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COVER STORY
GUCCI’S DREAM
The trend of doubling
The luxury industry (and others) opens more factories to satisfy “the driving force that is the demand for leather goods”. Gucci does so in Scandicci, Italy, and opens ArtLab. We have visited it on your behalf
Gucci’s answer
“The biggest industrial investment of our history”, Says ceo Marco Bizzarri. “In France it would not have been possible”, confirms François Pinault (Kering). Welcome to the ArtLab of Scandicci
It’s raining factories
One is Belgian. The other two Parisians. They are starting new production units in France because the demand is very high and they cannot delude it. The projects of Delvaux, Vuitton, Hermès
An english in Scandicci
The English brand surprises financial forecasts, closes a year of “renewed energy” And aims to control the supply chain, buying the Tuscan leather goods factory CF&P

SUMMARY
THE CASE
China and Balenciaga
Paris: scuffle breaks out near the shops of luxury brands. Security only punished a Chinese National. Social media break the news and a diplomatic case erupts. The luxury industry discovers its fragility (once more). P.S.: do you know what they wanted to buy?

VERSILIA YACHTING RENDEZ-VOUS
While the niche goes
In Viareggio the second edition of the super-yacht fair certifies the importance and flexibility of leather for the nautical sector. High quality, fashion approach and performance are the winning weapons

TRAINING
The role of Lineapelle
Culture of fashion and style? Impossible without having the awareness of materials and the products which may derive. Formative horizons, which see Lineapelle in first line. Projects with Polimoda, IED, Accademia Costume e Moda

MACHINERY
PEFCR’s tool
The European Commission has defined the method with which the environmental impact of leather is calculated, tanneries are now left to use. What is it, and how to use it

CURRENT EVENTS
UNIC goes back to the chromium table
Nigerian government invests in leather

TANNERIES INVESTMENTS
Nuti Ivo’s revolution
An 8 million Euros investment for the complete renewal of machinery, to expand spaces, produce 20% more and more. In one month the Tuscan tannery group enters a new dimension

CHEMICALS
Lanxess size
Diversification, growth, sustainability. The German group explains its objective for Italy and the tanning industry. An industry facing the challenges of sustainability, and those of fashion

IT’S IN ITALY
Fashion’s (global) gravitational center
Present in 14 countries and distributed in 90, TFL chooses Tuscany for its global fashion center. The excellence of the Italian fashion system is awarded recognition. The inauguration was on May 3

FUTURE INNOVATION
The shoes to come
UITIC’s 20th Meeting (International Technical Footwear Association) is a time capsule that allows to look ahead. As well as letting us understand in what direction the sector is moving, pushed by market demands and technological innovation

SHOE AT THE FAIR
Expo Riva turns 90
The reference fair event for volume footwear is back (June 16 -19) and updates its formula, between a space reserved for leather goods (Gardabgs) and an approach that aims at “the progressive breaking down of the seasonal borders”

G12 OF FOOTWEAR
Free trade
In Porto, the 12 associations met at the International Footwear Forum and raised their voice: “let the protectionism and duties come to an end”. Hot topics: Mercosur and Japan

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