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World Leather Congress 2017
29 August 2017
World Leather Congress 2017

The Leather Revolution: How the Industry will Respond is the theme of the 3rd World Leather Congress, the international congress of tanners, scheduled for 29 August 2017 in Shanghai, on the eve of All China Leather Exhibition (30 August – 1 September 2017).
This Congress will be organised by Taiwanese International Leather Association (TILA), who, through Richard Pai, currently hold the Presidency ofInternational Council of Tanners (ICT), and by China Leather Industry Association (CLIA). ICT is headed by Richard Pai from Taiwan. Members are tanneries representing 37 Countries from Europe, America, Asia and Africa.
The event will be recognising the profound changes that will be taking place throughout the leather marketing chain over the next 20 years, and focusing on how the industry should be responding.

Leather Conference
30 August 2017
Leather Conference

Co-organised by APLF and Hidenet Publications, Leather Conference will be held on the first day of ACLE (30 August) to discuss “Mapping a Course for Leather in China”.

What does the future hold for leather in China and how does the industry as a whole move forward? Join sector experts during this forward-looking forum that will examine the prospects for leather from the perspectives of supply and demand as well as sustainability.

It is a green initiative program launched by APLF and supported by CTC, designed to help exhibitors at APLF Materials+ and Fashion Access become compliant with the environmental measurement standards and requirements set by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition or SAC, the apparel, footwear and home textile industries’ foremost alliance for sustainable production throughout the supply chain. 

Best of APLF Awards is an initiative to cultivate and nurture talent and creativity in leather and fashion-related industries. The project recognises design excellence, originality, innovation and outstanding workmanship of products exhibited at both APLF-organised events, MM&T and Fashion Access. Launched in 2004, Best of APLF Awards has proved immensely popular with APLF participants, one reason being that the recognition helps boost a company or brand’s profile on a global scale.

Design-A-Bag Competition, organised by Fashion Access trade fair, is open to designers and design students all over the world. It uniquely takes place via an online platform, allowing participants to submit their design illustrations from anywhere, at any time. 

The event brings together a global design community, cultivates innovation, and keeps Fashion Access plugged in with talents from various cultures and backgrounds. 

Winners will be awarded cash prizes and a trip to the Award Ceremony at Fashion Access March in Hong Kong, which serves as an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them to demonstrate their ingenuity in front of fashion professionals.

The LeatherNaturally! initiative is aimed to highlight the natural beauty of leather and more importantly educate the buying public, designers and youth about leather and the leather industry. The whole industry from meat packers to tanners, manufacturers and retail brands are joining forces and throwing its weight into LeatherNaturally!, an initiative very much inspired by industry wide operations. The positive aspects of leather such as it being sustainable material with natural elegance have to be promoted while defending it against unchallenged reports designed to prejudice its image. 

With its debut in 2006, Prime Source Forum (PSF) has been held annually in Hong Kong, bringing together some 400 senior executives from 20+ countries to discuss challenges and opportunities that matter each stakeholder of the fashion supply chain.

This international event offers ample opportunities for delegates to network, exchange ideas, and vision the future landscape for two days.