Taking place September 20-22, 2016, at the Fieramilano Rho fairground in Milan, Italy, the fair is showcasing products from 1,241 companies, of which with 763 from Italy and 478 from 43 other nations, and which represent all industry segments from footwear, clothing and leather goods, to furniture and design, automotive, and luxury goods.

Innovations introduced at this edition include a more exciting and accessible concept of trend areas located in different pavilions (in aisle Z of Pavilion 13-15, aisle U of Pavilion 9, and aisle T of Pavilion 22) featuring the style proposals for the Autumn/Winter 2017-18 collections under the theme of the season, the “New Sensorium”.

Taking place in a difficult economic context globally, many exhibitors at Lineapelle hope the show will bring positive results. “The first half of the year has shown a fairly weak global economy,” said Gianni Russo, President of UNIC (the Italian Tanners Association) and Conceria Russo in Casandrino. “The end of summer orders suggest the business trend will remain low until the end of 2016, particularly in the fashion accessories sector. We hope that greater momentum will come from the first orders for the upcoming Autumn/winter season”, he added.

According to UNIC, “the tanning industry remains prevalently weak, although performance by segment varies”. Bovine hides (with the exception of calf), sheep and goat skins are said to be experiencing the greatest difficulty, while accessories, components, textiles, and other alternative materials registered a positive first half in 2016.

“The overall trend in fashion accessories was encouraging in Europe. Clothing saw widespread declines, as furniture upholstery held its ground and automotive upholstery remained strong, despite its slowing down”, said the organisers in a statement. 

Several international delegations are expected to visit the three-day show thanks to a collaboration with ITA, the Italian Trade Agency, with the support of the Italian Ministry for Economic Development.