All articles by Prameela vegi

Prameela vegi

Move over metal: sustainability is metal-free leather tanning

International luxury conglomerate Kering has sparked controversy with its desire to put sustainability first and endorse metal-free leather. Andrea Guolo assesses whether this is a clever marketing strategy or a genuine spark that will inspire the industry. He gathers expert opinion about the use of chrome and whether tanneries are really ready for change.

Lineapell New York: easing tension between US and EU

Andrea Guolo assesses the strain between the US and European markets in the build-up to Lineapelle New York on 17–18 July, which will grace Manhattan’s Metropolitan Pavilion with a show dedicated to new samples for the 2019 autumn/winter season.

Good chemistry

July this year means a lot of things to a lot of people: World Cup glory nerves frayed – especially in the UK – political nerves were down to their last ahead of Brussels’ NATO Summit, and some are asking where end-time believers get the nerve to think the world is doomed because Mars is making a – relatively – close pass to earth. But to Leather International readers, July also means that we ask, and answer, “What’s new in leather chemicals?”

Steering to success: Lectra’s automotive leather seat covers

Leather International made its way to the south of France in April for Lectra’s annual automotive leather conference, held at the company’s Cestas-Bordeaux campus. With a growing global market for car seat covers and the rise of more advanced vehicles, optimism persists that demand for leather interiors is as strong as ever.

Closing the gap: recruitment issues in the leather industry

An ageing workforce and widely publicised, controversial concerns over leather production means that many companies and institutions in the industry are suffering from a skills shortage. Technical experts and business leaders explain what they are doing to address the issue of recruitment.