The French leather industry at the Révélations fair


Conseil National du Cuir

The specially designed leather area “ATOUT CUIR” showcased the industry’s professions and artisans during the Revelations show held from 10 – 13 September 2015 in Paris.

Leather has an ancestral relationship with the arts professions and the excellence of the leather sector means it is one of the flagships of the “Made in France” movement. By exhibiting at the Revelations show, the French Leather Council, working with five of its member federations, shone the spotlight on the dynamism of the sector.

"Bootmakers were already present at the first edition of Revelations two years ago,” explained Raymond Massaro, the president of the Union of French Bootmakers and himself a master craftsman bootmaker. “The production of footwear, leather goods and gloves are highly artistic professions that have their rightful place at this sort of event. French quality is undeniable and this event is one of the leading showcases for it. We wanted to show the general public that leather is an authentic product that can be used every day, and is not just for luxury items.”

Over the five days of the show, the French Leather Council worked alongside the French Federation of Tanners, the French Leather goods Federation, the French Footwear Federation, the Union of French Bootmakers and the French Glovemakers Federation. The general public, professionals and collectors were able to witness firsthand the passion that drives the artisans present – cutters, last makers, leather goods makers, bootmakers, polishers – and the wealth of products presented.

ATOUT CUIR is the name chosen for the exhibition area, its elegant design produced by Anne Camilli. "French savoir-faire and talent is very important to me. I love handmade pieces,” explained the show manager, herself a collector. She actually provided some of her own unique leather items for the show. “The ATOUT CUIR area tells the story of leather in a sensitive yet educational manner. To evoke the material’s many facets and nobility, I selected both ancient and avant-garde objects that I displayed in glass showcases, and I commissioned watercolours to illustrate the various professions. Three exclusive perfumes were even commissioned to provide an olfactory illustration of the worlds of leather goods, gloves and shoes...”