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Tuesday, November 15, 2016   (0 Comments)
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CHICAGO, IL (November 11, 2016) –  The current Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 collections, season highlights and a wide range of inspirations will be presented at GDS – Global Destination for Shoes & Accessories, to be held from February 7 - 9, 2017 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. With the three lifestyle worlds HIGHSTREET, STUDIO and POP UP, the representative collection portfolio, the Trend Program and an informative ancillary program, GDS will offer visitors an impulse-generating and inspiring platform.



HIGHSTREET will showcase a colorful mix of international collections. Leading global brands will be presented here with their individual brand presence. Visitors can look forward to the latest shoe trends – from Classic to Lifestyle and from Young Fashion to Performance and Comfort styles. “Currently over a hundred brands have registered for GDS. With this comprehensive array we offer our visitors a representative, international line-up. Our compact and coherent structuring of the lifestyle worlds and our trend program make work for buyers simple and efficient. I am delighted that GDS has once again been able to attract major companies like Ara Shoes, Josef Seibel Shoes, Lloyd Shoes, Mephisto, Rieker and Schuhunion, van Lier as well as the Wortmann Group with Tamaris, Marco Tozzi, Caprice, Jana and s.Oliver. For retailers GDS is an ideal place for information, networking and orders,” explained Kirstin Deutelmoser, Director of GDS.


Again presented in the HIGHSTREET lifestyle segment will be big names such as Birkenstock, the Bestseller Group with the brands Jack & Jones, Only, Pieces, Selected and Vero Moda, Gant Footwear, Kangaroos, Kappa, Napapijri Footwear, Pikolinos and Skechers. Other brands will include Buffalo, Bullboxer and Vagabond.


International participation in HIGHSTREET will be higher again brands such as Alma en Pena, Bellò, Brunate, Bruno Premi, D’Acquasparta, Gabriele, Galizio Torresi, Högl, Liu Jo, Maripé, Melvin & Hamilton, Nero Giardini, Nicola Benson, Noclaim and Peter Kaiser. Spain will also be well represented with brands like Hispanitas, Kanna, Unisa and Wonders.


In the Comfort segment the following key brands will showcase their latest styles: FinnComfort, Ganter/Hassia, Giesswein, Haflinger, Hartjes, Jomos, Semler, Waldläufer and Wolky.


The Kids’ segment in Hall 3 will showcase a comprehensive and international line-up of children’s collections. Major labels like Bisgaard, Clic!, Ecco Kids, Falcotto, Lurchi, Naturino,  Primigi and Ricosta will be there. Visitors can also look forward to brands such as bellybutton, Bundgaard, Gallucci, IKKS, Kavat, MAÁ, Pinocchio, Pololo, Richter, Shoesme, Viking and Vingino Footwear. France’s Groupe Royer will again be represented with Aster-Mod8, Kickers Kids and Nobeez the Kids’ segment.  Other children’s collections will also be presented outside the Kids’ area, integrated into the lifestyle worlds. For instance, exhibiting in the STUDIO segment will be Moschino Kids, Mou Kids, Polo Ralph Lauren Kids and Steiff.



The POP UP area will feature labels that define the street style of the trendy districts around the world: 727 Cycleur de Luxe, A.S. 98, Blackstone, Blundstone, Brako, British Knights, Dkode, Dr. Martens, Fila, HUB Footwear, Hummel, L.A. Gear, Lilimill, Loint’s of Holland, Moonah Boots, Nobrand, Palladium, Panama Jack, Project del Ray, Sendra Boots, Superga and Wednesday Whiskey.



Presented in the exclusive Studio World will be style-shaping brands with their high-quality collections in skilled, handcrafted perfection. These will include Italian collections such as Aquatalia Calpierre, Donna Carolina, Elia Maurizi, Ernesto Dolani, Giorgio 1958, Gravati, La Martina, Moma, Patricia Pepe and Officine Creative. Representing Spain will be Chie Mihara, Gadea, Lola Cruz, RAS, Pretty Ballerinas, Pertini and Zinda. Other exciting brands in the STUDIO area will include ASH, Arche, Calvin Klein, Jil Sander Navy Katy Perry, Kennel & Schmenger and See by Chloé.


Stylish men’s collections from Alexander Hotto, Camerlengo, Floris van Bommel and Franceschetti can also be found in the Studio World. Showing exciting bag collections will be Abro, AU79, Heartentry, Numero 10 and Tosca Blu. Hip sneakers will be on show from Ama Deluxe, Candice Cooper, Crime London, L4K3, Mai Mai, Nubikk, Primabase and Zespa.


GDS Trend Program

The GDS Trend Program will be a large information platform for retailers. The trend installations will offer inspirations for the POS and visual merchandising. Shoe trends will be impressively staged and visualized here. At the same time, GDS will show visitors how to best combine the key “fashion must-haves” of the season with trendy shoe fashion. The GDS Trend Talks will not only provide information for the current season but also cover future fashion developments.


Social Media and Blogger Activities

Together with the media partner “styleranking” GDS will again host various activities for bloggers and social media information events. Two “trend detectors” will also share the latest trends and impressions from GDS with the public on Instagram.


GDS 365

“GDS 365 – Digital Marketplace” is a joint project with the Berlin company “We Want Shoes”, offering an innovative B2B eCommerce platform for shoes and accessories. GDS exhibitors can present themselves in the GDS showroom at  throughout the year. As an interactive orders, communication and networking tool this digital showroom helps buyers to place their advance and repeat orders more efficiently 365 days a year.


tag it!

Held concurrently with GDS will be tag it!, presenting innovations from the private label segment. This sourcing trade show focuses on shoes and accessories, international variety as well as on a whole range of product, price and quality segments.


For further information on visiting or exhibiting at GDS or tag it! 2017, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail:; Visit our web site; Subscribe to our blog at; Follow us on twitter at


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