euro/KG, respectively).

Considerable growth for imports from France and Switzerland; important reduction for flows arriving from Romania and Spain.

Thanks to the strong increase in exports, the trade balance has recorded a substantial strengthening in the first 10 months (+39%), reaching 5.8 billion euros and exceeding the assets made in the whole 2018 (5.05 billion). Thanks to this result, chapter “42” of the leather goods sector confirmed the fifth place in terms of credit balance among the 99 commodity chapters that make up the customs nomenclature, guaranteeing a fundamental contribution to the Italian balance payments.

No news on the domestic front: in 2019 recorded a further contraction (-2.6%) in quantity and – 1.7% in expenditure, according to Sita Ricerca), confirming the unfavourable trend of recent years. These figures become even more penalizing, considering the umbrellas (down more than 5% because of the mild climate of the beginning of the year).

After a third quarter with weakly positive signs, the last part of the year highlighted new declines, excluding a cycle reversal.

Negative trends for handbags, -5.6% in volume and -3.8% in value, by far the most purchased items (they cover more than half of the total expenditure), as well as for belts (-5.5% in the number of pieces and -3.8% in value). More content decrease for wallets (-2.1% quantity). Backpacks are recovering compared to 2018; good for suitcases and trolley.

Regarding the trend by purchase channel, although the annual final date are not yet available, according to the first elaborations, the indications already highlighted in the first half of the year, which showed significant drops in the traditional retail, department stores and itinerant trade but a further growth for e-commerce, should be confirmed.

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