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Véronique Saunier established her reputation as a journalist soon after moving to Hong Kong in 1988. As a freelance writer, she has been covering the fashion, leather and fine fibre industries for various magazines including the industry’s leading trend setter WGSN. Her background as a former science and technology writer enables her to interpret in a highly readable manner the way new technologies affect various industries and our lives. She understands and is concerned about the impact the fashion industry has on the livelihood and traditions of animal breeders across the world. A dedicated environmentalist, she tirelessly promotes corporate responsibility and sustainable development as a means of preserving cultural diversity. At the same time she defends the rightful access of local populations to education, healthcare, technological advancements, prosperity and wealth creation. She has played an active part in developing and coordinating the programme of the Cashmere World Forum and of the Global Footwear Retail Conference. A tireless traveler with an extensive experience of living in China, Véronique commutes regularly between Asia and Europe.
Founded in 1990 to manufacture and supply leather and plastic covers to the pager and cellular industry, AEE quickly developed and captured a big share of the US market, supplying customers like Radioshack, Sprint, PCS, Nextel, Verizon and Motorola as well as the US public safety departments including the US army, the navy and the police.
The acronym of all the members of the family involved in the business, Aknas was founded in 2011 by Stephane Mesnil. While backpacking in Thailand, the French fell in love not only with the country but also with a local designer. The two were soon married and decided to use the potential of handicraft making in Thailand and of the unique types of leather available in the country to start a company. “My wife played a decisive part in the early part of the design of the company,” recalls Mesnil.
When he declares tanners are transformers, Riba Guixa’s General Manager, Carles Riba Anto does not refer to the heroes of the American science fiction action film of the same name but to the evolution and adaptability that tanners have demonstrated over the years. ” From simple tanners we have become major actors of the fashion industry and then have adapted to fast fashion,” explains Riba.
“Bright colors, simple design.” This is how 30 years old Marco Wu, Sales Manager and family member of the Sino-Italian leather accessories brand Daniela Moda describes the company’s products, including the new summer collection that was revealed at Fashion Access in Hong Kong last March.
A key as a symbol of open mindedness and a name, Flink, that evokes fortune, luck and collaboration. That is the concept behind this Korean leather brand, founded in 2016 by designer trained and Chief Executive Officer Eun-Suk-Lee.
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