Gardabags, an internationl and artisan soul for the first edition of this event


 Saturday, June 16, 2018


Personalisation, creativity and authenticity: the quest for an increasingly unique and distinctive style has today led consumers to give great importance to the role of the fashion accessory. In response to this renewed demand, Gardabags will be launched, the new exhibition project by Riva del Garda Fierecongressi that will make its debut from 16th to 19th June alongside Expo Riva Schuh.

The event was created with a strong international leaning, evident right from the outset with this first edition, where over 2,000m2 of exhibition space will host 62 companies from Italy, China, India, The Arab Emirates, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany and Portugal. 

For us, it was important to create an event that immediately offered a high level of internationalisation – states Giovanni Laezza, Managing Director of Riva del Garda FierecongressiWith Gardabags, we want to offer an additional chance to the buyers who come to Expo Riva Schuh: the synergy between two events that will provide the only international business hub for footwear and accessories for the volume sector.”  

The international dimension will be interwoven with craftsmanship and the value of the local area in a special space dedicated to several companies from Trentino who create accessories based on the use of natural or recycled materials. This area will host items created from the ring-pulls of cans by DaLaLeo, those created by recycling tarpaulins from lorries and branded Volver UpCycling, accessories by Fenz Your Friends using natural materials (wood, cork, paper and stone), eco-sustainable fabrics by B-Recycled and the wooden and leather creations of Embawo.

"The presence of these companies within Gardabags - says Carla Costa, Manager of the Riva del Garda Fierecongressi Fairs Unitallows us to underline our attention towards the matters of sustainability and circular production, which are becoming increasingly pivotal in the world of fashion too. We also want to offer a new model for artisan production, which brings together ancient skills with new digital and social competence.” 


 The products on display at Gardabags will be shown inside PalaVela, the new exhibition area in Riva del Garda, situated in the town centre on the shores of Lake Garda.