Jet off to Dubai next month for the world’s biggest trade event focused on leather goods

APLF Hong Kong 2019

If you’re looking to source new leather goods for your boutique, a trip to Dubai this March could be a worthy investment. World-leading leather trade show APLF is hosting a one-off edition at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 30 March – 1 April following a three-year hiatus. The event, which has been established for over 30 years, last took place in Hong Kong in 2019 where it’s due to return for 2023.

Visitors will be able source one of the most comprehensive ranges of small leather goods in the world alongside raw sourcing materials.

All three APLF fairs – Leather, Materials+ and Fashion Access – will take place concurrently across five halls covering the entire global supply chain of leather, tanning and manufacturing.

APLF Hong Kong 2019

Organisers estimate around 500 exhibitors will take part covering 20,000 square meters of exhibition space. Visitors will be able to peruse 15 national pavilions from countries including Brazil, Egypt, France, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, UK and USA.

The show also collates the latest trend forecasts and offers business-focused seminars. Visitors will be able to attend a range of events at the show, including:

  • Future Trends in a Post-Covid Leather Industry – 29 March (PM)

Co-organised with International Leather Maker, topics include tanning with bio-based chemicals, deforestation, biodegradability of leather, image of leather and the consumer, animal welfare and reducing the carbon footprint of leather.

  • Leather Naturally Breakfast meeting – 31 March (AM)

Leather Naturally will give an update about LN and Metcha Campaign

  • Global Footwear Executive Summit – 31 March (PM)
    With the support from, topics covered at this summit will include how digital technology will impact design, manufacturing, logistics and sales of footwear. Plus, why prices of footwear have risen during the pandemic and sustainability – an issue that concerns all major brands, marketing and consumers in the 21 century.

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Buyers can find out more information about Travelling to Dubai during COVID-19 here.

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