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Doing the maths in the leather business

The organisers were rather taken aback at the third World Leather Congress held in Shanghai on August 29. They had expected three or four hundred delegates but ended up with bookings for seven hundred and fifty, creating problems with the seating and the eating logistics. 


Shining a light on luxury

The American leather goods company Coach has just bought Kate Spade for US$2.4 billion. It comes two years after it purchased Stuart Weitzman footwear. This looks like to be the start of creating a luxury conglomerate based in New York similar to the likes of Kering and LVMH in Europe.