What is the L.E.D. Project?

The L.E.D. Project is a collaborative initiative of APLF where Leather becomes the common language to connect APLF Leather Exhibitors with young, independent Designers

Tanneries provide the leather … designers create the magic.

The project offers designers the unique opportunity to create leather fashion goods using new leathers provided by leading tanneries. What’s more, designers will have the chance to display their special edition handbags in upcoming APLF Leather fairs.


APLF takes to the Center Stage.

L.E.D. Project designers will enjoy commercial exposure in the APLF Leather and Fashion Access fairs.

Six APLF Edition Handbags will be displayed at APLF Hong Kong 2024.

Who can be

Who can be

Here comes the final matching of Exhibitor X Designer. The pairs will connect to unleash the extraordinary craftsmanship under the use of finest leather.

winners / participants

Top school graduates nominated by affiliated design schools

Designer brands seeking global exposure

Start-up brands selected by APLF Consultants

LED Project 2024 – Collaboration Lineup

The LED Project 2024 is supported by the Federation Francaise Tannerie Megisserie. All leathers used in the project are sponsored by APLF’s French tanners. Discover the APLF Edition Handbags under the LED project at APLF 2024, Hong Kong, on 19-21 March 2024.

Here comes the final matching of Exhibitor X Designer. The pairs will connect to unleash the extraordinary craftsmanship under the use of finest leather.

Alran X Fundao

Fundao Baesakul

The founder of Fundao, Yinyin has an extensive background in the fashion industry. She began her journey as a banking and finance graduate from Thammasat University. Driven by her passion for fashion, she furthered her studies in fashion management at Domus Academy Milano and pursued bag making at Arsutoria Milano in Italy. She dedicated her career to working with renowned brands such as Prada and MM6 Maison Atie Margiela before establishing her own designer brand. 

Click here to check designer’s social media account.

Arnal X 31 Thanwa

Boonyanuch Vittayasamrit



Kae was born into a family of craftsmen, who established a shoe factory since 1952. After graduating from the Architecture School at Chulalongkorn e established 31 Thanwa as an extension of the family business who has been making leather shoes for more than 70 years – one with quality expertise and knowledge at its core while resembling the creative innovation and limitless possibilities of a younger generation.

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Averpeaux X Yussico

Yusuf Osman

Yusuf Osman is a craftsman, designer, educator and a leading advocate for sustainable leather use. He is the founder of YUSSICO and his practice invites you to rediscover the world through the lens of craft and its power to revolutionise the relationship we have with ourself, with each other and the natural world. 


After qualifying as a solicitor, Yusuf’s quest for a meaningful life led him to a workshop in Tetbury in England, where his passion for leather began. What started out as a quest for perfecting the craft has become a journey that transcends the crafted object to understand what it means to be human and in doing so uncovering the threads that connect us all.

Bodin-Joyeux X Xotique

Jiratchaya Winyoopradist


XOTIQUE Brand started since 2015 by Mrs. Jiratchaya Winyoopradist with her passion in fashion and her husband, Mr. Ard-Ong Winyoopradist, the owner of Suvino Bag Factory, one of the best handbag factories in Thailand. Although Mrs. Jiratchaya did not graduate from design school, her passion for design is second to none and she has a dream of making a brand like no other. With the expertise of highly detailed production techniques, XOTIQUE was established focusing on the use of high-quality materials, craftsmanship, and distinguished design which are practical and can be used daily. XOTIQUE designs combine many different types of materials seamlessly.

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Haas X Lunne

Sasithorn Premchit



Sasithorn Premchit, the creative mind behind Lunné, hails from the vibrant city of Bangkok. At 32 years old, she has already made her mark as a prominent fashion designer. Sasithorn achieved a significant milestone by earning a master’s degree in International Fashion Management from Nottingham Trent University.

Her journey in fashion began with a strong academic foundation, having obtained a bachelor’s degree in Fashion and Textile Design from Chulalongkorn University. Prior to embarking on her own fashion venture, Sasithorn lent her design expertise to Bangkok’s leading fashion retailers, where her talent and vision helped shape the city’s fashion landscape. Today, as the force behind Lunné, she continues to push the boundaries of creativity and style.

Click here to check designer’s social media account.

Hiriar X Nasha

Nasha Mekraksavanich

Nasha creations are the perfect combination between her background and studies as Architecture Interior Design in Asia and her experience and studies in Italy as accessory designer at Istituto Marangoni fusing the two cultures into unique, strong and confident women’s accessories. Attention-grabbing Nasha Made-in-Mars creations were designed to steal the scene in any room; the strong presence of each item was created to spark curiosity from lookers.

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Remy Carriat X Warp

Hirra Babar

Warp was founded in 2016 by Hirra Babar, a young marketing, technology and design enthusiast. Born and raised in Lahore, Hirra is an Economics and Business graduate who after doing her MBA decided to create a label of her which was at the intersection of design, technology and craftsmanship. She developed an interest in crafts and design at a very early age but never pursed it for professional studies, however it was always a form of catharsis for her in her leisure. She loves to travel, meeting new people and exploring different cultures. Her creative design process is inspired by abstractionism. Hirra is the CEO and Creative Director of Warp.

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Designers submit applications for L.E.D. Project.

Applications will be screened by L.E.D. Project Selection Committee.

Approved designers submit their leather goods designs, with leather preferences.

APLF selects a partner exhibitor or tannery for each participating designer, based on the designer’s material choices and product designs.

APLF connects designers with the chosen partner exhibitors, who then coordinate with regard to leather styles, designs, quantities, etc.

Designers produce their prototypes and display these at APLF Dubai in March 2023.

Contact us for any inquiries.​
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  1. Each designer will make ONE finished leather goods.

  2. Designer will select ONE supplier to work with. Each supplier will sponsor materials to at least ONE designer.

  3. Suppliers will display ONE piece of material at APLF ASEAN. The material will be kept by APLF and used by designers directly. The actual size of the sponsored material will be large enough for designer to produce a leather good (for example a handbag).

  4. Upon negotiation with material sponsors, designers may be offered discretionary sponsor of other types of materials. The same material in a different colour will be counted as one type.

  5. Supplier has the final right to decide the type and quantity of materials provided to each designer.

  6. APLF has the final right to the matching of suppliers and designers.

  7. The copyright of the final product will be owned by the designer. APLF Ltd and participating suppliers of LED Project also have the right to use the collaboration for marketing and promotional purposes.

About APLF

We bring leather, material and fashion businesses together: an opportunity to meet and greet face to face. We bring them from all parts of the world so that they can find fresh partners, discover new customers or suppliers and keep ahead of industry developments.


We organise a number of trade exhibitions which focus on fashion and lifestyle: sectors that are constantly in flux, so visitors and exhibitors alike need to be constantly aware both of the changes around them and those forecast for coming seasons.


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