Meeting Fred Shortland

It was 35 years ago when I first met Fred Shortland wandering about in Mexico. I was working in El Salvador for ADOC, one of my best ever employers and still a great company and Fred was in the chemical supply industry. So it was quite amazing to meet him again after what must have been at least 15 years at the Lineapelle Trend show in London. This was an excellent little set up as a small number of Italian tanners and textile producers were given access to design students and designers who were attracted by both the stands and fashion forecast presentations. In a difficult economic environment and excellent idea, in some ways like the old road shows Stahl used to do in the UK or when Clarks used to invite a few tanners to show in a hotel in Street.

Anyway meeting Fred, an alumnus of course, was an unexpected benefit of going along, and it is good to see that he is still in business. Hopefully we will see more of him as the centenary events unfold.

Sidelined

So while Fred was in rude health some of you will know that I am now trying to type this on my back as I have had to have quite serious spinal surgery after a car accident on the way to Heathrow. For 48 hours it looked like I might get away with it but the CT scans and x-Rays showed one vertebra broken in three and not inclined to heal correctly. So my back is full of titanium nuts and bolts holding the bits correctly together and I am flat on my back for the foreseeable future. I will still be working and in touch, as well as writing the blog, but I will not be at APLF and Lineapelle is looking doubtful. Very many thanks to all those who have been so kind as to call and send good wishes.

Anyway the invites are out for the Corium Club event in Hong Kong on the 31st and if you are going to be there you must attend, as it will be a famous event.

The fair itself is going to be important as many people are attending in order to gauge the state of trade and how the industry is going to look in six and twelve months time. Some good seminars have been organised.

Mike Redwood

5th March 2009

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