CUIR A PARIS – The luxury market promotes ParisRecord numbers for the French fair as regards both exhibitors and visitors. Top class offers on show, rewarded by market demand that is lively at least in the high range. Cost of raw hides remains the crucial issue

Sep 30, 2013
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Record numbers for the French fair as regards both exhibitors and visitors. Top class offers on show, rewarded by market demand that is lively at least in the high range. Cost of raw hides remains the crucial issue

An allround success. More exhibitors (+8%) and exhibition space (+23%) with offers of very high standard, but above all a +21.5% in visitors.

The September 2013 edition of Cuir à Paris, the leather & fur show dedicated to autumn-winter ’14/15, beat all its previous records and confirmed the full approval of trade members present who recognized the excellent organization and above all the standard of attendance from international luxury brands and firms, 80% of European origin but also with a significant increase from US/Canada (+25%) and Asia (+17.3%).

The increase in visitors is in direct proportion to that of exhibitors, 449 including 46 new arrivals. Italy always represents the majority, this time with 52 firms offering the best of Italian tanning, followed by the French and Spanish.
Paris offered plenty of trend themes: from colours, featuring black/white or bronze, opticals in black and white, the range of deep reds through to laminated finishes taking most of the limelight, but also more wintery effects provided by mixes with fabric or wool, then 3D reliefs, tweed/herringbone/check prints, camouflage/military, moiré. The spotlight on exotic skins (ray is one of the most impressive) and python of digital prints.

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This fair has taken a noteworthy quality leap. It has now become one not to be missed. It’s a shame that lately Anteprima of Milan has lost ground but it is the organizers themselves who have strangled it, because by trying to make it so exclusive they have ended up by discouraging also real potential clients

commented David Bailey of the British tannery CHARLES F. STEAD & CO.

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There is more than satisfaction among the exhibitors in Paris, in other times it would have been considered euphoria. Trade, above all that of the luxury range, is pretty lively, although there remains the worry about rising costs of raw hides, a trend that appears unstoppable.

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Demand is there, but the trade is scared by too high prices and the now inevitable increases

commented among others Sabrina Giardi of Cuoificio MPG. Of the same opinion is David Bilanceri of AUSONIA:

We are contented, the trend is positive although conditioned by prices of raw material

Then there is a lot of confusion about changes of dates or trade fairs in 2014 starting from Lineapelle and Micam in Italy.

Quite frankly we are worried about the outcome of putting forward dates of fairs that seems to me more like a war between the various organizers that an actual requirement of the trade. We went back to show in Paris after being absent for several years and I must say we were very favourably impressed by the progress of this fair that is now in full expansion

said Emilio Matteucci of LEGNOTAN.

As well as the extensive offers of leathers and furs, many visitors also appreciated the inclusion of Incube, an area that from the last edition hosts a group of firms specialized in chemicals for leather, presenting innovative projects and solutions from both the technical and fashion sides.

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Some of the most interesting innovations in this area include a line regarding sheepskin that is ultra soft but also very lightweight and without the problem of elasticity, result of in-house research by Chimont that also offers water-based varnish so clear and deep as to appear equal to the normal solvent-based methods. The next edition of Cuir à Paris is now scheduled for 18 to 20 February 2014.

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