Gold and diamond-clad stilletos unveil at the Leatherworld Middle East 2017

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(April 30, 2017) DUBAI-  High-heeled 24-karat gold and diamond-clustered ladies shoes in a black lacquered delivered by helicopter for 30,000 euros, how about that?

On its third year, Leatherworld Middle East 2017, the region’s largest leather trade show has so much more exciting and luxurious leather goods and accessories, designs and innovations, machneries and equipment to offer.

One of its highlights is the debut of ladies footwear collection of Italian designer Antonio Vietri,  the  24 karat gold embossed and diamond encrusted women’s footwear amounting to as much as 30,000 euros.

Vietri was a crowd favourite at Dubai’s Leatherworld Middle East exhibition last year with the  launch of a pair of blue suede loafers with gold ribbons weaved into the outsole valued at 25,000 euros .

His ladies’ shoes collection also features silk pumps embossed with gold or silver and buyers can customise them if they wish with pearls, Swarovski crystals, or diamonds, according to the press statement.

“I’m delighted to officially unveil my women’s collection at Leatherworld Middle East 2017, following the resounding success of the global launch of my men’s collection at the show last year,” said Vietri. “Gulf consumers love exclusivity and luxury that’s entirely unique, and I’m excited to present customers and retailers something completely different from anything they’ve seen before.”

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The three-day event which will start from April 30 until May 2 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. will  feature national pavilions from France, South Africa, Indonesia, and for the first time, Egypt. Debut exhibitors  from Australia, Netherlands and Thailand will be joining the regular participants.

Other innovative and novel products to look out for include a selection of Brazilian hair-on-hides cowhide, used primarily for household interiors or furniture;   one of the world’s largest suppliers of industrial sewing machines with more than 400 different sewing machine types for the garment, automotive, leather and shoe industries;  3D CAD software;  Amazonian fish hides (the Arapaima is native to South America’s Amazon basin, and one of the world’s largest fresh water fish – it can grow up to eight feet long and weigh 330 pounds) ;  Saudi faux-leather bags; vegetable and chrome tanned leathergoods and accessories; exotic ostrich skin crocodile, python, water-snake, eel, and stingray; ESMOD, the French Fashion Institute Dubai’s talented designers; creations and more.

“Leatherworld Middle East was designed to showcase innovative and novel products and ground-breaking designs in leather manufacturing, design and finishing,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Frankfurt Middle East.  “The show’s vast reach makes it a very efficient vehicle to reach the potentially lucrative regional market.”

According to analysts Euromonitor International (EMI), the MEA’s production turnover of tanned and dressed leather (including footwear, clothes, and accessories) was worth US$4.08 billion in 2016, and estimated to rise to US$4.22 billion by 2020.

The retail value of luxury leather goods across the region is also solid; EMI estimates that spending on luxury leather bags, travel goods, and men’s and women’s small leather items, was worth US$1.46 billion in 2016, with this rising to US$1.84 billion in 2020. #####

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