Some 800 exhibitors will be presenting the trends and looks for the 2014 Spring/Summer season from Wednesday 11 - Friday 13 September, 2013, at the GDS shoe & accessories fair in Düsseldorf. Last year about 860 brands were showing. Global Shoes will host 330 exhibitors.

Among the GDS exhibitors some new brands will be debuting such as Talbot Runhof and Liu Jo Shoes and design brands Crisian & McCaffrey, What’s More Alive Than You, Luciano Padovan and Binné. Other new comers like Calou, El Campero and Shoe Republic will be exhibiting in the Urban Authentic area and Moon Flower, Celestino’s and Maestro Funbag will debut in the Superior Area.

Young Portuguese designers will also present their collections in Düsseldorf. The international lifestyle group Highline United and GDS have enlisted actress Lisa Tomaschewsky for the opening fashion show. As part of the Upper Style Show staged on the first day, Tomaschewsky will present the premium trend label “Ash”, which is part of the Highline United Group. The Design Attack area for young designers has the theme “Bahama Mama” and will host about 100 young designer brands. The concept takes its inspiration from the Caribbean with palm trees, beaches, summer feeling, sun and fun.

The next upcoming GDS will be held 12 - 14 March 2014. Beginning in summer 2014 the 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 2014.  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 - 1 August, 2014 and 4 - 6 February, 2015. Shoe industry and retailers are mostly happy with the new GDS dates.

Brigitte Wischnewski, president, Bundesverband German shoe retailers, Cologne, said: “We are happy with the repositioning as an international kick-off. Retailers can get an early overview of the collections.” The first half year 2013 was not very successful for the shoe retailers and ended up down 3%. Also the German shoe industry was not happy with the first half year which ended up down 2.7%. Fortunately foreign business has increased 2.4%.