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Debunking the controversy around cattle and climate change

Worldwide
Published:  21 September, 2020

Renowned international scientist Professor Frank Mitloehner discusses cattle and climate change in the latest 75-minute episode of the ILM podcast series “View from the top”, which is now available free to download and listen to here, as well as via Apple Podcast, Spotify and Deezer.

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Apparel organisations and ZDHC announce new partnership

Worldwide
Published:  21 September, 2020

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), ZDHC Foundation (ZDHC), Textile Exchange, and the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii) have announced new partnerships aimed at accelerating impact and driving new efficiencies for the industry. 

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Aspinal of London to close all UK stores

United Kingdom
Published:  21 September, 2020

The British leather goods brand is reported to have proposed a company voluntary arrangement (CVA).

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CICB launches Brazilian Leather Webinar Series

Brazil
Published:  21 September, 2020

The Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB) is launching a series of webinars aimed at sharing knowledge and positive experiences about leather, partner industries, and sustainability.

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Hermès announces another workshop opening in France

France
Published:  18 September, 2020

The new leather goods workshop located in Puy-de-Dôme, French region of Auvergne, will be the luxury Group’s 22nd production site and is expected to create 250 jobs.

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Marfrig partners with Cattle Producers Association of Paraguay

South America
Published:  16 September, 2020

The Brazilian meat processor announced it has signed a memorandum of intent with the Paraguayan Association of Meat Producers and Exporters (APPEC).

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Crocs expects flat revenue in 2020

Worldwide
Published:  16 September, 2020

Revenues for the U.S. headquartered footwear manufacturer totalled US$331.5 million in the second quarter of the year, a 7.6% decline compared with the same quarter in 2019.

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Obuv Rossii Group revenue down 24% in first half

Russia
Published:  15 September, 2020

The Russian footwear retail chain posted unaudited consolidated revenue down 26.4% to RUB3.963 billion (US$53.25 billion) in the first half of the year, compared with RUB5.384 billion (US$71.89 billion) in the corresponding period of 2019.

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Only 23% of fashion companies target water pollution reduction

Worldwide
Published:  15 September, 2020

A report by global environmental non-profit organisation CDP has revealed that only one in ten fashion companies show awareness of water pollution across the whole value chain.

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Burberry prices inaugural sustainability bond

United Kingdom
Published:  15 September, 2020

The British luxury fashion group said the final terms are for a £300 million (US$387 million) 1.125% bond due September 21, 2025.

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Permira could resume talks on Dr Martens sale

United Kingdom
Published:  14 September, 2020

Dr Martens could reportedly exit Permira Funds through an IPO.

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New CEO for Jimmy Choo

Worldwide
Published:  14 September, 2020

Capri Holdings has appointed Hannah Colman as CEO of luxury footwear brand Jimmy Choo.

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Authentic Brands could join J.C. Penney acquisition deal

United States
Published:  14 September, 2020

The U.S. apparel and athletics Group could join shopping mall owners Simon Property Group and Brookfield Property Partners in the acquisition of J.C. Penney Company.

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Nicolas Kirkwood to become independent from LVMH

Worldwide
Published:  11 September, 2020

The British designer of high-end footwear is to become independent from French luxury conglomerate LVMH, which had acquired the label in 2013.

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Simac Tanning Tech confirmed for February 2021

Italy
Published:  11 September, 2020

The next edition of the tannery, footwear and finished leather goods machinery tradeshow is scheduled to take place in a physical format at Fiera Milano Rho on February 24 – 26, 2021.

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Bridge of Weir brings together iconic supercars

United Kingdom
Published:  10 September, 2020

The Scotland based tannery celebrated exceptional automotive design at this year’s ‘Concours of Elegance’ with a unique display of iconic cars and an all-new design award.

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New communication banner for Leatherworld Paris

France
Published:  10 September, 2020

Messe Frankfurt France, the organisers of Texworld Paris, which groups together six tradeshows including Leatherworld Paris, have announced a new communication banner to reaffirm its market positioning.

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Genesco’s net sales down 20% in fiscal second quarter

Worldwide
Published:  09 September, 2020

The U.S. headquartered retailer of branded footwear and accessories has reported net sales down 20%, year-on-year, to US$391 million, with stores open about 70% of days.

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Final stage of “Real Leather. Stay different” competition in Italy

Italy
Published:  09 September, 2020

The competition finalists have been chosen by a jury composed of professors and experts. They are now tasked with giving form and substance to their creativity by using Italian leather.

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Former Versace executive joins Lanvin

France
Published:  08 September, 2020

A former Senior Vice President of Merchandising at Versace has been appointed as Deputy General Manager of Lanvin.

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Milano Unica goes ahead in physical format

Italy
Published:  08 September, 2020

The international tradeshow dedicated to high end textiles and accessories for men’s and women’s apparel takes place September 8 – 9 in Milan.

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ILM podcast on animal welfare and the leather industry

Worldwide
Published:  07 September, 2020

The latest episode of the ILM podcast “View from the top” series is now available free to download and listen to here, as well as via Apple Podcast, Spotify and Deezer.

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J.C. Penney struggles to find a buyer

United States
Published:  07 September, 2020

The U.S. footwear retailer’s top lenders, including H/2 Capital Partners, are now set to make a credit bid to own the retailer as a stand-alone company.

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U.S. footwear retail chain posts record Q2 net sales

United States
Published:  07 September, 2020

Shoe Carnival, a U.S. based retailer of moderately priced footwear and accessories, posted US$300.8 million in net sales for the second quarter and six months ended August 1, 2020, representing an all-time quarterly record.

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Hermès new production site to house saddlery and bridle-making

France
Published:  07 September, 2020

Scheduled to open in 2022, the production site will be Hermès’ twentieth leather goods workshop in France.

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Tyson Foods partners with health clinics near production facilities

United States
Published:  04 September, 2020

The U.S. meat processor announced it is partnering with healthcare provider Marathon Health to pilot seven health clinics near the company’s production facilities as part of the efforts to boost the overall health and wellness of its workforce.

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IULTCS and Leather Naturally to intensify collaboration

Worldwide
Published:  04 September, 2020

The International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS) and Leather Naturally have announced they will intensify their collaboration in the area of leather education.

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Lineapelle – A New Point of View to go ahead as planned

Italy
Published:  04 September, 2020

The event is scheduled to take place September 22 – 23 at Fieramilano Rho in Milan, parallel to the Micam, Mipel, The One and Homi - Fashion & Jewels trade shows.

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Complete liquidation of leading leather processing operation equipment

United States
Published:  03 September, 2020

Due to the closure of U.S. based tannery and leather goods manufacturer Tasman Industries, an industrial auction conducted by auctioneers Myron Bowling will be held on September 28, 2020 at 9am EDT at 9 Main Street in Hartland, Maine, 04943. This will be a webcast-only auction, with no on-site bidding.

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Ferragamo’s revenue down 46.6% in first half

Worldwide
Published:  02 September, 2020

Preliminary consolidated revenues for the Italian luxury fashion label amounted to €377 million in the first half of 2020, down 46.6% at current exchange rates and across all product categories.

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Nike to close wholesale accounts in the U.S.

United States
Published:  01 September, 2020

The global sportswear manufacturer is allegedly planning to close nine wholesale accounts in the U.S..

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Students complete samples for ‘Real Leather. Stay Different.’ competition

Taiwan
Published:  01 September, 2020

Of the 300 students taking part in the competition organised by the Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA) in Taiwan, 23 were shortlisted to make final samples.

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45th Fimec confirmed for March 2021

Brazil
Published:  01 September, 2020

The 45th edition of the international event dedicated to leather, chemicals, components, machinery and equipment for footwear manufacturing and tanneries is to be held March 9 – 11, 2021 in Novo Hamburgo, Brazil.

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Tata Motors aims to bring debt down to near-zero levels

India
Published:  28 August, 2020

Addressing the shareholders during the 75th annual general meeting, N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Motors, said the owner of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) intends to significantly bring down the debt and come to near-zero debt levels in the next three years.

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Mini to cut hundreds of jobs at Oxford plant

United Kingdom
Published:  27 August, 2020

Around 400 agency personnel onsite risk losing their jobs due to a fall in demand, according to the BMW Group.

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Première Vision Leather goes digital

France
Published:  27 August, 2020

The upcoming physical edition of Première Vision Paris (PVP), which includes Première Vision Leather (PVL), will now be held in a digital format on the same scheduled dates, September 15 – 16.

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Toyota posts smallest quarterly profit in nine years

Worldwide
Published:  25 August, 2020

For the three months ended June 30, 2020, operating profit for the Japanese carmaker declined 98% to JPY13.9 billion (US$131.73 million).

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Stahl reveals online program after ACLE cancellation

Netherlands
Published:  25 August, 2020

Chemical company Stahl has revealed its online program to ensure that industry professionals don’t miss out after the recent cancellation of the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE). Specifically, from September 1 to September 3, Stahl experts will host a series of webinars and broadcasts on Instagram TV on renewable carbon, chemical compliance, trends for 2022, and product applications, amongst other topics.

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Jaguar Land Rover retail sales down 42.4%

Worldwide
Published:  24 August, 2020

The premium automotive manufacturer said the Covid-19 pandemic continued to impact the business significantly in the first quarter of the company’s fiscal 2020/21, with retail sales down 42.4% year-on-year.

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Concerns over BMW’s Chinese partner increasing debts

China
Published:  21 August, 2020

Brilliance Auto Group Holdings, the parent company of BMW's joint venture partner in China, is reportedly facing worsening investor anxiety, as BMW has concerns about the state-owned company's capacity to erase its debt load as the Covid-19 pandemic weighs on profits.

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Tanners revise new technology investments

Worldwide
Published:  21 August, 2020

In mid-July 2020, ILM invited tanners from across the world to take part in its annual Tanner Business Confidence Survey to evaluate the current business climate and trading conditions, and to gain valuable insights into the key issues tanners are facing. The full results have now been published on the ILM website and they underline caution being taken by tanners to attend any live industry trade shows and events for the remainder of 2020. 

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Payless to open hundreds of stores across the U.S.

United States
Published:  21 August, 2020

U.S. discount footwear chain, Payless, is to reportedly planning to open between 300 to 500 standalone stores over the next five years.

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New ILM podcast on automotive leather and finishing technology

Worldwide
Published:  20 August, 2020

The latest episode of the ILM podcast “View from the top” series is now available free to download and listen to here, as well as via Apple Podcast, Spotify and Deezer. 

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Tanners continue to reduce industry show and event attendance in 2020

Worldwide
Published:  20 August, 2020

In mid-July 2020, ILM invited tanners from across the world to take part in its annual Business Confidence Survey to evaluate the current business climate and trading conditions, and to gain valuable insights into the key issues tanners are facing. The full results have now been published on the ILM website and they underline caution being taken by tanners to attend any live industry trade shows and events for the remainder of 2020. 

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Prada drops kangaroo leather but culling continues

Italy
Published:  20 August, 2020

The Italian fashion group said it no longer plans to purchase new kangaroo leathers and that it has not used the material in its collections for over a year.

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Yue Yuen revenue down 19.4% in first half

Hong Kong
Published:  19 August, 2020

For the six months ended June 30, 2020, the world’s largest manufacturer of athletic, athleisure, casual and outdoor footwear recorded revenue of US$4,085.6 million, down 19.4% year-on-year.

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Hong Kong imports into the U.S. to be labelled ‘Made in China’

Hong Kong
Published:  19 August, 2020

Effective September 25, 2020, goods produced in Hong Kong and imported for consumption into the U.S. are to be marked “China” as country of origin, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) notice issued on August 11.

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Deckers Brands net sales up 2.3% in first quarter

Worldwide
Published:  19 August, 2020

The U.S. headquartered footwear and apparel manufacturer has reported net sales up 2.3% to US$283.2 million for the first quarter of the company’s fiscal 2021, ending June 30.

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How Kering is taking the lead on sustainability and biodiversity in the luxury business

Worldwide
Published:  19 August, 2020

The market leading 106-page print and digital app edition of International Leather Maker (ILM), September/October 2020 edition has just been published and is now ready to download for its subscribers who have Apple or Android devices. It features exclusive interviews from luxury brand owner Kering Group as well as three well-known international tanners, LeFarc, Simona Tanning and Asiatan.

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How confident are tanners for a post-pandemic market recovery?

Worldwide
Published:  18 August, 2020

In mid-July 2020, ILM invited tanners from across the world to take part in its annual Business Confidence Survey to evaluate the current business climate and trading conditions, and to gain valuable insights into the key issues tanners are facing. The full results have now been published on the ILM website and they make fascinating reading as the sector grapples with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. 

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