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APLF develops educational, networking and award programmes to promote design, innovation and sustainability within the leather and fashion industries.

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

Global Footwear Executive Summit
12 March 2019
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.

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. 


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.

It is a green initiative program launched by APLF, 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.