Focus on culture, sustainability and innovation: the WLC4 agenda

It is going to be a rather hectic day for leather, tomorrow, in New York. In fact, from morning to late afternoon, the agenda of the World Leather Congress, on its fourth edition, will be considerably full. On top of that, they will also present a very important speakers line-up. As regards topics, three sessions are on the agenda.

Session 1

The congress is due to begin at 10.30am. John Wittenborn (LIA) will be the moderator of Session 1, whose name given is Leather 101. Three people are going to give a speech. Steven Lange (University of Cincinnati): “Where does leather come from?”- Mike Redwood (Leather Naturally): “Leather: its culture, history and relevance today”- Orietta Pelizzari (Lineapelle): “How leather is modern”.

Session 2

Session 2 is due to start at noon. Gustavo Gonzalez-Quijano (COTANCE) will be the moderator of Session 2, whose name given is Leather sustainability and innovation. Three people are going to give a speech. Tiberio Daddi (Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa): “The commitment of leather and tanning industry toward sustainability”- Frank Mitloehner (University of California): “Livestock’s contributions to climate change: facts and fiction”- Federico Brugnoli (Lineapelle Innovation Square): “Leather as an innovative material”.

Session 3

The final session, Session 3, will begin at 2.30pm. Michelle Rotbart (Fashion Snoops) will be the moderator of Session 3, whose name given is Leather in everyday life. Six people are going to give a speech. Massimo Bettio (Tory Burch), Kerry Brozyna (Wolverine Worldwide), Ariane Duhaney (Parsons School for Design); Steve Jeske (GST Autoleather), Liz Alessi (Coach), Daniele Gardini (Poltrona Frau).

Last, but not least

The end of the WLC4 will offer and embed something new: a more creative and less technical vision of leather. Parsons School for Design is going to oversee and deliver it while awarding the most interesting leather prototypes designed by some of their students.


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