Aus­tralia Footwear and Leather Show

Footwear and Leather Show Turns Three

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The 3rd edi­tion of Aus­tralia’s only ded­i­cated footwear and leather show, or­gan­ised by IEC Group Pvt Ltd, will in­tro­duce a run­way show and an on­line busi­ness match­ing pro­gram at the three-day trade event in Mel­bourne this Novem­ber from 20 to 22, 2018.

Global Run­way will show­case pieces from in­ter­na­tional brands, man­u­fac­tur­ers and de­sign­ers, and is set to cap­ture the in­ter­est of Aus­tralia’s trade fash­ion buy­ers and com­men­ta­tors. Held on the show floor at Mel­bourne Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre from 20 – 22 Novem­ber 2018 as part of Footwear & Leather Show Aus­tralia and co-lo­cated In­ter­na­tional Sourc­ing Expo Aus­tralia, Global Run­way will pro­vide a pow­er­ful plat­form for in­di­vid­ual and ex­clu­sive de­sign and brand mes­sag­ing. The so­phis­ti­cated and stylised cat­walk for­mat in a ded­i­cated run­way precinct of­fers an en­vi­ron­ment that is both in­spir­ing and con­ducive to buy­ing.

“The value of see­ing prod­ucts in-per­son hasn’t di­min­ished in the in­dus­try, de­spite the rise of on­line whole­sale and re­tail. We see Global Run­way as a ma­jor draw­card for Aus­tralian trade fash­ion buy­ers and we are ex­cited to be bring­ing this op­por­tu­nity to our ex­hibitors as they look for new ways to present their prod­uct of­fer­ings,” Julie Holt, Ex­hi­bi­tion Di­rec­tor, IEC Group Pty Ltd said.

An­other new fea­ture for Footwear and Leather Show Aus­tralia is a Global Busi­ness Match­ing pro­gram to fast-track the buyer/seller ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We want to en­sure there is ev­ery op­por­tu­nity for ex­hibitors to make valu­able con­nec­tions while they are in Mel­bourne and we see Global Busi­ness Match­ing as an ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive way to do this and reach more in­ter­ested Aus­tralian buy­ers,” Holt said.

The pro­gram uses a pow­er­ful rec­om­men­da­tion en­gine to match buy­ers and sell­ers. Ex­hibitors can con­nect with rel­e­vant buy­ers and at­ten­dees for pri­vate net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and to set up meet­ings at their stand or in a busi­ness match­ing lounge at mu­tu­ally agreed times.

Rep­re­sent­ing the grow­ing leather in­dus­try in In­dia and show­cas­ing the

qual­ity of the na­tion’s prod­ucts, Coun­cil for Leather Ex­ports In­dia (CLE) is placed to fur­ther its po­si­tion in the Aus­tralian mar­ket with the largest pav­il­ion at Footwear and Leather Show Aus­tralia for the third year run­ning.

“Ex­hibit­ing at the Footwear and Leather Show in Mel­bourne is an im­por­tant part of our com­mit­ment to de­vel­op­ing ex­port growth for the In­dian leather sec­tor. We have ev­ery con­fi­dence in the qual­ity of the footwear, leather ac­ces­sories and gar­ments pro­duced by our mem­bers here in In­dia, and we are look­ing for­ward to sup­port­ing our mem­bers to se­cure fur­ther part­ner­ships with the trade and buy­ing au­di­ence from across Aus­tralia and New Zealand,”r Sel­vam IAS, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Coun­cil for Leather Ex­ports said.

“Since the show’s in­cep­tion three years ago, CLE have had a strong pres­ence at the Footwear and Leather Show and it’s with much ex­cite­ment that we wel­come them back in 2018 to rep­re­sent the scale and qual­ity pro­duc­tion avail­able from In­dia to Aus­tralian buy­ers,” Julie added.

In ad­di­tion to the CLE pav­il­ion, three other pavil­ions will fea­ture at the show with del­e­ga­tions from South Africa, Pak­istan and Tai­wan. South African Footwear and Leather Ex­port Coun­cil will oc­cupy a pav­il­ion with 10 ex­hibitors to pro­mote the South African footwear and al­lied in­dus­tries in in­ter­na­tional mar­kets. More broadly across the show, ex­hibitors are pre­dom­i­nantly from Asia and South­East Asia.


In­dia is a strong and es­tab­lished player in global leather trade and I see a lot of po­ten­tial to en­hance bi­lat­eral trade in Footwear & Leather Prod­ucts with Aus­tralia. With on­go­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions for a Free Trade Agree­ment, bi­lat­eral trade between In­dia and Aus­tralia will be greatly fa­cil­i­tated and is bound to grow.the Footwear & Leather Show with a Buyer Seller Meet ded­i­cated to CLE, is ex­pected to pro­vide a novel and ex­cel­lent plat­form for In­dian Com­pa­nies to show­case their prod­ucts to Aus­tralian Buy­ers.”

– Mr Mukhtharul Amin Chair­man, Coun­cil for Leather Ex­ports

A three-day Global Sourc­ing Sem­i­nar pro­gram, led by in­dus­try ex­perts, will pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive pro­gram of learn­ing for both ex­hibitors and vis­i­tors to the show. From in­ter­na­tional denim trends, ex­pert sourc­ing tips, le­gal in­for­ma­tion, eth­i­cal sourc­ing ad­vice, help for fash­ion start-ups, in­ter­na­tional fash­ion and footwear in­sights and more, the sem­i­nar series is a must-at­tend for all in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als.

“The highly pop­u­lar sem­i­nars of­fer show-go­ers in­sights on fash­ion trends and best prac­tice sourc­ing,” Marie Kin­sella, CEO, IEC Group Pty Ltd said.

“Sem­i­nars fo­cussed on pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion about the Aus­tralian mar­ket will also be on of­fer to ex­hibitors. The knowl­edge these sem­i­nars de­liver is im­mensely use­ful to both in­dus­try sup­pli­ers and sourc­ing man­agers be­cause it al­lows them to un­der­stand each other’s needs and build bet­ter busi­ness re­la­tion­ships,” Kin­sella stressed.

On day one, the chair­man of Coun­cil Leather Ex­ports In­dia, Mukhtarul Amin, will de­liver an ex­pert view of the In­dian leather and footwear sec­tor. The sem­i­nar will de­tail the po­ten­tial and prospects of the lo­cal sec­tor, both on the do­mes­tic and ex­port front, in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and FDI in­cen­tives of­fered by Gov­ern­ment of In­dia.

On day two, the Global Sourc­ing Sem­i­nar pro­gram will com­mence at 8am for an ex­hibitor-fo­cussed sem­i­nar pre­sented by se­nior re­tail con­sul­tant Sarah Gale to pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive overview of the Aus­tralian mar­ket, and the sea­son­al­ity within dif­fer­ent re­gions.

Un­der­stand­ing the Aus­tralian Mar­ket – Strate­gies for Pitch­ing to Trade Buy­ers is a com­pli­men­tary sem­i­nar on Wed­nes­day 21 Novem­ber, but book­ing is es­sen­tial to guar­an­tee your place.

About the show Footwear and Leather Show Aus­tralia, co-lo­cated with In­ter­na­tional Sourc­ing Expo Aus­tralia and China Cloth­ing Ac­ces­sories Tex­tiles Expo, is Aus­tralia’s premier in­ter­na­tional sourc­ing show for footwear, leather and leather ac­ces­sories. Into its third year, the three-day trade only event opens at Mel­bourne Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre on 20 Novem­ber 2018 and is re­stricted to bona fide trade pro­fes­sion­als.

In­ter­na­tional sourc­ing expo pho­tos by Lucas Daw­son Pho­tog­ra­phy

Marie Kin­sella IEC Group CEO at 2017 In­ter­na­tional sourc­ing expo. Pic cour­tesy: Lucas Daw­son

In­ter­na­tional sourc­ing expo pho­tos by Lucas Daw­son Pho­tog­ra­phy

CLE mem­bers at the rib­bon cut­ting.

In­ter­na­tional sourc­ing expo pho­tos by Lucas Daw­son Pho­tog­ra­phy

In­ter­na­tional sourc­ing expo pho­tos by Lucas Daw­son Pho­tog­ra­phy

In­dian Ex­hibitor at In­ter­na­tional sourc­ing expo

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