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APLF PROGRAMMES
APLF develops educational, networking and award programmes to promote design, innovation and sustainability within the leather and fashion industries.
Global Footwear Executive Summit
12 March 2019
HONG KONG
Global Footwear Executive Summit

The Global Footwear Executive Summit (GFES) will focus on developments affecting not only footwear retail but the whole footwear supply chain. Its scope will expand to cover more topics and include more panel discussions in a full day programme, held on 12 March 2019, the day before Fashion Access and APLF - Leather & Materials+.

In each edition, the programme is designed to stimulate interactive and constructive discussions between industry experts and audience with business networking opportunities to maximise their visit.

Sustainable Fashion Conference 2019
14 March 2019
HONG KONG
Sustainable Fashion Conference 2019

The fashion sector is an industry that affects all and carries a significant ecological burden. For the past few years it has aspired to become a more ethical, transparent, and environmentally friendly industry.

APLF will be hosting a Sustainable Fashion Conference tailored for businesses seeking to navigate this movement toward transparency and sustainability – be it in terms of the environment, social impacts, animal welfare or health.

This year’s half day event will take place in the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre on the 14th March to coincide with the 2019 APLF Leather and Materials fair. 

The event will focus on emerging risks to the leather industry and how these may be addressed through innovation and sustainable solutions.
 

APLF designed the APLF-Materials+ Sustainability Programme to recognise exhibitors at APLF-Materials+ who have implemented a policy in line with Corporate Social Responsibility. 

Design-A-Bag
HONG KONG
Design-A-Bag

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.

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.
 

This is an experimental project to promote the beauty and versatility of leather by inviting artists to express their artistry on leather.

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.