UNIC, the Italian Tanners Association, also reported that Italian visitors were slightly down on the first day of Lineapelle, which took place at the Bologna Fiera, October 8-10 but were 3% higher on day-two.

Exhibitors at the show that ILM spoke to said that the first day of the fair was ‘steady’ in terms of visitors to the stands but that there were many more on the second day of the three-day fair.

“The most important designers and stylists are here. Our tanners are telling us that all the major French luxury brands are also here as Lineapelle is a complete exhibition with components, accessories and fabrics on show as well as the leathers”, Fulvia Bacchi of Lineapelle Show Organiser UNIC told ILM.

“In terms of exhibitors, every hall is full and this is a reflection that the Italian market is beginning to recover thanks to demand for luxury and fashion leathers. Italian tanners are also making a greater awareness on environmental sustainability to their customers”, she explained.

General interest in Lineapelle had declined in recent years reflecting the difficulties facing the European tanning sector following the banking crisis and global recession of 2008-09. However, greater demand for high-end leather in the luxury sector, led by demand from Asia, has allowed the tanning industry to recover in Italy. 

There were 1,160 exhibitors at the show this year from 43 countries. Around 600 tanners attended the show covering five halls of the Bologna Fiera showgrounds.

As usual the fair included a trend selection area with over 40,000 samples highlighting colours and trends for the Autumn/Winter 2014-15 season.