Call for proposals: HDS/L Junior Award 2019

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 15:43English
Traditionally the Federal Association of the German Footwear and Leather Goods Industry awards creative junior staff for outstanding achievements. This year the HDSL Junior Award 2019 is all about sport sandals according to the motto: ‚Sport meets fashion – open minded’. All kinds of materials, new technologies and new looks are welcome.

Fit2Com steps in Lineapelle Innovation Square

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 18:10English
The results of Erasmus+ project Fit2Com – Skills Alliance for comfort and healthy footwear- were presented in a workshop on “Skills and Competencies of the future” last 27th September at Lineapelle Innovation Square, a new hub for inspiration and innovation at the Milan leather trade show. The project’s main outcome has been the development of a new profile, the “Expert in Comfort and Healthy Footwear Manufacturing”, and corresponding training programme to respond to consumers’ demand for more comfortable fashion shoes.


Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 15:38English
MICAM, the world’s most important footwear show, closes its 86th edition today at Fiera Milano (Rho) with 45,424 visitors, including 27,272 visitors from abroad (+1,6%) and 18,152 from Italy (+4,3%). Attendance figures were in line with those of the September 2017 edition and registered a 2.7% increase over February 2018.

TEXON International and TEXON Italia Join Forces

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 21:18English
Texon International Group Limited and Texon Italia S.p.A. are proud to announce that as of August 2018, Texon Italia will officially rejoin Texon International Group. Over the past eleven years Texon Italia has worked closely together with the Texon Group to develop and support the Italian market. During this time, they have also established a range of exciting new products for the fashion, apparel and safety industries. The integration will further enable Texon to continue to develop the Italian market, whilst fully leveraging Texon International’s global presence to roll out these new products.

Gallery SHOES - International Tradeshow for Shoes & Accessories - 2-4 September 2018 - Opening of edition N°3

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 09:15English
Side events TW Orderinfo Spring/Summer 2019: Lots of colour once again! Presentation: Storydoing in Retail – Evoking Emotions at the POS HDS/L Press Conference in cooperation with the BDSE (Federal Association of German Shoe Retailers) Presentation: Season’s Best – 20 Must-Haves for Spring/Summer 2019 Presentation: Fashion Forecast for Autumn/Winter 2019/20 MODEUROP Forecast for Autumn/Winter 2019/20

C.E.C. Knowledge4Footwear Presents New Online Platform for Innovation Training in Footwear Manufacturing

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 11:45English
A new online platform for project-based training in research and innovation in footwear manufacturing, developed under the Erasmus + project Knowledge4Foot (K4F), was officially presented in Bucharest two weeks ago. The platform intends to respond to the call from footwear companies and higher education providers across Europe to boost footwear students and professionals’ research and innovation skills, which companies require to remain competitive in an innovation-driven world.


Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 10:55English
Organised by Fandango Club and MICAM, an original and completely B2C format specially devoted to millennials for whom sneakers represent a status symbol and cult object. It will be held at the Milan Trade Fair centre within the ambit of the international footwear exhibition Milan, 25 July 2018 – PLUG-Mi. The Sneakers Culture Experience, is here: the first event devoted entirely to the dynamic world of sneakers and aimed at millennials, inventors of the most revolutionary trends and promoters of new consumer habits. Organized by MICAM and Fandango Club, PLUG-Mi will debut at the Fiera Milano (Milan Trade Fair) in 2019. Inspired by the better-known overseas sneaker conventions (such as the Complexcon festival held in Los Angeles or Atlanta’s KixFair), this new format will combine product displays, games, musical events and experiences, allowing a wide number fans from the general public to find new ways of ‘living their passion’ for sneakers, creating not only a powerful moment of aggregation but also an opportunity for understanding a vast social and commercial phenomenon.

Ostrich skin structure

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 08:28English
There is no doubt that the success of the marketing story of kangaroo lay in that kangaroo had unique strength and structural characteristics, which enticed leather buyers who wanted something different. A similar story can be identified in the success of ostrich leather. The surface characteristic of the bird skin, easily recognisable by the feather follicles (pips) in the crown area of the leather - make it stand out in a sea of boring flat leathers. Finishers trying to emulate that ostrich effect on bovine leathers, through embossing techniques, never seem to get it right. The fake ostrich looks predictable, plastic, and too uniform to be the real thing. Figure 1 shows the iconic surface of ostrich with natural variation, topographical differences, and character.

South Africa - Strike into third week; meetings planned for today

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 13:48English
The Little Slipper Company staff putting out burning tyres. The footwear manufacturing industry strike has moved into its third week. According to the National Bargaining Council, the manufacturers' association, SAFLIA, will hold a CEO's meeting at 10 this morning (Tuesday) to see whether they are prepared to revise their 6.5% offer.