Ferragamo returns to growth

Worldwide
Published:  20 May, 2019

The Italian luxury label has posted revenues of €317 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, up 4.3% at both current and constant exchange rates.

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Minerva’s slaughter volume flat in first quarter

Brazil
Published:  17 May, 2019

Net revenue for the Brazilian meatpacker totalled R$3,727.6 million (US$921 million) in the first quarter of 2019, up 5.6% year on year.

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Burberry continues to build on full leather collections

Worldwide
Published:  17 May, 2019

For the year ended March 30, 2019, the British fashion label posted a +2% increase in revenue (excluding Beauty wholesale), but retail sales have remained flat.

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Final speaker programme for Munich auto leather event

Germany
Published:  16 May, 2019

Some of the world’s leading tanners in the automotive leather segment will introduce new innovations and technologies as well as the latest in environmental stewardship at the upcoming ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain conference in Munich on May 21. The conference will conclude with a discussion panel.

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Yue Yuen earnings down 20.9% in first quarter

Hong Kong
Published:  16 May, 2019

In the first quarter of 2019, total revenue attributable to the Group’s footwear manufacturing activity (including athletic shoes, casual/outdoor shoes and sports sandals) increased 6.4% and production +6.7%.

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Solid first quarter results for JBS

Worldwide
Published:  15 May, 2019

The Brazilian meatpacker has posted a net income of R$1.09 billion (US$273 million) in the first-quarter of 2019, up +116%.

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LVMH to advance on sustainable sourcing with UNESCO

Worldwide
Published:  15 May, 2019

The France headquartered luxury conglomerate announced it is teaming up with UNESCO as a partner to the agency’s “Man and Biosphere” (MAB) intergovernmental scientific programme aimed at safeguarding biodiversity across the planet.

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Tod's library at Hudson Yards, New York

Tod’s first quarter revenue declines

Worldwide
Published:  14 May, 2019

Consolidated sales for the Italian Group totalled €216.4 million in the first quarter of 2019, down 4.3% from the same quarter in 2018.

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Slight net sales increase in Tapestry’s third fiscal quarter

Worldwide
Published:  14 May, 2019

Net sales for the owner of the Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman brands totalled US$1.33 billion for its third fiscal quarter against US$1.32 billion in the same period of the prior year; up 1% on a reported basis and 2% in constant currency.

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Lower first quarter revenue for Wolverine Worldwide

Worldwide
Published:  13 May, 2019

The U.S. headquartered footwear manufacturer has posted reported revenue of US$523.4 million for the first quarter ended March 30, 2019; down 2%, or 0.9% lower currency adjusted.

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5.5% drop in Mercedes-Benz sales in April

Worldwide
Published:  13 May, 2019

The German car manufacturer delivered 181,936 cars in April, constituting a drop of 5.5% in sales. In the first four months of the year, 742,809 cars were handed over to customers, down 5.6%. 

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Olivenleder to make UK debut at Pure Origin

UK
Published:  13 May, 2019

The new leather tanning agent from German sustainable leather solutions business wet-green will be launched to the UK at the manufacturing and supply chain expo, which runs July 21 -23 at Olympia in London. 

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Chevrolet Equinox

GM’s net income nearly doubles in first quarter

United States
Published:  10 May, 2019

Net income for the U.S. automotive manufacturer totalled US$2.15 billion in the first quarter of 2019, up from US$1.04 billion in the same quarter of 2018.

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Kering concludes settlement over Italian taxes

Italy
Published:  10 May, 2019

The French luxury conglomerate announced on May 9 that it has concluded a settlement with the Italian Revenue Agency relating to claims regarding its Swiss subsidiary, Luxury Goods International (LGI).

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Is trade in exotic skins a viable conservation strategy?

Worldwide
Published:  10 May, 2019

In an exclusive interview in the May – June print and digital app edition of International Leather Maker (ILM), research scientist and conservation biologist Dan Natusch outlines why maintaining trade in exotic skins is crucial to the preservation of endangered species and why he is against the recent calls to curtail their commercial use. 

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Recruitment: Automotive Quality Control Engineer – Bridge of Weir, Fujian Province, China

China
Published:  10 May, 2019

Scotland headquartered leather specialist Bridge of Weir is looking for an experienced Automotive Quality Control Engineer for its facility in China. Competitive salary package.

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Adient’s shares decline on quarterly loss

Worldwide
Published:  09 May, 2019

The automotive seating manufacturer posted a net loss of US$149 million in its fiscal second quarter compared with US$168 million in the same quarter of 2018.

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The conference will be hosted at the 5-star Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich.

Latest automotive leather innovations to be unveiled in Munich

Germany
Published:  09 May, 2019

Some of the world’s leading tanners in the automotive leather segment will introduce new innovations and technologies as well as the latest in environmental stewardship at the upcoming ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain conference in Munich on May 21. To book your delegate place click here.

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Strong first half results for Tyson Foods

Worldwide
Published:  08 May, 2019

The U.S. meatpacker said beef sales volume increased for the six months and second quarter of fiscal 2019 due to improved availability of cattle supply and stronger demand for its beef products.

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Strong sales growth for Puma in first quarter

Worldwide
Published:  07 May, 2019

Sales of the Germany headquartered international sportswear brand increased 15.3% on a currency-adjusted basis to €1,319 million (+16.6% reported), driven by continued growth in all regions and product divisions.

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Brazilian Leather to lecture at XXXV IULTCS

Germany
Published:  07 May, 2019

Supported by the Brazilian Leather Project, an initiative of the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB), the Brazilian Leather Certification of Sustainability (CSCB) will present a scientific work at the upcoming congress of the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemical Scientists (IULTCS).

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Sonia Rykiel seeks bankruptcy protection

France
Published:  07 May, 2019

Acquired by a Chinese investment fund in 2012, the French fashion label has been facing severe financial difficulties in recent years.

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VF Corp signs Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action

Worldwide
Published:  03 May, 2019

VF Corp, owner of the Timberland and Vans brands, has become a signatory to the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action as part of its commitment to global climate advocacy and engagement.

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EU Materials Show makes debut

United Kingdom
Published:  02 May, 2019

The first semi-annual EU Materials show is underway in London, taking place at the Truman Brewery, in fashionable East London, May 1-2.

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IPO underway for Minerva’s Chile subsidiary

Chile
Published:  02 May, 2019

Brazilian meatpacker Minerva Foods announced on April 29 that the initial public offering (IPO) for its subsidiary in Chile, Athena Foods, is underway.

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U.S. – China trade talks resume

China
Published:  01 May, 2019

U.S. officials have travelled to Beijing for another round of trade talks starting on May 1.

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COTANCE promotes better understanding of chromium leather

Europe
Published:  01 May, 2019

In its April newsletter, the Confederation of National Associations of Tanners of the European Community (COTANCE) outlines reasons why consumers should not worry about chromium-tanned leather.

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Luigi De Luca

GER Elettronica joins automotive leather conference line-up

Germany
Published:  01 May, 2019

Italian tannery machinery and equipment maker, GER Elettronica will join the confirmed speakers for the upcoming ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain conference in Munich on May 21.

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XXXV IULTCS releases provisional scientific programme

Germany
Published:  30 April, 2019

The organisers of the upcoming XXXV IULTCS International Congress, taking place June 25-28 in Dresden, Germany, have released a provisional scientific programme.

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Kering close to settling dispute with Italian authorities

Italy
Published:  26 April, 2019

It has been reported that the French luxury conglomerate could sign an agreement to settle unpaid taxes at the beginning of May.

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Hand leather cutting. Hermès Facebook

Strong start to the year for Hermès

Worldwide
Published:  26 April, 2019

The France headquartered luxury group’s consolidated revenue amounted to €1,610 million in the first quarter of 2019, up 16% at current exchange rates and up 12% at constant exchange rates.

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Leather training courses in the U.S.

United States
Published:  25 April, 2019

The Leather Research Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati, U.S., will be hosting an additional three leather training courses in 2019.

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Preparations for fourth World Leather Congress underway

United States
Published:  25 April, 2019

The fourth edition of the World Leather Congress (WLC) will be held in New York City on July 16, a day before the Lineapelle New York Preview.

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Faurecia’s sales remain flat in first quarter

Worldwide
Published:  24 April, 2019

The French automotive seating and parts manufacturer has posted reported sales up 0.2%, down 1.1% at constant currencies, for the first quarter of 2019.

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Assocalzaturifici elects new President

Italy
Published:  24 April, 2019

The Italian Footwear Manufacturers Association (Assocalzaturifici) has elected a new President for the four-year period 2019/2023.

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Lucy Reece-Raybould

British Footwear Association appoints new CEO

United Kingdom
Published:  24 April, 2019

The British Footwear Association has announced the appointment of Lucy Reece-Raybould as its new CEO.

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Stahl releases 2018 Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report

Worldwide
Published:  24 April, 2019

The Dutch chemical manufacturer has released its 2018 Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report, highlighting the activities towards achieving a more transparent supply chain.

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Wollsdorf Leather new production facility in Mexico

Wollsdorf Leather Mexico taps into U.S. market expansion

Mexico
Published:  24 April, 2019

Aimed at the automotive segment and inaugurated in early January, Wollsdorf Leather’s new facility in Mexico processes from wet-white and wet-blue to finished leather.

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Karma Revero GT

Bridge of Weir chosen as supplier for Karma Automotive

United States
Published:  18 April, 2019

The Southern California based luxury electric vehicle company has selected Bridge of Weir Leather Company to be its official supplier, with two of the brand’s cars currently being presented at the Shanghai Auto Show featuring fine Scottish leather. 

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Alexander McQueen. Photo credit: Sir Don McCullin

Strong performance for Kering in first quarter

Worldwide
Published:  23 April, 2019

Revenue for the French luxury conglomerate totalled €3,785.3 million in the first quarter of 2019, up 21.9% as reported and +17.5% on a comparable basis.

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Tod’s online sales see double-digit growth

Worldwide
Published:  23 April, 2019

According to the CEO of the Italian premium fashion label, e-commerce sales are growing at “high double-digit”.

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Benny Daniel, Vice President of Automotive Consulting, Frost & Sullivan

Vehicle interiors in a digitalised automotive world

Germany
Published:  18 April, 2019

“The future of a digitalised and automated automotive world and the impact on vehicle interiors” will be the topic of a presentation by Benny Daniel, Vice President of Automotive Consulting, Frost & Sullivan, at the upcoming ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain Conference taking place in Munich on May 21.

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Mulberry's Belgrave collection

Mulberry partners with Farfetch

Worldwide
Published:  18 April, 2019

The British leather goods brand has announced the launch of a new global partnership with the online luxury fashion retail platform to support its international omni-channel strategy.

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Luxury companies lead donations to help restore Notre Dame

France
Published:  17 April, 2019

Several large companies, both French and international, have begun to make donations to help restore Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

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BMW achieves new sales record in March

Worldwide
Published:  16 April, 2019

March 2019 was the best-ever single sales month in the BMW Group’s history, with a total of 263,319 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce cars delivered to customers, up 2.8% year-on-year.

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Good attendance at APLF’s first Sustainable Fashion Conference

Hong Kong
Published:  16 April, 2019

The conference was part of the trade show’s aim to establish itself as the main Sustainable Sourcing Platform of the Asia Pacific Region. 

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Lower Volkswagen Group deliveries in March

Worldwide
Published:  15 April, 2019

Despite challenging conditions, the German car manufacturer handed more than 998,900 vehicles to customers worldwide during March, constituting a fall of 4.3% compared with March 2018.

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The route to zero waste leathermaking

Germany
Published:  12 April, 2019

Dr Warren Bowden will provide a presentation on “Sustainable Manufacturing” at the upcoming ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain conference in Munich on May 21.  Dr Bowden is Scottish Leather Group's Sustainability and Innovation Director as well as Managing Director of one of its operating companies, SLG Technology.

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LK Bennet has new Chinese owner

United Kingdom
Published:  12 April, 2019

The British premium fashion retail chain has been allegedly sold to a Chinese franchise partner.

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Dr Martens potentially for sale

United Kingdom
Published:  12 April, 2019

According to British media Sky News, the private equity owner of Dr Martens is planning to sell the iconic footwear brand.

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