The Ethiopian leather industry is putting in a stellar performance and has grown its exports by between US$60 – US$80 million in the first half of the current financial year according to provisional data.
Spanish footwear exports reached a record figure of €2.26 billion in 2013 which is a 10.3% increase over the performance in 2012. The Spanish Footwear Federation (FICE) classifies this figure as “very positive” although it noted that in the final quarter of the year growth had slowed a little.
Cashmere. Just the word conjures images of sophistication. Like caviar and pearls, the fiber has humble beginnings. Who would think that the hair on the underbelly of the Mongolian goat would be in such high demand? But it has been for centuries, and because there is relatively little of it and because processing costs are high, it has traditionally been an indulgence.