Webinar: Exporting leather bags and accessories to Europe

Europe is one of the world's largest markets for leather bags and accessories; the import market is worth almost €8 billion. But it is not an easy market to enter. Competition is high, as are the requirements for quality, pricing and flexibility.

During this webinar, we will discuss the market opportunities for leather bags and accessories in Europe. We will address the following questions:

  • How is the European import market for leather goods developing? 
  • Which European countries offer the most opportunities and why?
  • Which leather-producing countries are most successful in Europe?
  • Which trends offer opportunities in the European leather goods market?
  • How is consumer buying behaviour changing?
  • What kind of requirements do European buyers of leather goods typically use? 
  • What are the sustainable production requirements?
  • How do you sell your product on the European market?

For whom?

The webinar is for business support organisations and entrepreneurs who:

  • are active in the apparel sector; and;
  • currently export leather goods to Europe or those who have the ambition to do so. 


10:30 – 10:35 CEST: Opening remarks and introduction to CBI (by Myrthe van der Gaast).
10:35 – 10:50 CEST: Overview of the European market for leather goods, in numbers (by Leontina Heffernan).
10:50 – 11:15 CEST: Opportunities, trends and innovations in the European market for leather goods (by Giovanni Beatrice).
11:15 – 11:30 CEST: Best practice: making leather production sustainable (by Pieter Brussaard).
11:30 – 12:00 CEST: Q&A and closing remarks.


Myrthe van der Gaast will host this webinar. Myrthe is programme manager for market intelligence at CBI.  Presenters include Leontina Heffernan, Pieter Brussaard and Giovanni Beatrice.

Leontina Heffernan

Leontina Heffernan, fashion industry expert

As a fashion industry expert, Leontina Heffernan supports Business Support Organisations (BSOs) and development programmes. She does this via statistical market research, project management, and by contributing to strategy and product and service development. She is interested in communities and how they are organised and communicate  on the macro industry level as well as on the micro organisational or team level.

Pieter Brussaard

Pieter Brussaard, sustainability expert

Pieter Brussaard has a long track record in the leather industry. He has worked for one of the Benelux's largest leather goods companies, both in sales and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Pieter now works as an independent consultant for projects on sustainable leather production in Asia. He knows a great deal about the European market for leather goods as well as leather production innovations.

Giovanni Beatrice

Giovanni Beatrice, creative fashion entrepreneur

Giovanni Beatrice is a creative fashion entrepreneur who builds bridges between supply and demand. He supports garment manufacturing organisations on strategy, marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). For this, he collaborates with retailers and brands on sustainable global sourcing. Giovanni is an innovator who focuses on helping organisations create a competitive advantage. He does this by implementing original market developments and opportunities into these organisations.

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Thursday, June 20, 2024


Online: 10:30 – 12:00 CEST

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CBI webinar: Exporting leather bags and accessories to Europe

20 Juni 2024