Burberry partners with Farfetch’s mentoring for start-ups

Worldwide
Published:  20 April, 2018

Named ‘Dream Assembly’, the technology accelerator aims to provide start-ups with a programme of mentorship, networking opportunities and access to early-stage funding.

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EU Committee approves Cotance’s leather carbon footprint toolbox

Europe
Published:  20 April, 2018

On April 18, the EU’s Environmental Footprint Steering Committee officially approved the Leather Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (Leather PEFCR) put forward by Cotance, the European Confederation of the Leather Industry.

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“Leather Strategy for Mauritius” to be launched

Mauritius
Published:  19 April, 2018

Currently exporting 70% of its raw hides, Mauritius seeks to develop its leather sector by boosting local footwear production and adding value to its products.

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JD.com expands presence in Europe

Worldwide
Published:  19 April, 2018

After the opening of its first office in Europe, in Paris, China’s second-largest e-commerce platform is planning to set up another office in Milan.

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Nike head of footwear resigns

Worldwide
Published:  19 April, 2018

Greg Thompson, Vice President Footwear, Nike, has left the company.

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20th UITIC Congress programme confirmed

Portugal
Published:  18 April, 2018

Under the theme “From Fashion to factory: A New Technological Age”, the 20th Congress of the International Union of Shoe Industry Technicians (UITIC) takes place at the Sheraton Hotel in Porto, Portugal, May 16-18.

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Strong performance for Ermenegildo Zegna in 2017

Worldwide
Published:  18 April, 2018

The premium Italian fashion house has posted profits up +64% in 2017, driven by a new brand strategy and growth in key market China.

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Bankrupt Takata under new ownership

Worldwide
Published:  18 April, 2018

The 85-year-old Japanese automotive supplier has been acquired by mobility safety company, Key Safety Systems.

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Puma’s sales increase in first quarter

Worldwide
Published:  16 April, 2018

The international sportswear manufacturer’s preliminary results for the first quarter of 2018 show that consolidated sales increased currency adjusted by approximately +21% (+12% reported) to €1,131 million against €1,005 million a year earlier.

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Burberry appoints new Chairman

United Kingdom
Published:  16 April, 2018

Pursuing its restructuration strategy, British premium fashion house, Burberry, announced the appointment of a new Chairman on April 13.

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Fashion & Leather Goods involved in LVMH’s ‘Maison des Startups’

France
Published:  16 April, 2018

French luxury conglomerate LVMH has announced a new accelerator programme at the ‘Station F’ start-up campus in Paris, France, which is to welcome 50 international start-ups each year, including from the leather business segment.

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Zimbabwe’s Leather Institute to set up design studio

Zimbabwe
Published:  13 April, 2018

The design studio is aimed at supporting skills development in the leather industry.

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Almost 2,000 exhibitors at High Point Market

United States
Published:  13 April, 2018

The world’s longest running home furnishings event opens its doors April 14 at High Point, North Carolina, U.S.

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JBS Couros to address sustainability concerns at Stuttgart auto leather event

Germany
Published:  12 April, 2018

Fernando Bellese of JBS Couros, a leading supplier of tanned and crust leathers into the global automotive leather supply sector will be among the speakers at the upcoming “ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain conference” taking place in the German city of Stuttgart on Monday, June 4, 2018. 

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4th World Leather Congress to focus on ‘Leather in Everyday Life’

United States
Published:  12 April, 2018

The fourth edition of the World Leather Congress (WLC) will be held in New York City, U.S., on July 16, 2019, under the theme ‘Leather in Everyday Life’.

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Privatisation of Pou Sheng International cancelled

Hong Kong
Published:  12 April, 2018

The proposal to privatise China’s sportswear retailer, Pou Sheng International, is reported to have been cancelled as over 10% of the shareholders voted against the proposal.

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UNIDO updates ‘Framework for sustainable leather manufacture 2.0’

Worldwide
Published:  12 April, 2018

The updated version is a thoroughly revised and expanded version of UNIDO’s framework for sustainable leather manufacture from 2014. The revised version is available online to download.

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Trump confirms U.S. farmers could be hit by tariff imposition

United States
Published:  11 April, 2018

As the U.S. President, Donald Trump, recently ordered his administration to consider tariffs on an additional US$100 billion in Chinese goods, he acknowledged on April 9 that the country’s farmers could be impacted by the Chinese retaliation.

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Leather goods category boosts LVMH’s Q1 results

Worldwide
Published:  10 April, 2018

The world’s biggest luxury conglomerate, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, recorded a total revenue of €10.9 billion in the first quarter of 2018, representing a +10% increase on a reported basis, year-on-year.

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TFL to open Global Fashion Centre in Tuscany

Italy
Published:  10 April, 2018

The Global Fashion Centre of the specialty chemical manufacturer aims to become an international point of reference in leather for shoe uppers and accessories.

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Lecture programme confirmed for Freiberg Leather Days

Worldwide
Published:  10 April, 2018

The 7th edition of the Freiberg Leather Days annual conference will take place in Freiberg, Germany, June 13-14, 2018.

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Kering to sell last remaining non-luxury label

Worldwide
Published:  10 April, 2018

The French luxury conglomerate is to sell sportswear brand Volcom as part of its strategy of refocussing on the luxury sector.

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Trumpler joins Leather Naturally initiative

Worldwide
Published:  09 April, 2018

Celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2018, the Germany based specialty chemicals manufacturer, Trumpler, has joined Leather Naturally, an initiative that aims to promote a positive and truthful image of the global leather manufacturing industry.

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Hermès inaugurates its 16th leather workshop

France
Published:  09 April, 2018

The French luxury leather goods label has inaugurated the Manufacture de l'Allan workshop, situated in the town of Allenjoie, French region of Franche-Comté.

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SSIP presents circular economy model

Italy
Published:  06 April, 2018

The Italian Leather Research Institute (SSIP - Stazione Sperimentale per l'Industria delle Pelli e delle materie concianti) is participating at the annual Innovation Village exhibition taking place April 5-7 in Naples, Italy.

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Cargill Q3 results down by a quarter

United States
Published:  06 April, 2018

Cargill reported a 24% fall in third-quarter earnings after the world’s largest food commodities supplier was hit by a charge of $161 million related to the recent change in U.S. tax laws.

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Bluesign technologies to offer leather chemistry solutions

Switzerland
Published:  05 April, 2018

The developer of the Bluesign Bluefinder is incorporating leather chemistry to provide a ‘robust solution’ for chemical management in the leather and footwear industries.

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Hermès new European e-store launched

Europe
Published:  04 April, 2018

The French high-end leather goods manufacturer officially launched its new European website on March 3.

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Meatpacking giant JBS posts net loss in Q4

Brazil
Published:  03 April, 2018

Brazil’s meatpacking giant, JBS, reported a net loss of R$345.1 million (US$103.9 million) in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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Stella McCartney becomes sole owner of her brand

United Kingdom
Published:  29 March, 2018

British designer, Stella McCartney, and French luxury conglomerate, Kering, jointly announced on March 28 they have entered into an agreement for the sale and purchase of Kering’s 50% stake in the Stella McCartney fashion brand to the designer herself.

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Louis Vuitton announces three new production sites

France
Published:  28 March, 2018

French luxury conglomerate, LVMH, has announced its Louis Vuitton fashion division is to open three new production sites in France to meet growing demand.

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Bridge of Weir named Scottish Exporter of the Year

United Kingdom
Published:  27 March, 2018

The UK’s largest automotive leather supplier was named Scottish Exporter of the Year during a ceremony held on March 22 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Luxury leather goods Delvaux to open production site in France

France
Published:  27 March, 2018

Belgium headquartered luxury leather goods manufacturer, Delvaux, announced that it is opening a new production site in France in October 2018.

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Meghan Markle’s bag handmade by Tusting

United Kingdom
Published:  27 March, 2018

UK based high-quality handmade leather goods manufacturer, Tusting, has produced the ‘The Bloomsbury’ bag, designed by Charlotte Elizabeth and recently seen being carried by former U.S. actress Meghan Markle, who is set to become the newest member of the British Royal family.

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Former leather scientist Axel Landmann passes away

United Kingdom
Published:  27 March, 2018

Axel Landmann, an eminent leather scientist at what is now known as BLC Leather Technology Centre and former President of the UK Society of Leather Chemists and Technologists (SLTC) has passed away.

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Natuzzi’s China JV official

China
Published:  26 March, 2018

Italian premium leather furniture manufacturer, Natuzzi, officially signed the joint venture agreement with Kuka on March 22.

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GLCC discusses labelling of bio-fabricated materials

Hong Kong
Published:  23 March, 2018

A meeting of the Global Leather Coordinating Committee (GLCC), comprising of the International Council of Tanners (ICT), the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Society (IULTCS), and hosted by the International Council of Hides, Skins, and Leather Traders Association (ICHSLTA), took place in Hong Kong on March 15, during the APLF Leather fair.

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Kering also under investigation in Switzerland

Switzerland
Published:  22 March, 2018

Switzerland’s Attorney General Office (AGO) is reported to have opened criminal proceedings involving the luxury conglomerate’s Gucci division.

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Leather Naturally calls for industry unity to fight for leather

Hong Kong
Published:  21 March, 2018

Leather Naturally, the initiative to promote a positive and truthful image of the global leather manufacturing industry, met for a breakfast meeting during the APLF in Hong Kong on March 15 to outline its recent work and to listen to new ideas around the future steps the initiative should take.

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USHSLA against tariff imposition on China

China
Published:  21 March, 2018

The U.S. Hide Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) has joined 45 other industry groups in a letter opposing U.S. President Trump’s plans to impose tariffs on China as they fear it could lead to a trade war.

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Recruitment: Dyestuff chemistry expert – India

India
Published:  20 March, 2018

Chenitan Color-Chem Pvt Ltd. is one of India’s leading manufacturers and exporters of dyestuff for the leather industry with the brand name Chenitan, which was founded in 1996.

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Ferragamo wins counterfeit lawsuit

United States
Published:  20 March, 2018

Luxury Italian fashion house, Ferragamo, was awarded US$60 million by a court in New York, U.S., in compensation for counterfeit sales.

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VF Corp to sell Nautica brand

United States
Published:  20 March, 2018

U.S. headquartered branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories Group, VF Corp, has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Nautica brand business to Authentic Brands Group (ABG).

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Good Q1 results for Cargill’s beef sustainability pilot project

Canada
Published:  19 March, 2018

The world’s largest agricultural commodities producer says the first three months of its Canadian beef sustainability pilot project has yielded encouraging results for sustainability across the entire supply chain.

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Versace and Furla drop fur from collections

Worldwide
Published:  16 March, 2018

Italian luxury fashion label Versace and premium leather goods brand Furla have announced they are no longer going to use fur in their collections.

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Strong turnover for Furla in 2017

Worldwide
Published:  15 March, 2018

Italy headquartered, premium leather goods and accessories brand, Furla, has reported a +20% growth in turnover in 2017, generating a total revenue of €499 million.

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VF Corp acquires Altra footwear brand

United States
Published:  15 March, 2018

Branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories manufacturing Group, VF Corporation, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire athletic and performance lifestyle footwear brand, Altra.

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Adidas raises target after strong 2017

Worldwide
Published:  15 March, 2018

Global sportwear Group Adidas, which includes the Reebok brand, reported operating profit up +31% to €2.1 billion in 2017, with online sales jumping +57% to €1.5 billion, or about 7% of sales.

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Piquadro in talks to acquire Lancel

Worldwide
Published:  13 March, 2018

The Italian premium leather goods Group is reported to be in talks with Switzerland based luxury holding, Richemont, to acquire French leather goods brand Lancel.

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Prada’s 2017 results show ‘encouraging trends’ in leather goods

Worldwide
Published:  13 March, 2018

At constant currency, total revenues for the luxury Italian brand dropped -3.6% to €2.49 billion in full 2017.

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