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STYL
24.-26.8. 2014

International Fashion Fair

KABO
24.-26.8. 2014

International Fair of Footwear and Leatherware

STYL-KABO August 2014 in numbers

 

609 foreign visitors registered at the cash offices in the Fairs STYL and KABO. They came from 23 countries, predominantly from Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Austria. Individual visitors came from distant countries such as Brazil, Russia, Finland or Israel. During the three days 67 media representatives from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary accredited at the Press Centre.

Number of exhibitors and companies represented 297 (STYL: 196, KABO: 101)
Number of participating countries 17
Total exhibition space in m2 7 713 (STYL: 4 932, KABO: 2 781)
Number of visitors 5 536
Number of accredited journalists 67

What they said about the trade fairs

Jiří Kuliš, Chief Executive Office of the Trade Fairs:
The August trade fairs STYL and KABO not only showed new fashion trends, but mainly signalised economic recovery and increase in the fashion market demand.

Betty Liu, International Affairs Section Chief, Taiwan Textile Federation:
Our participation is the first official presentation of the Taiwan Textile Federation at the Brno trade fairs. We brought here six companies representing Taiwanese manufacturers of materials for lingerie, and outdoor clothing and activities, as well as manufacturers of final products, such as socks, scarves, and gloves. We also present Taiwan as a country powerful in the field of production of synthetic fibres and the second biggest producer of nylon in the world. We initiated business negotiations of the Czech and Taiwanese traders who visited our stand. We think it is a good start.

Andrzej Kurowski, representative of the company ROCKS, Poland:
At the trade fair we present jeans fashion for ladies from thirty years of age. The organization of the trade fair is very good, even the atmosphere of the party the first day was excellent. Concerning our business activities I think that we have reached the same sales volume as in February or last August, but that’s because customers, who know our goods from last time, came to our stand and did business with us.

Petr Urban, Managing Director of the company URBAN GROUP:
We exhibit here regularly once a year and I have to say that in the last three years the quality of the trade fair has increased. There are prettier stands here and more quality presentations. The choreography at fashion shows is very well done; the models are beautiful and they present the goods nicely. In comparison with previous years the quality of STYL and KABO has definitely improved.

Hana Mašlíková, model, the face of the brand RICH & ROYAL:
The trade fair is still a place where people can find new brands and choose what they want. I’m always glad to return to STYL and KABO. I used to come to Brno for five years as a model, both for the summer and the winter trade fairs. I used to be a lingerie model and I like the memories of it.

Luděk Kellner, fashion designer, author of the fashion show Without a Name:
My relationship with the Brno trade fair is very good because I have been coming here for ten years, basically since high school. I’ve always wanted to have a fashion show here and this year the dream came true. And since I work here as well it’s a nice enlivenment.

Michaela Salačová, Miss Czech Republic 2000, presenter, and blogger:
I’ve come to the trade fairs to see some fashion shows and to search inspiration for writing. Six months ago Tereza Suchánková and I founded the blog project www.coolbrnoblog.cz which is focused on the lifestyle in the city of Brno. We also write articles about fashion, cosmetics, and interesting brands there.

Iva Macháčková, Managing Director of the company Afeli (dealership of the brand Tamaris):
Before every trade fair I consider whether our participation will be worth it, and during the trade fair I know that it is and that we will come the following year as well. This year I feel like the market has kicked off and reorganised a bit. We’ve been losing some customers, who haven’t innovated their businesses, but we’ve been gaining new and perspective ones in return.

Zuzana Pražáková, Managing Director of the company Lanson Praha:
KABO is a great opportunity for us to present our whole collection to the wider circle of our customers for the very first time and in all its beauty. The first two days of the trade fairs were excellent; the price of contracted footwear was slightly higher than a year ago. The market sentiment has ameliorated and diversified a bit. We’ve gained several new customers, and there is a growing interest in collections of mid-range and higher price category. Overall we’re definitely satisfied.

Martin Vilímek, Sales Manager of the company PEGA-VEL:
We returned to STYL a year ago after a longer time and we invite our customers here, because they can find several suppliers in one place here thanks to the materials section. We have branches all over the republic, but here they can see our offer all in one place. We present not only novelties but our complete offer at the trade fair.

Monika Jeglová, Sales Manager of the company KARPET:
We participate in the STYL trade fair twice a year. We meet our regular customers here, who come every half a year to view our new collection and to order, and we naturally gain new customers as well, because various new businesses are opening. We don’t participate in any other trade fairs, so our customers don’t even have a chance to see our collection somewhere else. Not everyone wants to order from catalogue, some people prefer to touch the goods and look at them in person.

Romana Táborská, sales, the company VELVETA:
We have returned to STYL after fourteen years. We want to reach mainly confectioners, both exhibitors and other manufacturers, who we invited to our stand. Czech purchasers come back to Czech suppliers nowadays, and we think that the trade fair is the place where to meet them. We feel that the interest in Czech materials is growing, because a lot of companies want to sell namely Czech products.

Roman Zábojník, the sole representative of the brands Marco Tozzi and Caprice:
We have been exhibiting at the KABO trade fair twice a year for fifteen years because we meet our customers here and we can introduce them to our new collection. We don’t see them anywhere else, as a matter of fact. Unfortunately, the number of customers from Slovakia is declining, because the situation there is more difficult. We haven’t noticed the decline in demand on the Czech market because we have favourable prices. Overall we’re satisfied.

Jana Rosíková, two-time winner of the Jan Pivečka Foundation Award in the category Professional View:
It is definitely good that this competition exists, because finding employment in our field is difficult nowadays and winning this contest means big motivation. I attend the KABO trade fair regularly, and when I don’t manage, I at least follow the web pages. Of course, I am interested in the developments in the field of footwear, I need to know what’s happening in this environment and the Brno trade fair is very important to me as a budding designer.

The 45th International Fashion and Footwear Trade Fairs STYL and KABO will take place from  the 21st to the 23rd of February 2015.

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