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APLF 2019 - Day 1 Highlights
Véronique Saunier | 13 March 2019

Industry 4.0: implementing Life Cycle Thinking (LCT)

Roberto Giuseppe Vago -  Manager of ASSOMAC

As part of APLF’s extensive programme about sustainability, Assomac’s Technological Advisor, Roberto Vago talked about the contribution of technologies into sustainable leather treatment processes and about the various steps taken by machines manufacturers towards sustainable leather production and circular economy. Among them is the Green Label that quantifies and communicates the impact of machines during working cycles. Vago also introduced the various technologies that enable to regenerate leather waste. Today, up to 70 per cent of leather raw material end up in waste. Manufacturing is one of the main points of the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action launched at COP24 in Poland, in December 2018 and which target a 30% greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions by 2030.

Fashion trends: back to the classics

Jayne Estève - CuréMultidisciplinary Fashion Expert of Jayne Fashion Agency

While streetwear and sneakers are still around, fashion experts need to watch out for things more formal, according to fashion observer Jayne Esteve-Curé. In her presentation of the fashion trends and of winter collection today, she insisted on the ambivalence of styles which sees streetwear redesigned in a more dressy way. The same applies to footwear and accessories with sneakers being increasingly replaced by more formal shoes.  Is this the end of athleisure?

Where will the hides go? 

Michael Duck - Director of APLF

This is one of the questions that the leather industry is facing today due to the strong supplies of raw material combined with a persisting reduction in leather demand. According to Michael Duck, Director of APLF, the answer is to encourage and teach designers and fashion students how to use leather in a sustainable and attractive way, which is one of the missions of this 35th edition of APLF.