Berlin — The organization of GDS, Germany’s leading trade fair for shoes, is being transferred from Messe Düsseldorf to the Igedo Company as of the next summer show in late August/early September.
The venue of the show will also be shifted from the Düsseldorf fairgrounds to the Areal Böhler, an old industrial ensemble under landmark protection that houses the Igedo Company’s current order platform, Gallery. The Igedo Company was the power behind the now defunct Igedo and then CPD fairs, both of which were Europe’s largest fashion fairs in their heyday.
GDS has also had turbulent years behind it. In close cooperation with the shoe industry, the Messe Frankfurt worked to reshape the show’s concept, but acknowledged the expectations of the new GDS have not been fulfilled.
Citing changes in the footwear market, Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, president and chief executive officer of Messe Düsseldorf suggested that GDS “no longer seems to be the right format for the current challenges within the shoe sector. For this reason we are now taking consistent action with new responsibilities and a new venue.”
The next edition of GDS will be held as planned at the Düsseldorf fairgrounds from February 7-9, 2017, but thereafter, responsibility for the Messe Düsseldorf’s shoe fair will be transferred to the Igedo Company. Details of the new concept will be released during GDS in February.