All of the Honorary Leather Graduates at this week’s ceremonies studied last century and some come from the days when leather teaching in the UK had three Campuses. Leeds University, Leathersellers in London and Northampton. It was in the 70s when they all got combined into the British School of Leather Technology in what was [...]
It is with sadness we were informed of the passing away of Leather Technology alumnus Akram Zaman on Saturday 19 April 2014.
The University of Northampton and the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) would like to recognise not only his support for the University of Northampton through philanthropy but also his passion and commitment [...]
It feels like we have been trying to replace water as the vital fluid in tanning fir decades. Dyeing with the Swiss Multimac machine was just a typical example of many ideas intended to avoid leather having to processed in an aqueous bath. The patent for this was applied for in 1986. I last saw [...]
While we like to think of leather as the only worldwide business at the University of Northampton this is a long way from the truth. From podiatrists in Hong Kong to lift engineers in every country which has tall buildings Northampton trained staff are to be found. Waste management has big programmes in Africa and [...]
The move to the new campus by the University appears to be moving steadily on and is now looking like it really is a reality. The Leather Industry Advisory Committee, which is a curiously useful body linking industry with the University went for a look at the new site the other day.
For those of [...]
I do not know how many times over about the last thirty years I have stood in the balcony of a room at the Addis Hilton to look of the town. The sounds and the smells are just the same but two big differences stand out. Nearly all the tin houses in the shanty town [...]
Alumni will be well aware that leather frequently comes under attack from a variety of pressure groups who attack leather creating their narrative by using and mixing selective truths, errors and often what seem like deliberate lies. The latest attack on UGG boots is typical, and whether you like or hate them from a fashion [...]
This morning I sat in a very ancient church just behind the Bank of England and observed an annual event that has been going on for at least 375 years. We installed Alderman Alison Gowman as the Master of the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London. 1638 was the year that the Worshipful Company of [...]
Given that for much of Europe Africa is a fairly recent discovery it is not surprising that the concept of birds migrating thousands of miles in the winter is the result of fairly recent discoveries. In the last few years finding birds in various parts of Africa gave us some clues, but which birds were [...]
It’s Sunday and I’m in Shanghai. It used to be that whenever you went to a leather show you would start meeting people you knew at the departure gate, or later when lounges became common in the airline lounge. But times have changed. Our industry has restructured and large segments have relocated. In some areas [...]