Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags Home Edition

The new edition of Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags is scheduled for January 16th to 19th 2021. The major international trade fair for volume footwear, and the accessories showroom that accompanies it, will inaugurate the new year with a Home Edition set to exceed all expectations in an extraordinary dimension. A captivating way in which to get ready for a year of challenges, not forgetting the importance of the community who, especially in times as difficult as these, must be recognised, cared for and listened to.

For this reason, the forthcoming edition at the Riva del Garda footwear and accessories hub has integrated its traditional offer with a range of exclusive, digital tools, dedicated to networking, business and edutainment to offer a concrete trade fair experience to the companies and workers in this sector with an offer that is a long way from the standard concepts of physical or virtual exhibitions or e-commerce platforms and is there to be discovered.

At the heart of this unprecedented edition is Expo Riva Show - The shoe connection, a collection of interviews, round table discussions, presentations and talks which will cast the spotlight on the protagonists of the volume footwear, leather goods and accessories markets, involving opinion leaders, national and international companies. Buyers and exhibitors too will be looking to discover new, successful business models, and, at the same time, will be able to explore bang up-to-date matters such as the role of B2B events in the post-Covid supply chain, sustainability, retail and new purchasing processes.

How to take part


As always, participation is for trade only, by requesting access to the Swapcard platform, where the Home Edition will take place.

To take part in the Expo Riva Show programme of events as a Buyer, click here.

Last minute entries (exhibitors)

The digital nature of the coming edition of Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags will also permit companies in this sector to gain last-minute entry to the event.

Instructions for registration are available here.

Expo Riva Show - The Show Connection Programme

Saturday 16th January:

  • Opening talk from 10:30 - 12:00 on the role of B2B events in the post-Covid supply chain.

    Talk by: Manlio Di Stefano (Under-Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation), Carlo Maria Ferro (President of the Italian Trade Agency), Siro Badon - (Chairman of Assocalzaturifici), Tommaso Cancellara (CEO of Micam Milan and Managing Director of Assocalzaturifici), Lino Mattiozzi (Chairman of Assoprov), Roberto Pellegrini, (Chairman of Riva del Garda Fierecongressi) and Alessandra Albarelli (Managing Director of Riva del Garda Fierecongressi).

  • 14:00 to 16:30 two talks on retail and the new consumer practices.

    The first talk will be concerning macro consumer trends from 2021 to 2023.

    The talk will be by: Maria Eugenia Errobidarte (Senior Consultant at WGSN Mindset), Isabelle Sakai (Chief Marketing Officer of the Bata Group) and Emanuela Prandelli (MAFED Director, Fashion, Design, and Experience Management Master, at the SDA Bocconi School of Business).

    The second talk will deal with the differences and similarities between online and offline consumption.

    The talk will be by: Federico Favero (CEO Altitudo Gold Partner Microsoft), Anna Soghoyan (CEO of Tareno LLC), Emanuela Prandelli (MAFED Director, Fashion, Design, and Experience Management Master, at the SDA Bocconi School of Business) and moderated by Antonio Altomonte (Head of Supplier Payments, Global Commercial Services, American Express Italy).

Sunday 17th January:

  • 14:00 - 16:30: Sustainability: An Opportunity or the Inevitable Future?

    This talk will look into how the period we are living through will influence the affirmation of conscious consumption, not only in the luxury market, but also in a broader sense on the entire fashion and footwear market.

    Part 1 will include talks about the difference between conscious consumption and militant consumption.

    The talk will feature Maria Eugenia Errobidarte (Senior Consultant at WGSN Mindset), William Wong (Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Brands and Vice President of the Hong Kong Footwear Association), Walter Rodrigues (Product Design Consultant and Coordinator of the Design and Research Centre at Inspiramais) and Emanuela Mora (Professor of Sociology of Communication and Director of the ModaCult Centre at the ‘Sacro Cuore’ Catholic University).

    Part 2 will ask the question "is sustainability elitist or is it for the masses?"

    This part will feature Maria Eugenia Errobidarte, Emanuela Mora, Lars Doemer (Managing Director of GoBlu International) and Simone Colombo (Head of Corporate Sustainability - OVS SpA).

Monday 18th January:

  • 14:00 - 16:30: The challenges for retail from digitalisation to the new formats.

    This talk will investigate whether or not a winning model exists or should we get ready for the reality of omni-channeling?

    The talk will be presented by Maria Eugenia Errobidarte (Senior Consultant at WGSN Mindset), Daniel Agis (CEO of Agis Consulting) and Karin Zaghi (Associate Professor of Practice of Channel and Retail at the SDA Bocconi School of Management).

    Following this, a debate on The phygital world and experience personalisation.

    This debate will be lead by Gian Paolo Delli Ponti (Senior Advisor Next Generation Customer Care at Accenture) and joined by Andrey Golub (Co-founder of ELSE Corp, General Manager for Italy; Head of AI, M&S R&D of the ICOL Group), Karin Zaghi (Associate Professor of Practice of Channel and Retail at the SDA Bocconi School of Management) and Giuseppe Angiolini (Owner of the Sugar stores) and Leonardo Comelli (VP - Sales Director at M-Cube SpA).

Tuesday 19th January:

  • 14:00 - 16:30: Consumer-driven industrial processes and the process transformation and the value chain.

    Talk by: Alberto Mattiello (Head of Innovation - Retail Hub), who, together with Sergio Dulio (Innovation Manager) and Matteo Pasca (CEO of AF Editions) will look into the consumer-driven industrial processes.

    Guido Polcan (H FARM Innovation) and Roberto Vago (Managing Director of ASSOMAC), Matteo Pasca (CEO of AF Editions) and Andrè Mikael Høibo (Business Developer - A. Høibo AS), will be discussing process transformation and the value chain.

Each of the sessions will be moderated by Sebastiano Zanolli (Manager, Advisor, Author, Speaker) and Steve Madden (Founder, Creative & Design Chief at Steve Madden Ltd).