MIPEL 116: Ends with improved visitor turnout

MIPEL 116: Ends with improved visitor turnout

The 116 edition of MIPEL has just ended, an exceptional edition in terms of presence of qualified visitors and events.

Sustainability and environmental awareness were the leitmotif of the numerous events and workshops held during the days of the event.

The edition ended by registering a ‘boom’ in attendance (+ 19% of qualified operators compared to the September 2018 edition) thanks, above all, to the strong increase in buyers from the EU and from the main world reference markets of the Italian leather goods sector.

In particular, with regard to the European market, there was a strong increase in visitors from Germany (+27.80%), Spain (+ 23.16%), United Kingdom (+19.46%), Switzerland (+13.22%) and France (+8.44%). As for the non-EU markets, the performance recorded by buyers from South Korea (+17.58%) and China (+6.36%) should be highlighted. Japan is the first “visitor” country of MIPEL, followed by the Russian Federation. The presence of US visitors slightly decreased (- 2.76%).


The panorama is completed by the strong increase in Italian visitors (+12.37%).

In this regard, Franco Gabbrielli, after thanking his predecessor Riccardo Braccialini for his excellent work, states: “We have closed an exceptional edition which, apart from the numbers, has garnered the satisfaction of exhibitors and buyers, and this is what matter the most for me. This satisfaction is the perfect attention-grabber for our trade fair and gives us the right incentive to work hard on the future. On the future – continues Gabbrielli – I have clear ideas: fashion is innovation, courage and a touch of ruthlessness. I like to surprise!”

The next edition of MIPEL will take place from 16th to 19th February 2020 at Fieramilano-Rho, coinciding with Micam and Homi and overlapping with the first day of Milan Fashion Week.