From the day one (23.02) Milan leather fair attracted large group of people. Atmosphere seemed positive and we could see interest and negotiations in many booths.
The main day (24.02) showed us big interest in split leather which seems reasonable because of 2 factors – difficult market and fashion promoting suede items for 2 seasons. What is more the price of this material stabilized in last 2 months and comapnies say it must go up. On the other hand grain leather is expected to drop 1 EURO after lineapelle show. Shoe factories expect 20% less production this year and tanneries from this sector confirm the same forecast. The only stable producers are tanneries specialized in automotive leather and they keep on working.
Chemical companies hope for better as last 2-3 months they didn’t see big orders – especially in China. When it comes to trends we can see dangerous mixture of all styles that makes it difficult to distinguish a clear trend. Moreover this fashion affects leather use, moving shoes sector to textile direction.
Main topics at lineapelle show were focused on chinese economy, split leather and confusing relation between falling oil price and the luxury goods purchase that is opposite to expected.
“See you in Hong Kong show which is going to clarify predictions for 2016.”