It was an edition for debutants. This year FFANY (May 31 – June 2), the Midwest and New York quarterly event dedicated to middle priced and high-end footwear, saw delegations from India and Ethiopia. “Manufacturing is a high standard and technology tends to increase the quality of tanning,” commented CLE (Council for Leather Exports). Across the pond, in Germany, there was a fair that closed down (European Shoeshow), and another one that evolved to survive (from GDS to Gallery Shoes). There was also fair that have diametrically opposite problems: too many inscriptions. It is the case of the salon of leather goods, travel goods, school and fashion accessories ILM that takes place in Offenbach. The next edition, scheduled for September 2 to 4, has already filled out exhibitors, about 300 from 25 countries. Arnd Hinrich Kappe, the general manager of the Offenbach fair, said he was pleased with the interest he would continue for many years but also worried about giving room for all the demands. ILM organisers expect over 6,000 visitors from more than 50 countries because they claim, has become an important appointment for textile and footwear retailers who want to integrate their range of items with handbags and other accessories.