In 1992 Vijay Sharma started his company BN Enterprises in a small shed. Today it occupies three state of the art manufacturing plants covering some 50,000 sq ft and its wares, ranging from sleek separates for men and women to bags large and small, are supplied to leading fashion brands in Scandinavia, central Europe and South America.
The New Delhi-based, family-run company headed by its founder, can also boast some of the world’s best leather craftsmen – not surprising in a country where leather production began around 5,000 years ago and is now globally renowned for its fine materials and workmanship.
That expertise will be on vibrant display at the Footwear & Leather Show Australia where 23 of India’s leading leather companies will present their latest collections at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from November 15-17, 2022.
Among the industry leaders exhibiting at the Indian Pavilion will be Klodennex, widely admired for its finely crafted bags and accessories, and based in Kanpur, financial capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh. At Klodennex’s well-appointed manufacturing plant, 250 expert craftsmen combine manual and hi-tech skills to fill clients’ orders from countries including Italy, Germany, France, Australia and Canada.
Also headquartered in Kanpur is IK International which offers 30 years’ experience and an in-house team of designers and craftsmen who specialize in jackets, bags, belts and bracelets – the latter distinguished by intricate braiding, contrasting leathers and studded detail.
Elahi Exim, based in Kolkata, filled its first order in 1992 for a small leather goods firm in Germany. It is now an international favourite whose well-deserved reputation for excellence lies in its made-to-order luggage, bags and accessories. “Every customer receives individual attention and customized service,” notes Elahi Exim.
Generations of expertise have fuelled leather footwear specialist, R. S. Parkash Associates which supplies clients on four continents. The Mumbai-based company produces ranges for men and children, though the undoubted showstoppers are the collections for women – sensuous, ornate and often featuring handcrafted embellishments.
The 23 companies will exhibit at the Council for Leather Exports (CLE), India, pavilion. Typically the industry follows sustainable, eco-friendly practices and ethical codes such as REACH which certifies that a product is compliant with the European Union’s regulations on issues including restricted chemicals.
The CLE, sponsored by India’s Ministry for Commerce & Industry, has been leading delegations to the Footwear & Leather Show Australia since the fair’s inception in 2015 – a reflection of the sector’s importance to the Indian economy.
Thanks to an abundance of quality raw materials, skilled artisans and innovative technology, India is the world’s second-largest producer of footwear and leather garments.
EVENT: FOOTWEAR & LEATHER SHOW AUSTRALIA
DATES: TUESDAY 15 – THURSDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2022
VENUE: MELBOURNE CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE