The German riverside city, Offenbach, minutes away from the financial mammoth Frankfurt, is hosting the unmissable seasonal I.L.M.- International Leather Goods Fair for winter.
This isn’t just any fair! It is the very first and only fair to focus specifically on bags, luggage and leather goods such as wallets, purses, cigar cases; including travel articles, accessories ranging from umbrellas to security tags. The events and catwalks in Offenbach are always jam packed, with over 6,000 trade buyers from absolutely everywhere in the world.
Since its establishment 50 years ago, the fair has become more and more popular. Its specialisation in areas such as premium fashion brands (e.g. Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Cavalli, Joop…), lifestyle brands (Crumpler, Desigual, Marco Polo, Kipling..), sports labels (Quiksilver, Converse..), outdoor (North Face, Jack Wolfskin private licenses (Marvel Comics, Pierre Cardin…), University / Teenager-wear (Eastpak, and the important business travel collections (Tumi, Rimowa, Samsonite, Mandarina Duck…) have been remarkable and brought tradition and modernity together over the years.
The quality and diversity of exhibited collections is what draws the buyers in, plus the added benefit of being able to talk to the designers and creators. Our valuable brands Crumpler, aunts&uncles and Slang Barcelona will all exhibit their new collections, discuss features, present ideas and collect feedback to decide what goes in production, quantities and colours. It does not get more serious than this!
As usual, we are visiting the fair from March 8-10th. Next round is in September (6 - 8th) for the exciting summer collections. Over 200 brands will be there, occupying more than 12 thousand sq. mt. hosting around six thousand trade visitors. Of course we will get you some pics and give you some insight. It will be a busy weekend for BagWise you bet !Date: 04/03/14