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APLF Leather & Materials+ & Fashion Access 2017 -- Onsite Events & Activities

2017-03-14 15:40

HONG KONG, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- APLF offers educational onsite events of commercial benefit to exhibitors and visitors of its upcoming APLF Leather & Materials+ and Fashion Access fairs. These include seminars, conferences, materials and trend displays that are interesting, even inspirational, and which create a complete fair experience.


This year's APLF fairs are no exception and here follows a brief description of some of the returning events and new ones for APLF participants.

Design Challenges in a Changing World
Design Challenges in a Changing World

Design Challenges in a Changing World

David Shah, Publisher and CEO at Metropolitan Publishing BV, renowned for its publications: Textile View, View2, Viewpoint, Viewpoint Design, Viewpoint Colour, and PantoneView Colour Planner, unravels the multiple strands governing trends such as "faster than fast" fashion, millennial consumer idiosyncrasies, the fitness craze bringing rise to performance fabrics and the athleisure phenomenon, among other. This is a not-to-be-missed presentation by a noted futurologist who will help envision what lies ahead for the world of fashion. Sign up here to attend.

Other Seminars

Jane Singer of Inside Fashion, Hong Kong holds three marketing seminars on the following topics:

  1. "New Developments in Knitting for the Footwear Industry, Especially for Uppers"
  2. "Strategies for Building Profitable Brands"
  3. "Core Consumer Attitudes that Will Impact Retail Sales in 2017"                               

SATRA Technology UK presents a seminar on:  "Supporting Product development from Concept to Customers" that will illustrate the importance of devising a realistic and practical validation process for a new material, product, production process or application, with case histories.

Complimentary media entry is available here.

Two Major Annual Conferences

The annual conference programme at APLF has developed into a self-contained module over the years to complement the core activity of the trade fair.

The Global Footwear Retail Conference (GFRC) holds its third edition on 30 March from 10:00 am -- 01:00 pm. This year's conference will have as its main segments the following topics:

  • Political choices reshaping the world: what impact on the footwear retail industry?
  • Disruptive technologies in footwear retail: Virtual Reality, Live streaming, 3D printing. Will they bring customers back to the stores or keep them home?
  • Footwear consumer's preferences: key trends from Athleisure to Smart shoes distilled by GFRC's experts.

Presenting companies include Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA), ATOM Group, French Federation of Footwear, Global Footwear Partnerships LLC, Fashionmiiand more. Learn more about the full programme here and register now for complimentary media entry. For other media enquiries, please contact Ms. Kennise Pang, Senior Marketing Communications Executive at . 

The Sustainability in the Leather Supply Chain Conference takes place on the same day from 12:00 noon - 05:30 pm.

This year's event will concentrate on the lifecycle of products with sustainability and innovation being key themes. Discussions on effective supply chain mapping, recent developments of the multi-brand ZDHC, alternative materials, innovation in chemistry and animal welfare will be featured. The conference is organised by APLF and the British Leather Council (BLC) and sponsored by Stahl (Platinum), Lanxess (Gold), Micro-Pak and PrimeAsia (Bronze) with ILM as Media Sponsor.

Other Activities & Services
Other Activities & Services

Other Activities & Services

Design-A-Bag Online Competition This year there are 160 design entries from young and up-and-coming designers across 26 countries and regions including Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Colombia, Estonia, France, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR), India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States & Vietnam.

Three finalists will present their design prototype at Fashion Access for overall winner judging. For more details, please visit: .

APLF Leather Workshops offer the opportunity to visitors to learn leathercraft, under the expert guidance of seasoned craftsmen. the tools used and how best to use the materials at hand.  Last Year's programme included workshops on Small Leather Goods and Leather Cardholders which proved extremely popular.

Areas of inspiration
Areas of inspiration

Areas of inspiration

Fashion Trends Space for Fall-Winter 2017/18 & Material Trends Space for Spring-Summer 2018 -- both of these areas are inspirational to designers and help fashion buyers make purchasing decisions based on the styles and materials presented.

The Material Tends Space, located at Concourse 1D at APLF Leather, features leather and other materials provided by exhibitors. Fashion Trends Space is at Concourse 3C of Fashion Acces

Fashion Access is the best place for emerging fashion brands

Fashion Access is the best place for emerging fashion brands
Fashion Access is the best place for emerging fashion brands

Fashion Avenue, a section within Fashion Access dedicated to brands, features over 40 up-and-coming brands from different parts of the world including Brazil, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Madagascar, South Africa,Taiwan, Thailand and USA at Debuting this year are Sea and Ocean, Skyking Creations, Daniela Moda, Leaves Co., Raw Create, Flink Korea, Extra Leather, Mintsa and Bravohandbags.

Design Street at Fashion Access

New in Fashion Access is the "Design Street", an area promoting design creativity primarily from Asia, mostly Korea and Hong Kong. It showcases the latest collections of fashion accessories and small leather goods by young, upcoming designers. New this year are Asia Spot, L.T.L.Craftsman of J Motif Co., Alice Martha and General AD. Not to be missed if a buyer is seeking originality.

With the continuing strategic collaboration between UBM and Alibaba B2B, APLF 2017 exhibitors are given an additional digital experience through the Exhibitor Showcase, an Online-to-Offline-to-Online (or O2O2O) Sourcing Platform. Through the Exhibitor Showcase, all participating exhibitors are given online product and company showrooms to showcase up to 50 products each, allowing buyers to search and view their listings, contact the exhibitors before the exhibition and place orders online during and after the exhibition. Since the launch of this sourcing platform on 24 January 2017, it has successfully drawn the attention from overseas buyers. According to an informal survey, many participating exhibitors have already received enquiries from overseas buyers and now in the process of following up with leads. For more details of the Exhibitor Showcase, please visit the APLF Exhibitor Showcase on

Media registration now open

Register for a complimentary press badge to access the 2 shows. The Organisers strongly recommend that you register as soon as possible to ensure that you do not miss the key APLF Press Conference held on the morning of 29 March where important announcement could be made as well as the ACLE Press Conference held on 30 March.

For more information, please visit and

Notes to Editors

About APLF Limited (
APLF Ltd is a joint venture between SIC Group and UBM Asia. For over two decades, Hong Kong-based APLF Ltd has been providing the global leather and fashion industries with its most important meeting and trading place.

About SIC Group (
SIC Group has been organising international professional events since 1926 for companies working in the leather sector. Its role is to support businesses in their development and offer them work platforms in areas of the world with high potential. With four shows organised each year, SIC Group and its partners can take advantages of expertise that is unique in the world.

About UBM Asia (
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 32 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with 230 events, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world's fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 12 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 events. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with 70 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise over 20 events every year across the country.

UBM Asia was awarded 'Asia's Most Reliable Trade Show Organizer Award' in Hong Kong's Most Valuable Companies Awards (HKMVCA) 2016.

About UBM plc (
UBM plc is a leading global B2B events organiser. Running over 350 events per year, UBM is the largest listed pure-play exhibitions organiser globally. We help businesses do business, bringing the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online and in print. Our 3,500 staff in more than 20 countries are organised into specialist teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business, and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to; for UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM.

For fair details, please contact:
Ms Perrine Ardouin, Director

For media enquiries, please contact:
Ms Kennise Pang, Senior Marketing Communications Executive

APLF Limited
17/F China Resources Building,
26 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel:    +852-2827-6211
Fax:   +852-3749-7346

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