I head to Lineapelle in Milan to look for materials for the Autumn Winter 2020 Cody&Co range.
Day 1 - I focus on heavier winter leathers. First stop is our main supplier, Steads&Co of Leeds where I look at some characterful, burnished leathers for our winter boot developments. They are very busy as usual but I manage to slot in on my fifth walk-by for what turned out to be a really helpful meeting.
Next stop Italian supplier Santori for tumbled grain nubuck leathers as a possible choice on new sneaker development.
A review of the day’s work and we have some really interesting options from suppliers in the UK, Italy and Portugal. Our focus is to use UK suppliers wherever possible, but due to the relatively under-developed supply chain in the UK this is not possible for all components used within our products. We have leathers, shoe boxes and of course production covered off in the UK and we will work across the coming seasons to add more UK supply to our offering.
One of the highlights of any trip to Milan, the food and wine and a very comfortable stay courtesy of the Senato hotel in Central Milan...
A beautiful morning in Milan and a brief diversion to Starbucks for some planning before jumping on the Metro back to Rho for the Fair (even the Starbucks looks classy in Milan…)
A decent number of visitors heading to the fair this morning…Thursday is a busier day as many buyers make this their first day at the show and the halls are a lot more bustling. Transport links from central Milan are very easy so this is a really convenient show to visit.
Today is accessories day and I am loving the latest pure hevea milk rubber commando sole from Parisian based Lactae Hevea, suppliers of our current sneaker unit. Some really nice sole concepts at Gommus of Italy with this flecked sole boot sole from their St Moritz range creating a lot of food for thought for winter boots. We aspire to create the ultimate British workboot and any good workboot always starts with a hard wearing, chunky sole. These are two excellent contenders.
This is what I love about the Italian footwear industry, always developing new finishes and techniques. These ultraviolet prints are incredible and we will be looking to utilise these for our new product development.
This specialist embroidery company from Monte San Giusto are also a firm we are looking to work with to help achieve the premium finish in our branding applications.
And this ingenious stud press that forms intricate stud patterns in one movement is one of the more aspirational applications we hope to utilise in the coming seasons. I’ve seen some excellent trims, accessories and branding treatments at the show so we are in good shape to start putting together our AW20 product development.
The time flies by at these shows and I am soon boarding the flight home out of a perfect Milanese sunset.
All being well, I will be back in October to focus on Spring Summer 2021 development.