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Best May for Brazilian footwear employment since 2004

Brazil
Published:  01 July, 2022

According to the latest data from The Brazilian Footwear Industry Association (Abicalçados), 3,400 jobs were created in May 2022, the best for May since 2004.

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Mulberry sees strong recovery in 2022

United Kingdom
Published:  30 June, 2022

British leather goods brand Mulberry has announced its financial results for the 53-week period ending April 2, 2022, with revenue up 32%.

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SAC criticised for not suspending Higg MSI

Worldwide
Published:  30 June, 2022

Industry figures have taken to social media to criticise the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) for pausing its “consumer-facing transparency program” and not the Higg MSI.

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Assomac and UITIC partner for 2023 Congress

Italy
Published:  30 June, 2022

UITIC has announced that it will partner with Assomac for its 21st International Footwear Technology Congress in 2023.

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CICB announces tanneries exhibiting at Inspiramais

Brazil
Published:  30 June, 2022

The Inspiramais trade fair, which will take place on July 19 and 20, will feature 15 Brazilian tanneries.

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Bangladesh to create digital worker database

Bangladesh
Published:  30 June, 2022

The Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) has announced that it will create a digital database of workers from both formal and informal sectors.

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Gucci’s Pigini unit to expand production

Italy
Published:  29 June, 2022

Footwear manufacturer Pigini, part of Gucci’s industrial platform, is constructing a new footwear upper factory in Italy.

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Ugg sues Tommy Hilfiger over sheepskin slides

United States
Published:  28 June, 2022

Footwear brand Ugg has filed a complaint against Tommy Hilfiger, claiming the latter company has infringed on a patent.

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Craft The Leather returns for ninth edition in 2022

Europe
Published:  28 June, 2022

The Genuine Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium is bringing back Craft The Leather in June and July 2022 after two years of pandemic hiatus.

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Nike releases fourth quarter and fiscal 2022 results

Worldwide
Published:  28 June, 2022

Nike has reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full 2022 fiscal year, with revenues falling 1% in the quarter.

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ILM Tanner Business Confidence Survey returns for 2022

Worldwide
Published:  28 June, 2022

ILM’s annual Tanner Business Confidence Survey has returned for 2022, taking the pulse of the tanning industry to find identify key challenges, concerns and successes.

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Leather goods are the future for Montblanc, says CEO

Worldwide
Published:  27 June, 2022

Speaking to Vogue Business, Montblanc CEO Nicolas Baretzki has confirmed the brands direction towards offering more leather goods. 

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Bebecê Calçados receives sustainable origin certification

Brazil
Published:  27 June, 2022

Footwear brand Bebecê Calçados has received the maximum Sustainable Origin certification from the Brazilian Association of Leather Components, Footwear and Artifacts Companies (Assintecal).

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New R&D and testing lab for Todesco

Italy
Published:  27 June, 2022

Italy-based leather finishing equipment specialist Todesco has announced the creation of a new testing area and R&D lab in its headquarters.

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Podcast: Challenges for the perception of leather

Worldwide
Published:  27 June, 2022

ILM Deputy Editor Tom Hogarth revisits three articles around today’s challenges for leather’s public perception in the latest episode of View from the Top podcast.

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ZDHC launches greenhouse gas reduction study

Worldwide
Published:  24 June, 2022

ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) has announced a new study to research manufacturers in the chemical, leather and textile industries to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG).

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Global personal luxury goods market reaches €288 billion in 2021

Worldwide
Published:  23 June, 2022

According to the latest report from Bain & Company, the global personal luxury goods market reached €288 billion in value in 2021.

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Biomaterials industry figure criticises Higg MSI for underreported emissions

Worldwide
Published:  23 June, 2022

Founder and CEO of biomaterials company Natural Fiber Welding, Luke Haverhals, has taken to LinkedIn to criticise the Sustainable Apparel Coalition after the oil and gas industry was found to be underreporting emissions.

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Sustainability may not be worth the cost for consumers, Deloitte reports

Worldwide
Published:  23 June, 2022

According to the latest Deloitte Global State of the Consumer Tracker, consumers are increasingly limited by cost when choosing to make sustainable purchases.

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Madagascan Minister visits Tuscan tanning district

Italy
Published:  23 June, 2022

The Minister of Crafts of Madagascar, Sophie Ratsiraka, visited the Tuscan tanning district this week.

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USDA announces plans to ease port congestion

United States
Published:  23 June, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced several initiatives to improve congestion at major ports in the country.

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Poltrona Frau to speak at IULTCS EuroCongress

Italy
Published:  22 June, 2022

Italian furniture maker Poltrona Frau will be one of the three guest speakers at the III IULTCS Eurocongress.

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Judges announced for RLSD Nordics design competition

Scandinavia
Published:  21 June, 2022

Three judges have been announced for the inaugural Real Leather. Stay Different. Nordics Student Design Competition for 2022.

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Low-impact chemical roundup in ILM July/August

Worldwide
Published:  21 June, 2022

Do not miss ILM’s July/August issue, now available on the app, which features in-depth interviews with the ICLT and Egbert Dikkers alongside a roundup of the latest low impact leather chemical innovations.

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Higg MSI unfit for use, concludes Norwegian Consumer Agency

Norway
Published:  17 June, 2022

The Norwegian Consumer Agency (Forbrukertilsynet) has announced that it believes outdoor clothing company Norrøna is breaking the law by using the Higg MSI to market its clothes as environmentally friendly.

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Nigerian leather could top US$1 billion by 2025

Nigeria
Published:  17 June, 2022

My World of Bags Programme Lead Sinmi Olayebi forecasts that the Nigerian leather industry could generating more than US$1 billion by 2025, drawing on research from 2021.

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Lear recognised in Stellantis Supplier Awards

Worldwide
Published:  16 June, 2022

Stellantis has honoured a total of 12 suppliers across nine categories in its second annual Supplier Awards.

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Sustainable Leather Forum returns to Paris

France
Published:  16 June, 2022

On September 12, 2022, the Sustainable Leather Forum (SLF) will return to Palais Brongniart in Paris for its fourth edition.

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Henan Prosper: Let’s appreciate the beauty of natural leather

Worldwide
Published:  14 June, 2022

Henan Prosper (HP) and Colomer Group are committed to providing consumers with the safest and most environmentally friendly natural leather products.

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Designer Brands reports first-quarter results

United States
Published:  13 June, 2022

The North American based manufacturer and retailer of footwear and accessories has reported its first-quarter 2022 results.

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Dr Martens launches resale scheme

United Kingdom
Published:  13 June, 2022

British footwear brand Dr Martens has partnered with second-hand marketplace Depop to launch a new resale scheme.

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Leather UK holds annual dinner

United Kingdom
Published:  10 June, 2022

Leather UK, the trade body representing the UK leather industry, held its annual leather industry dinner in London on June 9, hosted by The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers.

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Trainers get training in Bangladesh

Bangladesh
Published:  10 June, 2022

The Ministry of Commerce in Bangladesh has initiated a Training of Trainers (ToT) programme, financed by the World Bank Group.

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Inditex reports strong growth for first quarter

Spain
Published:  10 June, 2022

Spanish fashion group Inditex has reported its first quarter 2022 financial results, achieving sales of €6.7 billion, increasing 36% year-on-year.

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Mulberry adds digital IDs to leather products

United Kingdom
Published:  09 June, 2022

British leather goods brand Mulberry has announced that digital IDs will be added to its products by 2025.

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Amazon Fashion expands “luxury” outside of U.S.

Worldwide
Published:  09 June, 2022

Amazon Fashion has announced that its “Luxury Stores at Amazon” concept will be expanded to the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

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Record sales for Dr Martens

United Kingdom
Published:  08 June, 2022

The British footwear brand announced that it sold a record number of pairs (14.1 million) in fiscal 2022, which was translated into revenue growth of 18%, as compared to the prior fiscal year.

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Better results than expected for Capri in Q4 2022

Worldwide
Published:  07 June, 2022

The fashion group, which owns luxury brands such as Versace, Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo, has reported its fourth-quarter 2022 financial results.

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Biomass content in wet-end and finishing: An optimisation approach

Worldwide
Published:  06 June, 2022

Stahl’s Ympact® range consists of a full range of 15 beamhouse, wet-end and finishing chemicals that have been developed to assist tanners and finishers increase the biomass content of their final leathers using a range of biobased ingredients derived from renewable sources.

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Louis Vuitton adds to production in Spain

Spain
Published:  06 June, 2022

The luxury fashion brand has announced the completion of a new leather goods production site in Girona, Spain.

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TFL celebrates anniversary of Lanxess acquisition

Worldwide
Published:  06 June, 2022

TFL is celebrating the first anniversary of the “new TFL” after acquiring the organic leather chemicals (OLC) business of Lanxess on June 1, 2021.

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RLSD partners with IoDF for design competition

Worldwide
Published:  01 June, 2022

Real Leather. Stay Different. (RLSD) has announced its partnership with the Institute of Digital Fashion (IoDF) for the RLSD International Student Design Competition 2022.

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Strong growth for Natuzzi in first quarter

Italy
Published:  31 May, 2022

Natuzzi has reported its first-quarter 2022 financial results, achieving consolidated revenue of €118.5 million, up 16.8% year-on-year.

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Authentic Brands Group rumoured to acquire Ted Baker

Worldwide
Published:  31 May, 2022

Authentic Brands Group (ABG) is reportedly the frontrunner in the bidding process for fashion retailer Ted Baker.

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Health camp day held for Savar workers

Bangladesh
Published:  30 May, 2022

A day-long health camp was held last week for tannery workers at the Savar industrial estate.

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Pecca reports third-quarter results

Malaysia
Published:  30 May, 2022

Automotive tier-1 leather seat manufacturer Pecca Group has reported revenues of RM45.65 million (US$10.44 million) in the third quarter of 2022.

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Caleres posts best-ever first-quarter sales

United States
Published:  27 May, 2022

The U.S.-based footwear company has reported its first-quarter financial results, delivering its best-ever first-quarter sales performance.

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Chanel releases full 2021 results

Worldwide
Published:  26 May, 2022

Chanel has announced its financial results for the full 2021 year with revenues of US$15.6 billion, an increase of 49.6% over 2020 and 22.9% over pre-pandemic 2019.

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Hermes CEO appointed as Exor board member

Worldwide
Published:  25 May, 2022

Exor has announced the appointment of Alex Dumas, CEO of Hermes, as a non-executive board member.

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Registration open for Lineapelle New York

United States
Published:  25 May, 2022

Organisers have announced that registration for the upcoming New York edition of Lineapelle is now open.

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