The Obuv. Mir Kozhi-Spring2008 International Exhibition held from April 22 through 25, 2008 at Expocentre Fairgrounds showcased new Autumn-Winter 2008-2009 collections of shoes and other leather products from the best manufacturers.

The exhibition is a joint project of Expocentre and BolognaFiere, Italy. It enjoys official support from the National Association of Italian Footwear Manufacturers (ANCI) and the auspices of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Obuv.Mir Kozhi Exhibition is an important international event that exerts a profound influence on the Russian market of shoes and leather products. It proudly carries the labels of quality of UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and RUEF, the Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs.

For over 10 years, twice a year Obuv.Mir Kozhi has brought together the worlds leading manufacturers of shoes and leather products at Expocentre Fairgrounds. Every year the exhibition grows in numbers. The spring edition of 2008 welcomed about 400 companies from 12 countries: Austria, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Macedonia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain and Turkey. Companies from Italy and Spain enjoyed their respective countries state support.

The Italian Exposition was traditionally the largest. About 270 companies from this country demonstrated their products.

At the press conference devoted to the 28th edition of Obuv.Mir Kozhi, Mr. Angelo Giannini, ANCI Vice President stressed that participation in Obuv.Mir Kozhi generated significant turnover for Italian companies. It is the best foreign event that presents Italian shoes and lether products. It is a tradition to demonstrate high quality Italian shoes collections of middle and high price range. Italian manufacturers are offered every opportunity to establish contacts and sign deals with partners who come from all over Russia. Mr. Giannini also revealed a new Italian project called press room, the main office of which will be situated in Moscow. Here media representatives will be able to see the quality of Italian shoes and leather products firsthand and get all the information they could need.

Shoes from Italy March 2008 preceded the spring edition of the exhibition. Shoes from Italy welcomed 87 Italian companies that received a great number of orders Russian clients.

The Obuv.Mir Kozhi International Exhibition is an influential event in the Russian industry of shoes and leather products. Representatives of wholesale companies and trade houses help to promote goods in various Russian regions. The number of visits to the spring edition of Obuv.Mir Kozhi2008 made up 12 700, which is 33% more than what was registered during the previous fall edition. The exposition space grew 11%, which is a record number since 1981, 8 025 sqm. The number of professional visitors from Russian regions and the CIS has also increased in 18%, which made up 5 090 people (72% of the total number of visitors, 7 070 people).

The work at the exhibition resulted in contracts for shoes and leather products from such well-known companies as Pakerson, Trend, Stone Haven, Nebuloni, Baldinini, Dino Bigioni, Pareo, Fabi, Lori Blu, Mario Cerutti, Nouchka, Alberto Gozzi, Mario Bruni, Marino Fabiani, Fratelli Rossetti, Maros, Alima, Jocomomola, Barrats 1890, Joika, Nobel, Good Man, Enzo Logana, Ricima, Gode, Pola, Top Line, Marianelli and many others.

Industry professionals consider this exhibition one the most efficient business events.

The exposition not only showcased various collections of shoes and leather products but also accommodated the 4th Salon of Bags, Haberdashery and Accessories.

The fall edition of Obuv. Mir Kozhi2008 is scheduled to be held from October 21 to 24, 2008 at Expocentre Fairgrounds. It will present Spring-Summer 2009 shoe collections.