Aegean Leather and Leather Products Exporters Association has around 352 members located mainly at Aegean region of Turkey. Our members export 150 million USD annually and they focus their activities on four product groups as shoe, saddlery, garment and leather & fur. Major export markets for our members are Europe, America and Far-East countries. Our main mission is to increase and promote the export volume of our members. Our members use Leather World Quality ceritified leather and care for the sustainable environment and the worlds future. Our major export products are shoes and leather bags, accessories and leather garments.
Aegean Exporters Association organized the worlds first shoes and bags digital exhibition Shoedex on June 1-4, 2020. Due to the worldwide interest in the digital exhibition, the 2nd edition of Shoedex, was held on October 13-15, 2020 with 72 exhibitors and over 700 registered visitors from 65 countries. Because of the increase of importance of digitalization recently, as an association, we are highly engaged in digital transformation in our field areas. In order to promote Turkish leather products in digital platforms and reach out target export countries easier, Turkish Leather Products online application is on service since June 2020 at Appstore and Google Play Store.
In order to improve design culture on the leather and leather products industries, our association has been organizing a leather design and production contest with the aim of producing leather products with high added value and original design to support the leather engineers and designers of the future and integrate them into the leather industry since 2011. This contest named as Derin Fikirler is the only contest in the world that brings together the designers, engineers and the industrialists.
Derin Fikirler (Profound Ideas- there is a word play in the Turkish name with Deri which means leather is associated with the word derin which means profound, deep), as of its objective, aims at implementing with the thought of adding values for the future of leather industry in Turkey. With the objective of enhancing the brand value of the areas of design and production of leather industry in Turkey, it has a goal to develop original applicable ideas on the leather industry and to offer opportunities to young talents and to make contribution to the leather industry in our country in the long term. The 8th edition has been organized on January 2020.