1 April 2022
The winners of the Best of APLF Awards (BOAA) 2022 were announced during BOAA & Design-A-Bag Awards and Cocktail Party in the evening of 30 March 2022 during APLF Dubai fair.
There was a total of 6 winners from the APLF Leather exhibits. Read on to find out about the well-deserved award winners.
Comments from Judge: In recognition of an industry association’s initiative establishing an environmental program that makes its members accountable for their carbon footprints. The Environment Prize is given to The Green Label initiative of Assomac, the association of Italian machinery manufacturers. The Green Label initiative sets industry standards for determining a company’s environmental impact as evidenced by their levels of consumption of energy, water, chemicals, among others. The program is officially certified by RINA. This initiative was led by the Assomac members themselves, to demonstrate their concern for the environment and to determine the effect their operations have on planet earth.
Quote from Winner: Green Label aims to bring clarity to the leather market in terms of sustainability. It offers a methodology to validate a sustainable production system, encouraging economic investments and preventing greenwashing. With this recognition, Italian machinery companies will continue to develop solutions for fashion brands’ prospects. We are dedicated to supporting the industry worldwide by kickstarting this green initiative.
Comments from Judge: For its support and development of local manufacturers in UAE. As a mark of respect for the very noble material that is camel leather, which is a strong part of their heritage, Al Khaznah is committed to the highest ethical and environmental standards and works constantly to develop the leather business in the UAE.
Comments from Judge: AXA is commended for their all-green stand that best shows off their olive leather collection. Their green presentation brings to the fore their sustainable leather initiatives as well as embodying the luxury of an ecologically sound lifestyle.
Quote from Winner: We are honoured that our showcase of olive leather collection is awarded the Best in Marketing. Our green stand is presented to grab audience’s attention about sustainable leather and somehow we did it! We are always “Enroute Towards More Sustainability”, which will be an initiative ahead of the industry.
Comments from Judge: Arnal’s strong bovine collection lends itself to a wide range of up-scale applications, from footwear and bags to saddlery. The look is rich and luxurious and demonstrates the high standard of quality that Arnal always aspires for.
Quote from Winner: We are pleased to know our latest collection, “shoulder AUROCH,” won the Best Luxury Leather Collection. With our traditional know-how, we constantly produce unique and multi-use bovine leather to keep abreast of the industry. We highly appreciate the accomplishment that becomes our motivation to uphold the standards as a French tannery.
Comments from Judge: The award goes to Teampiel’s interesting Needle punch leather collection. This involves taking loose hairs from the hide or yarns and needling them together to create patterns and motifs on the leather. This lends itself to many creative applications in fashion.
Quote from Winner: It is an innovative technique to create designs, logos and monograms by using the own wool of the Double-Face Sheepskin. It therefore can be used in multiples ways such as Apparel, Footwear and Accessories. The award confirms our efforts to continuously innovate our products and techniques. We are confident that our continuous research is fundamental for success in the fashion world.
Comments from Judge: Ege Damla’s all lamb leather collection is targeted mainly for garments. Their beautiful stretch leathers have the look of classic simplicity, in a wide array of colours and refined textures. The company is also focused on producing chrome-free leather as part of their sustainability goals.
Quote from Winner: It’s a pleasure to be back in APLF and won the recognition of Classic Leather Collection. Our creation is surrounded by diversity and sustainability. We hope to offer a range of leather solutions for the footwear and garment industry, while taking the environmental responsibility to innovate impact-reducing manufacturing technologies.