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Footwear Industry News

Jono Mail joins Dangee Carken

Published: 19th Feb 2018

Johannesburg (SA) – Dangee Carken has appointed Jono Mail as the new brand manager for Roberto Morino.
       He has had 15 years’ experience in the footwear industry with Norton Wellworth Agencies brands Galeon and Senor Footwear and is second generation in the footwear industry.
       With Billy Mail being his father, he has been taught by the best in leather shoe design, and has a passion for quality leather shoes.
       He joined Dangee Carken on February 1 and is currently showing Winter 18. We believe that the demand for quality in leather footwear is on the rise and price being the most key factor which Roberto Marino is just that. Jono can be contacted on 082-379-4846.

Evox: Launch of leather sneaker range

Published: 19th Feb 2018

Durban (SA) – Angel Footwear is launching a new leather sneaker range under the label Evox. Antoine Lailvaux, the developer of this brand, describes them as "on trend fashion, whereby fashion styling and sports shoe technology hybridise to create an exciting segment of fashion footwear". - +27 (0)31 83 270 0256,

SARS task team: Further debate over reference pricing

Published: 5th Feb 2018
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor
Cape Town (SA) – The third meeting of the SARS Footwear and Leather Task Team takes place Tuesday. The team includes representatives from SARS, SAFLIA, the DTI, both unions, and other interested parties, including chain retailers. The likely focus of the discussions will be reference pricing for imported footwear, and specifically safety footwear.

UITIC: 95 applications to present papers indicates high level of global interest

Published: 5th Feb 2018
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor

Porto (Portugal) – 95 abstracts received during the Call for Papers reveal the increasing interest of the footwear industry for the UITIC Congress. The 20th edition of the International Technical Footwear Congress will take place in Porto from the 16th to the 18th of May.
       19 countries, representing the main worldwide footwear players, have presented their ideas for the in-room sessions of the UITIC Congress. China, India, Italy, Mexico, Portugal and Spain were the most represented countries in this Call for Papers open to all innovators from the worldwide footwear industry.
       An increasing number of countries with submissions when compared to the previous edition of the Congress (13 countries presented submissions for the last UITIC Congress in Chennai) reveals “the UITIC Congress is more and more interesting for the footwear community”, stated Françoise Nicolas, UITIC’s General Secretary and Coordinator of the Scientific Committee. Nicolas has no doubts: “We can consider the Call for Papers a great success!”.
       All the proposals will now be evaluated by the Scientific Committee and the results will be communicated before the end of February. A selection of 25 to 30 speeches will be delivered during the 20th UITIC Congress in Porto, subject to the following main topics:
- New products, new services linked to the consumers' needs;
- Intelligent development and manufacturing: towards a technological revolution;
- Sustainability, supply chain transparency and regulatory trends impacting on factories;
- Human centered factories and new way of management.
       Anticipating the atmosphere of the 20th UITIC Congress Françoise Nicolas declared: “It will be a great opportunity to meet relevant experts from the main footwear manufacturing areas, to have detailed information on the state of the innovations available and to get familiar with the main technological orientations for the footwear sector.


Bolton road show

Published: 5th Feb 2018
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor

Cape Town (SA) – Bolton will be launching its fourth seasonal road show this month in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. This will be followed by Free State, which will take place in early March, covering Welkom, Bethlehem and Ladybrand during a four day road trip. Our main objective for doing the road show is to allow our retailers the opportunity to view the entire product offering that Bolton has to offer, in one central location. Retailers are able to compare product and price points which are aligned with their consumer profiles. The Summer 2018 product which will be showcased will focus mainly on the imported categories with locally made product like Grasshoppers, Bronx and Barker to name a few.  Winter 2018 will also be available to allow for retailers who require March/April/May deliveries. Import  Brands like Olympic, Jordan and Renegade will be showcasing their Winter 2018 range, most  of which is ex-stock. The open invitation was e-mailed to our database of customers however if you prefer a one on one appointment, then please contact your Bolton agent for an appointment.

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