Although quality control tests are performed in every single step of the manufacturing process, a final test is performed before packing the leather item. Leather goods are checked one by one to meet Quality Assurance minimal requirements.
Salvatore Ferragamo’s leather goods are associated with concepts like luxury and craftsmanship.
Today, we wanted to share with you a video in which the Italian brand shows the manufacturing process of one of their best sellers. The video shows the different processes involved in the manufacturing of a leather item. If you want to get to know more about the manufacturing process of a leather item, you can check our previous posts on this matter.
We hope you enjoy the video as much as we do.
Edge dying (or edge staining) is the process by which the sharp edges of the leather are rounded by applying an acrylic dye in order to hold down the edge fibers of the leather. Several dye layers may be applied in order to get a soft touch on the edges, letting each coat thoroughly dry before the next is applied. A thorough burnish is also necessary to remove any hard finish.
Today, we want to introduce another traditional industry of Andalusia, Artisan Furniture Manufacturing Industry, which has traditionally been linked to luxury.
The town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda , located right in the end of the river Guadalquivir and opposite Doñana National Park, is well known by its carpenters and cabinet-makers, who have been making the nicest furniture in Andalusia for more than 500 years.
Once all the pieces composing the leather item have been cut, they must be carefully assembled. This process is developed between the leather worker and the seamstress, who must work side by side in order to get the perfect finish.
The leather pieces are reinforced, when necessary, and the leather worker starts to join each of these pieces as if they were the pieces of a puzzle. This is one of the most time consuming tasks in the whole process since it is the actual making of the leather item, as customers will perceive it.
When people are asked about luxury, they tend to say words and concepts such as “Exclusivity”, “Unique”, “High Quality” and “Craftsmanship”. Luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Mont Blanc have always worked hard so that their target public can associate their products to the above concepts. Today, we want to share with you two examples of these communication campaigns that worked very well. They are clear examples that tradition, heritage and savoir-faire are highly valued in the so-called “Luxury Universe”.
We managed to get several quite old photos of some workshops and manufacturers from Ubrique, which we want to share with our readers. The photos were taken more than 60 years ago, therefore the workshops in the photos have seen some generations of leather workers pass by and, in so doing, they have become icons of the savoir-faire of the leather industry in Andalusia.
The older generations of leather workers started to learn the job when they were around 17 years old. At first, they were responsible for very basic tasks and, as they learned the job, they became more implied in the whole manufacturing process.
Leather thinning or splitting is the preparation of the thickness of the leather for a particular work. Leather thinning can be applied both to the whole surface of the leather (Leather Splitting) or just to the edges of a particular leather piece (Edge Thinning).
Leather thinning can be handmade by using a curved tool, which must be used with surgical precision in order to remove the proper amount of leather.