In the first five months of 2017, Italian leather goods grew thanks to the boom of exporting leather products. In the January to May period, foreign exports rose by 19.9% on an annual basis (989.7 million euros). This performance is the best in the industry average (+ 14.4%, for a total of 3 billion euros). Small-scale leather goods (+ 24.8%) are attracted to growth, while stock exchanges account for + 2.5%. “Along with sales, the average export price also grows,” says Riccardo Braccialini, chairman of the Aimpes Association, commenting on the industry’s economic data. “It’s a very significant point because it means we’re selling our quality more and more “. Italian leather goods will come close to the next appointment with Mipel (September 17-20, Fieramilano Rho pavilion 10), which will host the 2018 spring-summer collections of 300 brands. Mostly South Korea (+ 41%), China (+ 32.1%) and Russia (13.5%) are driving the foreign sales of leather goods, says Aimpes.