Some 840 exhibitors from 39 countries will be presenting the trends and looks for the 2013/14 Autumn/Winter season from Wednesday 13th to Friday 15th March, 2013, at the GDS shoe & accessories fair in Düsseldorf. Compared to last year, this edition sees a small 2% decrease of exhibitors.

Messe Düsseldorf CEO Werner Matthias Dornscheidt says “While the uncertainty in the Euro Zone no longer dominates the headlines, the economy in southern Europe has by no means recovered yet. The footwear industry is no exception here, that’s why the number of exhibitors matches our expectations.”

Among the 840 exhibitors some designer brands will be having their debut such as Class Roberto Cavalli Bags, Love Moschino, Michael Kors, M Missoni Bags, Pirelli P Zero, See by Chloé and Versace Collection. Fila, Fluchos, G-Star and Rockford will be exhibiting in the Urban Area for the first time. The revamped kidwalk Area is a highlight at GDS.

The open-plan stands with their deliberately low profile appear spacious are equipped with stair-like modules displaying the collections. A place to relax is provided by the kidwalk Lounge in the centre of the Area. “We are delighted with the accomplished re-design that is all in line with our trade fair´s Corporate Identity”, says GDS Director Kirstin Deutelmoser. 90 collections will be showcasing in the kidwalk Area on a total space of approximately 1,150 square metres.

The young Area Design Attack with the theme “Snow TV” will be transformed into a television studio with casting and quiz shows. About 300 exhibitors from 12 countries will be presenting their collections at Global Shoes. After its debut the “Design Exchange Area” will take for the second time at the Entrance North B. This platform allows producers and designers to make contacts more easily. Fashion shows, series of lectures and other events at Design Attack in hall 3 are taking place during GDS.

Sportswear International will host the Happy Hour in the White Cubes Area on Wednesday 13th March from 17:00 to 18:00. The next GDS shoe & accessories and Global shoes fair will be held from 11th to 13th September 2013.