Covid-19 has changed the way companies negotiate

Worldwide
Published:  27 September, 2021

Increasingly, negotiations in the hide and leather industry are being conducted virtually, remotely and online. At the same time, across the globe, as the prices of both inputs and outputs have become much more volatile, all traditional transaction terms are now up for grabs as supply chains are coming under protracted strain. 

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Last chance to register for Evolved by Nature’s biotechnology webinar

Worldwide
Published:  27 September, 2021

It’s your last chance to register for this week’s free-to-attend ILM webinar, led by Dr Greg Altman, CEO of Evolved by Nature who will educate attendees on how biotechnology can create a sustainable future for the leather industry.

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Kering announces decision to stop using animal fur

Worldwide
Published:  27 September, 2021

The France-headquartered luxury conglomerate has announced that none of its houses, from Balenciaga to Alexander McQueen, will use animal fur from their Fall 2022 collections onwards.

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Natuzzi reports continued growth in second quarter

Italy
Published:  27 September, 2021

The Italian premium leather furniture maker saw an operating profit of €1.5 million in Q2, a drastic change from a loss of €7.7 million in 2020, despite increased transportation and import costs.

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Saadia Group to acquire footwear and accessories brand Aquatalia

United States
Published:  23 September, 2021

Saadia Group has announced that it has agreed to acquire its first luxury fashion label, footwear and accessories brand Aquatalia.

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British Fashion Council launches circular fashion report

United Kingdom
Published:  23 September, 2021

The British Fashion Council’s Institute of Positive Fashion has launched the Circular Fashion Ecosystem Report, which aims to address the industry’s environmental impact and offer solutions for stakeholders to contribute to a more sustainable future.

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LVMH pledges to increase youth hires by 20%

Worldwide
Published:  23 September, 2021

French luxury group Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) has announced its plan to hire 25,000 people under the age of 30 by 2022 to counter youth unemployment and skilled worker shortages.

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NABA launches Dani Academy project

Italy
Published:  23 September, 2021

The Nuovo Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA), the Italian fine art academy, has launched the Dani Academy to research zero impact leather design.

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VDMA Services exhibits with members at Simac Tanning Tech

Italy
Published:  22 September, 2021

The German textile, fabric and leather machinery technology association (VDMA) is exhibiting at Simac Tanning Tech together with two member companies; Global International B.V. and PMF GmbH Maschinenfabrikation.

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How biotechnology can lead the way to responsible production

Worldwide
Published:  22 September, 2021

On September 29, Dr Greg Altman CEO of Evolved by Nature will lead a webinar hosted by ILM on the applications of biotechnology in the leather industry and tell attendees why the industry needs to seek out choices that improve performance in a sustainable way.

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Cavalli owner to open US$545 million skyscraper in Dubai

Dubai
Published:  21 September, 2021

The Italian fashion house has announced plans to open a US$545 million skyscraper in Dubai, in collaboration with real estate developer Damac Properties.

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IULTCS announces 2022 Young Leather Scientist Grant programme

Worldwide
Published:  21 September, 2021

Two leather scientists under the age of 35 will receive grants for research projects in the fields of leather research and sustainability as part of the 2022 IULTCS programme.

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AICC to exhibit at Simac Tanning Tech

Italy
Published:  22 September, 2021

The Italian Leather Chemists Association (AICC) is due to exhibit at Simac Tanning Tech in Milan this week and will be promoting the next EuroCongress for 2022.

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Micam and Mipel begin in Milan

Italy
Published:  20 September, 2021

An exhibition heavy week has begun in Milan with the opening of Mipel, the leather goods and accessories show, and Micam Milano, the footwear show.

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Pandemic restrictions slow growth of retail imports

United States
Published:  20 September, 2021

Growth in imports at the U.S.’ largest retail container ports has slipped from double to single digits as a result of continued pandemic-related supply chain disruptions, according to the National Retail Federation’s Global Port Tracker report.

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Inditex bounces back to beat pre-pandemic revenues

Worldwide
Published:  20 September, 2021

The Spanish fashion group has reported second quarter revenues of €6.99 billion, an increase of 7% on its previous record, reached in the same period in 2019.

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Simac Tanning Tech to highlight innovation

Italy
Published:  20 September, 2021

Simac Tanning Tech, which will take place at the Fiera Milano Rho exhibition grounds in Milan from September 22-24, will feature an “Innovation Corner”.

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Gibson Bass on the importance of traceability in upcoming ILM webinar

Worldwide
Published:  20 September, 2021

Gibson Bass, the Australia based hide identification equipment manufacturer, will explain how traceability should be an essential part of any leathermaking process in an upcoming ILM webinar to be broadcast on October 7.

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Discover leather’s new sustainable partner – activated silk

Published:  17 September, 2021

In an upcoming ILM webinar, Dr Greg Altman, CEO of Evolved by Nature, will explain how a molecule developed from silk cocoons heralds a sustainable future for the leather industry.

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Italian veg tanned leather consortium to exhibit at Lineapelle

Italy
Published:  16 September, 2021

Tannery members of The Genuine Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium (Consorzio Vera Pelle Italian Conciata al Vegetale) has announced that they will be exhibiting at the upcoming Lineapelle exhibition in Milan.

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Access Simac Tanning Tech digital resources ahead of the show

Italy
Published:  16 September, 2021

Assomac, organisers of the upcoming international fair for tannery, leather goods and footwear machinery and technology Simac Tanning Tech, have launched a platform for virtual and live visitors to get information about the new Assomac Talks and roundtable programmes ahead of the show, September 22-24.

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BMW to collaborate with Desserto

Mexico
Published:  15 September, 2021

The Mexican textile company, which creates what it calls “vegan cactus leather”, has debuted a new material for the automotive sector, Deserttex, and will collaborate with BMW as part of the company’s push toward alternative materials.

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Hermès moves Petit h next to Paris store

France
Published:  15 September, 2021

The French fashion group has announced the move of Petit h, its upcycled materials brand, into a space adjacent to its Rue de Sèvres store in Paris.

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Ferragamo reports revenue up 44.2% for H1

Italy
Published:  15 September, 2021

The Italian fashion house has reported its H1-2021 results, showing revenue up 44.2% year-on-year, and net profit of €33 million.

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Name change for French hides and skins organisation

France
Published:  15 September, 2021

The French Hides & Skins Association (Syndicat Général des Cuirs et Peaux) has announced a change of name to the French Hides & Skins Federation (Fédération Française des Cuirs et Peaux).

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Webinar: Traceability and transparency in the leather supply chain

Worldwide
Published:  14 September, 2021

On October 7, ILM will host the next in its webinar series relating to the ongoing hot topic of traceability and transparency in the leather supply chain. 

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Simac Tanning Tech makes Covid-19 safety a priority

Italy
Published:  10 September, 2021

Although the exhibition has taken hits from ongoing Covid-19 travel restrictions in the form of lost visitors and exhibitors, particularly from Asia, Simac Tanning Tech is making Covid-19 safety at the show its main priority for those that can attend.

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Royal Smit & Zoon receives EcoVadis Gold CSR rating

Netherlands
Published:  10 September, 2021

The Dutch specialist chemical company has announced that it has received an EcoVadis Gold medal for corporate social responsibility (CSR).

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Call for papers ahead of IULTCS 2022 Eurocongress

Italy
Published:  10 September, 2021

Ahead of the IULTCS Eurocongress in Vicenza, Italy in September 2022, the organisers are inviting submissions of abstracts before the deadline in February 2022.

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Assomac Talks to be launched at Simac Tanning Tech

Italy
Published:  10 September, 2021

Alongside a program of virtual roundtables for visitors both in-person and online, Simac Tanning Tech 2021 will feature a new series of talks where international technology centres and institutions will explain their latest research and projects.

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Simac Tanning Tech offer digital roundtable events for virtual visitors

Italy
Published:  09 September, 2021

The 2021 edition of Simac Tanning Tech taking place September 22-24 at the Fiera Milano Rho exhibition grounds will also feature a host of virtual events for visitors who cannot attend due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. Simac Tanning Tech will be a hybrid event. 

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Tod’s H1 sales up but down on pre-pandemic figures

Italy
Published:  09 September, 2021

Sales at footwear and luxury goods brand Tod's grew by almost 60% in the first half of the year thanks to an acceleration in the second quarter, though at constant exchange rates they are still 11% below 2019 pre-coronavirus levels, the Italian fashion group said on September 8.

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Entrepreneur bringing back Joseph Duclos heritage leather goods brand

France
Published:  09 September, 2021

In order to revive a heritage brand, a French entrepreneur is bringing back Joseph Duclos, which furnished French royalty with the finest leather in the late 1700s, employing natural tanning methods and the purest spring-fed water.

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HP Group enters bovine segment with state-of-the-art production plant

Published:  08 September, 2021

China headquartered Henan Prosper Group, the biggest sheepskin leather supplier around the world, is diversifying its product portfolio and moving into a new market segment, bovine leather. 

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Goal to not waste a single hide

United States
Published:  08 September, 2021

In an interview with the leather promotional campaign, Real Leather, Stay Different, Jay Jensen boss of the U.S. based Southwest Hide Company says his company’s goal is not to waste a single hide.

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Simac Tanning Tech goes paperless with new App

Italy
Published:  08 September, 2021

Assomac, organisers of the upcoming international fair for tannery, leather goods and footwear machinery and technology Simac Tanning Tech, are encouraging visitors to download their new App as they look to go paperless and be Covid secure.

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See the future of sustainable leather in ILM’s next webinar

Published:  08 September, 2021

On September 29, Evolved By Nature CEO Dr Gregory Altman will delve into how the leather industry can work together with recent advances in biotechnology to create a sustainable future, in a webinar hosted by ILM.

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Second quarter net sales surpass US$675 million for Caleres

United States
Published:  07 September, 2021

The North American headquartered footwear company released its second quarter fiscal 2021 results, with net sales up 34.7% year-on-year at US$675.5 million.

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Shoe Carnival announces record results for Q2

United States
Published:  07 September, 2021

The U.S.-based footwear retailer reported record quarterly net sales of US$332.2 million for the second quarter of 2021.

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Ted Baker reports sales growth of 50% for Q2 2022

Worldwide
Published:  07 September, 2021

The global fashion and lifestyle brand has reported its Q2 2022 results, with a group sales growth of 50% on the same period in the 2021 financial year (2020 was Covid impacted).

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Tyson Foods extends benefits for vaccinated workers

United States
Published:  07 September, 2021

The meatpacker has announced stronger benefits for fully vaccinated U.S. frontline team members from January 2022.

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Supplier shutdowns mean weaker second half for Volvo Cars

Worldwide
Published:  06 September, 2021

After reporting its results for August, the car manufacturer has forecast a weaker second half of 2021 than in the previous year, but still hopes to meet its full year outlook.

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Keen announces upcycling certification program and uses auto leather

Worldwide
Published:  03 September, 2021

The global footwear brand is expanding its Detox the Planet initiative with the launch of the Keen Harvest Certified Program, which plans to reduce industrial waste by upcycling it into shoe materials.

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Pittards bids farewell to employee after 54 years

United Kingdom
Published:  02 September, 2021

The UK headquartered tanner and leather goods manufacturer is celebrating the career of Diana Turton, who is leaving the company after 54 years of service.

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End customers are demanding transparency and traceability

Worldwide
Published:  02 September, 2021

For a variety of reasons, the leather industry has long resisted the introduction of new technologies that would significantly improve transparency and traceability throughout its supply chain, from meat processors all the way to tanneries selling finished goods and the end customer. 

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Geox to close factory despite Q2 recovery

Italy
Published:  01 September, 2021

The Italian footwear and apparel manufacturer reported a 90.5% year-on-year increase in revenues for the second quarter of 2021, but still plans to close its factory in Serbia.

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Ethics jury finds Adidas ad is greenwashing

France
Published:  01 September, 2021

The Jury de Déontologie Publicitaire (JDP) has ruled that an Adidas advert for the Stan Smith sneaker broke advertising rules and misled consumers.

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Podcast: Marketing leather to the consumer

Worldwide
Published:  01 September, 2021

In the latest episode of the ILM View from the Top podcast, LHCA President Stephen Sothmann and gt&i Director Tim Lewis discuss the motivations behind the Real Leather. Stay Different. marketing campaign. The episode is live now, and also available on Spotify, Deezer and Apple Podcasts.

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India negotiating free trade agreement with UAE

India
Published:  31 August, 2021

A free trade agreement (FTA) between India and the UAE is currently in negotiations and would mean a reduction or elimination of customs duties on traded goods including leather.

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Webinar: Biotechnology and tanneries

Worldwide
Published:  31 August, 2021

On September 29, ILM will host a webinar presented by Evolved by Nature, where CEO Dr Gregory Altman will explain why innovations in biotechnology are key to the leather industry’s sustainable future.

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