The 43rd annual edition of the Kastoria International Fur Fair (KIFF) kicked off on May 3 in Athens, Greece. As the top annual event for the Greek fur industry, 123 exhibitors participated, showcasing the very best that fur has to offer to attract new customers from new markets in an effort to combat industry uncertainty.
NAFA was, once again, the grand sponsor of this year’s fair and continues to the hold position as the main supplier of quality mink and wild fur into the Greek Market. NAFA was presented with a memorial plaque by the organization at the opening ceremony in recognition of our support in the region. Our influence in this market was further exemplified by the display of NAFA’s logo in many exhibitors’ booths and garments.
Over the 4 days, attendance totaled more than 1300 visitors from 43 countries, representing an 18% increase in participation from the previous year. Russia, followed by Ukraine, had the highest total number of attendants at the fair, far exceeding the volume of participants from these countries in the prior year. Attendees also came from Kazakhstan, Turkey, North America, and other parts of Europe. Exhibitors at the fair were encouraged by the presence of a number of Korean and Chinese visitors, seeing potential future business in those markets.
The runway show during the opening gala was dominated by exquisite pieces made from dyed Mink, as well as number of Sable items which continues to be a popular item. Most fur purchases were primarily focused on Black, Pastel, Blue Iris, Sapphire and dyed Mink. Demand for Wild Fur was largely focused on Sable and Lynx Cats.
The weakening of the Russian Rouble over the last month has reduce confidence in the Greek and Russian markets, causing purchases to be more selective at the fair. However, business at the fair was satisfactory overall, despite market conditions.