The Network of European TCLF VET providers promoting Excellence takes off!

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 21:52English
On the 14th April, 2021, the 22 members of the European Network of TCLF VET providers promoting Excellence met virtually for the first time to exchange ideas and priorities for joint action. This initiative, conducted within the framework of the Erasmus+ Skills4Smart TCLF industries 2030 Blueprint (S4TCLF), brings together European Vocational and Training (VET) institutions to further strengthen Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear (TCLF) skills provision in Europe through the implementation of ambitious joint actions. In such a moment of crisis and global economic downturn, many TCLF SMEs find it increasingly difficult to remain afloat, while unemployment rates are staggering, putting the economic stability of many European regions at risk. Robust and agile TCLF VET systems can more than ever make a difference on companies’ completeness and bolster the economic recovery from COVID-19 in many European industrial regions.

ASSOCALZATURIFICI ORGANISES A COLLECTIVE OF ITALIAN COMPANIES AT THE AYMOD INTERNATIONAL FAIR IN TURKEY

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 13:46English
The Chair Siro Badon: “Now, more than ever, we need to support Italian manufacturing abroad, as this is the only driver for the post-Covid economic recovery” ASSOCALZATURIFICI ORGANISES A COLLECTIVE OF ITALIAN COMPANIES AT THE AYMOD INTERNATIONAL FAIR IN TURKEY Italian shoes land in Turkey. Assocalzaturifici is organising a collective of Italian companies for the Aymod international fair, which is scheduled to take place in Istanbul between 31 March and 3 April 2021. A total of fourteen companies will be participating and represent some of the most important Italian footwear brands. “Turkey is a leading manufacturer, but it is also a market with great potential – states Siro Badon, Chair of Assocalzaturifici – It is the 6th largest global footwear manufacturer in terms of volume, with 535 million pairs produced in 2019, and is also the 6th largest exporter, with 275 million pairs. However, local products cater to a very different market segment than Italian shoes. According to calculations by the Confindustria Moda Research Centre based on ISTAT data, in the first 11 months of 2020, Italy exported 760,242 pairs of shoes (-9.1%, a reduction that was less severe than many other markets, in this very difficult year) for a corresponding value of 42.08 million euro (-14.3%), with an average price per pair of 55.35 euro (-5.7%). The top three Italian exporting regions are Lombardy, Veneto and Marche, which account for 64% of total exports. Despite the difficult economic situation Turkey is currently experiencing, this is a market that should not be overlooked for our medium-high quality footwear production and it is also a country that can be reached safely even during the pandemic. For this reason, we continue to support our companies in their internationalisation efforts in Turkey and other important markets, by helping them attend foreign trade fairs, which still represents a great opportunity to come into contact with local players from the sector and improve business prospects.”

Joining forces to tackle TCLF skills challenges for more competitive companies

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 18:54English
On the 17th of March 2021, the European Footwear Confederation (CEC) participated in a High-level Roundtable with European Commissioners Nicolas Schmit and Thierry Breton and other Textile, Clothing and Leather stakeholders, to discuss the industries’ perspective and best skills strategy to recover from the COVID-19 crisis and increase growth. CEC President Luis Onofre reiterated the economic value and potential of the footwear sector for many European regions and the utmost necessity of investing in workers’ skills development to safeguard the industry’s competitiveness. Skills are crucial for the industries’ future, say EU TCLF companies

ERASMUS+ DIGITALFABLAB: ON-THE-JOB TRAINING USING AUGMENTED REALITY

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 18:42English
On the 22nd of March 2021, the European Footwear Confederation (CEC) and partners from Cyprus, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Spain, and Romania met remotely to kick off the new Erasmus+ project digitalFABLAB. New, innovative Vocational Education and Training (VET) practices and digital learning and teaching technologies must be taken up to reduce the skills gap between the education and the workplace, attract new professionals, and adapt to a highly digitalized post-COVID-19 world. The project will build on partners’ expertise in research, education, and digital tools elaboration to develop a digital Fablab using Augmented Reality, an associated international training course for students, and a methodology brief for teachers on how to incorporate the new platform into their training programmes.

Opening - ‘Gallery SHOES & Fashion Industrial Showroom’ 18 – 20 April 2021

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 13:53English
“As the latest registration numbers stand, 150 participants with 350 brands will be taking part in the upcoming special edition divided over three halls at the Areal Böhler in Düsseldorf. Retailers are also looking forward to completing their product ranges at the special edition, where the focus will be purely on the orders themselves.” Ulrike Kähler Managing Director of Igedo Company

ITALY'S FASHION INDUSTRY WANTS TO GET GOING AGAIN WITH TRADE FAIRS BUT DEMANDS CLEAR DECISIONS AND CERTAIN DATES

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 13:32English
Trade fairs are an essential asset for SME’s and industry in Italy, and starting them up again would be an important trigger for recovery of the national economy. This is why Italy’s biggest fashion trade shows, PITTI Uomo, Bimbo, Filati and Taste in June, Milano Unica (showcasing excellence in fabrics and accessories) in July and the September shows MICAM Milano (the international footwear show), MIPEL (the international event for leather goods and accessories), TheONE Milano (the women’s haut-à-porter show), LINEAPELLE (an exhibition of innovative leathers, fabrics, accessories and components), DaTE (an exhibition of advanced eyewear) and HOMI Fashion&Jewels Exhibition (featuring costume jewellery and fashion accessories), are asking the government for absolute certainty about when they will be able to open their doors again, holding their events in compliance with the health and safety regulations and protocols for both exhibitors and visitors.

BACK TO THE FAIR: THE NEW DATES OF SIMAC TANNING TECH 2021

Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 18:09English
Simac Tanning Tech 2021, the international exhibition of machinery and technological solutions for the manufacturing industry in fashion, automotive and furniture sectors, will take place from 22 to 24 September, in FieraMilano Rho Exhibition Center. It will be a face-to-face edition, compatibly with health provisions, supported by digital tools designed to optimize and extend the exhibition experience throughout the year.

THE MICAM MILANO DIGITAL SHOW IS BACK ALL THE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES AND KNOW-HOW OF MICAM AVAILABLE ONLINE

Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 18:53English
MICAM Milano is ready to return in digital form: from 8 March to 8 May the virtual doors of the MICAM Milano Digital Show will open once again, with the aim of offering dealers from all over the world a comprehensive and solid platform on which to do business. Following the first edition in September, which was attended by over 2500 international buyers and showcased 154 brands and over 53,000 products, the forthcoming MICAM Milano Digital Show will present trends for F/W 21/22 and all the latest developments in the quality footwear sector.

Review - ‘Gallery FASHION & Shoes digital’ -28 January – 15 February 2021

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 13:03English
“Although a digital version is no replacement for a physical tradeshow, it is an important, supplementary tool that guarantees accessibility, continuity and service – and not only in the current unprecedented situation. We value this experience and the lasting added value for future hybrid formats. However, the physical event, as an anchor point for us and our partners from the fashion, shoes and accessories sectors, still remains absolutely indispensable.” Ulrike Kähler Managing Director of Igedo Company

MICAM - YOUR VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT? A PAIR OF TRENDY SHOES!

Friday, February 12, 2021 - 18:39English
Adventure, seduction, fun: MICAM’s gift ideas for him and her that are sure to be a hit on Valentine’s Day Romantic or dynamic, natural or technological, for MICAM, the International Footwear Exhibition, love is all of this and much more. So, to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style, MICAM has decided to step in and give those looking for a Valentine’s gift some tips on which shoes are best suited to his or her personality, and that best express the couple’s feelings for each other.