Mipel Sees Increase in Visitors and Exhibitors

MILAN — Handbags and accessories trade show Mipel, which ran in Milan Sept. 17-20, saw a 17 percent uptick in visitors and a 10 percent gain in exhibitors year on year.
Pop Art, jungle themes and strong colors were the main trends of the 112th edition, helmed by new chief executive officer Danny D’Alessandro. Inspiration also came from Andy Warhol as the fair was dedicated to the artist, with 2017 marking the 30th anniversary of his death.
Colors and geometries reminiscent of Pop Art works defined the spaces of the pavilions and the companies’ layout, while the trade fair expanded its borders from Rho Fiera to the city with “Andy Warhol from New York to the Stelline,” an exhibition staged at Palazzo delle Stelline until Oct. 29. Warhol’s original canvas “The Last Supper” is on display at the venue, which is in front of  Santa Maria delle Grazie, home to Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece of the same name.
“Despite an improvement in the Italian leather industry in the first five months of the year, we have to be cautious,” explained Mipel president Roberto Briccola, who is also ceo of the family-owned firm Bric’s. Italian exports last year showed a nearly 15 percent increase,

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