Bayerischer Hof hotel, Munich

JBS Couros to outline ‘Kind Leather’ at Munich automotive leather event

Germany
Published:  21 March, 2019

As the result of a two-year research and development driven by current and future consumer requirements, JBS Couros is presenting ‘Kind Leather’, a new range of sustainable leather claimed to “revolutionise the industry” and the way leather is made at the upcoming ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain (half-day) conference in Munich, May 21, 2019.

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ECCO achieves historical profit margin

Denmark
Published:  21 March, 2019

The Denmark headquartered footwear manufacturer, and also a tanner, says it has achieved record sales and profit in 2018.

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Genesco posts strong results

United States
Published:  20 March, 2019

The American retailer of branded footwear, which owns Schuh and Journeys, said comparable sales from continuing operations increased +4% for the three months to February 2, 2019.

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North America and Asia Pacific drive Adidas’ growth

Worldwide
Published:  20 March, 2019

Currency-neutral revenues for the international sportswear manufacturer increased +8% in 2018, driven by sales in North America, China and e-commerce.

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Prada’s leather goods revenue up in 2018

Worldwide
Published:  19 March, 2019

Lower consumer spending in China has impacted the performance of the Hong Kong-listed Italian luxury Group, sending shares down -11% upon the announcement of the 2018 results.

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OECD warns of rise in counterfeit trade

Worldwide
Published:  19 March, 2019

Intergovernmental OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has released an update on the scale and sectoral reach of global trade in fake products, which now represents 3.3% of world trade.

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Sustainability Conference discusses emerging risks to leather sector

Hong Kong
Published:  19 March, 2019

Held in Hong Kong on March 14, the 15th Sustainability in the Leather Supply Chain Conference discussed the emerging risks to the sector, including increasingly stringent legislation for chemicals and how consumer perceptions of leather as a material impact on the long-term future of the industry.

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No U.S. - Brazil beef deal likely

Brazil/United States
Published:  19 March, 2019

The Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, is on his first official visit to the U.S. to seek further economic cooperation between both countries.

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Leather Naturally update in Hong Kong

Leather Naturally builds momentum as funding is almost secured

Hong Kong
Published:  18 March, 2019

The leather industry promotional association, Leather Naturally hosted a breakfast meeting during the APLF Leather fair in Hong Kong on March 14 and announced that several new members signed up during the fair.

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Fashion brands target plastic elimination by 2025

Worldwide
Published:  18 March, 2019

Burberry, Ganni, H&M and Inditex are among the co-signatory brands of the “New Plastics Economy Global Commitment”, which seeks the elimination of problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging through redesign, innovation, and new delivery models.

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Gancini minibags

Growth in revenue for Ferragamo's leather goods

Worldwide
Published:  15 March, 2019

Full-year revenue for the Italian luxury fashion Group declined -3.3% in 2018, gross operating profit (EBITDA) was down -13.8% and net profit -21.1%.

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National Beef acquires Iowa meat packer

United States
Published:  14 March, 2019

Terry Wilkerson, Chief Operating Officer, National Beef Inc, made the announcement during its leather divisions annual customer dinner in Hong Kong on March 13. He told around 150 invited guests that the Company is still looking to grow. Last year the company was itself acquired by Brazilian meatpacker, Marfrig, to create the worlds second largest meat processor.

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Amsterdam Fashion Week drops fur

The Netherlands
Published:  13 March, 2019

After the London Fashion Week, the organisers of Amsterdam Fashion Week have announced they have committed to going fur-free at as from the next show and every fashion event thereafter.

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Active start to 35th APLF

Hong Kong
Published:  13 March, 2019

The first day of the APLF Leather fair ended on March 13 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) with a good number of visitors filling hall 1, which houses the leather industry exhibitors.

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Recruitment: Sales Manager/Sales Representative Leather – Pulcra Chemicals

Germany
Published:  12 March, 2019

Pulcra Chemicals is looking for a Sales Manager / Sales Representative for Leather based at the Company’s headquarters in Geretsried, Germany.

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Leather Naturally and COTANCE strengthen collaboration

Worldwide
Published:  12 March, 2019

The Leather Naturally initiative and COTANCE (Confederation of National Associations of Tanners of the European Community) have announced they will intensify their collaboration for the benefit of the leather industry and to promote the uniqueness of leather as a sustainable material.

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Anya Hindmarch could be up for sale

United Kingdom
Published:  08 March, 2019

The owner of the premium British leather handbag brand is said to be exploring a possible sale after a restructuring campaign.

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Skechers to wholly-own Indian subsidiary

India
Published:  07 March, 2019

The U.S. headquartered casual footwear brand has purchased the minority share of its joint venture in India, transitioning the business to a new wholly-owned subsidiary of Skechers USA, Inc.

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Daughter of LVMH Chairman launches footwear brand

Worldwide
Published:  07 March, 2019

Named Nodaleto, the shoe range unveiled during the Paris Fashion Week mixes comfort and style.

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Final reminder USHSLA and ICHSLTA cocktail reception

Hong Kong
Published:  05 March, 2019

The U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) and the International Council of Hides, Skins and Leather Traders Association (ICHSLTA) will host their Annual Joint Cocktail Evening and Welcome Reception on March 12 in Hong Kong.

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APLF Materials+ to focus on sustainability

Hong Kong
Published:  04 March, 2019

The APLF’s Sustainability Programme seeks to support the trade show as the best sustainable sourcing platform, in particular for the leather, footwear and accessories sectors.

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Geox sales decline -6.5% in 2018

Worldwide
Published:  04 March, 2019

In 2018, total sales of the Italian footwear brand amounted to €827.2 million, down -6.5% at current exchange rates and -5.5% at constant rates.

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Leather Naturally hosts breakfast seminar at APLF

Hong Kong
Published:  04 March, 2019

The Leather Naturally breakfast seminar will be held on March 14 during the upcoming edition of the APLF, which takes place March 13-15 in Hong Kong.

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British fashion chain LK Bennett to file for administration

United Kingdom
Published:  04 March, 2019

Premium womenswear, leather footwear and accessories retailer, LK Bennett is preparing to appoint administrators as the Company struggles to reverse an operating loss of nearly £6 million (US$7.95 million) on sales of £77.4 million (US$102.58 million) in the year to 29 July 2017, with pre-tax losses rising to £48 million (US$63.59 million) in the period.

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Nike once again the most valuable apparel brand

Worldwide
Published:  04 March, 2019

Valuation and strategy consultancy, Brand Finance, has named the sportwear giant as the world’s most valuable apparel brand.

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Last chance to register for raw materials webinar

Worldwide
Published:  01 March, 2019

Three leather industry experts will present during the upcoming “Understanding the raw materials market for leather”, free-to-attend webinar, which will be broadcast on March 6, 2019 at 3pm CET. This is the last chance to join the high number of professionals from throughout the leather supply chain already pre-registered.

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Positive exhibitor feedback for Fimec 2019

Brazil
Published:  01 March, 2019

According to the organisers, 25% of exhibitors in this 43rd edition confirmed their participation at Fimec 2020 within the first two days of the trade show, which took place February 26-28 in Novo Hamburgo, Brazil.

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Ted Baker issues profit warning

United Kingdom
Published:  01 March, 2019

The British clothing, footwear and accessories brand has updated its profit expectations for the year ending January 26, 2019.

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Can leather find a niche with digital technology?

Worldwide
Published:  28 February, 2019

ILM writer Erica Caron, explores the growing relationship between leather and digital devices and new mobility in the March-April print and digital app edition of International Leather Maker (ILM), which is now available to download from the ILM app for Apple and Android smartphone and tablets. Can the leather industry provide materials that give a natural look and feel to electronic and digital devices?

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Lectra names new President for the Americas

North & South America
Published:  28 February, 2019

The France headquartered technological solutions provider has appointed a new President for North and South America.

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Jakov Buljan

IULTCS announces winner of Merit Award for Excellence

Worldwide
Published:  27 February, 2019

Jakov Buljan has been chosen by the IULTCS (International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies) Executive as the winner of the prestigious IULTCS Merit Award for Excellence in the Leather Industry.

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U.S. and China make “substantial” trade talk progress

China/United States
Published:  27 February, 2019

The U.S. President, Donald Trump, said both countries are “very, very close" to reaching an agreement following a weekend of talks held in Washington DC.  

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VF Corp recognised as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies

Worldwide
Published:  27 February, 2019

The U.S. headquartered branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories Group has been recognised as one of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute.

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Former Golden Goose CEO joins Clarks

Worldwide
Published:  27 February, 2019

British footwear manufacturer and retail chain, Clarks has appointed Italian national Giorgio Presca as its new Chief Executive.

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Tod’s appoint new General Manager

Italy
Published:  27 February, 2019

The Italian luxury footwear and leather goods Group pursues its restructuring strategy by appointing a new General Manager for the Tod’s brand.

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43rd Fimec opens its doors

Brazil
Published:  26 February, 2019

The three-day Brazilian trade show hosts over 500 exhibitors from the leather, chemicals, components and machinery segments, as well as equipment and technologies for footwear and tanneries.

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Columbia’s footwear sales up +16% in Q4

Worldwide
Published:  25 February, 2019

The U.S. headquartered outdoor sportswear specialist has posted record net sales for the fourth quarter of 2018.

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Better understanding raw materials for leather – webinar

Worldwide
Published:  25 February, 2019

The world’s leading raw materials pricing and trends website for the tanning industries, theSauerReport.com will present a brief overview of the raw materials market as well as an overview of the latest price trends during the upcoming “Understanding the raw materials market for leather”, free-to-attend webinar, which will be broadcast on March 6, 2019.

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Portuguese footwear designer to lead CEC

Europe
Published:  25 February, 2019

The General Assembly of the European Confederation of the Footwear Industry (CEC) has elected a new President from Portugal.

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Wolverine reports strong Q4 and record full-year results

Worldwide
Published:  21 February, 2019

The global footwear manufacturing Group, headquartered in Rockford, U.S., says the fourth quarter ended December 29, 2018, was the highest quarterly revenue growth of the year driven by its largest brands, Merrell and Sperry.

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Honda to close UK operations

United Kingdom
Published:  21 February, 2019

Takahiro Hachigo, CEO, Honda, has announced the Japanese automotive manufacturer will be closing its UK facility by 2021.

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USHSLA and ICHSLTA to host annual Hong Kong reception

Hong Kong
Published:  21 February, 2019

The U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) and the International Council of Hides, Skins and Leather Traders’ Associations (ICHSLTA) will host their Annual Joint Cocktail Evening and Welcome Reception on March 12.

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Leather Naturally hosts breakfast seminar at APLF

Hong Kong
Published:  21 February, 2019

The Leather Naturally initiative will once again be hosting a breakfast seminar at the upcoming edition of the APLF, which takes place March 13-15 in Hong Kong.

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Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld passes away

France
Published:  20 February, 2019

The world’s most iconic designer, and often described as a “universal symbol of style”, passed away on February 19 at 85. Leather was often omnipresent in Lagerfeld’s own personal wardrobe.

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Strong sales momentum for Puma in 2018

Worldwide
Published:  20 February, 2019

In 2018, sales for the global sportswear manufacturer increased +17.6% currency adjusted to €4,648.3 million (+12.4% reported), with footwear sales as a particularly strong driver throughout the year. 

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Payless ShoeSource to close all remaining U.S. stores

United States
Published:  19 February, 2019

The U.S. chain of discount footwear is allegedly closing all of its 2,100 remaining stores in the country, with liquidation sales to be scheduled.

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Faurecia confident for 2019

Worldwide
Published:  19 February, 2019

The French automotive seating and components supplier expects to outperform the market in 2019 despite global car production forecast to fall.

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AICC appoints new President

Italy
Published:  19 February, 2019

The Italian Association of Leather Chemists and Technologists (AICC) elected a new President on February 16.

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Stephen Sothmann, President, USHSLA

U.S. hide and meat industry explained in upcoming free webinar

Worldwide
Published:  18 February, 2019

One of the keynote presenters during an upcoming free-to-watch webinar will be Stephen Sothmann, President, U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) who will present: “Understanding your Leather Supply Chain: U.S. Hides, Skins and Meat Industry Introduction”. The webinar will be broadcast on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 3pm CET (2pm UK).

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Another Mercedes owner files complaint for misleading leather content

United Kingdom
Published:  18 February, 2019

The owner of a Mercedes Benz E300 Cabriolet, which was sold by a car dealer as having a ‘black leather’ interior, has won a ruling for misleading advertising.

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