Seminar Program announced for Australia’s leading footwear & leather sourcing platform

As the leading Australian sourcing platform for the footwear and leather industries, the inaugural FOOTWEAR & LEATHER SHOW is on at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 15 – 17 November 2016, showcasing a myriad of manufacturers, suppliers and distributors with a range of unique capabilities and exciting product.

“The Footwear & Leather Expo Australia offers an unparalleled opportunity for visitors to shop around and connect with some of the best operators the world has to offer while discovering first-hand the new trends in footwear and manufacturing,” said Julie Holt, Exhibition Director.

The FOOTWEAR & LEATHER SHOW will be supported by a comprehensive seminar series that will feature some of the world’s most respected industry professionals examining the big issues and changes in international sourcing and global trends:

Milou Ket (Internationally renowned designer and stylist); Tony Bannister (Director, SCOUT); Mike Bellamy (Director, China Sourcing Information Center); Dave Giles-Kaye (CEO, Council of Textile & Fashion); John Szwede (Global Brand Manager, Volley); Elizabeth Formosa (Founder, Fashion Equipped); Paul Cowell (Global Head of Brand Marketing, Archroma Singapore); Neale O’Connor (School of Business, Hong Kong Baptist University); Jenny Roche (Ernst & Young) and Handloom Export Promotion Council India.

The Footwear and Leather Show Australia will be co-located with the International Sourcing Expo Australia and the China Clothing and Textiles Expo. This established platform offers a major opportunity for exhibitors to connect with sourcing professionals and trade buyers from across Australia, New Zealand and beyond.


  • In 2015, there was significant growth in Australian imports across key sectors:
    • 25 percent increase in footwear
    • 19 percent increase in case, bags and travel goods
  • Australia boasts 10 free trade agreements with countries including China, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, USA, Chile, ASEAN, Malaysia and Japan with negotiations underway with India and Indonesia