Attire Accessories - Mar/Apr 2018 (Issue 69)

10 ATTIRE FIND OUT ABOUT ALL THE LATEST FROM THE FASHION ACCESSORIES INDUSTRY IN OUR REGULAR NEWS ROUND-UP Industry news Lakeland Leather launches wholesale division Lakeland Leather, the UK’s largest independent leather goods retailer, has announced it will be sharing its buying power and expertise with other retailers as it launches a new wholesale division in April. April is an exciting month for the company, as it will also be exhibiting at its first trade show, the INDX Accessories Show, where it will be launching its wholesale offer with handbags, luggage and small leather goods. Selling over 30,000 jackets, 50,000 handbags and 100,000 small leather goods each year, all through its 15 stores, Lakeland Leather welcomes over two million shoppers annually. The company is understandably protective of its leather quality, buying much of the leather ‘in the raw’ so it can ensure its tanned exactly as it likes. Lakeland Leather likes to keep its leather natural (Aniline) due to consumer desire to not have heavily pigmented finishes. Together with strong branding and point of sale materials, the company has a compelling package for retailers in 2018.The company also has leather jackets in development for later this year on a wholesale basis. For more information call +44(0)1539 439 039 or visit SLOWWALK LAUNCHES FIRST VEGAN SNEAKER RANGE Footwear brand Slowwalk has launched its first vegan footwear collection, the new Teemo Rinnova sneakers, made from corn skin. This innovate capsule collection has been made in the traditional way in Elche, city of footwear, in a manual process reducing CO2 emissions. An exclusive and limited edition shoe collection, the products are manufactured with a new material that is 100 percent vegetal and organic, obtained from the non-edible part of the corn.The material allows vegans and non-vegans alike a wealth of design options, colour combinations, and exotic kaleidoscopic prints of boho inspiration, Indian mandalas, borders inspired in Riviera Maya, totems and plumes of American natives. Like all the creations from the brand, Teemo Rinnova has a natural recycled rubber sole obtained from other rubber soles. In addition to being sustainable the range is comfortable thanks to its flexibility, shock-absorbing capacity and anatomic design. The range is certified Vegan Approved and Animal Free by PETA. Visit AnchorCert Group appoints new sales director Steve Hamon AnchorCert Group, including Assay Office Birmingham, has announced the appointment of Steve Hamon as new Sales Director. Steve joins the company with more than 17 years’ experience as a senior sales and business development professional, including more than four years leading the UK and Eire Product Division for global testing laboratory Intertek and more than five years managing the BSI (British Standards Institution) Engineering, Testing and Kitemark divisions. Since his appointment, Steve has been working closely with the senior management and executive team to understand the complexities of the jewellery industry, as well as familiarise himself with AnchorCert Group’s divisions and services. Chief Executive and Assay Master Doug Henry says, “We are really pleased to welcome Steve into our team and we know that the trade will welcome him as warmly too. It’s a great industry to work in as I have discovered myself, so I am sure Steve will find it as rewarding as I do. “Steve’s experience within the testing and certification sectors will be a valuable asset for AnchorCert Group. We have some exciting new products in the pipeline and Steve will be integral in delivery of these, as well as continuing the growth of our core businesses.” Visit