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Fantasy with Leather

ImageOfficina delle Pelli has been supplying quality leathers and furs to the fashion business since 1980. A young and dynamic company founded by Mauro Tonelli, it is duly capable of satisfying its clients form the pret-a-porter to the haute couture lines with fine materials develped from stat-of-the-art methods of tanning, finish and workmanship. It is not by chance that Officina delle Pelli supplies major fashion houses with leathers and furs for their clothing, leathergoods and footwear lines. Clients profit from the continuous research for new means of “interpretation and concept”...

Get Ready for the ExpoRivaSchuh in June
ImageExpo Riva Schuh, the international show dedicated to volume footwear, will be presenting the new collections for spring/ summer 2009 from 14 to 17 June.The 33,000 square metres of the Riva del Garda trade fair centre will welcome over 1,100 exhibitors, more than 60% of whom foreigners, and an expected 11,000 buyers and representatives of organised distribution. The success of Expo Riva Schuh is helped by the geographic position of Trentino Alto Adige...
Leading Brands, Interesting Collections in Poznan
ImageThe Fair of Shoes, Leather and Leather Goods held in March surprised with the arrangement of stands, abundance of collections including footwear and accessories made of shiny lacquered leather in intensive colours – such products will dominate the upcoming spring and summer season. Winter was heralded by winter boots, short ankle-high boots, classic long boots and high winter boots...
Plastic Waste Recycled into Fashionable Handbags and Shoes

ImageSince 2002, Conserve, a non-profit organization, has embarked upon the path of assisting the marginalized urban poor through the development of a model that utilizes urban plastic waste to produce high-fashion products. The genesis of these products lies in their endeavour to help clean up the urban environment while providing income for the poor. Conserve has trained people from urban slums of Delhi to process waste into recycled sheets, using a proprietary...

Technology as a Key Modernity Factor 2

To complete this analysis, we would like to conclude with some final considerations in favour of technology. The first one is based on the assumption that technology is certainly one of the most powerful modernity factors in nowadays shoemaking. Making shoes is an old business, with traditional rules and, most of the time, traditional vices that shoe companies, mostly used to work as they normally do and very reluctant to give up this old habits in favour of an unknown and unpredictable future, very seldom seem to be willing to abandon.

MICAM Shoevent ends with More than 38 Thousand Visitors
Image38,773 professionals in the footwear sector visited MICAM ShoEvent, the international trade fair dedicated to top- and middle/top-of-the-range footwear organised by ANCI, the National Association of Italian Footwear Manufacturers, which opened its doors from 26th to 29th February at the Milanese trade fair centre in Rho. "This edition” comments the chairman of ANCI, Vito Artioli, in conclusion, “registered a drop in attendance figures, and especially those from Italy.
Technologies for the Manufacturing Process

Having outlined the most relevant technologies available today to support the design process, we now focus our attention on the manufacturing of the shoes. If giving a complete description of what are the possibilities and detailed functionalities of the design tools, was a complex task, summarizing in a few pages the whole range of diverse technologies that enter into the manufacturing phase is virtually impossible.

MODACALZADO + IBERPIEL Concluded Its Twenty-first Edition
ImageMadrid´s International Footwear and Leather Fashion Trade Fair, staged its twenty-first edition between 7th and 9th March within a climate of moderate optimism. This fair, which is considered to be one of the most important trade events for the industry in Europe, brought together the Autumn-Winter 2008/09 Collections of some 540 exhibiting companies at this edition. Some 423 of these companies were Spanish and 117 were foreign...
Technologies for the Design Process

In order to start dealing with the technologies that are used in this process, we must give a definition of where its boundaries are; by design process of a shoe we mean the sequence of phases and operations that go from the first style concept of a new footwear, through its complete design (engineering of the shoe), to prototyping its components, making the first samples and running preliminary production batches to accurately estimate time and costs of production. These various operations, possibly iterated a few times and repeated for each new product and for each new collection, define the so called “product development”  process. We will not go in details in describing the goals and nature of each of those activities; we will rather concentrate on listing the most relevant technologies that are nowadays available to support this part of the work.

Düsseldorf’s Shoe Fair Trio Continues Upswing

ImageThe upswing of the Düsseldorf trio of shoe trade fairs drawing to a close on Sunday – GDS/GLS and global shoes & accessories 14 from 16 March – has continued. The three days of the trade fair were characterised by a busy, satisfied mood, good turnover, avid interest in the presented trends and, above all, packed stands. Compared to the previous year’s event the number of visitors was up by approximately three percent – with 34,000 visitors...

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