27th July 2011
Today, we arrived in the factory and the faces of the leather workers were looking forward to the deserved break after a whole year of hard work in the leather workshop. We can see several cardboard cartons ready for shipment. They are separated in three different batches by destination. The manager has been absent from the workshop for the whole morning. He has been in the office. He must have been preparing the production plan for the end of August. At 8 pm, the bell of the factory rang. All the leather workers wished happy holidays to each other while they were tidying their work tables. In a few minutes the workshop was in silence. As in a theatre, the house lights were dimmed. The next act will be performed in three weeks. HAPPY HOLIDAYS…
The Leather Goods Manufacturing Industry in Andalusia is currently undergoing several changes that must lead to a more competitive industry. The next generation of businessmen and women that is running the leather goods factories in Andalusia is the most trained and qualified ever. The sons and daughters of the current managing directors of the leather goods workshops are taking more and more important roles in the hierarchy of the companies. These “young” men and women, unlike their parents, have University careers and look at technology and innovation as the way of becoming more and more competitive in the leather goods industry worldwide. Information and Communication Technology such as the Internet will help this industry enhance the values that Spanish leather goods hold; savoir-faire, tradition and craftsmanship. Betangible is already part of this unstoppable trend.
In this fourth interview, the interviewee is a person that also belongs to Betengible’s team. He is the person in charge of the prototype and sample development. We hope you enjoy the interview..
Betangible: What do you do? What’s your speciality?
Antonio Gómez: Well, I am responsible for the prototyping and sampling area. I try to combine craftsmanship and engineering to help designers design products that people use every day. Therefore, I must be both creative and practical because, in the end, the leather pieces that we create must be sellable. We also help manufacturers in the production process when they have questions about the construction of certain parts of the lather item.
18th July 2011
Today is a busy day because there are several orders to be delivered. The managing director of the factory has opened the doors of the workshop 45 minutes earlier than usual. We can see clear signs of responsibility on his face. It is like he is trying to figure out the manufacturing plan for today. He is like the de director of an orchestra in which all the instruments must be properly tuned in order that the whole piece can sound as written by the composer.
Today we want to share a video in which you can see two different steps of the process of finishing a leather item (a wallet in this case). This is one of the most important processes because it is where the leather worker makes the last quality control and prepares the items before they are sent to the client. In the video you will also have the opportunity to see a technique by which a leather item can be embellished in order to add value and quality. This technique is called “Andaluz” (“Andalusian” in English). We hope you enjoy the video.
The majority of people use their hands only for common things like grasping objects. Others use their hands for creating new objects that can be functional or only decorative. These people are called artisans.
Today, we would like to honour the artisans that use their hands to perform an activity that not many are able to make. We refer to those guilds that started in the Middle Ages and still keep their values and techniques. These people were called “Masters” and nowadays, they still keep their status of experienced workers.
In previous videos, we saw how the different pieces that will form the leather item are designed and cut. Once we have all the pieces of “the puzzle” (backing, lining, leather, metal trimmings …), it is time to assemble everything. For this process, the figure of the leather worker is crucial and irreplaceable. As you will see in the video below, the exterior and the interior parts are assembled separately and then stitched together in order to get a perfectly finished product. I hope you enjoy the video.
Most top quality brands consider that the “Made in Spain” label is synonymous with quality. Today we want to share with our readers a video that tries to explain the different steps involved in the process of making a shoe. As you will notice, Spanish leather goods and shoes both share values such as craftsmanship, savoir-faire and quality. That’s why Spanish manufacturers are among the most recognised artisans in the world. I hope you enjoy the video.
The Andalusian leather goods manufacturing industry and Betangible are present in the latest issue of Australian online magazine This Magnificent Life that deals with luxury brands and lifestyle. The article is about the origins of the leather goods industry in Andalusia (Spain), the skills and savoir-faire of Andalusian leather goods craftsmen and the role that Betangible plays in the industry.
You can read the article by clicking here