We have been established in the hide and skin industry in Australia since 1971 and has developed extensive trade links and close relationships with the tanning industry world-wide. The company is now one of Australia's largest suppliers and exporters of quality Victorian meat works cattle hides and skins all processed at our own brine curing and export plant. We specialise in hides from those parts of Australia that produce the best quality leather namely Victoria and southern New South Wales, but hides from other Australian states are also available. The major products available are Brine cured Cattle Hides (Fleshed or Un-fleshed), Salted Calf Skins, Drum salted or Air-dried Sheep & Lambskins and Air-dried or Alum. Dressed Red Fox skins.
We do small production runs of Handbags, Briefcases and other leather goods accessories. Design and sample making for manufacturers. One off custom made items, corporate gifts and promotional items. Also consulting work for companies in Asia, helping with quality design and manufacture.
Footwear News Australia magazine was established by publisher Bob Grant in June 1980 as an independent voice for the Australian and New Zealand footwear industry, and with the encouragement and support of the Footwear Retailers Association of Victoria which later became a national organisation.
In the years since then, Footwear News has maintained strong ties within the footwear and associated industries, both in Australia and New Zealand, particularly through suppliers and independent footwear retailers as well as majors and chains.
In the late ‘80s, Footwear News purchased the Australian Shoe and Leather Journal which had been an influential trade journal of its time.
In the early ‘90s, Bob’s journalist/editor daughter Vicki Hatton brought her well-honed professional knowledge and personal skills to the magazine at a time when the footwear industry, like many others, was undergoing massive changes (ie the move to offshore production and vertical integration) .
As the current editor/publisher, Vicki is continuing the magazine’s strong commitment to giving all within the industry a voice while also working tirelessly to create and support events to promote interaction among all areas of the industry.