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Futura II Leather was engineered as the world's first stain-resistant glove and clothing leather, impervious to everyday stains such as coffee, dirt, food and cosmetics.
Pittards provided Verglas and Maquillage leather to its manufacturing partners in the footwear industry. These leathers offered classical elegance with softness, performance and resistance to stains.
Pittards engaged Gary Lineker, England's most successful soccer goal scorer, as spokesperson.
Performance leather linings were introduced to the footwear industry and Pittards were the first leather company to produce them.
Puma joined Pittards in producing the first specially designed leather for cleated sports footwear.
Pittards created "The Breathing Foot", a revolutionary device made to simulate a foot's condition in a leather shoe.
Improving its technological resources, Pittards announced $5 million investment in R & D and dyeing.
Pittards Glove leather division awarded ISO 14001 certification for international environmental standards along with the ISO 9002 certification for Quality Management System.
The Export Times awarded Pittards with "Outstanding Exporter of the Year" Award.
(June) During the World Cup, 33% of all players were wearing Puma soccer cleats made with Pittards leather. French Captain, Didier Deschamps, was a Puma contracted player.
(Sept) Mark McGwire snatched Baseball's home run record wearing Franklin batting gloves crafted from Pittards leather.
(Oct) Mark O'Meara completed a hat-trick of major golf victories wearing Pittards leather in his golf footwear.
(Jan) Titleist Foot-Joy unveiled their new Sta-Sof advertising campaign featuring Pittards leather.
(Feb) Spalding and Pittards announced the launch of their new All-Weather Football.
(Mar) Pittards advertising campaign involved key brand partners started with the Pittards/Franklin advert which was launched in various sport magazines in the US.
(May) Ian Stark won the 1999 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, using Pittards leather for his saddle, helmets and gloves.