Luxury British store launches leather goods restoration service

United Kingdom
Published:  20 September, 2019

Located in London, the new service offered by Harvey Nichols repairs, restores or even reimagines a customer’s favourite item.

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Lower VW Group deliveries in August

Worldwide
Published:  18 September, 2019

Volkswagen Group’s worldwide deliveries fell 3.1% in August to 848,600 vehicles.

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Inditex’s net income up 10% in first half

Worldwide
Published:  18 September, 2019

Worldwide sales for the owner of Zara and Massimo Dutti reached €12.8 billion in the first half of 2019, up 7% compared with the corresponding period of the prior year.

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Giannico

L’Autre Chose acquires luxury footwear brand

Italy
Published:  17 September, 2019

Italian fashion house L'Autre Chose has taken full control of luxury footwear brand Giannico, launched by Italian designer Nicolò Beretta in 2013.

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ACLE attracted over 23,000 visitors

China
Published:  16 September, 2019

Held in Shanghai on September 3-5, the 22nd edition of the All China Leather Fair (ACLE) hosted 1,056 exhibitors from 34 countries and regions and attracted more than 23,300 visitors.

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Freiberg Leather Days call for papers

Germany
Published:  16 September, 2019

Co-organisers VGCT and the FILK are inviting experts, researchers and specialists to play an active part in shaping the technical content of the 9th Freiberg Leather Days to take place on June 18-19, 2020 in Freiberg, Germany.

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Hublot

LVMH posts strong first half

Worldwide
Published:  12 September, 2019

The French luxury conglomerate has recorded revenue of €25.1 billion in the first half of 2019, up 15%. Organic sales growth was 12% compared with the same period in 2018.

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LWG to host workshops in Milan

Italy
Published:  12 September, 2019

The Leather Working Group (LWG) will be hosting two half-day workshops in Milan, Italy on October 3.

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Leather UK calls out false claims in BBC article

United Kingdom
Published:  12 September, 2019

Dr Kerry Senior, Leather UK’s Director, has hit back once more at an inaccurate report published on the BBC website on September 10, which promotes a number of false claims about leather and its manufacturing process.

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Genesco’s net sales flat in fiscal second quarter

Worldwide
Published:  11 September, 2019

The U.S. headquartered specialty retailer of branded footwear and accessories has nevertheless reported earnings per share (EPS) that exceed the company's expectations.

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Tyson Foods names new Sustainability Officer

United States
Published:  11 September, 2019

Tyson Foods has announced the appointment of John R. Tyson as its Chief Sustainability Officer, with immediate effect.

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Richemont’s Head of Fashion and Accessories steps down

Europe
Published:  11 September, 2019

The Switzerland headquartered luxury conglomerate has announced that Eric Vallat, Head of Fashion and Accessories Maisons, will step down from his current position and from the Senior Executive Committee for personal reasons.

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China approves 25 Brazilian meat processing units for exports

Brazil
Published:  11 September, 2019

Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture said the Chinese authorities have cleared 25 meat plants in Brazil for exports, including units from companies such as Marfrig, Minerva and BRF.

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Fimec organisers partner with Colombia’s ACICAM

Brazil
Published:  10 September, 2019

The collaboration is aimed at strengthening their mutual relationship and boosting the number of visitors from Colombia at the 2020 edition of Fimec.

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Volvo XC90

Volvo Cars’ global sales up 10.2% in August

Worldwide
Published:  06 September, 2019

Global sales volumes for the premium automotive manufacturer increased 10.2% in August compared with the same month in 2018.

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Full agenda confirmed for Sustainable Leather Forum

France
Published:  06 September, 2019

Taking place September 16 in Paris, the Sustainable Leather Forum will bring together expert speakers from across the leather industry to discuss the best practices in the sector in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from a social, environmental and economic perspective.

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China files complaint with WTO over U.S. tariffs

Worldwide
Published:  05 September, 2019

China officially filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) ON September 4 in response to the U.S. raising tariffs from 10% to 15% on US$300 billion worth of Chinese goods.

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LWG now welcomes associations as members

Worldwide
Published:  05 September, 2019

The Leather Working Group (LWG) has launched an ‘Associate Membership’ for associations and other non-profit groups.

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Jide Zeitlin

Tapestry appoints new CEO

United States
Published:  04 September, 2019

The New York headquartered fashion Group has announced that Jide Zeitlin, its Chairman of the Board, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer.

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Tyson Foods revises fiscal 2019 guidance amid challenges

United States
Published:  04 September, 2019

The U.S. beef and food processor said it is experiencing “short-term challenges” that are negatively affecting the fourth quarter earnings of its fiscal 2019.

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Fashion sector mobilises to help the Amazon

Worldwide
Published:  04 September, 2019

As VF Corp announced that it will halt all orders for leathers from Brazil until the Amazon fires cease, other fashion and footwear brands, including French luxury conglomerate LVMH, are raising funds to help raise awareness and stop the blazes.

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Registration open for Leather Compliance & Sustainability conference

United States
Published:  04 September, 2019

Taking place November 13 in New York, the conference will address the latest developments in leather chemistry, compliance and sustainability.

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VF Corp suspends purchases of Brazilian leather

Brazil
Published:  03 September, 2019

The U.S. headquartered global footwear giant has suspended its orders to Brazilian tanneries until the fires cease across the Amazon, while other companies such as Nestlé are allegedly ‘re-evaluating’ their purchases of meat and cocoa from Brazil.

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Christian Louboutin awarded for contribution to fashion sector

United States
Published:  03 September, 2019

The French luxury footwear designer is to be awarded by The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT in New York on September 4.

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Sam Edelman brand

Caleres posts record second quarter sales

Worldwide
Published:  02 September, 2019

The global footwear Group, whose brands include Dr Scholls’, Allen Edmonds Famous Footwear and Zodiac, posted consolidated sales of US$752.5 million in the second quarter of 2019, up 6.5% year-on-year.

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COTANCE commits to help tanners achieve Fashion Pact objectives

Europe
Published:  02 September, 2019

The Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community (COTANCE) said it shares the values and welcomes the sustainability ambitions described in the Fashion Pact, recently signed by a coalition comprised of 32 global groups and brands in luxury, fashion, sports and lifestyle, as well as suppliers and retailers.

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Leather UK hits back at defamatory Guardian article

United Kingdom
Published:  30 August, 2019

Dr Kerry Senior, Director of Leather UK, has issued a statement to The Guardian newspaper in response to its article ‘Burning issue: how fashion's love of leather is fuelling the fires in the Amazon’, published on August 29, strongly rejecting the suggestion that the production of leather is to blame for the environmental disaster.

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Stahl ignites the age of responsible chemistry at ACLE 2019

Netherlands
Published:  30 August, 2019

Across garments, footwear and leather goods, the demand for quality leather with a lower environmental impact is rising fast. Stahl, world leader in specialty chemistry for coatings, processing and treatments of a wide range of everyday materials, is continuously expanding its portfolio with the addition of more sustainable technologies. But don’t take our word for it: during September 3-5, the company will be showcasing its latest innovations at the 2019 All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE) in Shanghai. 

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Columbia Sportswear announces U.S. expansion

United States
Published:  28 August, 2019

The global active lifestyle brand, whose collections also comprise leather footwear and accessories, has announced a 200,000 sq ft expansion of its campus in Washington County, U.S. state of Oregon.

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New investment fund seeks to boost French leather sector

France
Published:  28 August, 2019

Operated by Paris based Société Internationale du Cuir (SIC SA), a partner of APLF Ltd, Cuir Invest seeks to offer long-term support to the most promising young innovative companies in French and European leather sectors.

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Improved second quarter results for Marfrig

Brazil
Published:  27 August, 2019

Consolidated net revenue for the Brazilian meat processor totalled R$12.2 billion (US$2.93 billion) in the second quarter of 2019, up 9.8% from the corresponding quarter a year ago.

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32 global fashion and textile companies sign sustainable Fashion Pact

Worldwide
Published:  27 August, 2019

Led by François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO, Kering, 32 leading companies from the fashion and textile industry have given themselves a set of shared objectives in the form of a Fashion Pact.

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Off-White "diagonal tote" bag and Off-Court sneakers

Farfetch acquires owner of Off-White fashion brand

Worldwide
Published:  22 August, 2019

High-end fashion e-commerce platform Farfetch announced it has acquired New Guards Group, the owner of Off-White for US$675m in cash and Farfetch shares.

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Speaker panels confirmed for Shanghai conference

China
Published:  22 August, 2019

Taking place on September 4 under the theme ‘Redesigning a Future for Leather’, the Shanghai Shake-Up conference will host two discussion panels, ‘How to Transform the Role of the Tanner’ and ‘Why Aren’t Designers Using Leather?’.

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Leather Naturally publishes new fact sheet on leather labelling

Worldwide
Published:  22 August, 2019

Available to download from the Leather Naturally website, “When leather is not leather?” seeks to explain how different materials have different benefits but how labels can be confusing. 

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One 4 Leather website goes live

Worldwide
Published:  20 August, 2019

One 4 Leather, the stakeholder group made up of some leading automotive leather makers as well as leather chemical makers Stahl and TFL has launched a new website to inform the automotive supply chain and consumers about the benefits of leather interiors and the responsible manufacturing practices used in the automotive leather segment. 

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New support materials for Leather Naturally members

Worldwide
Published:  16 August, 2019

Leather Naturally has developed two pieces of marketing collateral for its members to download and use to promote the initiative and encourage more of the industry to become members. 

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Tyche tannery

What do tanners really think about the current business climate?

Worldwide
Published:  16 August, 2019

65% of tanners feel that the global leather business environment has deteriorated significantly over the past 12 months, with 57% believing there will be further consolidation or contraction of the market in the future. These are just some of the insightful findings from the 2019 ILM Tanner Business Confidence Survey. 

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JBS headquarters

JBS SA posts strong second quarter results

Brazil
Published:  16 August, 2019

The world’s largest meatpacker has reported a net income of BRL2.184 billion (US$539 million) in its second quarter, boosted by exports to Asia, which has been affected by an outbreak of African swine fever.

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“Leather industry must unite”

Worldwide
Published:  15 August, 2019

In an exclusive interview in the September-October 2019 print and digital app edition of International Leather Maker (ILM), fashion designer Tina Fricke, former creative director of Hugo Boss and founder of specialist leather label Studio Ayasse, shares why she believes the leather industry needs a joint-up approach to improving its image, the effects of the fashion industry’s increasingly negative attitudes towards leather and how her labels aims to be a leading light in sustainably produced leather.

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Yue Yuen to move more production into Southeast Asia

China
Published:  15 August, 2019

The Hong Kong-listed footwear manufacturer is expected to move more of its manufacturing from China to other Southeast Asia countries as a consequence of the U.S.-China trade conflict.

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Apiccaps launches Portuguese Leather Goods Campaign

Portugal
Published:  14 August, 2019

The Portuguese Footwear, Components, Leather Goods Manufacturers’ Association (Apiccaps) has launched its latest campaign to promote domestic leather goods products. 

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Sustainable Leather Forum confirms more speakers

France
Published:  14 August, 2019

Three more speakers have been added to the roaster of high-profile presenters set to attend the first Sustainable Leather Forum in Paris on September 16, joining representatives from companies such as Louis Vuitton, Kering and Tanneries Haas. 

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Dr Martens' vegan boot

Dr Martens’ profits soar

United Kingdom
Published:  14 August, 2019

The iconic British footwear brand’s profits have skyrocketed by 70% to £85 million (US$ 102.6 million) with an increase in revenue to £454.4 million (US$ 548.4 million) in the year to 31 March 2019. The growth is primarily attributed to the success of the brand’s new vegan range of boots, which has boosted sales both in stores and online. 

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Lanxess' Merebank site

Lanxess to sell its chrome chemicals business

Germany
Published:  13 August, 2019

The German specialty chemicals company is selling its chrome chemicals business to Brother Enterprises, a Chinese leather chemicals producer. An agreement to that effect was signed on August 12, subject to approval by relevant antitrust authorities. Lanxess expects to complete the planned transaction by the end of 2019. 

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Tyson Foods to rebuild Kansas beef plant following fire

United States
Published:  12 August, 2019

Tyson Foods has begun rebuilding operations of its beef plant in Holcomb, Kansas, following a fire on August 9, which partly destroyed the site.

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Registration open for USHSLA & LIA annual convention

United States
Published:  08 August, 2019

Registration is now open for the upcoming USHSLA and LIA annual meeting in Chicago. The two industry associations are anticipated to merge into one organisation at the beginning of 2020.

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JD.com launches first luxury goods service center

China
Published:  07 August, 2019

China’s second largest e-commerce giant has launched a new after-sales format, JD Luxury Service, with the opening of its first bricks-and-mortar repair centre in Beijing. The move is seen as a bid to tap into the growing luxury sector in the country, aiming to “build an eco-system” that covers the entire life cycle of high-end goods such as handbags and footwear. 

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Adient posts third quarter net loss

United States
Published:  07 August, 2019

The automotive seating specialist has posted a net loss of US$321 million on revenue of $4.2 billion for Q3 2019, compared to net income of $54 million on revenue of $4.5 billion during the same quarter last year. This results are said to have been impacted by various one-time, non-cash charges totalling US$334 million.

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FCA posts solid second quarter

Worldwide
Published:  06 August, 2019

The automotive manufacturing Group said the results were largely driven by U.S. demand for large pickups and Jeep and confirms its full-year guidance.

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