To be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion, this year’s WLC will focus on the story and value of leather under the theme “Leather in Everyday Life”. Speakers will highlight the cultural relevance, significance and sustainability of leather to an expected audience of fashion and leather product buyers, designers, retailers and students. After a presentation by ‘Leather 101’ on how leather is made and the uses and properties of leather, the morning programme will conclude with a panel discussion on sustainability and modern leather production. The afternoon programme will feature speakers from producers and designers of leather fashion, accessories, footwear, athletic goods and furniture, who will explain the appeal and value of leather in products that consumers use every day.

The Congress will conclude with a cocktail reception and fashion show featuring designs provided by students from renowned fashion schools. Static displays of leather fashions will also be featured from designers around the world.

The fourth World Leather Congress is jointly organised by Leather Industries of America (LIA) and the U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA), with support from Lineapelle and the Italian Tanners Association (UNIC). For further information, please contact Paul Pearson, Secretary, International Council of Tanners (ICT) at