The world’s comeback at Lineapelle 101 was long waited for. And the world, from February 21 to 23, came back to the pavilions of Fieramilano Rho to participate in the most important fair for the leather industry in the world. A stylish return that was certified by the entrance data: 24,574 buyers and operators attended the fair. Yet, the comeback is, in a way, still partial, given that the reopening of some borders (especially China’s), could provide a further positive impact on the buyers’ geographies. To find out though, we will need to wait a few months, when on September 19-21 of 2023, Lineapelle 102 will take place.
The exploit of Lineapelle 101
Generally speaking, the participation of 24,574 buyers and operators is a relevant datapoint, especially considering the growth percentage from the 2022 editions: +45% on February 2022 (similar for the collections showcased) and +15% on September’s one (winter collections). An exploit that brings Lineapelle closer to its pre-covid size, once a structural return of some specific buyers will occur.
Given how the (nearly completed) reopening of borders, Lineapelle 101 satisfied expectations, hosting over 40.5% from abroad (111 nations). A significant 85% increase on February 2022 and +7% on September 2022, showcasing that the post-pandemic normalization course is becoming growingly solid. Visitors from Lineapelle’s top countries have further grown in number: France (+56% on February 2022), Spain (+84%) and Germany (+61%). Then: UK (+58%), Turkey (+147%), Portugal (+58%), United States (+71%), Switzerland (+28%), Poland (+100%), Netherlands (+28%). There was also an exponential comeback of visitors from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, South Korea and Japan. It’s the outcome of the borders’ reopening in Asia. But this is only the beginning.