I think you all know that we like challenges and this project has been a real one.This “adventure” started a few months ago. It became a “tangible” piece not long ago and it is now in the market.
Nothing can be compared to the excitement when we saw our customer’s face once the production sample was finished. It was an incredible feeling to see that we managed to make what they had in their minds. As they said… “A dream come true”…
The making of this stunning design was beautifully filmed at our leather goods sampling studio in Ubrique (Spain). We really enjoyed the experience not only for the fun but also for the fact that our customer was able to see and appreciate the passion our team put on every step of the making process of their leather bag.
Thanks to the owners of the design and brand (The SLCTD) , it is a pleasure to be able to share the video below with our followers. Hope you like it. We look forward to your comments….
The answer to the first question is Yes, there are bad leather goods manufacturers… in Spain and in other countries, of course. The answer to the second question is No, quality is only one of the aspects in order to claim whether a leather good manufacturer is good or not.
After much seeing, making, trying and especially as a first person witness, I have found that many Spanish Leather Goods manufacturers have the skills to make good quality leather goods but many others lack other important features that a modern supplier should have.
21st Century citizens demand 21st Century services and the Fashion Industry is not an exception. 21st Century designers and fashion houses look for 21st Century leather goods makers and suppliers. This has to do with being updated about the trends and what the leaders of the market are currently doing. It also has to do with transparency in the relationship with customers and openness to new ideas. Empathy, enthusiasm and willingness are critical features too.
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This new video shows the hand sewing of the front pocket of the bag and the strap holders on the sides. Fort he front pocket we have used a natural veg tanned leather as thread, while the strap holders on the sides have been hand sewn using a waxed thread. To be continued…
The more we travel, the clearer we see that leather goods manufacturers in Spain are amongst the top three most reputed countries in leather goods manufacturing. Not long ago, we had the opportunity of visiting London on a business trip. By chance, we met a well-known Paris-based fashion stylist as we were having diner at a restaurant.
The conversation turned into leather goods manufacturing in the high-end fashion industry. It was very nice to listen to him stating that most top fashion houses look into Italy, Spain or France in order to manufacture their leather goods. It’s is very restorative and heart-warming that the hard work has produced results… Anyway, there’s space for improvement…
Lately, our Leather Goods Studio has been making a few leather goods without using any tool or machine that needs electricity to function. We are very happy with the result and so our customers are. The video below shows the initial processes of the making of a veg tanned leather flap bag. We will be posting the other steps in the following weeks.
In a previous post we wrote about the origins of the leather goods manufacturing industry in Ubrique (Spain). On that post we highlighted the key factors for the development of an industry whose foundations are the “Savoir-faire”, determination and passion of the workshops, factories and leather workers.
After many years of history, the fashion designers and brands that visit our studio and workshops realise that those features are still present. From the point of view of “the product” itself, merging design and know-how in a proper way is the essence to create luxury leather goods. This is basically what we have been doing for the last 4 years, which has turned out to be very satisfactory for all the parties.
Most of the people that visit us usually say “the whole Leather Goods Manufacturing industry in Ubrique has got so much to offer to international customers”
A couple of years ago, a very good friend and leather goods manufacturer, introduced us to the managing director of a prestigious 3D lab located very near where our office is based. Right after this visit, quite a few ideas of how 3D Printing Technology could be applied to the leather goods manufacturing industry came to our mind.
These applications may be:
This technology (3D design – render) is also used in order to see the actual shape, measurements and overall look of a particular piece before moving to the physical making of the prototype.
We got impressed when we received the video below. We love everything in it; Prada’s Saffiano leather, the traditional edge dyeing method, the hand making of the handles… The video really depicts how high-end leather goods manufacturing is performed. 95% of the processes are hand made, in which the hands of the craftsman and his/her skills are the only guarantors of a luxuriously made leather good. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Planning and scheduling are vital tasks in the development of an industrial activity. If we focus on the manufacturing of leather goods, planning seems to be a bit more complicated due to several factors such as sourcing of raw materials and all the peculiarities of a hand crafted product.Because of this, we must monitor every single stage in the manufacturing process in order that it can be as efficient as possible. This is the main task of the Workshop Manager. Spanish Leather Goods Manufacturers call this person ”Master”.
Clients, suppliers, manufacturers and all parties that are implied in the whole process must facilitate each other’s tasks for the mutual benefit. Realism and Pragmatism is the key here. Most of the issues that are found in the relationship between the parties have to do with due times that are not fulfilled. The analysis of the situation and a great dose of professionalism are crucialin order to avoid negative experiences to a minimum. We are all in the same boat and we must work together and try to understand the reasons behind all the demands and requests from clients, only in this way will we have sustainable businesses.
We would like to wish all our followers Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope that year 2014 will be as enriching as this year.