Today, we start a new series of post. The “Leather Goods that we like” series deals with the leather items that, from our point of view, have something to say in terms of the item itself and the concept behind it. We will also try to give the point of view of a leather goods manufacturer.

For this first article, we have selected the Céline iPad case Box.  This iPad Case gives a step beyond what we have seen so far. The accurate selection of the materials and a proper construction makes this item be one of the most gorgeous iPad Cases in the market (and also the most expensive… some $ 3,000). It also features the gold iconic branding of Céline, which gives the item a subtle touch of distinction.

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Posted on October 26th, 2011
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Today, we want to review our articles that dealt with the historical aspects about the development of leather goods manufacturers in Andalusia (Spain). New articles about our historical background will come soon.

Click on each image to go to the article.

 

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Posted on October 22nd, 2011
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Many fashion designers look at older times and leather goods collections from the past in order to create their own styles and collections. This pretty recurrent source of inspiration focuses not only on the functional part that old items hold but also on the intrinsic beauty of lifetime craftsmanship. Best selling traditional leather goods, like those you can see below, are being reinterpreted and adapted to present times.

Mad hectic Neon leather accessories may be a good example for this. Old functionality and the current trends are united.

We will soon post some new examples of this.

 

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Posted on October 14th, 2011
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We have not had enough travelling during September. Other trade fairs and commercial actions are waiting for us in October. Some are the following:


 

VENDOME LUXURY TRADESHOW

Dates: 30th September-3rd October

Venue, City, Country: Le Meurice, Park Hyatt and D’Evreux Hotel, Paris, France

Exhibitors: Designers and brands of apparel and fashion accessories and other luxury brands of other industries

Visitors: Local and International buyers and press, support groups, associations, representatives and general public

Note: Vendome Luxury Tradeshow offers a selection of high-end accessories and womenswear. It’s also a window for luxury perfumes, cosmetics and fine jewellery.

Web site: http://goo.gl/4yar2


 

FOCUS APPAREL & ACCESSORIES SHOW

Dates: 17th-19th October

Venue, City, Country: California Market Centre, Los Angeles, USA

Exhibitors: Cloth, Apparel & Accessories, Handbags
 and other Leather Goods

Visitors: Designers, Exporters, Importers, General Public, Leather Manufacturers, Media Agencies and Publications

Note: It is one of the most fashionable shows in the USA. The event brings trendy apparel and accessories; all with a touch of innovation.

Web site: http://goo.gl/mFYcy

 


 

LINEPELLE

 Dates: 18th-20th October

Venue, City, Country: Bologna Fair Centre, Bologna, Italy

Exhibitors: Producers of finished leathers and components (leather goods and shoes)

Visitors: Importers and exporters, manufacturers worldwide

Note: It is the referent for those who want to be up-to-date about the trends in raw materials. The different producers exhibit their new articles and innovations. A must-visit Trade Fair.

Web site: http://goo.gl/4KsMm


 

SIMAC TANNING-TECH

 

Dates: 18th-20th October

Venue, City, Country: Bologna Fair Centre, Bologna, Italy

Exhibitors: Manufacturers of technologies and machines for shoes and leather goods, CAD-CAM technologies, Die-cutting machines, sewing machines, dies and chemical products.

Visitors: Local and International buyers. Importers, exporters and manufacturers of leather goods and shoes.

Note: It takes place at the same venue and dates as Lineapelle. The event offers a very comprehensive selection of the leading companies worldwide. Exhibition of machines and other technologies.

Web site: http://goo.gl/Z5ISa

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Posted on September 28th, 2011
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Can a leather item be made more efficiently (time wise) without reducing the quality and the values that a handcrafted leather item holds? Craftsmanship is linked to the idea that the amount of time spent on the manufacturing of an item is not as important as the final result. On the contrary, many modern makers tend to focus completely on functionality and “forget” about the spiritual part of the item. The act of purchasing is based on the emotions and the story that is behind.

Tradition-Modernity-hand-in-hand

Keeping the above in mind, we must not forget that handmade items must also be sellable and meet the requirements and needs of our clients. In our experience, timing is a key factor here. Modern leather goods craftsmanship must keep its roots in order to make gorgeous leather goods, but also it must meet the new standards that the market is demanding.

 

What do YOU think about this?…

 

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Posted on September 23rd, 2011
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As we announced in a previous article, many of our followers asked us to write about the information that leather goods manufacturers need in order to present the information of each style in an organised way. Although there are other valid ways of making a product sheet, we would like to present you how we organise the information at Betangible .

The images below are just a rough design of the technical sheet. It only pretends to be a guide.


 

 

The first page should contain a general view of the style including the main measurements (HxWxD). Front, back and side view should appear. The technical drawing should contain as many details as possible.

 

 

 

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In the second page you should describe the materials that you want for your leather item (leatherliningmetal trims, …)Photos are always very useful, especially for metal accessories.

 

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In the next 3 or 4 pages you should unravel all the details in each of the views (front, back and side) and the measurements of the other pieces of the leather item (straps/handles, leather trims, thickness of the straps, …). You may also want to clarify any other aspects of any particular detail in each view (colour contrast, thread, …).

 

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References and/or inspirations are also very useful. You may want to include some pictures of some other products or scenery that inspired you. Here, you may also include any other references that may help in the construction of any particular detail in the leather item.

 

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On another page you may want to include other specifications about the style (stitches per centimetre, thickness of the rope in the handles, branding, …)

 

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If you want to use a customized canvas (or other fabric), this is the way you can present it.

 

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If you want us to send you a PDF file with the template of the product sheet, please fill in the “contact us” form and we will send it to you as soon as possible.

If you think that this information might be useful for someone you know, you may want to share it using the bottoms bellow

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Posted on September 9th, 2011
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For our fifth interview  we have a vey good example of the thriving new generations that eventually will lead the companies of the leather goods industry in Andalusia (Spain). Cristina is the daughter of the current manager of leather and metal trims supplier Curtidos Zarco S.L. , Mr. José Antonio Rubiales. We hope you enjoy the interview.

 

 

Betangible:Tell us a Little bit about the background of Curtidos Zarco

Cristina Rubiales: Well, the link with the leather goods industry in Ubrique (Spain) started in 1887 when my great grandfather established the first company. It was a tannery that was not far away from our current warehouse. He used to work as both a tanner and a leather worker (link a nuestro post) for a local leather goods manufacturer. After a few years he gave up the profession of leather worker and he concentrated in the tannery and started representing some of the top quality tanneries of the times. In fact, he and his brother started to supply leathers that were tanned in Spain, Italy and UK.

 

Betangible:Where does this leather come from? How much leather have you got here?

C.R. We are the official suppliers of some of the most successful tanneries in countries like Spain, Italy and France. In the past, we used to stock several hundreds of square feet of each type of leather. However, this is not affordable anymore due to the many types of leather that we have here. In spite of this fact, we always have more than 50,000 square feet of leather in stock.

Betangible:What type of leather is your best seller?

C.R. About 90 % of the leather that we sell is cattle skin. The remaining 10 % is divided into lamb skin, goat skin, pig skin, reptiles and Shagreen / Galuchat skin

 

Betangible:What is your customer profile?

C.R.  Most of my clients are leather goods manufacturers in Andalusia (Spain). They come here to buy the leather that they will use in the production for their clients. We are also getting more and more clients from other countries such as UK, Belgium, Germany, France and USA. They are mainly designers and brands that want to buy the leather, metal trims or reinforcements directly and ask the manufacturer to source it from us.

 

 

Betangible:Can you tell us some designers or brands that are using (or have used) your products (leather, metal trims or reinforcements)?

C.R. Just to mention some international designers or brands… Carolina Herrera, Loewe and Chris&Tibor. Many local brands and designers are also using our products. Some of them are Carla Sade and Barada

 

Betangible:We are observing that price of leather is increasing sharply. Which are the reasons for this increase?

C.R. There are two main reasons for this.

– Due to the financial situation we currently have, human consumption of cattle meat is decreasing. Therefore, fewer animals are scarified. There is not as much hides as there used to be in the past.

– There is a huge demand of leather from China and emerging countries such as Brazil and India.

These two reasons have led tanners increase prices.

 

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Posted on September 6th, 2011
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Our series of videos “How to make a leather item” try to show how leather goods manufacturers in Andalusia (Spain) use their skills and savoir-faire in order to make worldwide recognised leather goods.

Today, it is the turn of “leather skiving”. Leather is skived in order to make the edges thinner so that the parts that need to be folded in do not get a double thick every time any edge is folded in. The video shows how a leather worker skives the parts that eventually will form a wallet using a traditional leather skiving machine.

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The Product Sheet is the document that contains the information that leather goods manufacturers need in order to make a leather item. Needless to say that a very detailed Product Sheet will facilitate the work of the manufacturer, the product will be made faster and the concept of the leather item will be interpreted in an easier way.
 
Sometimes, it is not easy to express an idea on paper. That’s why leather goods manufacturers also appreciate the inclusion of sketches and photos of the inspiration that led the designer design that particular item.

In another post, we will share the Product Sheet that we are using in our workshops and the information that we need from each leather item. For example:

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Posted on August 11th, 2011
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We are very happy about the visits that our youtube channel is reaching. More than 1600 total upload views encourages us to keep communicating what the Andalusian leather goods industry can offer.

Thank you all for being a betangible fan.

You can find below the links to our 3 most watched videos.


How to make a leather item – Leather Moulding – Part I



How to make a leather item – Leather Moulding – Part II



How to make a leather item – Hand Cutting

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Posted on August 4th, 2011
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