Business News July 2017

TFL publishes every month business news with focus on the leather industry, on a worldwide basis.

Caprice announces record result

The shoe factory Caprice wants to re-orient itself and strengthen its position as an innovative shoe producer. The headquarters in Pirmasens will play an essential role therein and become the interface between individual production sites in Asia and Europe. This was announced by the enterprise that, according to own information, will close the fiscal year expiring end of May with record figures for turnover and sales. Specific figures were not named. Core of the modernisation will be the newly erected technology and teaching centre that enables its participants a live experience of the production of shoes along the international value-added chain. With seven-digit total investments the Wortmann-subsidiary wants to set the course for the coming fiscal years. In conjunction with the modernisation of the headquarters in Pirmasens, further investments have been made into the production sites in Myanmar and Pakistan.

I.L.M again fully booked

The I.L.M will open its doors in Offenbach beginning of September and again welcome a full house. Almost 300 exhibitors from more than 25 countries will present their collections for Spring/Summer 2018 at the I.L.M Summer Styles 2017 from the 2nd to 4th September. New creations from the segments leather goods, travel and sports goods, umbrellas as well as trendy accessories will be shown. “For the coming edition we are again fully booked as we have been for some years now”, Arnd Hinrich Kappe, Managing Director of the Fair Offenbach, says and is happy about the ongoing positive interest in the fair. For the I.L.M Summer Styles 2017, again more than 6’000 specialist visitors from more than 50 countries are expected. Furthermore, the fair has become an important event not only for the leather goods specialist trade but also for textile and shoe dealers wishing to complete their range with bags and accessories.

Marc cooperates Sympatex

In the future, Marc Shoes will equip part of its shoes with the Sympatex membrane. The first models will be introduced at the Expo Riva Schuh in Riva del Garda. “I’m happy to present the latest Marc-Shoes models with the recyclable, PFC-free Sympatex membrane this fast”, Managing Director Marc-Thomas Bauerfeind, states happily. The first shoe models are to be available off the shelf as of September 2017.

Skechers expands into Switzerland

US shoe brand Skechers will open several brand stores in Switzerland in the coming year. So far, Switzerland has been one of the few countries not featuring any Skechers stores nor franchising shops. Skechers aims to make the brand more known in Switzerland. The store concept from the USA is to be adapted to the Swiss stores. The shops will host an area of approximately 150 square metres. Start-off will a shop in the Via Pretorio in Lugano in September 2017. Further stores will follow in the coming years. Worldwide Skechers operates roughly 1’500 stores either themselves or with franchise partners.

Craft starts with shoes

Together with the sole specialist Vibram Swedish sportswear manufacturer Craft will start with shoes. At the OutDoor in Friedrichshafen the first three models were presented. “Running shoes are an added value for our product portfolio”, says Daniel Högling, product & marketing director at Craft. The shoe collection will available from the beginning of 2018.

Expo Riva: slight increase in visitors

Expo Riva announced a slight increase in visitors compared with previous year’s event. In total 11'224 visitors came to the 88th edition of the shoe fair at the Garda lake and thus 200 more than in June 2016. 1'464 exhibitors from more than 40 countries presented their collections, among them firstly joint exhibitors from South Africa, Russia and Bulgaria.