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Ethiopia to host three leather events in 2021

Ethiopia
Published:  13 July, 2020

Ethiopia will be hosting the "9 Days of Leather" in November 2021.

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SLTC 2020 conference cancelled

United Kingdom
Published:  13 July, 2020

The 123rd edition of the UK Society of Leather Technologists & Chemists’ conference has been cancelled.

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Lineapelle launches Virtual Networking project

Italy
Published:  13 July, 2020

Taking place July 14 – August 7, the Lineapelle Virtual Networking consists of a series of webinars, thematic e-forums and live presentations.

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Covid outbreak at ten Brazilian meat processing plants

Brazil
Published:  13 July, 2020

Brazil’s Ministry of Labour (MPT) announced it is investigating ten meat processing plants in the state of Mato Grosso after a record outbreak of Covid-19 infections.

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Take part in the ILM 2020 Tanner Business Confidence survey

Worldwide
Published:  09 July, 2020

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 2020 Tanner Business Confidence survey, which aims to identify the challenges, concerns and key issues that are affecting the industry, both pre-pandemic and as a consequence of the coronavirus crisis, as well as to highlight market trends and provide vital business intelligence on future development opportunities for the sector. 

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Pentland Brands to cut 350 jobs

United Kingdom
Published:  09 July, 2020

Pentland Brands, a division of privately-owned family business Pentland Group, has warned of 350 job cuts as part of a strategic review.

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Tod’s CEO declines intention of selling company

Italy
Published:  09 July, 2020

Diego Della Valle, Chairman and CEO of the Italian premium fashion brand, said he has no intention of selling the company.

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IULTCS videos introduce technologies for effluent treatment

Worldwide
Published:  09 July, 2020

The International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS) has published new videos that introduce key technologies for tannery effluent treatment.

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How leather businesses can transform themselves and reposition the industry for a new market reality

Worldwide
Published:  08 July, 2020

The second instalment of the two-part webinar series titled ‘Preparing for a post-Covid-19 global leather marketplace’, organised by ILM in partnership with global hide and leather supplier JBS Couros and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), will shed light on the key challenges on businesses in the wider leather and leather product supply chains and help navigate the new reality post-Covid-19. The free-to-attend webinar will be broadcast July 29, 2020 at 2pm UK time (3pm CET). To attend, please register here

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Capri Holdings fourth-quarter revenue down 11.3%

Worldwide
Published:  08 July, 2020

The owner of the Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors and Versace fashion brands has reported an 11.3% decline in revenue for its fourth quarter, but a 6% revenue growth for its full year ended March 28, 2020.

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LeatherWorld Paris sets up digital platform

France
Published:  08 July, 2020

Messe Frankfurt France, the organiser of the Paris based leather fair, announced that a digital platform will be available to keep visitors and exhibitors connected as of September 1.

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Burberry to create new business units for shoes and accessories

United Kingdom
Published:  08 July, 2020

The British fashion label said it is evolving its approach to products and the creation of three new business units is part of the next phase of its strategy.

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Volvo sales return to growth in the U.S. market

Worldwide
Published:  07 July, 2020

Volvo Cars sold a total of 61,483 units worldwide in June, down 2.1% compared with the same month in 2019. The premium carmaker said sales in the U.S. returned to growth, while China continued to show positive trends.

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Nick Winters outlines expansion plans and trading during the Covid-19 pandemic

Worldwide
Published:  06 July, 2020

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

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East African tanners join APLF’s In Touch sourcing event

Worldwide
Published:  06 July, 2020

In partnership with the International Trade Centre (ITC), APLF said it will bring five East African tanners under the Supporting India Trade and Investment for Africa (SITA) project to join InTouch, APLF’s online sourcing event.

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Second edition of the Sustainable Leather Forum confirmed

France
Published:  03 July, 2020

Building on the success of its first edition, the French National Leather Council (CNC) confirmed preparations are underway for the second edition of the Sustainable Leather Forum, to be held on September 14 in Paris.

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China to increase tariffs on Australian beef imports

Australia/China
Published:  02 July, 2020

Tariffs on Australian beef imported into China will reportedly increase from 4.8% to 12% for a period of six months.

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Natuzzi’s net sales down 22.4% in first quarter

Worldwide
Published:  02 July, 2020

The premium leather furniture manufacturer said its net sales for the first quarter of the year were greatly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Industry responds to misleading article on veg-tan extract production

Worldwide
Published:  01 July, 2020

Leather Naturally and some members of the Tannin Extract Producers Federation (TEPF) have responded to a misleading press release that claims that veg-tanned leather “could cause devastating environmental effects and lead to future pandemics” and that the material is not “safer” or as “eco-friendly” as implied by some companies.

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Deckers Brands appoints former Tapestry Executive to Board

United States
Published:  01 July, 2020

The U.S. headquartered footwear, apparel and accessories Group has appointed Victor Luis, former CEO of Tapestry, to its Board of Directors.

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Spanish footwear association to hold virtual fair

Spain
Published:  01 July, 2020

More than 20 brands, members of the Footwear Association of the Northwest of the Region of Murcia (CALZIA), will showcase their creations, samples, and manufacturing videos during a virtual event taking place in July.

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Antibacterial leather set to open up market opportunities

Worldwide
Published:  01 July, 2020

The July-August 2020 print and digital app edition of International Leather Maker (ILM) features an interview with Antonio Battaglia, Leather Director and Co-owner of Italian leather chemical specialist Silvateam, in which he provides key insights from a recent study the company commissioned into antibacterial properties of vegetable tannins and the commercial potential for the leather industry this will open up in the future.

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Nike warns of job cuts as it accelerates digital strategy

Worldwide
Published:  30 June, 2020

The global sportwear manufacturer could cut hundreds of jobs to reinvest resources in “priorities”.

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Veg-tanned Consortium revamps website

Italy
Published:  30 June, 2020

The official website of the Consorzio Vera Pelle Italiana Conciata al Vegetale (Genuine Italian Vegetable-Tanned Leather Consortium) has received an upgrade.

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VF creates new position of President Greater China

Greater China
Published:  30 June, 2020

The U.S. headquartered apparel and footwear Group has announced organisational changes that aim to advance its Asia Pacific regional strategy.

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Faurecia expects a 50% drop in revenue in Q2

Worldwide
Published:  29 June, 2020

The announcement was made during the French seating and car parts manufacturer shareholders’ meeting, held in Paris on June 26.

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Nike’s revenue down 38% in fiscal fourth quarter

W
Published:  26 June, 2020

The global sportswear manufacturer posted revenues of US$6.3 billion for the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2020, ended May 31, a decline from the prior year as the majority of Nike-owned and partner stores in North America, EMEA and APLA were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Lineapelle organises ‘smart event’ alongside fashion exhibitions

Italy
Published:  26 June, 2020

Named “A New Point Of View”, the event is scheduled to take place September 22-23 at Fieramilano Rho in Milan, Italy, concurrently with the Micam, Mipel, The One and Homi Fashion and Jewels trade shows.

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Adient revises sales price of its stake in Yafeng

China/United States
Published:  25 June, 2020

The U.S. headquartered manufacturer of automotive seating said on June 24 that it has entered into an amendment to its previously announced definitive agreement with Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems to make certain changes to their existing joint venture relationships.

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Preparing for a post-Covid-19 leather marketplace: Last chance to sign up for webinar

Worldwide
Published:  24 June, 2020

The first episode of a two-part webinar series titled ‘Preparing for a post-Covid-19 global leather marketplace’, organised by ILM in partnership with global hide and leather supplier JBS Couros and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), will be broadcast on June 25, 2020 at 2pm UK time (3pm CET). To listen to this free-to-attend webinar, please sign up here (subject to approval), as pre-registrations will close shortly.

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Leather Naturally announces new membership fee model

Worldwide
Published:  24 June, 2020

Leather Naturally (LN) said the new membership fee model should give access to smaller companies in the leather industry to join as a member.

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Genesco reports sales down 44%

Worldwide
Published:  24 June, 2020

The U.S. retailer and wholesaler of footwear, apparel and accessories, said net sales decreased 44% to US$279 million for the first quarter of the Group’s fiscal 2021.

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Groupe Artémis could reduce stake in Puma by 25%

France/Germany
Published:  24 June, 2020

The French holding company, owned by Kering’s Chairman and CEO François-Henri Pinault, acquired 29% of Puma shares after being offered a dividend in kind by Kering in 2018.

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UNIC and Lineapelle welcome “Real leather. Stay different.” competition

Italy
Published:  24 June, 2020

The Italian Tanners Association (UNIC), in collaboration with the Lineapelle trade show, has welcomed the “World Leather Contest”, launched by the Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA) in 2019.

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Gucci leather handbags price tag up 9%

Worldwide
Published:  23 June, 2020

According to investment management firm Jefferies International, the price of some Gucci handbags has increased between 5% - 9% since the coronavirus outbreak.

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Former Greenpeace executive joins Marfrig’s sustainability committee

Brazil
Published:  23 June, 2020

Marcelo Furtado, former Executive Director of Greenpeace Brazil, is the new member of the Brazilian meatpacker’s sustainability committee.

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Covid-19 outbreak at Europe’s largest slaughterhouse

Germany
Published:  23 June, 2020

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, several slaughterhouses in Germany have been identified as sources of contamination, but this time more than 1,300 people have been tested positive for the virus at a Tönnies slaughterhouse, the largest in Europe.

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Ecco Leather to hold workshop for designers and leather technicians

The Netherlands
Published:  23 June, 2020

Titled ‘The Experiment’, the 13th edition of Ecco Leather’s workshop takes place July 7-10, during which participants will learn how leather is made, be able to make leather and influence the leather making process online. 

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FFANY and FDRA to merge

United States
Published:  22 June, 2020

Pending Board approval, the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) and the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) are to join forces, with FFANY members automatically becoming fully pledged FDRA members.

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Chanel warns of two difficult years ahead

Worldwide
Published:  22 June, 2020

The French luxury fashion house forecasts two difficult years ahead for the luxury sector due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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All Volkswagen plants back to production

Worldwide
Published:  19 June, 2020

All Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand manufacturing plants worldwide returned to production on June 16.

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Freiberg Leather Days abstracts available to download

Germany
Published:  19 June, 2020

In spite of the June event being cancelled, the organisers of Freiberg Leather Days have made some of the abstracts, which were scheduled to be presented during the event, available to download.

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Farfetch online tool reveals impact of materials on the environment

Worldwide
Published:  19 June, 2020

The online luxury fashion retail platform has launched a sustainability calculator, which aims to help buyers to better understand the impact on the environment of the materials they are buying.

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How globally integrated supply chains can evolve in a post-Covid-19 world

Worldwide
Published:  18 June, 2020

The first episode of a two-part webinar series titled ‘Preparing for a post-Covid-19 global leather marketplace’, organised by ILM in partnership with global hide and leather supplier JBS Couros and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), will be broadcast on June 25, 2020 at 2pm UK time (3pm CET). To listen to this free-to-attend webinar, please register here (subject to approval).

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New addition to Leather Naturally’s Board of Management

Worldwide
Published:  18 June, 2020

Federico Roth is the latest edition to Leather Naturally’s Board of Management. He will support Luis Zugno in the Education team.

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Leatherworld Paris September edition cancelled

France
Published:  18 June, 2020

The organisers of Leatherworld Paris announced they have decided to cancel the upcoming edition of the trade show, which was expected to take place September 14 – 17 at the Le Bourget exhibition grounds.

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Henan Prosper expands with bovine division

China
Published:  17 June, 2020

Known as the world’s largest wool-on lamb and sheepskin provider, Henan Prosper is diversifying its portfolio with the launch of a new bovine division, which is set to become an important extension of the Chinese company’s operation, both in terms of capacity as well as product offer.

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‘Real Leather. Stay Different.’ student competition becomes annual

Worldwide
Published:  17 June, 2020

The Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA) announced that as of September 2020, the competition will become an annual event open to eligible universities and their student intake.

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Former Givenchy CEO to lead Richemont’s leather accessory brands

Switzerland
Published:  17 June, 2020

Philippe Fortunato, former CEO of French luxury brand Givenchy, has been appointed by Richemont to lead the Swiss conglomerate’s fashion brands.

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AICC to offer a series of webinars

Italy
Published:  17 June, 2020

The Italian Leather Chemists Association (AICC) has announced that a series of webinars will be available as from June 18.

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