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Everything you need to know about the new Gallery Shoes

News - 03 Apr 2017

News Everything you need to know about the new Gallery Shoes

For many years, it was considered the «fair of the fairs» and has recently announced profound changes. The GDS as we knew it, ended last February. However, the international footwear market will have a new beginning in Düsseldorf. The first Gallery Shoes will be held from 27 to 29 August, from Sunday to Tuesday. That means the internationally recognized heritage of Düsseldorf as a business center, with over 60 years of history, will be preserved in the future with a new configuration and administration. “The stories which connect the Portuguese footwear industry to GDS mean a lot to us”, highlighted the Gallery Shoes’ Project Manager, Ulrike Kähler.

Gallery Shoes will perpetuate GDS’ concept, though being organized by a new administration: an international business fair with a modern and contemporary environment and presentation options that will fulfill the needs of the exhibitors. Due to Areal Böhler’s smaller configuration – the local where the event will take place –, “a simpler and more precise platform will emerge, which is marked by its energy, expertise and wide offer variety”. All of this will provide a great energy for the international footwear fair new start, in Düsseldorf”. In addition, Igedo Company, an affiliated company to Messe Düsseldorf, will assure all the international support of the trade fair through foreign representatives.
The tradeshow will be divided into five sections: Premium, Contemporary, Urban, Comfort and Kids. It will have an area of 10.500 m² and will be able to host 500 brands. The organization is expecting between 8000 and 10,000 visitors from North, Centre and Eastern Europe.
“The fact that the new schedule of the event falls on different days of the week will also allow independent and smaller specialist stores to visit the event”, stated Ulrike Kähler.