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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.
Amusingly, Nigerian former professional footballer and attacking midfielder Jay Jay is the inspiration behind the Japanese shoe brand, Jay Jay Japan. A quick and skillful playmaker, often dubbed the “African Maradona”, Jay Jay was known for his confidence, technique, creativity, and dribbling skills, as well as his use of feints.
Packing powerful industry specialists, speakers of the 3rd edition of the Global Footwear Retail Conference (GFRC) that took place in Hong Kong recently included some of the most influential experts of the fashion and footwear industry including heavyweights from the US and French Footwear Federations, from the digital and e-commerce industries as well as member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong for the Textiles and Garment, Felix Chung.
Civilian Goods’ co-founders Candy Kok and Kenneth Ng met in San Francisco while studying Graphic Design and Industrial Design respectively. Back to Hong Kong, the two young graduates worked in design and both had stints in manufacturing.
Richina Leather Industrial (SRL) could not be truer to its motto “The Art of Innovation” as a new image, a new production plant in China and a new environmental strategy targeting zero discharge and chrome less leather were unveiled at the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE) in Shanghai in the fall of 2016.
Chinh Viet was established in 2003, in Ho Chi Minh City and has been in the business of making baby, kid and lady footwear ever since. With more than 13 years of experience and expertise in footwear manufacturing, Chinh Viet factories are known internationally for their commitment to high quality and to trendy style.
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