By  on April 21, 2009

HONG KONG — Buyers rummaged through the plethora of leather merchandise on display at this year’s Asia Pacific Leather Fair in the hope of securing better deals without having to sacrifice on quality, even as orders dwindled and budgets were tightened amid the negative buying environment.

Attendance dropped slightly to 29,533, compared with 33,531 last year at the fair, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Close to 2,000 exhibitors from over 60 countries packed the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center from March 31 to April 2, offering everything from hides and skins, synthetic leather materials and finished leather to handbags, leather goods, footwear, apparel and accessories.

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