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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.


Jul 08, 2015, 10:00


Jul 08, 2015, 15:30


Portland, United States

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

11:15 am: Break

11:30 am: Leather Sourcing and Supply Chain Issues

  • Input and Supply Chain Cost Considerations
  • Leather Sourcing Data, Analysis & Challenges

12:30 pm: Lunch (Provided)

1:15 pm: U.S. Customs and Leather

  • Leather Footwear Customs Classification Issues
  • US Labeling Laws

  1:30 pm: Leather Characteristics, Quality Control and Chemical Laws

  • Leather Characteristics (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.)

  • Tanning Errors & Quality Control
  • Laws on Chemicals Used in Leather Processing & Manufacturing

3:00 pm: Navigating Anti-Leather By NGO's & Public Activists

3:15 pm: Closing


Space is Limited - Register today!  

Date:  Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Time:  10:00 am – 3:15 pm PDT

Location: The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport

                   7265 SW Hazel Fern Rd.

                   Tigard, OR 98224


Non-Members: $175

FDRA Members and SGS Clients:  $125