Montblanc launches luggage collection

Italy
Published:  19 June, 2018

The Germany headquartered manufacturer of luxury writing instruments, watches and accessories launched its new #MY4810 luggage collection In Florence, Italy, on June 14.

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New owner for Nine West shoe and handbag businesses

United States
Published:  18 June, 2018

Footwear, accessories and clothing brand, Nine West, is reported to have sold its shoe and handbags businesses to U.S. based Authentic Brands Group.

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Recruitment: Sales Manager for Leather Chemicals required

Germany
Published:  15 June, 2018

Carpetex Lederhilfsmittel GmbH, located in Kempen, Germany was founded in 1920 and is a family-owned company. As a globally active provider of special auxiliary agents used in the leather industry, the company excels particularly with its full-service range of products for the beamhouse and individual advice on technical applications.

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Bottega Veneta announces new Creative Director

Worldwide
Published:  15 June, 2018

The former Director of Ready-to-Wear Design at French luxury brand, Céline, succeeds Tomas Maier as Creative Director of Bottega Veneta.

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Mulberry hurt by declining sales in home market

Worldwide
Published:  15 June, 2018

The British leather goods and accessories brand, whose 70% approximate sales are in the UK, says tourists are spending elsewhere in Europe.

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Bottega Veneta’s Creative Director steps down

Italy
Published:  14 June, 2018

Tomas Maier, who joined the Italian luxury brand as Creative Director in 2001, is leaving the Company.

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Artisan stitching of leather interiors celebrated by Bentley

United Kingdom
Published:  14 June, 2018

Luxury automotive OEM, Bentley, celebrated Sewing Machine Day on June 13 by shining a light on the people and technology behind its world-class, industry leading stitching and embroidery. The 120-strong dedicated sewing team at its assembly plant located in Crewe, England, are highly experienced artisans – some having as much as 40 years’ experience.

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Faurecia partners with Chinese automaker

China
Published:  14 June, 2018

The agreement signed with a leading Chinese automobile manufacturer aims to develop ‘Cockpit of the Future’ technologies and sustainable mobility solutions.

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Louboutin wins red sole lawsuit in Europe

Europe
Published:  14 June, 2018

High-end French footwear designer, Christian Louboutin, has won a five year-long lawsuit against Dutch company Van Haren, which also produced shoes with a red sole; considered as a distinctive feature of the Louboutin fashion label.

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Adient seeks new CEO

United States
Published:  13 June, 2018

The manufacturer of automotive seating systems and components has announced that its Board of Directors has commenced a comprehensive search process to identify a new CEO as Bruce McDonald steps down from his role as Chairman and CEO with immediate effect.

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Stahl launches sustainable tanning project in Ethiopia

Ethiopia
Published:  12 June, 2018

Together with NGOs Solidaridad and CSR Netherlands, chemicals supplier Stahl has launched the ‘Green Tanning Initiative’, a three-year programme aimed at promoting environmentally friendly leather making and creating sustainable employment in the Ethiopian leather industry. 

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John Graebin

Building consumer trust through Supply Chain Transparency

Worldwide
Published:  11 June, 2018

ILM is pleased to announce that John Graebin, Senior Director of Materials, Deckers Brands, will be one of three presenters during the upcoming “ILM Traceability in the Leather Supply Chain – part 2” free webinar taking place on June 20, 2018.  

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Prada to remain in the family

Italy
Published:  11 June, 2018

Patrizio Bertelli, CEO and owner, Prada, said his son would take over the leadership of the Italian luxury label and that an acquisition by a third party is not an option.

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Footwear chain Foot Locker reviews retail format

Worldwide
Published:  08 June, 2018

Named Power Store, the new, larger retail format seeks to “inspire and build a community, and offer our customers an immersive experience, with an ultra-local approach”, says Richard Johnson, CEO, Foot Locker.

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Lanxess leather technology showcased during industrial exhibition

Germany
Published:  07 June, 2018

Specialty chemicals supplier Lanxess will be exhibiting at the upcoming edition of Achema, taking place in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on June 11-15.

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Life Cycle Assessment Methodology applied to leather manufacturing

Worldwide
Published:  06 June, 2018

ILM is pleased to announce that Michael Costello, Director of Sustainability global leather chemical makers and suppliers, Stahl will be one of three presenters during the upcoming “ILM Traceability in the Leather Supply Chain – part 2” free webinar taking place on June 20, 2018.  

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Leather students visit TFL fashion and automotive centres

Italy
Published:  06 June, 2018

A group of students from the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) in Northampton, visited TFL’s new Global Fashion Centre Castelfranco di Sotto as well as the chemical supplier’s Automotive Centre in Montebello, also in Italy.

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Italian leather chemists to hold 46th conference

Italy
Published:  05 June, 2018

The 46th National Conference of the Italian Association of Leather Chemists (AICC) is taking place on June 8 in Castelfranco di Sotto in Tuscany.

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Pia de Lancel collection

Piquadro completes Lancel acquisition

Europe
Published:  05 June, 2018

Luxury Swiss holding, Richemont, completed the sale of the French leather goods company to Italy based Piquadro on June 2.

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VF’s acquisition of Altra shoe brand complete

United States
Published:  04 June, 2018

U.S. based branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, VF Corporation, has completed the acquisition of the Altra brand, whose men’s casual shoe collection also includes leather.

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Michael Kors posts higher Q4 revenue

Worldwide
Published:  01 June, 2018

The U.S. headquartered fashion Group has posted a +10.8% increase in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2018 but the cautious outlook for 2019 has failed to impress market analysts, with shares declining -6% upon the announcement of results on May 30.

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Radermecker Tannery launches photo contest

Belgium
Published:  30 May, 2018

Based in Comines-Warneton, the Belgian tannery specialised in full-grain, natural, vegetable tanned leather, is launching the first edition of a photo contest aimed at supporting professionals and amateurs of leather.

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CEC calls on footwear technicians to participate in pilot course

Europe
Published:  30 May, 2018

The European Footwear Confederation (CEC) has announced the launch of the Erasmus+ Fit2Com Pilot project and is calling on footwear technicians to apply to participate.

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Adient opens first manufacturing plant in Morocco

Morocco
Published:  29 May, 2018

The U.S. headquartered automotive seating supplier is opening a new manufacturing site in the Moroccan town of Kenitra, its first factory in the country.

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Faurecia to present Cockpit of the Future concept in Stuttgart

Germany
Published:  29 May, 2018

Valerio Garcia, GTS Premium Wrapping Team Leader for global automotive tier-1 supplier, Faurecia, will present the company’s cockpit of the future concept during the ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain conference in Stuttgart on June 4.

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Teva's Delavina boots in leather

Deckers brands results exceed expectations

Worldwide
Published:  25 May, 2018

The footwear, clothing and accessories Group says its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, have exceeded expectations.

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Lora Wright

Tyson discusses animal well-being in supply chain traceability webinar

United Kingdom
Published:  25 May, 2018

ILM is pleased to announce that Lora Wright, Director Animal Well-Being, Sustainability for U.S. based protein and hide processors Tyson Foods, will be one of three presenters during the upcoming “ILM Traceability in the Leather Supply Chain – part 2” free webinar taking place on June 20, 2018.  

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Stahl partners with university for transparent footwear production

United States
Published:  24 May, 2018

Students from Global Luxury and Management (GLAM) at the North Carolina State University, U.S., have conducted a consumer and competitor research project on the future of footwear, in partnership with chemical supplier Stahl.

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Balenciaga becomes Kering’s fastest growing asset

Worldwide
Published:  24 May, 2018

Named as the ‘hottest brand in fashion’, luxury label Balenciaga says growth is spread across all areas, including in its footwear and handbags product lines.

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Drive Sustainability to provide insights on leather as a material for the Automotive Industry

Germany
Published:  23 May, 2018

Christina Bercher, Project Manager for Brussels based CSR Europe, the co-ordinator of the Drive Sustainability automotive industry initiative, will be among the speakers at the upcoming, ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain conference held during the afternoon of June 4 in the German city of Stuttgart.

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20th UITIC achieves its goals

Portugal
Published:  23 May, 2018

The 20th edition of the International Technical Footwear Congress held in Porto, brought together over 540 footwear professionals from 33 countries during a busy week of events, which included factory visits.

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UKLF offers free student membership

United Kingdom
Published:  23 May, 2018

The UK Leather Federation (UKLF) has introduced a whole range of new benefits for its members, including free student membership.

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Frédéric Gaudin

CTC Groupe appoints new Director General

France
Published:  23 May, 2018

French leather and footwear technology research centre, CTC Groupe, has appointed a new Director General.

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Richemont’s luxury watch sales decline in first quarter

Worldwide
Published:  21 May, 2018

Despite posting encouraging results for the quarter ending March 31, 2018, mainly driven by sales growth in the jewellery category, the Switzerland based luxury holding has failed to meet market analysts’ expectations.

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LHTBI elects new President

United Kingdom
Published:  17 May, 2018

The UK leather industry charity, LHTBI, has elected Ian Walker, Group Chairman of UK tanners Clayton Leather Group, as its new President.

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Puma officially exits Kering

Worldwide
Published:  17 May, 2018

French luxury conglomerate, Kering, has announced the international sportswear brand is officially spun off from the Group as of May 16.

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Burberry reports +3% sales growth

Worldwide
Published:  17 May, 2018

The British luxury label has reported a +3% increase in comparable sales for the year ending March 31, 2018, as well as growth in profit and cashflow.

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Meatpacking giant JBS returns to profit

Brazil
Published:  16 May, 2018

Brazil headquartered JBS SA has posted positive results in the first quarter of 2018, with net income totalling R$39.8 billion (US$10.89 billion), representing a +5.8% increase over the same quarter a year ago.

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Faurecia targets accelerated sales by 2025

Worldwide
Published:  16 May, 2018

The French automotive parts and seating manufacturer has unveiled its 2020 financial targets and 2025 ambitions.

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TFL Global Fashion Centre to renew collections regularly

Italy
Published:  16 May, 2018

Recently inaugurated in Castelfranco di Sotto, Italian region of Tuscany, the leather and fashion accessories collections displayed at the newly upgraded TFL Global Fashion Centre will be renewed every three to six months.

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Does global sourcing make automotive leather a risky material?

Germany
Published:  15 May, 2018

The automotive industry is truly global and the major OEMs source their components and materials from a huge range of suppliers globally. This of course, also includes automotive leather. This has prompted the question to be asked, “Does global sourcing make car seat leather a high-risk material?”

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Richemont completes acquisition of YNAP

Europe
Published:  14 May, 2018

The Switzerland based luxury holdings says it has successfully closed the acquisition of all remaining ordinary shares of the leading online luxury retailer.

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Lanxess global sales up +7% in Q1

Worldwide
Published:  11 May, 2018

The specialty chemicals manufacturer has posted global sales of €2.565 billion in the first quarter of 2018, up by almost +7% year-on-year (Q1 2017: €2.401 billion).

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Tod’s total sales shrink in first quarter

Worldwide
Published:  11 May, 2018

The Italian premium footwear and leather goods brand has posted consolidated sales of €234.1 million in the first quarter of 2018, down -1.8% year-on-year and affected by a poor performance in its home market of Italy, while the Tod’s and Roger Vivier brands are said to have been particularly impacted by currency fluctuations.

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Wolverine Worldwide beats analysts’ expectations

Worldwide
Published:  11 May, 2018

The U.S. based footwear manufacturing Group has raised its full-year earnings guidance and updated its full-year outlook after the results for the quarter ending March 31, 2018 surpassed analysts’ expectations.

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China automotive theme in latest edition of ILM

China
Published:  10 May, 2018

ILM is pleased to announce that it has published its market leading May-June edition, which is now available on the ILM App for Apple and android devices and in print. The latest edition features an editorial focus on the automotive leather segment, with market focus on China.

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Chrome-free auto leather drying presented at Stuttgart conference

Germany
Published:  09 May, 2018

Italian tannery machinery specialists, Erretre/Fratelli Carlessi, will present their innovative Cell Rotary Conditioning (CRC) system at the upcoming ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain conference in Stuttgart on June 4, 2018.

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EU WORTH project calls for leather designers and SMEs

Europe
Published:  09 May, 2018

The European Commission has launched the second phase of the WORTH project, which supports collaboration between fashion designers, traditional and digital craftsmanship, and the manufacturing industry.

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Israeli meat biotech company receives fund from several investors

Israel
Published:  09 May, 2018

On May 2, Jerusalem-based biotechnology company Future Meat Technologies announced a US$2.2 million seed investment round, co-led by Tyson Ventures, the venture capital arm of Tyson Foods. The Israeli company is advancing a distributive manufacturing platform for the cost-efficient, non-GMO production of meat directly from animal cells, without the need to raise or harvest animals.

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Strong global momentum for VF Corporation

Worldwide
Published:  08 May, 2018

International revenue for the branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories Group, owner of Timberland, increased +27% (up +16% currency neutral) in the transition period ending March 31, 2018.

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