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Maiden edition of Leatherworld Paris displays alternative innovations

"Nearly 25 per cent of buyers who attended Leatherworld Paris this year were looking for an alternative to leather. The exhibition, held from September 17-20, 2018 in Le Bourget, Paris organized by Messe Frankfurt France, laid the groundwork for a new concept for a show dedicated to leather and related materials. This year, 44 exhibitors from six different countries attended the exhibition."

 

Maiden edition of Leatherworld Paris displays alternative innovations 002Nearly 25 per cent of buyers who attended Leatherworld Paris this year were looking for an alternative to leather. The exhibition, held from September 17-20, 2018 in Le Bourget, Paris organized by Messe Frankfurt France, laid the groundwork for a new concept for a show dedicated to leather and related materials. This year, 44 exhibitors from six different countries attended the exhibition.

This Leatherworld show was stimulated by the attendance of a dozen South African exhibitors, clothing manufacturers and designers of bags and shoes. The guest of honor was first Coco dâ™Afrique, label for leather bags was able to demonstrate that South Africa can play a role on international markets. Chimpel, a brand for leather bags and belts, surprised and delighted visitors by displaying products offered by South Africa.

Leather on display

Ningxia Shansan Industry and Trade presented a fine collection of sheepskin, cowhide and fox fur atMaiden edition of Leatherworld Paris displays alternative innovations 001 Leatherworld Paris. Material derived from animals, offered by South Africa, Bangladesh, China, Pakistan and Turkey, were displayed. Materials intended for the same use proved to be one of the show’s attractions, thanks to greater scope for expressing creativity, both in terms of visual and tactile appeal. PU Dongguan Zhigao Leather attracted many Italian and American customers, while the polyester with an extremely soft handle, from Changshu Asia Textile Decoration was the firm favorite among designers and creative fashion labels. Ecopel, the manufacturer of fake fur, whose collections are designed in Paris, consolidated its customer base by building up a new portfolio of buyers.

Sustainability in focus

The trends forum showcased interesting materials along with FashionSustain stand, which demonstrated the issues of sustainable development in the shoe industry by way of some model products. A series of four lectures

(Sustainable development and marketing; all about shoes; alternatives to leather; the future of shoes by way of leather and recycling) organised on September 17 by FashionSustain examined these goals in detail, promising potential for a better future.

Creations from across the world

A Leatherworld catwalk show showcased shoes and bags from South Africa and the Turkish firm Acar Basim ve Cilt Sanayi, in addition to clothing collections and fashion accessories from Muhammad Ashraf, a Karachi tanner. Another catwalk show on 20 September dedicated to South Africa presented work by Tara Simeon, a young designer who came to people’s attention during Africa Source, another Messe Frankfurt trade fair.

 
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