Making the most of the Hong Kong Leather Show

University of Northampton Students at the APLF Leather Show in Hong Kong
University of Northampton Students at the APLF Leather Show in Hong Kong

In recent years we have become used to meeting students on the University stand at the APLF leather show in Hong Kong. While the European shows in Milan and Paris are important in global terms Hong Kong still remains pre-eminent and is great venue to meet the international leather industry in ways not possible in the European cities,

The students attend as Ambassadors and get a chance to attend the Corium Club cocktail party and the UKLF/Leathersellers party at the Hong Kong Club where they can meet alumni and other industry executives informally.  There have been instances where some of these meetings have led to job offers, further evidence of a shortage of good technical staff entering the industry and the steadily rising reputation of Northampton graduates.

Some of the students get assistance with travel from Leathersellers grants and steadily this presence has become a routine that everyone benefits from.  Seeing the leather industry via a trade fair, meeting executives and alumni and seeing and Asian city all add up to a superb experience for students entering the industry..

Hopefully this involvement will continue for many years.

Mike Redwood
20th April 2017

One Reply to “Making the most of the Hong Kong Leather Show”

  1. Dear Professor Redwood,
    I read with interest your article on UK Law and the terminology of synthetic leather. My company, Sommers Plastics, in NJ USA, began in the 1940’s when plastic was not even a glimmer in my dad’s eyes. He was first to introduce continuous, calendared PVC (manufactured in Germany-a difficult marketing challenge!). Later, when expanded PVC, more supple and “leather-like,” was invented it’s popularity for mass-produced handbags, belts, footwear and clothing quickly took off. Bonded leather, which incorporated reprocessed particles of hides can also be a misleading term. Yes, the market adopted confusing names for this plastic material- sponge leather, pleather, and recently vegan leather. I agree with your consensus that many labels are indeed confusing, misleading or even purposely used as sales incentives. However, the trend toward artificial leather (perhaps that is the most accurate adjective) is real and growing. Thus, the popular usage of descriptive terms are unavoidable, legality notwithstanding. In fact, the term “pleather” was coined by a department store sales manager for the new style of handbag they began selling. Thank you for elucidating this matter.
    To learn more about Sommers please visit
    Fred Schecter

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