This year’s Asia Pacific Leather Fair (APLF) wrapped up earlier this week. With over 1,200 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors, it’s a huge showcase for the leather industry, where you see everything from classic leather selections to emerging trends on display.
The show is a great place to exchange ideas and information with colleagues in the industry. This year the need to source alternatives due to rising hide prices was a particular topic of discussion.
And of course, we all want to see what’s new. Bright colors, distressed textures, alternatives that offer price advantages — you can see it all here, under one roof. The APLF is a great place to look for innovative materials, designs, finishes and colors for the forthcoming seasons.
As they say … a picture is worth a 1000 words. We are sharing some pictures from the fair, if you’re interested in leather. Enjoy!
Below: pictures don’t convey the scale. So many leather producing countries represented, from Brazil to Turkey to Pakistan to Italy — like a session at the United Nations.
Below: Lots of innovative new leathers and treatments materials. The sample below is from a Italian owned tannery in Bangladesh. If we hadn’t told you, would you even identify this as leather!?
Below: these fashion prints on leather are great for a young customer — lots of ways to use creatively.
Above and below: Hmmm … how would these skulls look on a pair of leather motorcycle gloves!
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Black is still the dominant color in our industry, and the pictures above may not be right for our brands … but it is fun to see “what’s new” get a gloval look at what else can be done with leather!
That was a nice creative excursion … and it gets the design juices flowing … but now, back to the real world.
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