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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.2 No.27, July 11, 2016

S&V Footwear and Leather Goods / S&V African Leather/ S&V Protect

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Galabiss takes over Fanci-Form

Pinetown (SA) – Fernand Vandenheede of mould maker Galabiss cc has taken over last maker Fanci-Form cc after buying out his siblings, Leo and Linda Vandenheede. The deal took place in June.
The Fanci-Form numbers have been dropped and contact is via Galabiss. Further information to follow. – [+27 (0)31 701 9526,]


Umbro sponsors resurrected Cape Town City FC

Cape town (SA) – Umbro SA has become the official kit supplier for the resurrected Cape Town City FC, one of the leading clubs in the defunct National Football League of the 1960s and 70s, and now part of the PSL.
In a joint release last week, CTCFC and Umbro described the deal as a long-term partnership, starting with immediate effect.
“The resurgence of the iconic Cape Town City Football Club is a perfect fit for Umbro, which has been involved in football’s most iconic moments around the globe,” said Umbro brand manager Tristan Karakashian. “Partnering with Cape Town City FC for the new season and beyond was a mutually beneficial decision for both parties on many levels and is a partnership that will grow from strength to strength.” CTCFC is owned by John Comitis.



DTI extends Zim mission application date

Durban (SA) – he DTI has extended the deadline for applications to take part in the November trade mission to Zimbabwe from this Friday to July 26, according to SAFLEC. The mission will take place from November 7-11.

From 26 to 28 July 2016 Düsseldorf will see over 740 brands feature at GDS – Global Destination for Shoes & Accessories as well as an additional 170 exhibitors at tag it! – The Private Label Show. For the first time now both shows will run from Tuesday to Thursday, opening on each day from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm. The new sequence of days for the event will also be rolled out to the coming winter edition of the fairs from 7 to 9 February 2017.
Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, CEO at Messe Düsseldorf, is satisfied with exhibitor numbers in view of the current market climate: “740 brands will be showcasing their new collections at GDS. This means we continue to offer a unique range: here retailers can gather comprehensive information on all market segments and there is also a varied supporting programme.”  



Johannesburg (SA) – From Brian Pollock, Jordan Shoes
My final departure date has arrived and I exit Jordan on 29th July.
Retirement is not going to be easy for me, especially since I am still so passionate about the footwear industry.
45+ years in the industry, and what great years they have been.
  I would like to wish you well. The footwear industry is not for the faint hearted!
Hopefully for the workforce and all concerned the shoe industry will once more take its rightful place as a leading role player in South Africa.



They Said It

"The United States safety footwear market has only recently recognized the benefits of injected footwear. The good Chinese manufacturers produce quality injected safety footwear and are able to handle large volumes. The result is that they are very busy with American orders causing 3 to 4 month lead times for us. This hasn’t affected the cheap end of the market." - Gavin Cooke, MD, Rebel Safety Gear

"Hi Tony. Sorrrrrrry…" - Retailer Magrietha Spangenberg of Eyesele & Fouchee in Kathu, who sent an email chasing payment to the wrong Tony in her address book. Her original email was very polite: "Attached is your invoice for July… PLEASE pay the amount on your invoice. You make it very difficult for the book keeping."


Reader request 1

I'm looking for a manufacturer that can supply 100-150 pairs of vellies and 100-150 pairs of leather sandals (plakkies) per month on a regular basis. – Rean Pelser [+27 (0)72 827 2414,]


Reader request 2

George (SA) – Uniforms of George is looking for 29 pairs of women’s leather upper/PU sole comfort shoes priced around R173/pair. The size breakdown is 16 x size 4, 9 x size 5, 2 x size 6 and 2 x size 7. – Tracy Huntly [+27 (0)44 874 6739,]


Reader request 3

Johannesburg (SA) – Dee Whayte of Tshikiza Apparel has further requests:
Would you be able to also help me with referrals to reputable manufacturers who do textile uppers with stick - on rubber units that look like sneakers please? We would probably supply the textiles for the uppers. As well as textile Ankle boots with a little heel for ladies? And Brogues or Loafers - Unisex if possible? I have enquiries for all those styles and would love to make it all out of Durban - thinking of moving down there next year if it all goes well with our interactions this year! – [+27 (0)71 284 3913,,]


ABSA Agri Trends 28/06: Hides & skins prices

The average hide price over the pastweek was R15.25/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies. The average price for Dorper skins was R55.42/skin and Merino was R94.23/skin.

Hide & skin price progression
Date Hides/Kg Dorper/Skin Merino Skin
27/11 13.11 78.75 71.11
15/01 13.45 83.13 84.89
22/01 13.79 82.50 79.79
29/01 13.93 84.44 79.17
05/02 14.18 79.00 85.37
12/02 14.35 79.17 93.27
23/02 13.76 76.50 96.02
01/03 14.09 68.93 94.00
08/03 14.20 67.50 93.29
29/03 13.85 63.85 88.37
05/04 14.15 64.55 87.92
12/04 14.21 64.55 99.17
10/05 14.66 60.00 91.08
17/05 14.50 60.77 92.41
31/05 14.60 54.09 89.48
07/06 15.01 60.42 99.13
14/06 15.08 58.00 87.27
21/06 15.11 56.50 92.27


Birthdays this week

11/07/1975: Cassim Dawjee, Moola’s Fashion House, Newcastle.
11/07/1964: Hafiza Shaikh, Amshu Dist, Greytown.
11/07/1945: Maureen Liebenberg, retired, formerly Barker Footwear, Cape Town.
12/07/1970: Guy Blake, agent, Cape Town.
12/07/1950: Ivor Cohen, agent, Cape Town.
13/07/1954: Peter Handley, Coventry Shoes, Durban.
14/07/1971: Laurence Lotzoff, Dale Footwear, Johannesburg.
14/07/1969: Veronica Clausen (nee Haupt), Clicka Heels, Johannesburg.
15/07/1933: Joe Powell, retired, formerly Footwork, Trafalgar.
15/07/1971: Philipp Rein, Rein Tanning, Mossel Bay.
16/07/1974: Marisca Ras, The Health Shoe Shop, Pretoria.
16/07/1956: AR Noorbhai, Razno Agencies, Johannesburg.
16/07/1954: Lex Devlin, emigrated, formerly ACA Threads, PE.


In Memoriam this week

12/07/2015: Hessen Bernado (b. 19/07/1959), Bagshaw Footwear, Port Elizabeth.
16/07/2004: Frederick (Fred) Howard (b. 16/02/1918), King Tanning Company [closed], King William’s Town.

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