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Imperfection is essential

Once upon a time when Lineapelle was held in Bologna I travelled into Florence on that interminably slow train from the station next to the fairground. My companion was a major manufacturer of leather goods whose primary factory was in China. We discussed the attitude of the brands to having articles made in China.


Growing interest in German low grades

tivity on the hides market drags on with a limited number of sales and the usual limited volume. An unanticipated amount of interest is reported around lower grades and cheaper selections. This is interpreted negatively though, meaning either (or both) that the better grades are uncompetitive in the current market or that the prices of leather remain under so much pressure and buyers are chasing less expensive raw materials. 

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The Sauer Report Newsflash

ILM is now publishing exclusively for its subscribers newsflashes from TheSauerReport. These are articles written by Ron Sauer and provide a flavour of the more in depth raw materials and pricing information available on www.thesauerreport.com by country.


Benefits are the features we depend on

Sometimes a bit of repetition is a good thing. One I will always repeat is that any leather technician who had the opportunity to work in Santa Croce sull'Arno (PIsa) in the 1970s was fortunate.