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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.

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Radermecker Tannery launches photo contest

Based in Comines-Warneton, the Belgian tannery specialised in full-grain, natural, vegetable tanned leather, is launching the first edition of a photo contest aimed at supporting professionals and amateurs of leather.

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ECCO achieves best annual results

Denmark headquartered leather tanning and footwear manufacturing group ECCO says it has achieved its best financial result to date despite a “challenging retail environment”.

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Innovations are needed fast

When the essay The Cathedral and the Bazaar appeared online back in the 1990s, Microsoft developers stopped work to read and absorb it. Top down, Microsoft style design was being compared with bottom up Linux design and being found wanting. It made it clear that the closed, “skunk works in a basement”, type of product innovation would lose its dominance.   

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Traceability to support “conscious spending”

The 3rd World Leather Congress (WLC) that took place in Shanghai on August 29 seems a long way off now. During that warm, late summer day, a record 600+ people from the global leather industry gathered to listen to some very interesting (and some less interesting) presentations about the current and future directions in which the industry is headed. One key theme was mentioned again and again throughout the day; the need for greater levels of transparency and traceability in the leather supply chain. This subject has now moved towards the top of the industry’s agenda alongside environmental sustainability.

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VF commits to reduce its environmental footprint by 50%

Branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories Group, VF Corp, has announced ‘Made for Change’, its new global sustainability and responsibility strategy whereby it commits to reducing its global environmental footprint by 50%, from farm to front door, by 2030.

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LIA Lab Director on TV programme about leather upholstery

Steve Lange, Director of the Leather Research Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati, U.S., participated in a local television programme to help consumers identify the differences between furniture upholstery made with ‘bonded leather’ and genuine ‘leather’.

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Bank signs MoU with Nigerian leather association

Nigeria’s industrial development bank, Bank of Industry (BOI), is reported to have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with leather sector representatives to provide funding for the production of finished leather goods.

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