A global gathering - Première Vision Paris

17 February 2016

Première Vision Paris, held 16–18 February at Parc des Expositions, Nord Villepinte, will be home to around 1,720 total exhibitors, including 300 international tanners and manufacturers. Hall 3 is the home of Première Vision Leather and is set to target the premium market once again.

Première Vision Paris sets itself apart thanks to an extremely rigorous selection of exhibitors, creative materials and technically innovative components, and bespoke services that are vetted to the needs of all the leather and fur business sectors such as apparel, accessories, leather goods, shoes, furnishings and decoration.

Première Vision Leather specifically proposes unique areas of inspiration and discovery, with a trends gallery called Incube that is entirely dedicated to leather innovation and inspiration.

Compared with last year, organisers have said that the number of exhibitors shows a slight 4% decline; yet, this year, 142 new exhibiting companies will participate in the event overall as compared with 128 in the February 2015 edition.

"The upcoming Première Vision Paris shows are in line with a positive trend, while the economic and political environment remains uncertain," says Gilles Lasbordes, Première Vision general manager. "We see a diversified offering from our exhibitors, and a real desire to present more varied and more richly creative collections."

He added that from an economic standpoint, the current climate is reflected in changes in industry sectors. "We are seeing activities being grouped within companies, mergers and buyouts, but also shutdowns and repositioning," he says. "These developments have had a significant impact on some of our exhibitors; in particular, the smallest and therefore most fragile players."

The event expects 52 exhibiting countries to participate with more than 60,000 visitors this year. Italy, France, Turkey, the UK and Spain will be the top five exhibiting countries at the show spread over 5,500m2 of exhibition space.

On the back of Première Vision's introduction to its leather offering at the New York edition in mid-January, leather at the Paris show is gaining momentum despite market difficulties in Europe.

The Incube forum: a closer look

The Incube forum, which focuses particularly on innovation in the leather sector, will turn the spotlight this season onto the traceability of skins as well as the various stages of transformation to which they are subjected. Quality is not limited just to the tactile properties of leather, but also covers its origins and the environmental impacts of its manufacturing process. In recognition of the wide-ranging work on traceability underway in tanneries, the forum will highlight the barcodes attributed to each hide, a veritable identity card for the product throughout its transformation process.

Trends gallery

The heart of fashion information, the trends area is entirely dedicated to leather and presents the season to come. The display, capturing and reflecting the mood of the moment, is redesigned for each edition.

Organised around prospective fashion areas in a particularly informative and deliberately product-oriented style, the Trends Gallery is an essential work tool for all stylists, designers and materials buyers.

With more than 1,200 samples and close-ups on specific themes, the Trends Gallery supplies clear and detailed information and a perfect overview of the materials on offer from exhibitors.

PV launches new show

The world's leading trade show and event organiser, Première Vision, will launch an innovative and exclusive show concept on 6-7 July 2016, which will be dedicated to the autumn/winter 2017-18 collection. Located in the Palais Brongniart, in central Paris, this new fashion offer, designed to align with the dates of the season's earliest collections, will be a preamble to the September edition of Première Vision Paris.

Over two days, the show will offer creative luxury and premium fashion brands in an atmosphere of inspiration, discoveries, meetings and interactions with about 60 international and high-end exhibitors from the Première Vision shows.

"True to the Première Vision values of selectivity, creativity, quality and innovation, this event will be the ideal place to start collections by discovering the season's new product developments and latest material innovations," organisers report.

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