Opening Text Gallery January 2018

[ December 18, 2017 ]

Significant growth for Igedo Company at Areal Böhler

  • More brands in the PREMIUM & AGENCIES area
  • More agencies present for up to nine days
  • A growing number of exhibitors represented at both Gallery and Gallery SHOES
  • Ilka Bessin, the comedian formerly known for playing the role of ‘Cindy from Marzahn’ (a fictional character from Berlin’s working-class area Marzahn), with her Bessin collection that is sustainably produced in Europe
  • Collective Hungarian booth of five exciting brands, including the label Wyhoys that uses materials certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). And also Nes, which offers handmade shoes by designer Andrea Szilágyi (who trained at Verena Arapu and Christian Lacroix Haute Couture before graduating from Studio Berçot in Paris)

Gallery Impressionen Part IThe new synergy of the two sister tradeshows Gallery and Gallery SHOES is also bringing new momentum to Gallery as an international fashion tradeshow in Düsseldorf – with more than 800 international brands.

“There is a noticeable rise in the demand from the high-end segment. The PREMIUM & AGENCIES area is experiencing the strongest growth. At the last edition there were 20 agencies, but for the upcoming event we are already expecting 27,” summarises Ulrike Kähler, Project Director of Gallery and Gallery SHOES. “That is equivalent to a growth of 35%.”


The list of new exhibitors includes bag label Anokhi (stocked by stores including BREUNINGER), authentic woollen sweaters by Fisherman out of Ireland, international fashion by Sarah Pacini (which has its own shops and shop-in-shops worldwide), minimalist scarves, hats and T-shirts by Nebo from Munich, handcrafted shirts by Edward Cooper and contemporary looks by Suncoo from Paris (via Feldges & Heidt). They are complementing the existing portfolio of brands which includes Add, Another Souvenir, D.A.T.E. Sneakers, Des Petit Hauts, Fabiani, Hannes Roether, Inuikii, Kaos, Lucky de Luca, Majestic Filatures, Luis Trenker, Parka London, Tom Kerk and Wool & Co.

“We are also seeing more agencies exhibiting in the ›Alte Schmiedehallen‹ and the ›Kesselhaus‹, represented at the event for a total of up to nine days on both sides of the official tradeshow dates.” The list includes 22 fashion agency, Alpha Studio/Franco Rossi, Altea/Ralf Klüver, Celine Klauser, Die Hinterhofagentur, D-tails, Feldges & Heidt, Gabi Heininger, Modeagentur Schiess, Moderaum Fischer, Pegaso and The Last of the True/Stefan Kudla.

“We are particularly delighted that more and more shoe and accessories brands are exhibiting at the Gallery order platform, some of which are also exhibiting at Gallery SHOES,” says Ulrike Kähler. Visitors to Gallery can look forward to seeing shoes by Andjel, Altraofficina, Fabiani, G.H. Bass, Jelly Jolly, Karl Lagerfeld, Lotto Leganda, Noclaim and Wrangler in the PREMIUM & AGENCIES area. Altraofficina, G.H. Bass, Karl Lagerfeld Shoes, MGM Design Accessoires, Papucei Shoes & Accessoires, VE&TO Accessoires and What For Shoes are exhibiting at both platforms, Gallery and Gallery SHOES. There is a marked growth in exhibitors participating in both tradeshows.


This area is home to avantgarde and contemporary brands including Azizi, Creare, Crea Concept, Elemente Clemente, Kopenhagen by Andersen, N + by Nör, Rundholz Black Label, The Swiss Label and Ümit Ünal.


Kollektionspräsentation Ilka BessinThe founder and owner of this new label first shot to fame in Germany as a comedian playing the role of “Cindy from Marzahn”, an endearing fictional character from Berlin’s working-class area Marzahn. And now Ilka Bessin is fulfilling the dream of creating her own fashion line for plus sizes. In the CONTEMPORARY area at Gallery, Bessin will be presenting her new collection of tops, sweaters, jeans, parkas, coats, dresses and blouses. All under the motto: “Love your curves! Be yourself, you have nothing to hide!” Her fashion label Bessin is aimed at women who wear sizes 42 to 54, but still want to keep up with the latest trends. Here, the feel-good factor is combined with high quality. A matter very close to her heart is sustainable production in Europe. “As well as the design and quality of the materials, the working conditions for the production employees are also very important to me. A fair wage and regulated working hours should become standard practice throughout the entire fashion industry.”

Representatives of Hungary

For the first time, a collective booth will be showcasing one fashion label, two bag collections and a shoe and jewellery collection from Hungary with a focus on design/avantgarde in the CONTEMPORARY area in the ›Alte Schmiedehallen‹.

Visitors can look forward to the ladieswear label Wyhoys by designer Lilla Papai, who is synonymous with sustainable fashion and transparent production. She primarily uses purely ecological materials certified by the ‘Global Organic Textile Standard’ (GOTS). The design and production are carried out in Hungary, ensuring that every step is personally monitored and that the requirements of environmentally friendly production and social responsibility can be met.

Laoni, a bag label for ladies and men, offers timelessly elegant pieces with exciting colour combinations in a distinctive design and excellent quality. The extensive collection includes models for every occasion – whether during the day, in the evening or at work. A highlight is the luxurious stonebag, which innovatively combines natural slate with the finest leather.

Established in 2012 in Budapest, Bogabag has specialised in handmade leather bags that are practical, timeless, classic and minimalistic and were created for modern women.

Nes Shoes has been on the market since 2004. The label was founded by Andrea Szilágyi who, after training at Verena Arapu and Christian Lacroix Haute Couture, graduated from the Studio Berçot fashion school in Paris. For her, sophisticated shoes are an essential tool for self-expression that underline the wearer’s own beauty and personality. The designs are made sustainably by hand for confident women. They impart a sense of wellbeing and provide luxury for both the soul and the feet in the urban jungle.

The Mama Kin takes inspiration from architectural design, nature and playful minimalism. Jewellery for women who love clean, straightforward pieces that look just as good combined with casualwear as they do with a little black dress. Whether gold-plated, with robust surfaces or made of copper, the label loves to experiment.

This cooperation is being coordinated by the Hungarian National Trading House, which brings together Hungarian companies with business partners from abroad. Represented in more than 60 countries, it explores and opens up markets for Hungarian companies. As well as looking for foreign companies for Hungarian business partners, they also offer assistance with logistics solutions, process operations and speeding up production.


As the only B2B fashion tradeshow for evening and formalwear in Europe, this area is particularly important for brands that follow half-yearly intervals for winter and summer collections. The winter edition is particularly exciting because it is not represented in the general tradeshow business for bridalwear. Its concept appeals in particular to bridalwear suppliers who wish to present their evening and formalwear twice a year, irrespective of the dates of the bridal fairs.

Since 2017, GALLERY EVENING & OCCASION has been taking place as a stand-alone attraction in the ›Kaltstahlhalle‹. The segment should be seen in an overall fashionable context and not separate from the latest fashion trends as it usually is. Professional visitors profit from a platform at the Areal Böhler in Düsseldorf on which decision-makers, professional buyers and influencers all come together. Against an industrial backdrop, GALLERY EVENING & OCCASION invites professional buyers to place orders from Saturday until Monday – together with the leading brands from this sector:

Christian Koehlert • Fashion New York • Frank Saul Fashions • Gina Bacconi • Grand Soir • Jora Collections • L’Atelier Pour La Femme • Lexus Shoes & Handbags • Luxuar Limited • Magic Bride • Magic Nights • Mascara • Mode Exclusive Mehra • Nalejo • Nana Couture • Passion • Shubette Of London • Visous • Weise Fashion