World Footwear

Interview

Lenzing: a circular economy requires more innovation and collaboration

Premium ContentMar 24, 2022 / Austria
We spoke with Florian Heubrandner, Vice President Global Textiles Business at Lenzing AG, and Birgit Schnetzlinger, Head of Functional Wear Segment, to better understand how sustainability helped the company become a global technology leader in fibres’ production and discuss a more sustainable future for the industry

Matt Priest: the US footwear industry is resilient and agile

Premium ContentMar 4, 2022 / United States
We have spoken to Matt Priest, who is the President & CEO of the Footwear Distributor & Retailers of America, to discuss in detail the achievement of the 100.7 billion US dollars record on consumer demand for shoes in 2021. We have also ventured into the future, going over the main concerns for the US footwear industry, such as rising inflation (7.5% in January), additional duties on Chinese consumers goods, but also the opportunities on the horizon

Anna Yona: we all need to be part of the solution

Feb 14, 2022 / Germany
We have spoken to Anna Yona who founded the German company Wildling Shoes alongside her husband, Ran Yona, in 2015, to find out a bit more about its innovative concept of healthy shoe and how one original idea grew into a brand awarded for its design and quality standards

New Generation: meet Teresa Bettencourt

Jan 21, 2022 / Portugal
Teresa Bettencourt launched the Portuguese handbags brand Manjerica in 2012, inspired by the memories of her homeland, the Azores. Manjerica stands out for the conscious design, the choice of raw materials and the connection with the local production

Roberto Vago (ASSOMAC): sustainability is not a marketing idea, but a realistic idea

Premium ContentJan 20, 2022 / Italy
Today, we bring the highlights of a conversation with Roberto Vago, Managing Director of Assomac, the National Association of Footwear, Leathergoods and Tanning Technologies' Manufacturers in Italy. We have talked about the impacts of COVID-19, sustainability and Industry 4.0, amongst other topics

Imanol Martinez (FICE): sustainability is an opportunity for producers in Southern Europe

Premium ContentJan 13, 2022 / Spain
Today we bring you the second part of a conversation with Imanol Martinez, Marketing Director of FICE, the Federation of Spanish Footwear Industries. Learn his views on sustainability and challenges of the footwear industry as we are coming out of the COVID-19 crisis

Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags ready to open its doors

Premium ContentJan 10, 2022 / Italy
Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags is set to safely welcome more than 500 exhibitors, representing over 32 countries worldwide, in the second event in-person since the outbreak of the pandemic, which will be held from the 15th to the 18th of January. The guarantee comes from Roberto Pellegrini, Chairman of Riva del Garda Fierecongressi, and Alessandra Albarelli, General Manager of Rival del Garda Fierecongressi, with whom we have spoken to anticipate the exhibition, but also discuss the future of the industry

Imanol Martinez (FICE): work that would be done in 4 years was done in 6 months

Premium ContentJan 6, 2022 / Spain
Today we share with you the first part of a conversation with Imanol Martinez, Marketing Director of FICE, the Federation of Spanish Footwear Industries. Amongst other topics, we talked about the COVID-19 crisis and its impacts in the footwear industry

New Generation: meet Bernardo and Otília

Dec 30, 2021 / Portugal
The creation of 8000kicks resembles a film plot: it all began when Bernardo thought about creating a shoe from cannabis leaves. The idea, however, only took shape when he shared it with his grandmother, Otília, who has more than 50 years of experience in the textile sector

Matthias Rosenthal from TÜV SÜD talks about the industry, sustainability and the global value chain

Premium ContentDec 16, 2021 / Germany
We spoke with Matthias Rosenthal, who has taken the position of Vice President Consumer Products (CPS) for TÜV SÜD’s Business Line Softlines back in March, becoming responsible for the sustainable and profitable development of Softlines globally

New Generation: meet Pedro Pereira

Dec 2, 2021 / Portugal
Pedro Pereira represents the second generation of the Portuguese company of woman's footwear Reve de Flo. Having grown up in the world of footwear, he opted to join the company after finishing his studies, where he explored in-depth the industry and its strategic goals

Manfred Junkert: we will have a higher percentage of ecommerce in our business

Premium ContentNov 18, 2021 / Germany
Today we bring the first part of our conversation with Manfred Junkert, Managing Director of HDS/L: Federal Association of the German Footwear and Leather Goods Industry. We have discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the footwear industry in Germany, and debated what were the main changes coming out of this crisis

New Generation: meet João Azevedo

Oct 25, 2021 / Portugal
João Azevedo grew up in Sintra, near the sea. After studying and working in the United States, he returned to Portugal with the idea of creating an environmentally friendly slippers brand. In 2015, Cima Sandals was born

New Generation: meet Isabel Henriques da Silva and José Maria Reffois

Oct 18, 2021 / Portugal
Isabel and José are the faces behind JAK Shoes. Founders of the OFFICINA Lisboa project, in 2014 the duo created a unisex and sustainable brand. After Porto, a new store was now opened in Lisbon

The pandemic led to a higher global attention for the Turkish footwear industry

Premium ContentOct 4, 2021 / Turkey
We spoke with Berke iÇTEN, recently appointed President of the Footwear Industrialists Association of Turkey (TASD), and have discussed the current state and future challenges of the footwear industry in Turkey and in the global scene
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