NEW YORK — Stretch suedes, hides with metallic finishes, and sequin-embellished footwear textiles were the biggest hits at Lineapelle’s fall 2016 show held at the Metropolitan Pavilion here last week.
Laurent Bove, commercial manager of French leather distributor Cuirs Du Futur, reported that his business from the show had increased 10 percent from last year. On the fashion side, he said that stretch suede had found a newfound prevalence over its leather counterpart this season.
Italian firm DEG Rainbow Leathers was also enjoying the fruits of a weakened euro versus the dollar, reporting a 10 percent increase in U.S. sales as well. DEG’s Giacomo Priolo said that leathers treated with metallic foils and glitter finishes were performing particularly well this season.
American companies were not as elated about the economic shift. Pan American Leathers’ Abram Mendal said that the show’s attendees would be “silly not to take advantage of the lower euro” at this season’s show and that, as a result, his booth’s foot traffic was slower than it had been in the past.
However, because Pan American is based in New York, Mendal said that the company offers a convenience to American brands that some of the show’s European counterparts do not. Many brands, he said, were more apt to make follow-up appointments at the firm’s Garment District showroom rather than conduct business directly at the show.
Pan American, he said, was experiencing an uptick in hides dyed cobalt blue and bright red.
This season, Lineapelle New York hosted 86 exhibitors from the accessories material sector — including distributors of leather, exotic skins, textiles, synthetics, and trims. Lineappelle will next host shows in Milan from Sept. 9 to 11 and Guangzhou, China, on Nov. 11 and 12.