New owner confirmed for Roberto Cavalli

Worldwide
Published:  22 July, 2019

The Italian luxury fashion label has been acquired by Dubai-based Vision Investment.

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Sustainable Leather Forum to discuss CSR and best practice

France
Published:  19 July, 2019

The first Sustainable Leather Forum, hosted by the French Leather Council (CNC), will be held on September 16 at Maison de la FNTP in Paris and will bring together a raft of expert speakers from across the global leather industry to discuss and showcase best practices in the leather sector in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from a social, environmental and economic perspective.

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Volvo S60

Volvo Cars sales up 7.3% in the first half of 2019

Worldwide
Published:  19 July, 2019

The premium carmaker said the results represent the best first half-year sales performance in the Company’s history.

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Law Tanning appoints VP of Product Development and Marketing

United States
Published:  18 July, 2019

The US tanner has bolstered its leadership team with the appointment of Whitney Tinsley as Vice President of Product Development and Marketing.

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Zara Man

Inditex presents global sustainability commitments

Worldwide
Published:  18 July, 2019

Speaking during the Annual General Meeting held at Inditex’s headquarters in Arteixo, Spain, on July 16, Executive Chairman Pablo Isla focussed his speech on two key strategic elements; the Group’s digital transformation and its sustainability transformation.

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Alessandra Siena with Ariane Duhaney

Fashion Design graduate wins trip to Lineapelle

United States
Published:  17 July, 2019

Ariane Duhaney, a graduate from the Parsons School of Fashion in New York has been announced as the winner of the 2019 Leather Creations Contest during the 4th World Leather Congress (WLC) at the Metropolitan Pavillion in Manhattan on July 16.

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China’s economic growth at lowest in nearly three decades

China
Published:  17 July, 2019

China’s economic growth is reported to have declined to its lowest level in 27 years.

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Groupe Renault maintains its market share in the first half of the year

France
Published:  17 July, 2019

The automotive Group’s sales declined 6.7% in the first half of 2019 against the wider market which fell 7.1%, with a total of 1,938,579 vehicles sold worldwide; constituting a market share of 4.4%. 

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Lectra acquires real-time market data specialist

Belgium
Published:  17 July, 2019

The technological solutions provider announced it has acquired a real-time market data specialist based in Belgium, which helps fashion brands increase sales and margins, to boost its Industry 4.0 offer.

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Compact cars and SUVs lead sales momentum at Mercedes-Benz

Worldwide
Published:  16 July, 2019

From January to June, a total of 1,134,729 cars were handed over to customers by the German car manufacturer (-4.6%). Unit sales decreased in the first half of the year, predominantly due to ongoing model changes for SUVs, the brand’s segment with the largest volume. 

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Stella McCartney to advise LVMH on sustainability

Worldwide
Published:  16 July, 2019

After repurchasing her 50% stake from French luxury conglomerate Kering in 2018, fashion designer Stella McCartney has signed a partnership with rival LVMH.

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Positive sales results for Volkswagen Group in June

Worldwide
Published:  15 July, 2019

Worldwide deliveries by the Volkswagen Group rose 1.6% to 974,400 vehicles in June compared with the same month 2018. The growth can be predominantly attributed to a strong performance in China, where 15% more vehicles than in the same period the previous year were handed over to customers.

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Nike invests in new U.S. plant

United States
Published:  15 July, 2019

The global sportswear brand is to invest US$184 million in a new Air Manufacturing Innovation (Air MI) facility based in Goodyear, U.S. state of Arizona.

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Marfrig and BRF withdraw merger talks

Brazil
Published:  15 July, 2019

The Brazilian headquartered meat processors have ended negotiation talks due to disagreements over the governance of the company that would have arisen from the merger.

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Cargill invests in cultured meat

United States
Published:  12 July, 2019

Net profit for the U.S. headquartered trader and processor of agricultural raw materials declined sharply both in the fourth quarter and full year 2018-2019, despite stable sales.

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4th World Leather Congress sold out

United States
Published:  12 July, 2019

Due to the high number of attendance requests received, the organisers say the pre-registrations are closed.

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Fashion brands fall short of 2020 circularity targets

Worldwide
Published:  11 July, 2019

Signatories of the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment, an initiative by the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) launched in 2017, have only met 21% of the set circularity targets, the second yearly assessment of the GFA, which was published yesterday, has revealed.

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UK online sales to reach 53% by 2028

United Kingdom
Published:  10 July, 2019

A new report has revealed that online shopping in the UK will account for more than 50% of retail sales over the next ten years.

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Ashok Ramamurthy

Buckman names new Head of global leather business

Worldwide
Published:  10 July, 2019

The U.S. headquartered leather chemical supplier has appointed a new leader for its global leather division.

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Three bidders for Sonia Rykiel

France
Published:  08 July, 2019

The French fashion label, which applied for receivership in April, is said to have three potential bidders.

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JBS Couros explains ‘Kind Leather’ and outlines its traceability systems

Worldwide
Published:  08 July, 2019

Fernando Bellese, Marketing and Sustainability Manager at JBS Couros, is the third and final presenter in the upcoming free-to-view ILM webinar ‘Traceability in the leather supply chain - Part III’, to be held on July 10.

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Fur absent from Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

France
Published:  05 July, 2019

Held in Paris June 18-26, fur was largely absent during the Autumn/Winter 2019-20 collections displayed during the Haute Couture Fashion Week.

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ACLE opens for visitor registration

China
Published:  05 July, 2019

Visitor registrations are open for the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE). To be held September 3-5 in Shanghai, the trade show is expected to welcome around 23,000 visitors over the three-days.

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Montblanc partners with Japanese street fashion brand

Worldwide
Published:  03 July, 2019

The German luxury brand has teamed up with influential Japanese brand A Bathing Ape, mostly known as Bape, for a limited edition of leather goods and accessories.

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Ford Focus ST

Ford to cut 12,000 jobs across Europe

Europe
Published:  03 July, 2019

The U.S. headquartered car manufacturer has unveiled its roadmap to sustainable profitability which concerns efficiency improvements in operations and a streamlined organisation to “provide foundation for improved business performance”.

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BASF's concept car, smart forevision

Slowing demand leads BASF to reduce workforce

Worldwide
Published:  03 July, 2019

Lower demand for chemicals is said to be the reason behind the global supplier’s decision to cut 6,000 jobs worldwide, half of which in its home country Germany.

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AICC to hold conference on leather sustainability

Italy
Published:  02 July, 2019

The Italian Association of Leather Chemists (AICC) will be holding a conference in Tuscany on July 5.

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EU signs trade deal with Vietnam

Europe/Vietnam
Published:  02 July, 2019

Signed in Hanoi on June 30, the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) will reduce tariffs on 99% of goods over a period of ten years, and is expected to improve the competitiveness of Vietnam’s leather sector, among others.

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Michael Costello

DNA marking applied to leather

Worldwide
Published:  01 July, 2019

Michael Costello, Director of Sustainability at chemical specialist Stahl, will host the second of three high-profile presentations in the upcoming free ILM webinar ‘Traceability in the leather supply chain - Part III’, to be held on July 10.

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VW Emden plant, Germany

VW introduces supplier Sustainability Rating

Worldwide
Published:  01 July, 2019

The German automotive Group is introducing a global Sustainability Rating for its suppliers aimed at assessing the sustainability conduct of its business partners in its supply chain with regard to risks relating to human rights, environmental protection and corruption.

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Take part in the ILM 2019 Tanner Business Confidence survey

Worldwide
Published:  28 June, 2019

International Leather Maker (ILM), the multi-platform digital media business for the tanning industry, is calling on all tanners from across the world to take part in its 2019 Tanner Business Confidence survey, which aims to identify the challenges, concerns and key issues that are currently affecting the industry, as well as to highlight market trends and provide vital business intelligence on future development opportunities for the sector. 

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Italian veg-tanned leather showcases in London

United Kingdom
Published:  28 June, 2019

The Consorzio Vera Pelle Italiana Conciata al Vegetale (Genuine Italian Vegetable-Tanned Leather Consortium) will be exhibiting at the upcoming edition of Lineapelle London, to be held on July 9 at the Ham Yard Hotel in the centre of London.

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‘Redesigning a Future for Leather’ in Shanghai

China
Published:  28 June, 2019

Taking place during the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE), the Shanghai Shake-Up conference 2019 will be held under the theme ‘Redesigning a Future for Leather’.

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Sales dip for Jaguar Land Rover in May

Worldwide
Published:  25 June, 2019

Retail sales for the premium automotive group totalled 42,370 vehicles in May, down 12.2%, year-on-year, and particularly affected by lower demand in China.

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Felix Wengenroth

Lanxess employee to receive award at XXXV IULTCS

Germany
Published:  25 June, 2019

Felix Wengenroth from specialty chemical manufacturer Lanxess will receive the award in the field of tannery technology during the XXXV International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS) Congress, taking place in Dresden, Germany, June 25-28.

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Brazil exhibits Leather Preview at XXXV IULTCS

Germany
Published:  25 June, 2019

The Brazilian Leather Project is hosting an exclusive lecture about the Brazilian Leather Certification of Sustainability during the XXXV IULTCS (International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies) Congress, which is taking place in Dresden, Germany, June 25-28.

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Why are millennials turning away from leather?

Worldwide
Published:  25 June, 2019

This is the question Technical Editor Karl Flowers explores in the July – August 2019 print and digital app edition of International Leather Maker (ILM). In his article, Flowers identifies what defines and drives millennials and offers a fresh perspective on how the leather industry can appeal to this influential demographic. 

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Anne Gillespie

Introduction to Responsible Leather and Credit Trading

Worldwide
Published:  24 June, 2019

Anne Gillespie, Director of Industry Integrity for Textile Exchange, will be one of three high-profile presenters during the upcoming free ILM webinar ‘Traceability in the leather supply chain - Part III’, to be held on July 10, 2019.

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Dubai developer in Roberto Cavalli acquisition

Worldwide
Published:  21 June, 2019

The Dubai based luxury real estate developer is said to be the Italian fashion label’s preferred investor.

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Lancel leather bags

Lancel helps boost Piquadro sales

Worldwide
Published:  21 June, 2019

The Italy headquartered producer of leather goods has posted consolidated revenues of €147.5 million for the year ended March 31, 2019, up 51.1% over its previous fiscal year.

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Mulberry posts loss as sales in the UK market slump

Worldwide
Published:  21 June, 2019

The British brand known for its leather handbags has posted a pre-tax loss of £5 million (US$6.34 million) for the year ended March 30, 2019.

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Hans van Haarst, CEO with Marc Smit, Owner, Smit & Zoon

Smit & Zoon rebrands with new logo

The Netherlands
Published:  20 June, 2019

The global supplier of wet end and finishing leather solutions has created a new logo that seeks to fit the Company’s corporate identity and its mission to focus on sustainability.

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Bottega Veneta names new CEO

Worldwide
Published:  18 June, 2019

French luxury conglomerate Kering has appointed Bartolomeo Rongone as the new Chief Executive Officer of Bottega Veneta.

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India increases tariffs on U.S. imports

United States
Published:  18 June, 2019

The move follows the U.S. decision to remove India from its Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) on June 5. Products targeted include chemicals and agricultural produce.

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Chanel results outperform the luxury segment

Worldwide
Published:  18 June, 2019

The French luxury label has announced strong financial results for the second consecutive year.

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ILM to broadcast free webinar on traceability in the leather supply chain

Worldwide
Published:  17 June, 2019

Following the success of parts 1 and 2 of the ILM webinar series on traceability in the leather supply chain, part 3 delves into this complex and pertinent topic once more, with three industry-leading presenters sharing their expertise and insights.

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Crocs anticipates no material impact due to U.S. hike in tariffs

United States
Published:  17 June, 2019

The U.S. based manufacturer of casual footwear, moulded foam and water-friendly leather upper clogs said to anticipate the U.S. tariffs on imports of Chinese goods to have no adverse impact on its business.

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China lifts ban on Brazilian beef imports

Brazil / China
Published:  17 June, 2019

Brazil’s Agriculture Minister, Tereza Cristina, announced the Government has received a go ahead from Chinese authorities to resume beef exports to the country, leading meatpacker Minerva to suspend the planned collective holidays at its Barretos unit, Brazilian state of Sao Paulo.

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Roberto Cavalli close to sales deal

Italy
Published:  17 June, 2019

The Italian luxury fashion label has reportedly received five acquisition offers, of which three were binding 100% of the Company.

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LWG to discuss audit procedures and protocols in New York workshop

United States
Published:  13 June, 2019

The Leather Working Group (LWG) will hold a half-day training workshop that covers the ‘Fundamentals of the LWG protocol’. Taking place in New York on July 15, it is part of the framework of the LWG Environmental Protocol education suite.

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