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Education matters

A recent article in the online magazine The Conversation makes an important point about the teaching of sustainability in our fashion schools; that it must begin with universities if the fashion industry is to change.

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Building back better

After the tsunami that caused devastating loss of life in 2006, the concept of ‘building back better’ came into prominence. It may be the perfect phrase for leather to adopt now. While the unknowns about the Covid-19 pandemic make matters unpredictable, a fresh restart with a reset positioning for leather that is forthright and positive rather than defensive and cowering is required.

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Science must be to the fore

It is argued that the high status of scientific opinion in society began to disintegrate with the failure of nylon shirts to offer the benefits promised to consumers in terms of comfort and convenience; and creating the hydrogen bomb did not particularly endear scientists to the world either.

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“Manifesto” to raise European leather sector profile

During the conference “A future for European leather!”, held in Brussels on February 2, social partners officially presented their “Manifesto”, summarising the conclusions of the thematic seminars held throughout 2015 on industry matters.

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The value in use is what matters

Article first published in ILM January-February 2015 edition. We do not buy goods to get goods. We buy them for the benefits they provide: the things they do for us, or we can do with them. These benefits might be functional, like clothes to keep us warm or phones to communicate with, but increasingly they include less tangible elements such as supporting our self image, social connectedness, or being a brand we just enjoy using and owning. Tanners should not forget that word “connoisseurship”. 

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