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Dusseldorf, Germany

Leather Components and Footwear Fashions


GDS followed on from its positive impression in summer. A representative survey confirmed the positive mood: 92.3% of the visitors polled stated they were “very satisfied” with GDS.



GDS whets the Appetite for the New Season

+ Retailers interested in new looks

+ High visitor satisfaction at GDS

+ Over 160 bloggers in “shoe fever”

+ Premiere of Düsseldorf Fashion Sourcing at tag it!

+ OUT OF THE BOX makes Düsseldorf the “shoe capital”

Trends, background information and inspirations – for three days retailers from all over the world were given concentrated information on shoes and accessories for the 2016 Spring/Summer season in Düsseldorf. At GDS alone 900 brands presented their collections. Add to this, 233 exhibitors at the concurrently held tag it! - The Private Label Show for Shoes & Accessories.

Celebrities among the visitors to GDS included Collien Ulmen Fernandes and Thomas Rath. The two front-row guests took a very close look at the highlights from the STUDIO Area presented as part of the Opening Show of GDS. Germany’s first “Next Top Model” Barbara Meier featured prominently in the Skechers catwalk show. Furthermore, football players Rudi Völler (for Lloyd) and Jürgen Kohler (Josef Seibel) – two 1990 world cup winners - were present.

Retailers interested in New Looks

The high-calibre retailers visiting GDS took a particular interest in exhibitors’ new looks.

At the forefront of these looks is the Hippie look – leather in warm tones and clogs in wood. Moccasins, espadrilles and Roman sandals will also be a key fashion theme next summer. It is with the aim of identifying such tendencies early on that retailers visit GDS – as is also confirmed by market research: 80% of polled visitors said they used GDS as a source of information so as to enter the new season well-prepared. With this statement they are also underscoring the trade show’s importance as a leading event. Retail opinion leaders also attach great importance to exchanging with the industry. One in two retailers uses GDS to make targeted contacts and network.

Using GDS primarily to gather information and to place orders right away nevertheless, is not a contradiction in terms: two thirds of the buyers polled took their purchasing decisions right on site. And needs-based purchasing is obviously becoming more important – 39% of visitors placed orders for immediate delivery.

61% of visitors welcomed the accessories ranges, which had been extended as part of the new concept, and obtained targeted information about these collections.

High Visitors Satisfaction at GDS

Good news for both trade show organisers and exhibitors: visitor satisfaction was very high at 93%. The attendance figure of some 15,000 visitors, however, was rated in a differentiated manner by Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf. He said: “We have welcomed exactly the same number of visitors as one year ago and our exhibitors have reported avid interest in their collections. You can feel that the retailers who attend GDS use it proactively as an information platform – in terms of content the developments are very positive.




There are plenty of reasons to join us FOR THE GDS & GLOBAL SHOES Trade Fair .

You will meet knowledgeable industry leaders who will address a range of topics, link informative strategies for building your business, and learn how European demographics and psychographics differ from those in the U.S.

Put simply, if you want to tap into the vital European business market, you need to be at the GDS & GLOBAL SHOES Trade Fair and Trade Show with TTI Travel, the Trade Fair Travel Specialists!


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