Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

The 93rd edition of Expo Riva Schuh and the 4th edition of Gardabags will be held at the Riva del Garda Exhibition Centre from Saturday 11th January until Tuesday 14th January,  with an increasingly international edge and a focus on training.  

With 1,310 exhibitors - 266 Italian and 1,044 from abroad – representing their brands and companies at the 93rd Expo Riva Schuh, the international event and reference point for volume footwear will run until Tuesday 14th January in Riva del Garda.

From important return visits, such as that of the Bulgarian exhibitors, and the increase in companies from Turkey, the exhibition is increasingly up-to-date and dynamic and will once again see the involvement of 38 countries for this edition, occupying over 32,000m2 of exhibition space.

“Expo Riva Schuh offers a unique overview of the footwear chain – according to Roberto Pellegrini, Chairman of the organising company, Riva del Garda Fierecongressi –as wellas guaranteeing importers, wholesale distributors and chains of shops the chance to initiate investments and business relationships within the major international markets. And for some time now, the event is also able to offer an increasingly complete business experience, thanks to   Gardabags.” In Hall D, served by the new north entrance, attention will be concentrated on the bags and leather goods sector of this event, which, with 78 exhibiting companies – 36 from Italy and 42 from abroad – will give even greater value to the entire marketplace.

Determined to maintain their role in the international market, once again for 2020 the events have increased their activities aimed at attracting new visitors by promoting the presence of delegations of buyers from Peru, Colombia, Romania, Croatia, Poland, Sweden, Russia, TheUkraine and Kazakistan, organised by both the Italian Trade Agency and MAECI (The Ministry for Foreign Affairs) and also by the Expo Riva Schuh and Gardabags Study Centre.

Right at the heart of this edition is the Hangar Area, a multi-purpose space in Hall D that will host  a packed programme of training events due to take place during the four days of the exhibition, aimed at analysing the fashion system from various angles: from the sustainability of the production chain to the research for new trends, and even the purchasing experience. 

The promotion of training events is designed to provide technical know-how but also more specific knowledge about the trade fair. Meeting decision-makers in person and becoming a key reference point for development and innovation is fundamental to us, and is the key to a solid, authoritative brand reputation” – states Carla Costa, Exhibitions Manager for the organising company, Riva del Garda Fierecongressi.

Saturday 11th January at 11:00 sees the inauguration with talks by the Chairman of Riva del Garda Fierecongressi, Roberto Pellegrini, and the Manager of Expo Riva Schuh and Gardabags, Carla Costa, who will reveal the figures and future prospects of this, the most complete international marketplace dedicated to volume footwear and accessories.

At11:45 a look into "The sustainability of the fashion leather system production chain,” with Roberto Vago, Director of Assomac – the National Association of Italian constructors of machines and accessories for footwear, leather goods and tanneries – and Debora Rosciani, radio journalist for Radio 24 and ‘il Sole 24 ore.’ The talk will focus on the optimised management of production processes in order to reduce impact, consumption and avoid waste.  

Saturday 11th January at 15:00 a business event about “Trends, innovation and eco-friendly fashion in Kazakistan: our vision for the future,” by Irina Nechaeva, head of the Institute for Innovation and Creativity and representative of the Committee for light industry of the national chamber of "Atameken" entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakistan.

Saturday 11th January at 17:00 Andrea Maragno, founder of the Joe Velluto Studio and Sonia Tasca, trends expert and coordinator for the same organisation, will lead the meeting entitled  “Responsible visions for a sensed design:” a brief analysis of the various approaches with which it is possible to “make design” by citing certain trends and unique case studies that confirm the undeniable direction in which both people and the market are shifting – that of sustainability, and not only in environmental terms.

Sunday 12th January at 11:00 Enrico Cietta, CEO of Diomedea, will analyse the matter of “Stock management as a competitive lever,” with a technical presentation based on the purchasing experience and technology for the sales process.  

Sunday 12th January at 15:00 don’t miss Vision Lab by Arsutoria” with Carlo Sorrenti, Product Manager and R&D consultant, specialised in materials for the luxury sector and co-founder and CEO of the DOMINO EGO company, operating in Malta.

Monday 13th January at 15:00 the programme of technical events within Expo Riva Schuh and Gardabags will conclude with “Autochthony, tradition and innovation in the production chain,” by Professor Rita Annecchini, Director of NAMI – the New Academy of Italian Fashion and Advisor for the Chieti Pescara Fashion System Confindustria.

All the training sessions will be introduced by Matteo Pasca, Managing Director of the AF Editions Group. 

To complete the packed programme of business meetings, new for this edition are some more leisure-based events. On Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th from 21:30, the Palameeting area of the Congress Centre will open its doors to welcome exhibitors and visitors with two evening events dedicated to the music of Abba and Queen entitled “Shoes, Bags and Music.” Details and times for all the Expo Riva Schuh and Gardabags events can be found in the events section of the website,



Diomedea Milan  - Expo Riva Schuh and Gardabags Press Office  | Tel. +39 02 89546251 |