Belcinto at World Footwear Congress 2019 in Italy

Officially launched on September 2017, the World Footwear Congress makes a comeback to Europe, for the first time in Italy.

From 4 to 5th April, at the Teatrino di Corte at the Royal Palace, Naples will host the 6th edition of this global event dedicated to the footwear manufacturing industry, which was founded by the European Confederation of the Footwear Industry (CEC).

It will focus on the topic “Digitalisation for a sustainable footwear industry”, bringing together high-level international speakers and experts to discuss the on-going challenges and opportunities that the footwear manufacturing has been facing since the start of globalization. In particular, the major goal of the Congress is to promote a fair market with equal chances for all, while discussing international collaboration in topics of interest.

One of the presentation panels about sustainability will be addressed by Ana Maria Vasconcelos, General Manager of our company, Belcinto. Ana will be attending as representative of APICCAPS – Portuguese Footwear, Components, Leather Goods Manufacturers’ Association.

The aim of this discussion leads us to the question “How to increase sustainability on this industry?”, which subject comes closer to Belcinto’s main vision on the idea of a circular economy while increasing international collaboration to support the company’s competitiveness and growth.


Therefore, when the production of leather is made in a responsible way, “when treated and preserved with care (…) can last through generations”, and that fact by itself, makes it sustainable, because we are using the resources for decades, taking the most of them. In addition, leather is one of the most sustainable materials to work with and this is the kind of product that Belcinto prefers.


It should be noted that this ecological and sustainable perspective from Ana Vasconcelos, is related to the time she spent in many departments of the company, which allowed her to develop a detailed view of the various sectors of the company and the changes needed for its growth.

To mention that this kind of posture contributes to Belcinto’s strong focus on making high-level products, that not only represent a certain way of living but also by inspiring and connecting all parts involved in the business for a more sustainable vision.

This opportunity of taking part of the 6th World Footwear Congress, enhanced by the contribution of specialized speakers, is a very important plataform to discuss the constant changes and evolution that the industry is facing.


Is leather sustainable?

Leather is one of those materials that when treated and preserved with care, can last through generations, and it never goes out of style.

When the production of leather is made in a responsible manner, it means, in fact that is one of the most sustainable materials possible to work with, and this is the kind of leather Belcinto acquires to its products.


WE HAVE A MAJOR RESPECT FOR ANIMALS, AND SO DOES OUR SUPPLIERS, AND THE SAME APPLIES TO LEATHER, THAT IS TREATED WITH HIGH-LEVEL OF RESPECT.


Leather is a byproduct of dairy and meat industries, and it corresponds to 20% of the animal. Once they are processed or die from natural causes, every part of the animal is used, even those 20%. If not, it would be thrown away, disrespecting the animal, and becoming waste.

With care and right treatment, leather is one of the most durable and sustainable materials possible to work with.