For the first time, CPI Istanbul took place in its new location on the CNR fairground. From Sep. 22-24, hall 5 presented 120 exhibitors, mostly coming from Turkey, but also from Canada, Greece, Denmark, Serbia, Japan, Rumania, Syria, France and Italy. Germany was represented with an official collective stand with 12 fashion brands. Altogether, 9,168 from more than 20 countries visited the fair with 20% (1,833 people) coming from abroad. Exhibitors reported especially new trade contacts with Iran, Iraq, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.

Amongst exhibiting Turkish designers were for example Erol Albayrak who inaugurated the fair with a catwalk show, Simay Bülbül, Ürün Grubu, and many others. A special attraction was also Linist Fashion BerlinIstanbul with initiator Gülriz Eglimez from Berlin who emphasized the excellent contact of her designers that exhibited at CPI. Özhan Card, Deputy General Manager of CNR Expo, seemed to be satisfied with the first edition of CPI Istanbul on the CNR fairground as he said: “It is a promising start, and we will dynamically continue our goals in order to establish CPI Istanbul as one of the leading fashion fairs. We also take inspiration from CPM Moscow which is our role model.”

The next edition of CPI Istanbul will take place from Feb. 9-11, 2012, almost running simultaneously to Istanbul Fashion Week (Feb. 7-10, 2012).