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Lacoste Paris

As a world premiere at GDS/GLS Lacoste will be presenting shoe and bag styles from the new Lacoste Paris collection created for the New York Fashion Show. Head designer Christophe Lemaire has captured the flair of the exclusive French Alpine ski resort Megève in this collection. The shoe collection includes an update on the classic hiking boot: a padded version in oiled leather for men and sexy high heels with a ski-style hook and lace system for women. Lemaire also blends the typical smart and sporty Lacoste style with the fresh colours of the Jamaican flag. The men’s shoe styles include ankle-boot variations on the classic brogue while for women golfing shoes feature as high heels in suede leather with bright colours and surprising details. Sports bags in high-quality felt with sewn-on college patches round off the look here. hall 17 / stand D 20.

Object in Mirror by Silvana Lauri

Handcrafted precision teamed with modern design – are the by-words of the objects in mirror collection. The Italian firm Silvana Lauri founded in 1976 brought the objects in mirror collection onto the market in 2004. It combines traditional craftsmanship with loving attention to detail and is characterised by a very moderninspired yet at the same time pure and clear line. Designer Daniele Pezzola gives the high-quality collection his own signature style. Before this he worked in the design teams of the Roberto del Carlo, Moma and Hugo collections. hall 17 / stand B 49.

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Designer Bernd Dörr makes bags out of leather reclaimed from old sports equipment and recycled gymnastics mats. Why? “Retro sport fashion lacks exclusive and highquality bags. Our one-offs tell a whole host of stories and everyone can identify with our materials,” says the retro gym master. Zirkeltraining came onto the market in
October 2007. The collection for everyday gymnasts comprises styles with names like handstand, squat vault, roll, vaulting horse, pommel horse, buck and trampoline.
Each of the one-offs is hand-made and extremely robust. The 14 different bag shapes range from classic messenger bags and ladies’ handbags through to wallets and padded laptop cases. Zirkeltraining by Bernd Dörr Recycling Goods is limited due to the lack of raw materials and is only sold in select bag shops in Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan and Austria. hall 9 / stand A 66.

ZDAR Boots

Inspired by the tradition of the Russia Valenki boot, a felt shoe made according to a centuries-old process, trendy shoe designer Peter Schmid nurtured the vision of designing a shoe with a difference to create an entirely new look – and the ZDAR boot was born! There are endless ancient legends and stories surrounding the
Valenki boot that insist on its healing properties – for instance for colds and rheumatism. ZDAR Boots redefine the Valenki boot: trend-oriented, casual and uncomplicated. Made of 100% robust, hard-wearing and highly insulating natural felt, elaborately handmade and featuring a natural rubber sole as well as incorporated hemp fabric, the boot combines pleasant wear properties and casual style. The shoes are manufactured in Germany according to the highest quality standards. hall 9 / stand B 62.

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Vintage Handmade

The Vintage Handmade label from the Netherlands sells high-quality shoes for men and women. The name says it all: the company stands for tradition, high quality and craftsmanship. The look is classically sporty with great importance attached to wearer comfort. The multi-functional high-performance styles are made using exquisite leather and other high-quality materials. All styles are handmade in Italy.
With bags functionality is a top priority. The collection includes bags for travel and business, rucksacks along with ladies’ handbags. hall 9 / stand C 22-5.

Swiss Boots

Made in Switzerland – the high-quality men’s shoes from the young label Swiss Boots presents a classic, timeless and elegant look. The two brothers Valentino and
Pompeo De Santis founded the company after learning the shoemaking trade in their father’s workshop. With great craftsmanship today they manufacture styles with a perfect fit and long-lasting quality. “Especially comfortable and hard-wearing shoes men will never want to take off” is the result, according to company owner. hall 9 / stand C 22-2.

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Casadei can be seen as synonymous with the success story of one Italian firm. The roots of the brand go back to 1958 when Quinto and Flora Casadei founded a little firm still making an international name for itself today. Already in the 60s the brand was known as an influential trendsetting name beyond Italy’s borders. Today the family firm is in its second generation with Cesare Casadei as its creative mind designing real objects of desire for self-confident, sophisticated women. Excellent craftsmanship Made in Italy as well as a successful combination of tradition and modernity form the essence of the dynamic company. For its image campaign Casadei collaborates with some of the most famous fashion photographers in the world like Mario Sorrenti, Nick Knight, Mario Testino, Javier Vallhonrat and Raymond Meier and renowned illustrators like François Berthoud hall 9 / stand D 64.



The Italian firm Pollini produces luxury shoes, bags, leather goods and accessories for men and women. The firm looks back on a long tradition: at the end of the 19th century Romeo and Domenico Pollini founded their workshop in Italy’s bastion of leather ware San Mauro. They focus on exquisite craftsmanship and select materials and the firm has stayed true to these principles right until today. The first themed collections arrived on the scene in the late 60s. The firm went global in the 70s opening its own stores in fashion metropolises. The late 80s saw the firm start up collaborations with renowned fashion designers. In 2001 72% of Pollini was taken over by the Italian holding company AEFFE. The group’s portfolio includes the luxury brands Alberta Ferretti, Moschino, Gautier and Narciso Rodriguez.hall 9 / stand A 48.


Styles at Italigente feature a serious modern style, exquisite materials, a perfect fit and Italian craftsmanship. Founder Magnus Ericson comes from Sweden and is a shoe specialist: he is the fifth generation in his family to work in the shoe business and the luxury line Italigente is now being marketed worldwide. The target group is “quality-conscious clientele who are offered sensational wear comfort by Italigente.”
The collection celebrated its retail debut in Stockholm in September 2007 at Nordiska Kompaniet. The finest leather is used here provided by leading Italian tanneries. Some 200 specialised work processes go into a pair of welt-sewn shoes.
Shoes take at least seven days to make. hall 9 / stand E 28 GDS/GLS and global shoes will be held at the Düsseldorf exhibition centre from 14 to 16 March 2008. A total of 1,365 exhibitors from 39 countries (current as of: 20 February 2008) will be presenting their new shoe and bag collections for Autumn/Winter 2008/09 and trends for the current season.


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