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COVER STORY
BETWEEN WORDS AND DEEDS
Talk and actions

The fashion system and its ‘environmentally friendly’ hypocrisies. Standard ethics (English) awards the Italian chain for its efforts, and point their finger against global brands that, apparently, make sustainability be what they need it to be.
Victims of “bluffing”
The ones that talk about it don’t practice it (luxury brands). The ones that do practice it (suppliers) are asked to provide product at low prices. Sustainability is reduced to be a mere pawn in a media-game. Which causes the made-in-Italy to suffer the most. Kanpur’s tanneries sustainable in 5 years.

SUMMARY
COTANCE
Health and safety in the European tanneries
Campaign against leather sounding
Turkey to hear out EU on wet-blue export stop

EXCELLENT GOODBYE
With no fear

Gucci parades its choice to stop using fur. But AIP, Italian Fur Association, isn’t intimidated.

RECOVERY SIGN
The light at the end of the tunnel
Italian fur industry, after years of downturn, starts growing again. Russian custumers return. Leather clothing is well liked. Waiting for the end of 2017, the year is positive.

MADE IN ITALY
Praise ostrich

Max Zarafshan and Tamara Smith produce their bags in Tuscany. They only sell in New York (for just a few months, and for now) and are getting to 2 million dollars in revenue. Leather? Only one type, tanned in Santa Croce.

BAIN & CO
Growth comes with sales
It seems obvious, but it isn’t. Luxury goods have performed well for years now, with different pricing strategies depending on the market. In 2017, it did even better thanks to the products. The example is that of leather goods.

STYLES FOR WINTER 18/19
Lineapelle93, the best of: simply natural and more
Leather at Lineapelle93 works out if it values and respects its identity, included its defects. Even though there are ones that look for (and find) more reassuring solutions to their needs. A lot of hand-painted decorations and prints.

SEEN AT MIPEL
Retrò looking forward
Travelling bags for women in business. Soft or large, always new. Accessories that require leather with a strong identity.

SEEN AT THEMICAM
The ‘prêt a partir’ wave
Sneakermania is influencing the stylistic downfall of footwear as a whole. Comfort takes over the scene. Leather shines. High heels get shorter.

INSIDE TOD’S
Tod’s feeling toward leather
Photographic journey (and not only) inside the company of Casette d’Ete (Marche region). Discovering how the shoes of a brand that wants to “maintain the products in the highest possible market corridor of craftsmanship quality”, are created.

THE SECRET TO SUCCESS
Generation Portugal
Interview with Luis Onofre: shoe-maker, designer, president of Apicapps, which is the association for the category. Among growth and innovation, accessible salaries and branding strategies. The true Portuguese objective is “to convince young people that our sector is a viable option for them”.

FROM PORTUGAL
Gentlemen online
Customizable shoes, highly luxurious, made with Italian and French leather. Hand-made and distributed. Here is the story of the Undandy brand.

CHEMICALS
All is done
Stahl finalizes its acquisition of basf and give life to a new industry giant of (almost) 1 billion euros in value. “we aim at making a difference in the marketplace” and “to create a supply chain that is more transparent and sustainable”.
Dutchmen in Santa Croce
Codyeco, longstanding chemicals’ company in Tuscany, is acquired by Smit&zoon. “We will have a strong presence capable of impacting all segments of the market”.

RAW MATERIAL
4 balance sheets and 1 outlook
Tyson Food, Cargill, JBS, Minerva. Thed outlook: according to FAO’s estimates, UN agency for food and agriculture (reported by the portal BeefPoint), world production of bovine meat in 2017 will grow by 1.7%.

HIGHLIGHTS
GST Autoleather giant is for sale. Make your bid, as auction is due to close on January 8, 2018
Finding a photocatalytic solution to sewage issue, as “test results are excellent”, says SSIP
Russia   |   Argentina   |   Uruguay    |   Egypt   |   France   |   New Zealand   |   Australia

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