There are a lot of expectations for this edition of Lineapelle, which begins tomorrow at Fieramilano Rho (closing on the 22nd). First: it’s the 100th time (excluding the editions modified due to Covid), that the leather, fashion and luxury chains enter the fair’s pavilions. 100 of these fairs, for an event that takes a reassuring meaning, returning to a formula and number of exhibitors that are back to pre-pandemic levels. Moreover, the Back to the Next by Lineapelle takes place at one of the (possibly) most critical times in history, with an energy emergency that risks of impacting the entire chain.
100 of these fairs
“Lineapelle – reads a press release – opens its doors to 1,134 exhibitors (there were 960 at the February 2022 edition) from 40 nations under the slogan BACK TO THE NEXT. Not a return to the past, therefore, but the celebration of a futuristic design vision that, in this edition, is enriched by a comprehensive and transversal program of in-depth and promotional activities.
574 tanneries, 368 manufacturers of accessories and components, 138 of fabrics and synthetics, 9 chemists and 45 exhibitors of other activities, will share three days of negotiations and confrontation that fall within an economic phase dominated by profound uncertainties and concerns due to the energy emergency that is causing any company cost item to rise exponentially and uncontrollably.
Many projects, many activities
The list of what will happen tomorrow inside and outside of Lineapelle is long. It starts with an exhibit produced by UNIC – Italian Tanneries titled The Beauty of The Italian Tanning Industry: Heritage, Science and Design of which we wrote here. From tomorrow to Saturday September 24th, inside Spazio Lineapelle (Piazza Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa) there will be Lineapelle Designers Edition, for which the information can be found here.
At the fair, there will be the Green Theater project. “A space reserved for presentations and debates (free admission) that will host, on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21, a schedule of half-hour instant talks. The common denominator: the innovative sustainable approach of the exhibiting Italian companies analyzed at 360° and the constantly upgrading green value of the Italian tanning industry”, reads the press release.
Possible worlds and the Metaverse
Lineapelle 100 “presents the fashion trends for the Fall/Winter 2023-2024 season, elaborated by its Fashion Committee and defined by the Mondi Possibili mood. A journey into the stylistic development of leathers, materials, accessories and components that, in this edition, enters a cross-media dimension”. How? By “Opening up to the Metaverse experience. The samples on show in the traditional physical Trend Areas (halls 13, 9 and 22), in fact, will also be translated into the virtual mode, in a digital space that can be used by any device, including the immersive experience of 3D visors”.
Green Theatre, Leatherverse, Lineapelle Art
The “Green Theater” project is back at the fair: “A space reserved for presentations and debates (free admission) that will host, on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21, a schedule of half-hour instant talks”. Then, the Leatherverse, “A conceptual garden inspired by digital/natural art, Leatherverse aims to bring the visitor closer to discovering Italian leather, touching and sitting on leather objects and admiring the creativity of colors, finishes, and aesthetic aspects”.
Another project: Lineapelle Art. Three works of the highest level will be exhibited. The first and the second come from the collection of the De Chiara De Maio Foundation: they are oil on canvas by Mimmo Paladino with intense colors entitled La Cena del Calzolaio Magico (The Supper of the Magic Shoemaker) and a leather-based material installation by Franco Politano entitled Pelli Trincerate (Trincerated Skins). The third is a life-size version, scratched on leather, of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper by artist Francesco La Rosa.
Last but not least, education. “This edition, in Hall 9, will feature students from the London College Of Fashion, UAL; students from IUAV – University of Venice; the winners of the Leather Design Competition 2020 and 2021, organized by Tokyo Leather Fair in collaboration with Lineapelle”.