The International Fur & Leather 2023, Seoul, opened its doors on March 27th at the Grand InterContinental Parnas to great reviews.
The event lasted for 3 days, and saw over 400 VIP guests, buyers and press walk through the doors on the fair days.
On display were luxury fur and leather collections, showcased in 33 booths, hosting exhibitors from New York, Canada, Italy, Turkey, Germany, Greece, Russia, Uzbekistan and others. The collections showed a wide range of mink, fox, sable, chinchilla, shearling, leather amongst other materials. Both the Greek ambassador, Mr. Konstantinos Daskalopoulos, as well as the Turkish ambassador Mr. Murat Tamer, and other diplomats visited their prospective exhibitors and reinforced their support to the fur trade.
On the first day of the conference, the IFF hosted a press conference attended by 15 key Korean trade, textile and fashion journalists to profile and show case the event. Mr Johannes Manakas opened the conference by highlighting the importance of the event in bringing international luxury fur and leather manufacturers to Korea, the second largest fur market in the world. And then Mr Jean Pierre Rouphael introduced The press to Furmark, marking the future of the fur industry and its quest on providing the young and modern consumers the assurances they need around sustainability, animal welfare and environmental considerations.
Exhibitors and visitors alike had great opportunities of networking, meeting industry experts, making new connections, and making sales and transactions. As well as for some meeting their long-standing partners and buyers.
The IFF Fairs, headed by Ms. Kiran Mahmood, will continue to explore new markets to provide fur and leather manufacturers with opportunities to enter new markets around the world where business is thriving, with near future opportunities looking at Japan, Kazakhstan, the Gulf region amongst other markets.