GDS - international event for shoes & accessories has announced its plans to reposition itself as an international kick-off trade fair for the shoe and accessories industries from mid next year.

GDS' new aims are to focus more on communication, information and brand staging, allowing buyers to get a general view of the market offer at an early stage of the order cycle. The new GDS concept will be presented during the coming GDS edition in September 2013.

Boasting a new event concept the trade fair will also move forward in terms of dates: the debut event in this new format will be held from 30 July to 1 August 2014.

Upcoming Event Dates:
11 to 13 September 2013
12 to 14 March 2014

New GDS Dates:
30 July to 1 August 2014
4 to 6 February 2015

To be held concurrently with GDS as in the past, Global Shoes – the leading trade show for sourcing, will also feature a new concept.