The start of Expo Riva Schuh, which opened on June 11th

The start of Expo Riva Schuh, which opened on June 11th

Expo Riva Schuh opens its doors. The international volume footwear fair, accompanied by Gardabags, opened on June 11th for its 97th edition, which will end on June 14th (Tuesday). There are about 1,000 exhibitors at the fair, from 41 countries and visitors from all over the world. The stands will take up a surface of 25,000 square meters, where over 4,000 products will be showcased. As in the last edition, Chinese exhibitors – currently dealing with new lockdowns -, will participate in some cases with hybrid stands.

Expo Riva Schuh opens its doors

Among the top countries present at the 97th edition of Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags are Italy, Turkey and India. As well as Pakistan, Brazil, Spain, Portugal and Germany. Moreover: they will be joined by a large presence from Asia, including exhibitors from Indonesia, Bangladesh and Malesia. Chinese manufacturing will also be shown by about 80 companies, some physically present and some with hybrid stands. The service allows the physical showcase of samples, but the remote commercial talks, with the opportunity to continue doing business even with the current limitations. The fair will be enriched by the presence of buyers’ delegations coming from over 20 countries.

Talks and innovation

Consumer, traceability and, of course, sustainability. But also new markets and business models, will all be part of the rich program that is filled with events and meetings, and that was promoted with the supervision of its Scientific Committee. The talks aim to explore the more current topics in a schedule that will be livestreamed on the fair’s platform starting the day of the opening, and that will be available on demand until September 30th. Product traceability will be the focus of the Innovation Village Retail and of the Startup Competition, promoted by ITA – Italian Trade Agency for the Italian startup environment. During the fair, 10 startups identified by listening to their pitches, will present their disruptive solutions for the retail fashion segment.


“The large presence of buyers, from across the ocean as well. Confirms the international interest that the fair generates – says Gian Paola Pedretti, Exhibition Manager of Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags -. The path followed until now and the collaborations launched to increase foreign visitors and exhibitors, allowed us to design a concrete and specific program for buyers for this edition, not just in Europe but also outside the Old Continent. This is important news for exhibitors, as they can find themselves in fair with very profiled companies, which is relevant for buyers as well, given that they will find a wide offer in Riva del Garda”.

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