h. 10.30 AM – 11.30 AM


What is leather and how it is made – Steven Lange (University of Cincinnati)

Steve Lange

University of Cincinnati

Steve Lange graduated from Heidelberg College in Tiffin Ohio with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology with a strong concentration in Chemistry. His professional career started as an Analytical Chemist with a medical device testing firm followed by a six year term as the Analytical Chemist for Chrysler Motors Chemical Division in Trenton, Michigan. His entry into the fascinating world of leather started when he joined Seton Company in 1990 as Quality Assurance Manager. Over the course of 21 years with Seton, he worked in Quality in areas from the tannery to finishing and cutting and wrapping operations. His responsibilities included investigating and resolving customer problems, creation and maintenance of the ISO/TS 16949 quality system. From April 2011 to December 2013 He served as the Corporate Laboratory Manager for GST Autoleather based in Livonia, Michigan.

He joined the Leather Research Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati as Director in December 2013. As Director, he has expanded the capabilities of the laboratory by increasing staffing and acquiring sophisticated analytical equipment. He also restarted the very popular general leather technology and Customs educational courses which have since been attended by over 180 people. Under his leadership, the laboratory has created two new courses. One of which is designed to give participants a clear understanding of good quality control methods for tanneries while the other is a hands-on course that starts with raw hides and concludes with crust leather ready for finishing.

h. 10.30 AM – 11.30 AM


Leather: culture, history, legacy – Mike Redwood (Leather Naturally)

Mike Redwood

Leather Naturally

Mike Redwood has been a spokesperson for Leather Naturally since 2010. He trained as leather chemist, gaining practical experience as a technician in Italy. Subsequently he moved into general management but for some years has focused on Marketing and Innovation. He has worked extensively around the world and in a variety of sectors in the industry. He currently remains a part time Teaching Fellow in Marketing at the University of Bath, UK.

h. 10.30 AM – 11.30 AM


How leather is modern: different uses – Orietta Pelizzari (Lineapelle)

Orietta Pelizzari

Mattori Studio – Owner

Orietta Pelizzari is owner of Mattori Studio-Trend forecaster/consulting agency specialised in fashion and consumer trends, product development, retail and shopping experience and brand scouting for the fashion industry, it is based in Milan and active worldwide. Pelizzari is very knowledgeable about the Italian Fashion System and has shared her expertise as speaker in many renowned international seminars.

She has presented on the Italian fashion System at international seminars, some of her clienteles include:
Camera Nazionale Moda Italiana, Milan Fashion Week, Assocalzaturifici Italian Footwear Association. The Micam, Aimpes, Mipel, Ciceg, La Rinascente, Global Colour Research, Lineapelle, UNIC, T-Project, Massachusset Institute of technology, Assomoda, Italian Show Room association, Italian Buyer Chamber, NABA, Domus, Laureate Group, Camara Italiana, Storytalia, Hive show room, Tsinghua University, Ars Sutoria Trend Research, Hugo Boss, Diesel, China Fashion Association, China Fashion Week, Altagama, Canon Italy and many others.

h. 12.00 AM – 01.00 PM


Gustavo Gonzalez-Quijano

Secretary General COTANCE

Born in Stockholm (Sweden) in 1960, Gustavo Gonzalez-Quijano began his professional career in Brussels as an EU Lobbyist. He has been heading since 1987 the Brussels-based leather industry association COTANCE (national leather Trade Associations of 13 EU countries; over 90% of Europe’s leather production).

He is representative of the employers of the EU tanning industry in the Social Sector Dialogue,  chairman of the CEN TC 289 “Leather” (Standardisation) , chairman of the ESCO TEXTAN Reference Group (TCLF sector taxonomy), member of the Board of the EU TCLF Sector Skills Council and member of the UNIDO Leather & Leather Products Panel and of the FAO Sub-Group on Hides & Skins.

h. 12.00 AM – 01.00 PM


Leather and tanning: a success story on sustainability – S. Anna University of Pisa

Tiberio Daddi

S. Anna University of Pisa

Tiberio Daddi is Assistant Professor in Sustainability Management at S. Anna School of Advanced Studies a public University located in Pisa – Italy. His research interests and activities range from corporate environmental management to sustainable consumption and production, from environmental footprint and performance to circular economy.

He is project manager of relevant international projects funded mainly by European Commission, he has been involved as european projects evaluators, he is partner of Spin Off company of S. Anna University specialised in environmental management consultant activities, he is accredited as third party environmental auditor for ISO14001 and EMAS.

h. 12.00 AM – 01.00 PM


Leather as an innovative material – Federico Brugnoli (Lineapelle Innovation Square)

Federico Brugnoli

Lineapelle Innovation Square

Federico is an innovator and an entrepreneur. MSc in Environmental Sciences and Technologies at the University of Milan in 1997, he works with his teams to innovate and promote sustainable business models in Fashion, Luxury, Interior Design, Automotive and other important sectors. In his projects, he tries try to develop an integrated approach toward “innovative sustainability”, encouraging collaboration between large corporations and small and medium-sized businesses.
In other projects, he works alongside public authorities and the European Commission in developing develop and spread innovative skills in response to fast changing market needs. Federico has developed speci c technical skills among others in: Applied Research, Biotechnologies, Life Cycle Assessment, Life Cycle Costing, Corporate Social Responsibility, Risk Management, Technology Transfer.

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h. 02.30 PM – 04.30 PM


Ariane Duhaney

Parsons School for Design

Ari Duhaney is an up and coming designer and soon to be Parsons graduate. Upon graduation in May of 2019, she will be releasing her first collection under her brand, ARI500, which strives to provide environmentally friendly luxury leather goods with the intention of revolutionizing how consumers perceive and control their ecological impact. ARI500 is based in New York City, and produces all samples locally.

Her first handbag collection is designed around the Oculus Go, a virtual reality headset designed by Facebook for home entertainment. You can view the progress of her collection and more about ARI500’s ethos on Instagram @ari500.

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