It’s just a little while away, very little indeed. From Tuesday 21st February, to Thursday 23rd, Lineapelle celebrates its 101st edition. It does so by declaring its ability to play ahead of the future (not only stylistically) by launching a real call to action to its entire community: Make Tomorrow Bloom. An important and ambitious call, which Lineapelle faces by presenting an edition of which, in this news, we explain everything.
We explain everything about Lineapelle 101
Lineapelle 101, reads a note, “will host 1,151 exhibitors from 42 countries. 61.5% are Italian, 38.5% come from abroad”. They will occupy “a total area of over 42,000 square metres” and, in terms of merchandise, they are divided into 541 tanneries, 396 accessories/components, 164 fabrics/synthetics, 50 companies from other sectors. “The degree of internationality of Lineapelle thus definitively returns to pre-pandemic levels, confirming the international leadership of a show that has experienced two significant international previews in recent weeks”. The reference is to the excellent feedback received from Lineapelle London (24 January) and Lineapelle New York (1/2 February).
“For the summer season 2024,” writes Lineapelle, “our Fashion Committee is launching the creative mood entitled Other People’s Eyes – Stories of Transformation”. It is based “on pictorial suggestions, digital hybridisations generated by Artificial Intelligence and the centrality of the chromatic dimension, with colours that will be the real protagonists”. The stylistic challenge will be to “appropriate the most advanced technologies and techniques for the benefit of man and within nature”.
Wide-ranging themes of great necessity, to reconstruct a vision of the future that will be declined by the samples and materials that also tell of the exhibitors’ daily commitment to the development of increasingly circular and traceable products. “All this, as usual, can be touched on in the three Trend Areas located in pavilions 9, 13 and 22. it can be explored in depth during the seminars scheduled at the Fashion Theatre (pavilion 13)”. Not forgetting the “Metaverse, where LINEAPELLE, since the last edition, has opened a permanent exhibition space”.
Lineapelle’s fashion approach experiences a further upgrade at this edition. “On Tuesday 21 and Wednesday, 22 February, LINEAPELLE 101 will be the stage for the exclusive fashion shows of two up-and-coming designers who will present their collections for Autumn/Winter 2023/2024 at the fair”. While “the Lineapelle Designers Edition will return to the Spazio Lineapelle in Milan (Piazza Tomasi di Lampedusa). During the week of 20 to 25 February, Lineapelle Designers Edition will offer fashion shows, presentations and projects highlighting the quality and unexceptionable excellence of Italian leather”.
Amici per la Pelle
Space for the very young and their creative vein. “The Amici per la Pelle (Friends for Leather) competition, organised by UNIC – Italian Tanneries, will also be back at the fair. Each edition involves over 1,000 middle school students from the Italian tanning districts. This time the students have been invited to use leather to interpret artistically the theme Leather in Our Life – New Uses of Leather in Everyday Life. The works created will be exhibited and voted on at the fair and online. At the same time, the award ceremony for the winning classes will take place at Fieramilano Rho on Thursday, 23 February, in the presence of all the students who took part in the initiative”.
Two in-depth seminars are of particular relevance to the leather industry. “On Wednesday 22, the spotlight will be on traceability, transparency and circularity in the leather supply chain. Organised by UNIC – Italian Tanneries, the meeting will host speeches by WWF World Wildlife Fund, Tapestry, SDA Bocconi, Cotance, ICEC and Al-Invest Verde. On Tuesday 21, on the other hand, Cotance will present Leatech, a new training project coordinated by the University of Lleida (Spain) within the framework of the Erasmus programme that aims to create a joint master’s degree in the tanning sector.
As before, more than before, Lineapelle 101 “will be held in partial concurrence with the Milan Women’s Fashion shows (scheduled from 21 to 27 February) and with Micam, Mipel and TheOne scheduled at Fieramilano Rho from 19 to 22 February”. But also with the other trade fairs that are part of the galaxy of associations that are members of Confindustria Moda: Micam, Mipel and TheOne scheduled at Fieramilano Rho from 19 to 22 February. Also returning will be “the new edition of Mipel Lab, an exhibition organised by Assopellettieri and reserved for 10 top Italian leather outsourcing companies”.
The focus on social responsibility will be high. In fact, “debuting at LINEAPELLE 101 is the United Nations programme The Ethical Fashion Initiative, which aims to bring together international development, creative industries and the fashion and lifestyle sector, offering services, products and development projects for sustainability”. Finally, the exhibition presence of Conscious Planet – Save Soil has been confirmed. The movement, which was already at the fair last September, “sets itself on the urgent task of denouncing the global crisis caused by soil degradation and activating concrete political action to counter it”.