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What shoe fetish?

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Wed, Feb 8, 2012 @ 15:20 PM

You can never have too many shoes. That’s a fact and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Whether you're into classic, trendy, sporty or wellness styles, there is a place where you can see it all: at the upcoming  trade fair GDS 2012 - International Event for Shoes & Accessories, held from March 14 – 16, 2012 at the fairgrounds in the fashion metropolis Düsseldorf, Germany.

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More than 800 exhibitors from 30 countries will dazzle you with more than 1,800 new footwear collections for the Autumn/Winter 2012/2013 season. And if this is not enough, an extensive program of ancillary events such as catwalk shows, seminars and lectures will help you to pair your chic shoes with the right outfit. With the motto “Inspiration to Go”, the entire image of GDS has been re-designed, and you're in for a real visual treat!


“New” seems to be the keyword for GDS – the event will feature numerous new exhibitors and brands, such as Benson Shoes, Via Roma, Dumond, Piedi Nudi, Aerosoles and Barefooters. Showing their products for the first time in the premium segment will be Jo Ghost, Kenzo, Paul & Joe/Berthier, Santoni Club/Vestitus and Ducanero while the shoe collection of fashion designer Michael Michalsky will premiere in the white cubes area. In the Urban segment, Nickelson, Panama Jack, PLDM by Palladium, Shepherd, Coqueterra, Moonboot by Tecnica, Hi-Tec, Les Tropeziennes par M Belarbi, Trifoglio and Umber will make their debut.

Not to be missed is the funky “Design Attack” area, this time with the circus theme "Chikki Mikki" where about 100 young designers will present their unusual collections in a circus setting complete with a circus rink and trailers.

GDS is a "trade-only" event, and you can order your free entrance pass online at This website is also a great tool to get all the details about this exciting event for the international footwear industry.
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So get started by cleaning out your closet to make space for more wonderful new shoes!

Topics: Germany, Düsseldorf, GDS, shoe trade show, shoes, GDS 2012, Dusseldorf shoe trade fair, shoe, shoe fetish

The Medical Market is Thriving – and MEDICA 2011 is Proof of it!

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 @ 16:22 PM

The global market for medical technology and medical devices has weathered the storm of the economic and financial crisis well and is now enjoying steady growth, with a current volume of about €300 billion. Although the supply structures and the financing situation of users of medical technology can vary a lot from one country to another, the market as a whole is characterized by a lively exchange of goods. More than half of the medical devices, products and instruments produced worldwide are made for export.

The manufacturers adapt flexibly to the different needs of the various continental and regional markets. While complex systems with a relatively high degree of innovation are called for in the European and North American market, there is a demand for more robust and easy to use devices in the emerging countries of Asia and Eastern Europe in order to promote the rapid and widespread modernization of hospitals and physicians’ practices.

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This highly dynamic and competitive international medical industry will again be represented this November at MEDICA 2011, the world's largest medical trade fair, held in Düsseldorf, Germany (November 16 – 19) where about 4,500 exhibitors have booked over 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space. It’s a huge event and you should be part of it!

And there is more: at the parallel held COMPAMED 2011, the leading international trade fair for the suppliers’ market in medical manufacturing, (November 16 – 18) approximately 600 exhibitors will cover the entire medical technology supply chain – from materials and components to systems and intermediate products as well as complete systems and services.

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Together, MEDICA and COMPAMED 2011 will occupy all 19 halls of the Düsseldorf fairgrounds to present the entire process chain and the entire range of medical products, devices and instruments.

Whether you’ve been there before or are thinking about going for the first time, MEDICA and COMPAMED are THE place to be if you want to stay competitive – at least this is what 137,000 of your colleagues think who visit these trade shows every year!

Topics: MEDICA, medical, medical components, medical equipment, medical trade show, medical trade fair, international medical trade fair

How Hip Do You Want to Be? Tragically Hip! Check out GDS...

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Fri, Aug 5, 2011 @ 10:52 AM

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It’s time to get out of your sweat pants and start looking hip! The urban and streetwear trends for the next season are super colorful and can make you look like a 1000 bucks from head to toe. The young fashion for the Spring/Summer 2012 season with its three themes “Color Up”, “Preppy Yachting” and “Soft Seventies” looks modern, cool and uncompromising with bright colors: grass green, bright pink, bright yellow, pool blue and red for shirts, pants and shoes (no worries, you will not look like a canary). The look of urban and streetwear is sporty and preppy with rolled-up chinos, shorts combined with cotton shirts and comfortable lace-ups or casual espadrilles. In addition to classic, sporty maritime looks with striped patterns and traditional red-white-blue color combinations there is also a lot of natural flair. Elaborate woven sandals and platform sandals on high cork wedges together with flowing floral dresses and flared jeans in attractive washes refer to the 70’s.

To experience all these trends and be ahead of you time, just visit GDS 2011 – International Event for Shoes & Accessories and GLOBAL SHOES 2011 – leading trade show for sourcing in Düsseldorf, Germany. That’s where some 1,280 exhibitors from 42 countries will showcase their shoe, bag and accessory collections for the Spring/Sumer 2012 season from September 7 – 9, 2011. Daily fashion shows will demonstrate how trendy shoes can be combined with stylish clothes to create the perfect outfits. This is a trade only event and you can order your free entrance pass online at

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Get more information from Messe Düsseldorf North America at (312) 781-5180 or visit the website for a list of all labels represented at these hip trade fairs.

You should have listened to your mom and kept your favorite 70’s flare jeans!

Topics: Messe Duesseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, GDS, shoe trade show, GLOBAL SHOES, GDS 2012, Dusseldorf shoe trade show, Dusseldorf shoe trade fair