Hermès inaugurates online sales platform in China

Worldwide
Published:  19 October, 2018

The France headquartered luxury label joins its rivals by embracing online sales with the official opening of its e-commerce platform in China on October 17.

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Skechers posts record third quarter earnings

Worldwide
Published:  19 October, 2018

The U.S. headquartered casual footwear manufacturer says it has reached record sales of US$1.176 billion in the third quarter ended September 30, 2018, representing a +7.5% increase (8.5% on a constant currency basis).

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Luxury label Vionnet halts operations to re-brand as sustainable

France
Published:  18 October, 2018

The French luxury fashion house has placed itself into voluntary liquidation. It is temporarily closing down its operations before making a come-back as an eco-friendly label.

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Susan Schofer

“Is it possible to grow leather?”

United Kingdom
Published:  18 October, 2018

Pioneers in biologically advanced materials, Modern Meadow will be presenting at the at the ‘Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2018’ taking place in central London on November 15.

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XXXV IULTCS calls for paper submissions

Germany
Published:  17 October, 2018

The organising committee of the XXXV IULTCS (International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies) Congress taking place in Dresden, Germany, on June 25-28, 2019, is calling for papers.

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Trumpler acquires Langro-Chemie leather finishing business

Germany
Published:  16 October, 2018

Specialty chemical manufacturer, Trumpler, has has signed an agreement with Germany based Langro-Chemie Theo Lang to acquire its leather finishing business.

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Fashion athletic footwear drives growth for Stella International

Hong Kong
Published:  15 October, 2018

Hong Kong headquartered Stella International Holdings has announced unaudited revenue of approximately US$471.3 million (+4.2%) for the three months ending September 30, up from US$452.4 million a year earlier.

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JLR to close plant for two-weeks

United Kingdom
Published:  11 October, 2018

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is planning a two-week shutdown of its Solihull, UK, plant at the end of October. Britain's biggest carmaker blamed weakening global demand, especially in China, and has faced falling diesel sales in recent months. 

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Dr Robert Sykes, senior figure of British leather sector passes away

United Kingdom
Published:  11 October, 2018

Former head of the British Leather Confederation (BLC) and deeply involved in both the UK and global leather industries, Dr Robert Sykes passed away on October 5.

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Louis Vuitton continues to drive LVMH’s leather goods performance

Worldwide
Published:  10 October, 2018

French luxury conglomerate, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, recorded a +10% increase in revenue, reaching €33.1 billion in the first nine months of 2018, with the Fashion & Leather Goods business group achieving organic revenue growth of +14%.

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Phil Townsend, M&S

M&S to outline its journey towards sourcing sustainable leather

United Kingdom
Published:  09 October, 2018

A raw materials specialist from the leading clothing, home and food retailer, Marks & Spencer will outline its journey towards sourcing more sustainable raw materials, with a focus on leather, during the next ‘Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2018’ taking place in central London on November 15. 

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Audi expects challenging times ahead

Germany
Published:  09 October, 2018

The premium German carmaker has reported sales down -22% in September and says it expects the WLTP test cycle to affect deliveries in the coming months.

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Manolo Blahnik annual profits decline

Worldwide
Published:  08 October, 2018

The poorer sales performance of the high-end footwear label comes after the introduction of a men’s shoe range.

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Italy’s Polimoda and Valentino launch masters in bag design

Italy
Published:  08 October, 2018

Florence based fashion school, Polimoda, and the fashion label Valentino have joined forces to offer a postgraduate diploma in Bag Design, including leather bags and small leather goods.

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Dr Christina Raab, Implementation Director ZDHC

ZDHC focus on sustainable chemical management at London conference

United Kingdom
Published:  04 October, 2018

The 2018 Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2018 is taking place in Central London on November 15 and will highlight sustainable raw materials. The hot topic of sustainable chemical management through the leather supply chain will be presented by Dr Christina Raab, Implementation Director, ZDHC during the half-day event.

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Spanish footwear sector looks beyond EU for growth

Spain
Published:  04 October, 2018

Spain’s footwear exports increased +1.2% in value but was down -2.6% in volume in the first half of 2018 year-on-year, with exports outside the EU up +7% in value over the period.

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Comfort and health as the key to future footwear developments

Italy
Published:  04 October, 2018

The results of the Erasmus+ project Fit2Com – Skills Alliance for comfort and healthy footwear, were presented during a workshop on “Skills and Competencies of the future” held at the Lineapelle fair in Milan on September 27.

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PTA elects new Chairman

Pakistan
Published:  03 October, 2018

The Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) has elected a new Chairman.

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Lineapelle registers more overseas visitors

Italy
Published:  03 October, 2018

The 95th edition of the international leather trade show, held in Milan September 25-27, saw an increase in the number of visiting companies coming from countries such as China and the U.S..

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HP launches the world’s first convertible leather PC

Worldwide
Published:  02 October, 2018

Balancing luxury design and cutting-edge engineering, the U.S. headquartered information technology solutions manufacturer announced a new Windows 10 laptop that aims to “reinvent the PCs”, and features 100% chrome tanned, full-grain leather.

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Toyota announces new investment in Brazil

Brazil
Published:  02 October, 2018

The Japanese carmaker said it will upgrade and modernise all processes on the assembly line of an existing plant, which is to host the production of a new sedan to be launched in 2020.

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BLC announces legal name change

United Kingdom
Published:  01 October, 2018

UK based BLC Leather Technology Centre has legally changed its name to Eurofins BLC Leather Technology Centre Limited.

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Drop in profits for Cargill’s Animal Nutrition & Protein division

Worldwide
Published:  01 October, 2018

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Stronger global growth for Nike in Q1

Worldwide
Published:  01 October, 2018

The international sportswear label has reported double-digit revenue growth across all geographic regions in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.

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Lower attendance at Première Vision

France
Published:  01 October, 2018

The organisers of the Paris based trade show aimed at the fashion sector reported a total of 55,497 visitors from 124 countries during the last edition of the event, which took place September 19-21, down -8.3% compared with the same edition in 2017.

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Sustainable raw materials in focus at London conference

United Kingdom
Published:  27 September, 2018

This year’s Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2018, taking place in Central London on November 15, will highlight sustainable raw materials and discuss topics such as innovation, uses for waste materials within the leather value chain and the circular economy. 

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121st SLTC call for papers

United Kingdom
Published:  26 September, 2018

The organisers of the 122nd SLTC (Society of Leather Technologists & Chemists) Conference, to take place April 27, 2019, call out for papers.

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Kering enters the STOXX 50 European Index

Europe
Published:  26 September, 2018

French luxury conglomerate, Kering, announced it has joined the Euro STOXX 50 index, one of the major indexes of listed shares of the euro area. 

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Michael Kors to be renamed Capri Holdings

Worldwide
Published:  26 September, 2018

The U.S. based fashion Group is to be renamed Capri Holdings after the, now official, acquisition of Italian fashion house Versace for US$2.1 billion.

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Michael Kors set to acquire Versace

Worldwide
Published:  25 September, 2018

Reportedly, the agreement for the acquisition of the luxury Italian fashion house by U.S. based Michael Kors is to be officially announced imminently.

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Farfetch’s share price above indicative range

United States
Published:  24 September, 2018

The high-end fashion website lunched its IPO in New York on September 21 at US$20 per share, above the indicative range.

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Cycling event raises funds for leather charity

United Kingdom
Published:  24 September, 2018

The Leather & Hide Trades’ Benevolent Institution (LHTBI) recently organised a Cycling Trip in northern France as a fundraiser for the charity. 

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Brazilian tanners expect positive results from Lineapelle

Italy
Published:  24 September, 2018

Four Brazilian tanneries will participate at the upcoming edition of the international leather trade fair, taking place in Milan on September 25-27.

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Sneakers and Chill at Micam

Significant presence of Chinese visitors at Micam

Italy
Published:  21 September, 2018

Attendance figures for the 86th edition of the international footwear show, held in Milan on September 16-19, were in line with the September 2017 edition but +2.7% higher than in February 2018

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6th World Footwear Congress to focus on digitalisation and sustainability

Italy
Published:  20 September, 2018

To be held in Naples, Italy, on April 4-5, 2019, the 6th edition of the World Footwear Congress (WFC) will bring together international speakers and experts to discuss digitalisation and sustainability in the footwear sector.

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IULTCS announces three Young Leather Scientist Grants

Worldwide
Published:  19 September, 2018

The Executive Committee of the IULTCS (International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies) has announced that three different grants will awarded to young scientists in 2019 for research projects in leather research, machinery/equipment and sustainability/equipment.

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Brazilian leather sustainability protocols discussed at Première Vision

France
Published:  18 September, 2018

Rafael Andrade, International Strategy, Design and Planning Consultant at the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB), will be giving a presentation titled; “Design and Sustainability - An Overview on Brazilian Leather Industry Continuous Improvement Protocols", at Première Vision Leather on September 20.

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Tyson appoints new CEO

United States
Published:  18 September, 2018

The U.S. meatpacker has appointed a new President and CEO as Tom Hayes steps down from the role for personal reasons.

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Ted Baker to bring footwear manufacturing back in-house

United Kingdom
Published:  17 September, 2018

British fashion label, Ted Baker, is reported to have signed an agreement with Pentland Group to acquire No Ordinary Shoes Limited and No Ordinary Shoes USA LLC.

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Douglas G. DelGrosso

Adient names automotive veteran as new President and CEO

United States
Published:  17 September, 2018

The U.S. headquartered automotive seating manufacturer has announced a new President and CEO, effective from October 1, 2018.

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LVMH showcases leather know-how to the public

Worldwide
Published:  14 September, 2018

The France headquartered luxury conglomerate is to hold the fourth edition of the “Les Journées Particulières”, whereby 56 Maisons and 77 exceptional places in 14 countries will be open to public visit over three days.

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Brazilian tanneries present in Paris

France
Published:  14 September, 2018

Three Brazilian tanneries will showcase their collections at the upcoming edition of Première Vision Leather (PVL), taking place September 19-21 in Paris.

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Volkswagen brand sales up in August

Worldwide
Published:  14 September, 2018

Volkswagen brand worldwide deliveries totalled 513,300 units in August, up +3.7% compared with the same month in the previous year.

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VF plans to grow Vans revenue by US$2 billion

Worldwide
Published:  14 September, 2018

VF Corporation said it plans to grow revenue of its Vans brand by US$2 billion to reach US$5 billion by fiscal year 2023, representing growth between 10-12% over the five-year period.

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Susan Schofer

Modern Meadow to discuss biofabricated materials at London Conference

United Kingdom
Published:  13 September, 2018

U.S. based Modern Meadow, which has over a dozen patents and grows biofabricated materials in a lab from skin cells that produce collagen, will discuss how its innovation in cellular agriculture could be applied to leather at the upcoming Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference taking place in central London on November 15.

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Chiara Morelli

Kering to discuss ‘crafting tomorrow’s luxury’ during PVL Smart Talk

France
Published:  13 September, 2018

Chiara Morelli, Sustainability Senior Manager for Kering Supply Chain, Worldwide Logistics and Industrial Operations, will be among the presenters at the Première Vision Leather, Smart Talk seminar organised by ILM on September 20 in Paris.

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Demand for Hermès’ leather goods remains high

Worldwide
Published:  13 September, 2018

The French luxury brand has posted a net profit increase of +17% to €708 million in the first half of 2018, with recurring operating profitability reaching an all-time high of 34.5% of sales.

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Richemont announces new CEO as sales increase +25%

Switzerland
Published:  11 September, 2018

The Switzerland based luxury holding has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer as it announced a +25% sales increase at constant rates (+22% adjusted) for the five months to August 31.

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Yue Yuen posts sales increase in August

Hong Kong
Published:  11 September, 2018

The Hong Kong based footwear manufacturer has reported a +5% increase in sales in August.

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Première Vision to host leather sustainability and traceability seminar

France
Published:  11 September, 2018

Exploring the possibilities of the circular economy, including leather, the third edition of Première Vision’s Smart Square will be held under the theme ‘Tomorrow is here’.

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