The Leathersellers’ Company

Leathersellers at the Asia Pacific Leather Fair

Nine of the world’s leading leather manufacturers, education providers and technology companies exhibited within the UK Leather Pavilion at the Asia Pacific Leather Fair in Hong Kong, 29-31st March 2017.

The UK Leather Federation represents the UK leather £210M industry, employing 1400 employees and exports worth £160M supplying performance, sustainable leathers to the Automotive, Aviation, Footwear, Interiors, Accessories, Equestrian and Chamois sectors and supplies some of the world’s leading brands including : Nike, Timberland, Puma, Footjoy, Kenzo, Yves St Laurent, Callaway Golf, Adidas, Coach, Luis Vuitton, Marks & Spencer, Ministry of Defence, the NHS, Betty Jackson, Jaeger, Gieves & Hawkes, Scotchhouse, Reiss, Calvin Klein, Gucci, Hermes, Prada, Reebok, Rockport, Ferragamo, Diesel, Hugo Boss, Canali, Armani, Mercedes, Volvo, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin Lagonda, British Airways, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Delta Airline, US Air, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, United Airlines, Lotus Engineering, Morgan Cars, Conran, Cunard, P&O and Sunseeker Yachts.

James Lang, Chairman of the UK Leather Federation, has announced the launch a new five year strategy aimed at promoting UK Leather to a wide variety of stakeholders through a broader membership base supporting best practise in quality, sustainable leather manufacturing. He commented “The UK Leather industry operates from a stable base and it’s future growth will come from even better products supplied to even broader markets and the UKLF needs to grow to meet that challenge”.

The UK Leather Federation  is fortunate to have the support of The Leathersellers’ Company, one of the senior livery companies of London. The Master of The Leathersellers’ Company, Mr Ian Russell MBE will jointly host, with the UKLF, a reception at The Hong Kong Club during the fair. He commented “The UK leather industry, though relatively small, is uniquely diverse and dynamic producing some of the highest quality leathers for a large number of leading global brands. The Leathersellers’ Company are therefore pleased to continue their heritage of supporting the UK Leather industry”.

During his recent visit to Hong Kong, The Lord Mayor of London, Dr Andrew Parmley, was promoting UK business, in particular the UK’s financial and professional services and more broadly its Educational, Training and Creative offerings. He commented: “A significant part of my role is supporting British businesses abroad and I am very glad to see many different sectors prosper. The UK Leather industry, with its impressive heritage and current successes, is a significant UK exporter and I have been and am delighted to lend my support in its efforts to increase sales around the world.” Here are some the stands the Master visited at the show.

The Master Leatherseller Ian Russell MBE with BLC Director Adam Hughes at APLF 2017

Master Leatherseller Ian Russell MBE meeting the Scottish Leather Group Team led by CEO Ian McFadyen at APLF 2017

Master Leatherseller Ian Russell MBE with Mrs Sue Russell meeting Rachel Garwood, Director of ICLT Northampton and James Lang, Chairman of UKLF

Master Leatherseller Ian Russell MBE with Mrs Sue Russell meeting Pittards CEO Reg Hankey and Kerry Senior CEO of UKLF

Master Leatherseller Ian Russell MBE with Mrs Sue Russell meeting Managing Director Ian Walker and The Clayton Leather Group team at APLF 2017

Master Leatherseller Ian Russell MBE meeting students of ICLT Northampton who were staffing the stand at APLF, alongside Director of ICLT Rachel Garwood

Ian Russell MBE, Master Leatherseller presenting APLF CEO Michael Duck with Outstanding Contribution to the UK Leather Industry Award, with Clerk David Santa Ollala and UKLF Chairman James Lang

Master Leatherseller Ian Russell MBE and Mrs Sue Russell meeting Barry Knight and colleagues from Thomas Ware and Sons Bristol at APLF 2017


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