If points were being given for arresting visuals, KD Orient would be well ahead of the pack. Dominating the homepage of the Mumbai company’s website is a sultry young beauty and her Bollywood beau wearing black leather jackets and denim jeans – and seemingly, little else.
The sexy teaser translates into solid offerings that will be presented at the Footwear and Accessories Show Australia, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, November 21-23.
Especially strong is KD Orient’s women’s collection with its sleek leather jackets, coats, pants and swing skirts that often feature details from quilting to embossing and come in a sophisticated palette that extends to wine red, taupe and aqua.
There will be a host of other attractions, from the decorative to the sturdily industrial, at the Council for Leather Exports (CLE) India, pavilion. Showing their latest ranges will be 19 companies from the world’s second-largest producer of leather footwear, garments and accessories.
Among the veterans is S.S. International, founded in Haryana, northern India, in 1987. Two generations on, the family business not only operates one of the country’s largest tanneries, covering 24,500 sq. metres, but manufactures smart leather collections for women and men – a vertical, in-house operation that ensures fast delivery and competitive prices, note the owners.
Also firmly established are Northern India’s Jak Group – it specializes in quality belts, wallets and bags, and is led by a dynamic, hands-on young trio of artisans – and two Kolkata-based companies. Alpha Overseas, launched in 1989, supplies some of Europe’s largest fashion retailers with finely detailed leather and faux leather garments. And Tarway, renowned for its leather bags and accessories for both sexes, adds further versatility with industrial safety products including gloves and welding jackets.
Fashion footwear will be a key category at the pavilion, reflecting India’s decades’- long expertise in the sector. For volume, few can compete with Mumbai’s D’Lords, which supplies more than 100 brands worldwide. Among its drawcards for Spring/Summer ’24 are elegantly crafted men’s dress shoes and colourful, fuss-free women’s casuals including espadrilles and cork sandals.
Other impressive footwear exhibitors include family-owned Mumbai company R.S. Parkash Associates which supplies some 15 countries with its ranges for men, women and children, and Uttar Pradesh-based Big Boon, whose cool casuals for men include premium leather loafers and Roman sandals.
Organiser, CLE, is sponsored by India’s Ministry for Commerce and Industry.
Visit the CLE India Pavilion at the Footwear & Accessories Show on 21 – 23 October 2023. Registration is free for those in the fashion industry.