The Colombian fair of footwear, leather goods, manufactures and leather clothing, and suppliers of this industry, was held between August 1st and 4th, at the Corferias exhibition center in Bogotá.
306 exhibitors were part of IFLS+EICI, of which the majority were of local origin, coming from different shoe hubs in the country, such as Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Bucaramanga, Cúcuta, Medellín and Valle del Cauca, etc. accompanied by suppliers of hides and skins, raw materials and supplies, synthetics and textiles, components and accessories, and machinery and equipment. Among these, there were foreign exhibitors from Mexico, Brazil, Portugal and Italy.
Deals carried out exceeded previous expectations, totaling more than 25 billion Colombian pesos (approx. US$ 5.8 million), according to what was reported by the Colombian Association of Footwear, Leather and their Manufactures Industrialists (ACICAM) -organizer of the exhibition-.
Exhibitors, products and visitors
The offer as a whole showed various lines of men's, women's and children's footwear, in casual, dress and sports segments. The presence of producers of safety and comfort footwear was highlighted.
The exhibition of trends for Spring/Summer, were presented through the concepts of Natural Connection, Ancestral and Nexus.
The influx of buyers and visitors also exceeded projections prior to the fair, with a turnout of nearly 8,500 people, including foreigners from different countries, according to its organizers.
They were included in a broad academic program, which included topics such as sustainability, smuggling, internationalization, etc., in addition to the international participation of the Brazilian consultant Marnei Carminatti from ASSINTECAL and INSPIRAMAIS, who spoke on Spring Summer 2023 Fashion Trends.
"During this fair, a climate of satisfaction was felt among exhibitors and attendees, due to the data that exceeded expectations, and confirms the economic recovery that the leather, footwear and leather goods sector has been experiencing", said Jorge Andrés Zuluaga -executive president of ACICAM.
Meanwhile, William Parrado, Director of Economic Research and Projects of the entity, stated that "our fair is the largest showcase of footwear and leather goods in Colombia and is presented as a great opportunity for generating business, which allows the sector to continue growing. Although figures show good dynamics, there are still problems in the supply of raw materials. That is why we hope that the fair will help companies solve the supply problems they currently face".
It should be added that, despite the improvement in the sector's indices, both in the domestic and foreign markets, at the time of the fair, caution was noted among businessmen and industrialists before the assumption on August 7th of the new president of the country, Gustavo Petro. There are great expectations regarding his first economic measures to be implemented, to reverse the recession and control inflation.
The organizers scheduled the first version of 2023, between Monday 6th, Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th February, with the celebration of the 45th edition of IFLS and the 27th of EICI, in Corferias.