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First ever Textile Institute leather event
Sep '12
The Textile Institute Fashion and Technology Special Interest Group together with its partner the University of Northampton is pleased to be able to announce this exciting new event for the leather sector, taking place on 24 October 2012, at the Sunley Conference Centre, University of Northampton, Northampton, UK.
Having such a vast supply chain, leather quality starts with the farmer and finishes with the final consumer, with everyone in between requiring leather knowledge at different levels. Whilst tanners require the science knowledge to produce against specifications, brands need to understand leather as a material in order to design and produce leather items that are both aesthetically pleasing and fit for purpose.
“With the leather industry currently recognising a global shortage of leather skills, the event, ‘From Hide to High Street – Leather Innovation’ provides an outstanding line-up and a timely opportunity to raise the profile of leather. The agenda for the seminar has been carefully chosen to provide a valuable insight into both leather and leather products for delegates from both academia and industry. The University of Northampton is delighted to have the opportunity to host this event and welcome attendees to visit our on-site tannery.” Commented Rachel Garwood, director of the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT), at The University of Northampton (a Textile Institute Corporate member and supporter of the event).
In a fast moving and volatile market, the morning’s Key Note presentation by the CEO of Pittards, Reg Hankey, will look at ‘Adapting to a Global Market Environment’. Reg will talk about how Pittards as both a manufacturer and brand have successfully adapted over the years to changes in the global leather market in order to survive.
The morning session will continue with presentations including ‘Talking Leather’ by
Rachel Garwood, Director, Institute for Creative Leather Technologies; ‘Is My Leather Safe and Legal?’ by Sue Bolton, Bolton Consultancy Ltd and will finish with ‘Fashionation’ to be given by Anais Coste, fashion designer for STAHL.
Leather as we know can be a by-product of the food industry and we start the afternoon by exploring the close relationship between the farm, food and the footwear industries. Guy West, director of Jeffrey West & Co has developed just such a relationship with internationally recognised Chef, Heston Blumenthal, his Key Note presentation ‘From Farm to Footwear’, considers the concept of choosing your steak and then also being able to buy a pair of designer shoes…!

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