The verdict was unanimous; the 3rd annual “Fur Excellence in Athens” International Fur Fair was a triumph. Visitors to the fair, held March 26-29, 2013, at the newly opened Metropolitan Exhibition Center were overwhelmingly impressed by the sleek, upgraded booths and overall ambiance of the new venue.
It was not just the facilities though which were impressive; buyers were quick to note that the collections presented by the many Greek exhibitors offered fresh, innovative designs and superior quality craftsmanship. Mink continued to be the dominant fur with Black NAFA being the most sought after. Sable and Lynx Cat also found great interest and other NAFA Northern wild furs were attracting unprecedented attention.
The first evening of the fair, organizers hosted a gala fur show in Athens’ trendy nightclub district. Over 800 guests were treated to dinner and an upbeat, trendy show featuring the collections of fifteen members of the Hellenic Association of Furriers along with a unique scene highlighting designers from the NAFA Northern Lights project.
As the fair was drawing to a close, the atmosphere was one of overall satisfaction. Although attendance was slightly less than the previous year, as was the case at other international fur fairs, fair organizers and most exhibitors were pleased with business transacted. The Board of Directors of the Association plan to develop further relations with key retail markets to ensure continued success of this important fair.