9th Freiberg Leather Days call for papers

Germany
Published:  22 January, 2021

The organisers of Freiberg Leather Days, the event which aims to facilitate an exchange of information and experience among experts from the tanning and leather industry, invite experts, researchers and specialists to play an active part in shaping its technical content.

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Rimowa’s new collection features leather

Worldwide
Published:  22 January, 2021

The new unisex bag collection of the LVMH-owned luggage and leather goods maker features soft-touch full-grain leather.

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Mytheresa launches IPO

United States
Published:  22 January, 2021

The luxury fashion e-commerce retailer has debuted at the New York Stock Exchange as a publicly traded company on January 21, with the stock beginning to trade under the ticker symbol "MYTE".

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Jimmy Choo opens fashion academy in London

United Kingdom
Published:  21 January, 2021

The footwear designer has set up his own fashion academy in London, with enrollments already open for entry in September 2021.

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Asia Pacific drives Richemont’s Q3 results

Worldwide
Published:  21 January, 2021

The luxury holding said that robust sales in Asia Pacific and the Middle East and Africa, both with double digit growth at actual exchange rates, more than offset single digit declines in the Americas and Japan and a marked contraction in Europe.

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Is the leather sector on the road to recovery?

Worldwide
Published:  21 January, 2021

The January-February 2021 print and digital app edition of International Leather Maker (ILM) features a host of exclusive interviews and market reports which examine how the global leather sector will fare in 2021 and post Covid-19.

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Demand for European cow hides up

Europe
Published:  21 January, 2021

Cowhides from all global origins have been in good demand from Chinese tanners since the middle of 2020, however, towards the end of last year the upward price momentum had started to slow. According to theSauerReport, there are signs that demand for European origins in particular may be increasing.

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Groupe Artemis invests in Goat Group

Worldwide
Published:  21 January, 2021

The French holding company, headed by Kering’s Chairman and CEO François-Henri Pinault, has made a strategic investment in the global platform for sneakers and apparel brands.

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India International Leather Fair 2021 edition cancelled

India
Published:  20 January, 2021

The organisers of the India International Leather Fair (IILF) cited the continuing international travel restrictions as the main reason for cancelling the 2021 event.

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Burberry’s sales decline 9% in third quarter

Worldwide
Published:  20 January, 2021

Retail comparable store sales for the British fashion brand declined 9% as planned reductions in markdown and reduced tourist traffic in outlets are reported to have offset high single-digit full-price sales growth.

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Porsche/Hugo Boss collaboration

Frasers Group ups investment in Hugo Boss

Europe
Published:  20 January, 2021

The British retail Group announced it has recently increased its investment in German fashion label Hugo Boss.

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Chinese economy grew 2.3% in 2020

China
Published:  20 January, 2021

China’s economy is reported to have grown 2.3% in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

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New Sustainability Chief at Chanel

Worldwide
Published:  20 January, 2021

The French luxury fashion label has appointed a former Mars executive as the company’s new Global Chief Sustainability Officer.

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Ford plant in Camaçari

Ford to halt manufacturing in Brazil

Brazil
Published:  13 January, 2021

Ford Brazil said it will cease production at Camaçari, Taubaté and Troller plants during 2021, as the Covid-19 pandemic amplifies persistent industry idle capacity and slow sales that have resulted in years of significant losses.

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Italy’s OTB could buy Jil Sander

Italy
Published:  19 January, 2021

OTB, the parent company of fashion brands such as Diesel, Maison Margiela, Marni and Viktor & Rolf, could acquire German fashion brand Jil Sander.

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Stellantis effective after merger between FCA and PSA Groupe

Europe
Published:  19 January, 2021

The Netherlands-based multinational automotive manufacturing corporation resulting from the merger of French automaker Groupe PSA and Italian-American automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, became effective on January 16.

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Sales of luxury goods in China up 48% in 2020

China
Published:  18 January, 2021

Sales of luxury goods in China increased 48% in 2020 to CNY346 billion (US$53.5 billion), with leather goods performing particularly well.

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Hans Van Haarst

New tanning technologies and future mega trends for the leather industry

Worldwide
Published:  18 January, 2021

Hans van Haarst, CEO of Dutch chemical company Smit & Zoon, joins ILM Editor Isabella Griffiths on the latest episode of the podcast series “View from the top”, which is available to download and listen to for free here, as well as via Apple Podcast, Spotify and Deezer.

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U.S. will not impose punitive tariffs on Vietnam

United States
Published:  18 January, 2021

In a report released on January 15, the U.S. administration said Vietnam’s actions to undervalue its currency are “unreasonable” and restrict U.S. commerce, but it will not take immediate action to impose punitive tariffs.

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Mini Electric

Electromobility a growth driver for BMW

Worldwide
Published:  18 January, 2021

The German manufacturer of premium cars achieved an all-time sales high in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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Brazilian tanneries to take part in APLF Virtual events

Brazil
Published:  15 January, 2021

The special APLF Virtual editions China (January 20 and 21) and India (January 28 and 29) will have the participation of Brazilian companies with the support of the Brazilian Leather project.

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Jaguar F-Pace

JLR retail sales recover in most regions

Worldwide
Published:  15 January, 2021

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) retail sales for the quarter ending December 31, 2020 totalled 128,469 vehicles, 13.1% higher than the 113,569 vehicles sold in the preceding quarter, but down 9% compared with the same quarter in 2019.

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PSA Groupe EU sales volume recovers in second half

Worldwide
Published:  14 January, 2021

The French automotive Group said the health and economic crisis in 2020 was also an opportunity to develop onlines sales.

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Lamborghini Urus

Record sales for Lamborghini in second half

Worldwide
Published:  13 January, 2021

The luxury sports car manufacturer announced an all-time six-month sales record for the second half of 2020.

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Lineapelle partners with London College of Fashion (UAL)

United Kingdom
Published:  13 January, 2021

The organisers of the Milan based international leather trade show launched a footwear and accessories contest in collaboration with the London College of Fashion (UAL).

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The Bentayaga

Audi’s Head of Exterior Design to join Bentley

United Kingdom
Published:  13 January, 2021

Bentley Motors has announced the appointment of Andreas Mindt as Director of Design, effective March 1.

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Hidexe – a real-time marketplace for hide & leather

Worldwide
Published:  13 January, 2021

One month after Hidexe’s beta launch and announcement on ILM, we would like to provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions by the early adopters:

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Prada reports progressive recovery in sales

Worldwide
Published:  12 January, 2021

The Italian luxury fashion label said that, despite being impacted by ongoing store closures averaging 9% of the network, it observed a progressive recovery in sales in the second half of 2020.

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VF Corp announces transformation plan for Asia Pacific operations

Asia Pacific
Published:  11 January, 2021

The U.S. headquartered apparel group said the transformation plan for its Asia Pacific operations is focussed on evolving the region’s organisational design and footprint as well as building new capabilities to accelerate growth for its brands.

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The Ziggy

Dr Martens considers initial public offering

United Kingdom
Published:  11 January, 2021

The iconic British footwear brand announced it is considering an initial public offering (IPO) and is set to apply for admission of its ordinary shares to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the FCA and trade on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.

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Bottega Veneta exits social media

Worldwide
Published:  11 January, 2021

The Kering-owned luxury fashion brand has abruptly shut down its accounts on various social media platforms, such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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Volvo XC60

Record second-half results for Volvo

Worldwide
Published:  08 January, 2021

Growing demand for electrified vehicles is said to have boosted sales of Volvo Cars in the second-half of 2020.

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Merger of FCA and Groupe PSA approved

Europe
Published:  06 January, 2021

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Groupe Peugeot have announced that their respective shareholders approved their merger to create Stellantis by an overwhelming majority.

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China to lower import tariffs on over 850 products

China
Published:  06 January, 2021

On December 23, 2020, China's Ministry of Finance announced it would temporarily lower import tariffs on 883 products in high domestic demand. 

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The Flying Spur

Record sales for Bentley in 2020

Worldwide
Published:  06 January, 2021

The luxury car manufacturer sold 11,206 units in 2020, up 2% over 2019 and representing Bentley’s highest sales performance since its creation.

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A selection of Leatherworld exibitors to showcase in Paris

France
Published:  05 January, 2021

To be held February 1 - 5 in central Paris, Texworld Evolution Paris - Le Showroom will host a selected number of exhibitors from Leatherworld, Apparel Sourcing, Avantex and Texworld Paris.

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Recruitment: Senior Leather Technologist for wet processes, Scottish Leather Group

United Kingdom
Published:  04 January, 2021

Are you an experienced Leather Technologist with strong experience of developing wet processes? Do you have a passion for sustainable and innovative leather development? This may be the opportunity for you…

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Leather Naturally on track to fund Metcha campaign

worldwide
Published:  23 December, 2020

The leather industry promotional campaign, Leather Naturally has confirmed that they have confirmed of donations for its Metcha campaign to date in excess of US$700,000. But further funding is required from all leather supply chain stakeholders to support the next round of promotional activities. 

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ILM podcast: A better future for leather

Worldwide
Published:  22 December, 2020

The latest episode of the ILM “View from the top” podcast series is now available free to download and listen to here, as well as via Apple Podcast, Spotify and Deezer.

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Nike posts second quarter revenue growth

United States
Published:  22 December, 2020

The U.S. footwear and apparel brand has published fiscal 2021 financial results for its second quarter ending November 30, 2020, with reported revenues of US$11.2 billion, up 9% compared to the prior year and 7% on a currency-neutral basis. 

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Gucci targets Chinese consumers with launch on Alibaba’s luxury e-commerce platform

Italy / China
Published:  21 December, 2020

High-end fashion brand Gucci is set to open two flagship stores on Alibaba’s luxury e-commerce platform, highlighting the importance of affluent Chinese consumers in an anticipated recovery process post-pandemic. 

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Senior management change at FDRA

United States
Published:  21 December, 2020

The Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA) has promoted Thomas Crockett to Vice President, Government Affairs. Crockett has served for the last six years as Director Government & Regulatory Affairs. He is currently responsible for managing FDRA’s advocacy on issues impacting the footwear industry, including U.S. international trade policy, global trade barriers, customs, intellectual property protection 

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FILK to participate in Virtual APLF 2021

Germany / China
Published:  21 December, 2020

FILK has announced its participation at the Virtual APLF 2021. 

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High-end Australian leather goods brand goes into liquidation

Australia
Published:  18 December, 2020

Mon Purse, a customisable leather handbag company founded in 2014 by Australian fashion entrepreneur Lana Hopkins, has collapsed

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Fimec rescheduled for May 2021

Brazil
Published:  18 December, 2020

Traditionally held in March, the 2021 edition of Fimec (International Fair of Leather, Chemicals, Components and Equipment for Footwear and Tanneries) will now take place May 4 - 6, 2021, in Novo Hamburgo, Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.

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Mercedes-Benz in Kecskemét

Mercedes to invest €50 million in Hungarian plant

Worldwide
Published:  17 December, 2020

The German premium car manufacturer is reported to be investing €50 million to add a full electric production line at its manufacturing plant in Kecskemét, central Hungary.

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Hidexe developing cloud-based software to revolutionise the hides, leather and skins industry

Worldwide
Published:  17 December, 2020

Hidexe, a diversified team of top technology professionals, hides and leather experts, and innovators, is helping to shape the future of hide, skins, leather and by-products industry.  By sharing its combined knowledge, experience, global network and professional assets, the company has started to introduce bespoke software solutions geared towards revolutionising this industry worldwide. 

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Inditex posts €866 million net profit in third quarter

Worldwide
Published:  16 December, 2020

The fashion retail Group said it managed to turn around the impact caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, generating a net profit of €671million in the nine months of fiscal 2020, and €866 million in the third quarter.

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Several new key senior appointments at Hyundai

South Korea
Published:  16 December, 2020

The South Korean automotive manufacturer said the appointments focus on capabilities and expertise and aim to strengthen the Group’s future businesses and its ability to develop new technologies.

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Digital format for Première Vision Leather in February

France
Published:  16 December, 2020

The international leather trade show will take place as a week-long digital event on February 15 – 19, 2021.

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