GDS – Information, Inspiration und Impulse

+ Timberland uses GDS for the first time as a kick-off Event + Returnees G-Star and Lottusse enhance the range + Exciting international collections and trend programmes + The sector is in the starting blocks for the 121st GDS – Global Destination for Shoes & Accessories. The winter edition from 10 to 12 February 2016 will once again offer exciting collections, a comprehensive trend programme as well as fresh inspirations for retailers to design their ranges.

As an impulse-generating event for the new 2016 Autumn/Winter season GDS offers more than 800 brands the platform to present their new collections and highlights to an international audience. Inspired by the shopping metropolises of this world the STUDIO, HIGHSTREET and POP UP lifestyle worlds reflect the entire range from urban and hip labels and modern to classic styles through to Premium shoe fashions.

New at GDS
The HIGHSTREET segment awaits visitors with an exciting newcomer: with its participation Timberland underlines the international importance of GDS. Furthermore, the STUDIO segment is delighted at the return of Lottusse, the brand that has been causing a stir with high-quality collections and not just this season. The POP UP area in Hall 10 can also delight in the return of G-STAR. In the high-end premium segment STUDIO new brands like Oliver Sweeney, La Bottega di Lisa, Miista, Esseutesse and Roy Robson delight visitors. Accessories by Mur86phy as well as bags from Philipp-Lacquer and Another Bag enhance the STUDIO area.

Newcomers in the HIGHSTREET area include: Lyle&Scott, Rockland, Franzini and Via Scarpa. In the accessories segment Street Level presents trendy bag styles. The Kids segment is supplemented by exciting collections by Shoesme, Shoo Pom, Shwik and Move by Melton. EMU Australia Kids will appear for the first time with their own stand. Group Royer is presenting collections by Kickers Kids, Astaire, Mod‘8 and Robeez in the Kids Area. The POP UP Area will be presenting the brands Ten Points und NEWFS brands for the first time.

Trends @ GDS
In addition to its inspiring collection range GDS also has a comprehensive trend line-up in store. Once again the overarching trend theme will be impressively staged on the Highlight Route. The topical “Digital Craft” motif – which featured at the last edition of GDS and picked up on 3D technologies in their varied facets – will now be consistently further developed for February 2016. Under the “Fusion of Digital and Real Life Shop Experience” motto the analogue and digital world are brought together in a meaningful way. This zeitgeist theme also has inspirations on topics like “Sustainable Materials” and “Wearables” in store.

The GDS Fashion Shows and shows of individual brands again featuring in Hall 10 will provide live information on topical seasonal looks. The Trend Spots in Hall 5 provide comprehensive insights into the seasonal trends for 2016. Trends and innovations are atmospherically staged here and strikingly presented within mood spaces and design objects. Forum Touch, on the other hand, serves as a comprehensive information pool for textures and surfaces.

New collections and a unique supporting programme provide retailers with broad-based information on the latest innovations in the shoe sector. Commenting on the kick-off to the event Kirstin Deutelmoser, Director of GDS and tag it!, said: “Information and inspirations are the perfect way for retailers kick off the new season and the order period. This is exactly what retailers get at GDS: impulses for putting together an ideal range! We are delighted that newcomers like Timberland as well as returnees like G-Star and Lottusse are enhancing the collection portfolio and international flair of GDS with their participation. I hope even more retailers will use our comprehensive line-up at the forthcoming GDS.”

Fashion Bloggers: Success enters its Fourth Round
Together with styleranking February 2016 will see the FashionBloggerCafé “shoedition” enter its fourth round at GDS. Ahead of the official GDS start a new blogger will be chosen for testimonials. A worthy successor will follow in the footsteps of Maja Wyh, Alice M. Huynh and Nina Schwichtenberg alias Fashiioncarpet. At GDS the next testimonials blogger will select and review the latest shoe and accessories trends rating them with fashion know-how and publishing the most important it-pieces on high-reach channels. At the Blogger Runway Show the testimonial blogger along with four other bloggers will showcase unique looks. At the obligatory FashionBloggerCafé shoedition fashion bloggers meet to network, attend informative lectures relating to the blogging business and take part in the varied programme at the action stands of the FashionBloggerCafé shoedition.

tag it! – The Private Label Show
One date, one city, two trade shows. Running in parallel to GDS tag it! will be held for the fourth time now – as a trade show in the Private Label segment. For the first time tag it! will be staged in Hall 1 of Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre. International flair is at the forefront here with manufacturers from Asia presenting their collections particularly aimed at international retailers of shoes and accessories with a focus on sourcing and private label productions. tag it! is a unique platform for making personal contacts with key volume buyers from traditional and threshold markets. Here retailers will find the latest products for the still growing market of price-sensitive buyers.

GDS Dates in 2016
The forthcoming GDS and tag it! events will run from 10 to 12 February 2016, as usual from Wednesday to Friday. From July 2016 a new sequence of days will apply: 26 to 28 July, from Tuesday to Thursday. The new scheduling means Friday, one of the highest earning days in retail, can be avoided. Retailers can therefore use the trade shows in the most effective way possible and will not be forced to decide between a trade show visit and sales.

All activities relating to GDS and tag it! can be found online at: and

Press Officer GDS/tag it!
Maria Possinke
Cathrin Imkampe
t +49.211.4560-996 / 589
f +49.211.4560-87996

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