The digital channel and China’s marketplace are the two frontiers to conquer for Made-in- Italy leather goods. It’s true for bigger brands but even more so for indipendent ones, says Christina Fontana, Head of Fashion and Luxury - Europe of Alibaba Group

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What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. And Mirta, the start-up for Made in Italy artisans, comes out the Covid-19 shock more solid and with clearer ideas: for small fashion excellences, e-commerce is fundamental

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Starting as a shoe-shop in 1880, it converted to leather goods at the end of the 60s. then, it becomes the reference company for car manufacturers when it comes to producing leather custom-made luggage. Here is the extraordinary story of Italian business Schedoni

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The message, writes UNIC - Italian Tanneries, “is as simple as it is incisive”. This is what its “three-year campaign communicating and promoting at 360 degrees the excellence of Italian leather” is based on. A worldwide ad campaign that explains a truth to be shared in any way and at any level: Real Leather is Real Sustainability

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Chronology of a year, 2019, during which the phenomenon of acquisitions revolutionised the structure of the leather and luxury supply chain, changing its borders and connotations. A phenomenon that, among other things, will also have some surprises for 2020

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The history of Russian leather evokes much more than what could be called “the memory of leather”. It is the story of an adventurous secret that remained for almost 2 centuries on the bottom of the English Channel. A mystery studied for almost 10 years, and solved by Elise Blouet-Ménard

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Okay, maybe it's an exaggeration to describe what you will see on the next page and on the following ones as something unexpected. But if we have chosen this photo gallery, there is a reason. We find it in the surprise of discovering a capsule collection like the one launched at the end of November by Supreme with Nike.

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Green lights, red lights the leather marketplace is affected by contrasting pushes: sometimes going in the same directions, sometimes opposite. Lineapelle 97 (Milan, October 2-4) was the time to collect the feelings and opinions live from tanners

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Chanel say goodbye to crocodile and reptiles, leather responds. “It is not the right vision of sustainability”, it is an economic choice: it will not last”

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Liz Alessi, vice president with proxy for materials development, defines the meaning of leather today, in a market that is attentive to process and performance, as far as fashion is concerned

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The number, while not “mind-blowing” surely is surprising. Based on data contained in the World Footwear Yearbook, published by Portuguese Association APICCAPS (Associação Portuguesa Ind. Calçado Componentes Artigos Pele Sucedaneos), the global footwear industry produced somewhere around 24.2 billion pairs of shoes during the year 2018.

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Of course, it is still producing a lot, but beijing is no longer the paradise it once was for footwear manufacturers. And the reasons, in one way, are a paradox

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Are you looking for a transversal constant to the history of humanity and its evolution? Nothing could be simpler. It's leather. Here is a brief, exciting gallery of extraordinary archaeological finds that best demonstrate this dimension and confirm its intrinsic durability

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The 4th edition of the world leather congress took place in the big apple this past july 16th. A concept that summarizes the shared opinion of all those that made statements there: the identity and value of leather need a more actual form of narration, one that is lateral and disruptive

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There are two opposing and converging thrusts in the luxury leather goods sector. On the one hand, for Italian entrepreneurs third-party work has been increasingly important for years. On the other hand, designer labels and large groups, especially French, invest in vertical integration and internationalisation

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There is no risk of disinvestment for italian manufacturers controlled by french groups. However, subcontractors do not have as many certain points. The point of view of Mario Ortelli (Ortelli & Co) and Flavio Cereda (Jefferies International)

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End of August, 2019: in Biarritz, luxury sits at G7 table. François-Henri Pinault (patron of Kering), presents the fashion pact, the coalition of sustainable luxury, as per invitation by Macron. But “someone” is missing

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“We are sorry, but chrome is no longer strategic”. Lanxess sells its chrome chemicals division to china-based brother. Will anything change in the market ?

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