India’s Council for Leather Exports, The Indian Consulate and NML International Inc. will host 23 of the country’s premier leather apparel and accessory manufacturers next week at a brand new industry showcase called Know Leather/Now India.

The two-day event, Jan. 18-19, at The Westin New York in Time Square will serve as a platform for wholesalers, buyers and importers to meet manufacturers and exporters while experiencing the quality and value of India’s highest quality leather goods.

Categories in leather have remained strong, in spite of the economic downturn, with India continuing to serve as a top source for tanneries and production.

“As a leather importer for more than 20 years, this is a great opportunity for the industry,” said Jaggi Singh, President of NML International. “We are extremely pleased to have India’s top leather manufacturers join us here in New York. With the country’s rich resources, top-tier technology, superior quality standards and industrious work ethic, we are confident that India’s emergent leather trade business will continue to increase at a rapid rate.”

—Tim Yap