Hailed as one of the most successful in the history of the organization, the 42nd KASTORIA International Fur Fair was held at the International Exhibition Center of Kastoria from May 4-7. Of the 115 exhibitors, representing leading companies in the field, 80% were Greek and 20% were from other countries (Italy, Turkey, Finland and Serbia), filling the 13,000m2 (140,000 ft.) exhibition space. Taking place in the largest center for fur production in the Western world, the KASTORIA International Fur Fair included products ranging from coats and garment to shoes and accessories.
With beauty, glamor and luxury setting the tone for the four-day exhibition, the furriers’ models were original and innovative fashion proposals that will clue the fur fashion trends for the 2017-18 Winter Season. The International Exhibition Center of Kastoria was transformed into a veritable multi-cultural crossroads, where nations and races were brought together in the warm embrace of fur.
The upshot of the new Western Macedonia fur collections was magnificently showcased in the unique Fashion Show Gala. This year it washeld in an open space for the first time in Kastoria’s Doltso Square in the historical city center, where the traditional 17th- and 18th-century villas were the dramatic backdrop to the show. Draped in truly unique fur creations, the beautiful models on the catwalk won over the audience, which broke into applause: a just reward for all the efforts of the Kastorian Fur Association “The Prophet Elias”, which organized the event.
The hundreds of visitors from the globe’s most significant fur markets (1128 visitors from 32 countries) proved that the exhibition is, in fact, an event of international scope, while a considerable number of commercial deals were made over these four days.
Another parallel event was the Fur-processing Workshop for young designers, who were initiated into the art of fur. Exhibiting much enthusiasm for the luxury material they were provided with, the participants were given the opportunity to learn about its secrets and whole-heartedly threw themselves into incorporating fur in their future designs.
The date for the 2nd Fur Shopping Festival was announced at the closing of the Fur Fair. This is a large-scale, retail fur exhibition, which will take place at the International Exhibition Center of Kastoria on 3-5 November, 2017. The three-day festival at the start of the winter season is where consumers can find reasonably priced fur garments and shoes and even fur accessories. The biggest furriers from Kastoria and Siatista will be there, offering customers top-quality products at the best prices worldwide.
Outside the exhibition premises, furriers and fur stores displaying a special label will also participate in the 2nd Fur Shopping Festival, so that consumers can browse the huge range of products. The festival is organized by the Kastorian Fur Association “The Prophet Elias” and the HELEXPO-Thessaloniki International Trade Fair.