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SGS and Footwear Distributers and Retailers of America (FDRA) are joining forces to bring you Leather 360º: A complete look at Leather from Tanning to Retail.


Mar 05, 2015, 10:00


Mar 05, 2015, 15:30

This five and a half hour Workshop is designed to help sourcing managers, brand managers and quality control professionals better understand all things leather - helping them make better decisions on leather types for shoes, belts, and bags as well as the quality and price.


9:30 am: Registration Opens

10:00 am: Leather 101

  • Hide and Leather Types
  • Regional Leather Profiles
  • Life Cycle & Manufacturing
  • Hide Treatments
  • Tanning Processes

11:00 am Break

11:10 am Sourcing, Quality & Costs - Interactive Session

        - Material samples at various stages of the manufacturing process (raw, limed, wet blue, crust, finished)

        - Hands-on session looking at different leather types (aniline, semi-aniline, pigmented, etc.

  • Leather Characteristics
  • Tanning Errors & Quality Control
  • Cost Considerations
  • Leather Sourcing Challenges
  • Hide Purchase Assistance
  • Navigating Customer Complaints and Their Causes

12:30 pm Lunch (Provided)

1:15 pm Leather & Legal

  • Laws on Chemicals Used in Leather Processing & Manufacturing
  • US Labeling Laws
  • Leather Footwear Customs Classification
  • Navigating NGO Initiatives

3:30 pm Closing


Space is Limited - Register today! 

Date:  Thursday, March 5, 2015

Time:  10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Wolverine Worldwide Offices

                  191 Spring Street

                  Lexington, MA 02420


Non-Members: $175

FDRA Members and SGS Clients:  $125