Organisers interpret it as a positive sign: in Italy we are witnessing a recovery (albeit still modest) in domestic consumption. Of the 10,000 buyers that flocked to the stands at Mipel, the leather goods fair that closed its doors yesterday after four days of activity, the slight prevalence of Italian visitors was apparent. “The exhibitors have created even more innovative and attractive collections, which went down well with the visitors”, concluded Roberto Briccola, president of Mipel. Who claims to be satisfied, but knows that there is still some fine-tuning to be done in the process of reforming the format of the event: “We are still penalised by the choice of dates and their coinciding with the French fairs”. “We are already working on the next edition to give even more value to companies’ collections and attract more and more international buyers” concludes Riccardo Braccialini, president of the trade association Aimpes.