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Italian footwear industry in recovery mode

The Italian footwear industry has consolidated its recovery that began last year, with growth in exports (+21.4% in value) and household spending up (+20.6%) in the first quarter of 2022 according to figures from the trade body, Assocalzaturifici. 

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Strong sales for Aspinal in 2017

High-end leather handbags and accessories brand, Aspinal of London, reported a 24% increase in sales to £29.4 million (US$39.7 million) in the year to March 2017.

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Explaining history via leather artefacts

The log fire in the Oak Hall in West Dean is permanently lit. Outside, it’s been below zero for the last few days and we have a group gathered together from all over Europe, plus Canada and The Middle East, spending a week learning about Leather Conservation. We are with the staff from the Leather Conservation Centre in an ancient country estate near Chichester in the south of England, now dedicated to the teaching of traditional crafts and conservation. 

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U.S. consumers spending less on footwear and accessories

A recent study has revealed U.S. consumer spending in footwear and fashion accessories such as handbags has declined in the 12 months ending February 2017 as opposed to the apparel sector, which has seen a consistent growth particularly in casual wear such as jeans.

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