Last week ECCO Leather’s 14th HOT-SHOP took place at their facility in Dongen bringing together creative energy from around the world.
Focusing on the future of natural materials, this year's HOT-SHOP addressed the application of leather and nonanimal materials in unexpected and unconventional adaptations.
“We want to lead the way in changing how the materials industry works and focus our energies on research and innovating processes,” says ECCO CEO Panos Mytaros. “For us, this means making radically innovative leather in cooperation with the creative community.”
With 80 international participants, HOTSHOP 14 had the theme Hypothesis aiming at challenging the perception, use, and performance of leather. The concepts and leather’s that came out of the 4-day leather festival did indeed challenge this with leather proposed for integrated electronics and as a construction material in buildings.
The recent launch of EL3, a concept that transforms the 9,000-year-old tanning process by challenging the status quo, is a new platform for natural material innovation at ECCO leather. It is large-scale manufacturing combined with a disruptive, creative mindset.
This idea was born out of the Hot-shop spirit and manifested itself at the festival as a vehicle that will push these ideas forward in the future.