The event will be the 40th anniversary of APLF, held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) alongside sister events Materials+ and Fashion Access.

The importance of APLF as the meeting place of the global leather industry is borne out by the combination of institutional and commercial organisations that participate at this prestigious event.

Not only is the whole leather making supply chain present, from raw hides to a myriad of fashion and automotive leather, but the mixture of professional attendees from all corners of the globe permits invaluable opportunities to exchange views and meet with peers and competitors under one roof.

Onsite events will include a series of conferences, forums and workshops to create a rounded and integrated event for all industry stakeholders, such as:

Global Footwear Executive Summit

In its fourth edition, the Global Footwear Executive Summit is an annual gathering of industry leaders, executives and professionals from the global footwear sector. Held on March 20, 2024, participants gain valuable knowledge about the latest advancements in materials, manufacturing technologies, retail strategies and consumer behaviour.

Let’s Talk Leather Masterclass

Designer Maker Yusuf Osman, together with Technical Consultant Karl Flowers, will bring the masterclass to Hong Kong. Tailored for designers, this course will provide participants with technical and practical insights into the characteristics and applications of different types of leather.

Leather Foundation Course for Fashion Professionals

Hosted by Technical Consultant Karl Flowers, this course is specifically designed for fashion professionals including producers, designers, buyers and store trainers. It aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the technical aspects of leather, including the tanning process, types of leather, leather products, care instructions and an overview of leather testing and certification.

APLF Evening After Show Cocktail Party

The Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA) will be co-hosting the APLF Evening After Show Cocktail Party on March 20. During the event, LHCA will announce the designs of the Real Leather. Stay Different. campaign, which showcases the innovative use of leather in artistic creations by talented designers from around the world.

Apart from this, the organisers have prepared a series of seminars, workshops and display areas throughout the exhibition which enables the audiences to participate. Visit the APLF website to register and for the most up to date information.