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”.

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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.

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We are proud to announce Sorcha O’Raghallaigh X Betangible collaboration. We must admit that the experience has been fantastic and the result is simply spectacular. We also want to thank Design & Sampling Studio ALEP  for their help.

We visited her studio in London last week and spoke with her about this collaboration. Find it below.

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Betangible:  Tell us about your latest collection.

Sorcha O’Raghallaigh: The main source of inspiration behind this collection is the work of artist Alfred Gilbert, in particular his memorial sculptures. I am continually drawn to things that are quite dark and moody but at the same time have a romantic aesthetic — something which Gilbert’s work possesses. I never like to draw all my inspiration from just one subject so I also looked to Victorian Harlequin outfits for some additional inspiration; I wanted the collection to have a playful side in contrast to the darker moody side.

 

Betangible:  Why did you chose to work with leather?

Sorcha O’Raghallaigh: I really wanted to work with leather to create something which was practical, durable, good quality but that still embodied our aesthetic. A lot of the pieces we create are one of a kind; they can be very ornate and not really for everyday wear and due to the bespoke nature they are not accessible to everyone. I wanted to make something that was the opposite of all of this, however I did not want to create a watered down version of our aesthetic, I felt we could achieve all of this by creating a capsule collection of luxury leather bags.

Betangible:  How did you find working with Betangible?

Sorcha O’Raghallaigh: Last season we attempted to make bags ourselves, we found the whole experience tricky and it was difficult as we had no experience in making bags before, so we were extremely happy to have the opportunity to collaborate with Betangible on the bags for the new collection. Working with Betangible was an amazing experience as we wanted to develop our original ideas for bags as well as create something new. The Betangible team were very open, patient and helpful which made the whole process feel like an education. We learnt so much through the whole experience. I feel the bags surpassed our initial vision because of the support, communication and the quality of craftsmanship that Betangible provided.
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Betangible:  What are your favourite features of the capsule collection of bags?

Sorcha O’Raghallaigh: Overall my favourite features are all the little details that make the bags such good quality. I love the rich colour of the blood red pony skin on the exterior and the the contrasting burgundy dyed edges, the leather lining, the quality of finish and craftsmanship is what really excites me the most.

Betangible:  How do you think the capsule collection works as a whole?

Sorcha O’Raghallaigh: I love the collection as a whole as I feel that the clutches are a great continuation from last season, they have our signature of hand embellished florals. I also feel we have moved forward with the round sculptural bag, I think the collection marries well together and I feel that it is a strong representation of our aesthetic. There is a Good choice of sizes, from coin purse right up to iPad sized clutches and the round bag feels like a really special addition.

Betangible:  As you’ve mentioned, your collections are usually quite ornate and couture – how did it feel to make something more practical?

Sorcha O’Raghallaigh: Really great it was so good collaborating with Betangible as I feel the object is not just practical but also beautiful, thanks to all the expert craftsmanship. I’m really excited by and proud of this collaboration.

Betangible:  Why Spain?

Sorcha O’Raghallaigh: The Spanish are world renowned for their leather products and to me “made in Spain” means quality — The standard of the bags that we received were so exquisite that it makes sense why they are so renowned for their leather goods. We could not have asked for more!
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German manufacturer of cameras and lenses, Leica and French Luxury Leather Goods Maker, Hermès have collaborated and the outcome has been A Masterpiece of Traditional Craftsmanship. The video below shows the process of making the camera and the associated accessories…

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Posted on May 24th, 2012
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Today, we want to show collaboration between two traditional industries, Leather & Carpentry Industries. This project started some months ago within the framework of a project led by IES Carlos III , a local Training Workshop. The Project tries to strengthen bonds between these two guilds so that they can share techniques and ideas for better-made products.

The pictures and the video below show the making process of ash table with leather wrapped panels. We hope you enjoy it…

Carpentry Work

Final Result

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14th September 2011

Dear logbook,

Yesterday, a very good friend of us visited our sampling workshop  and some manufacturers of our area. Ironically, although we have known each other for more than two years, it was the first time he has been to Andalusia . Our good friend James told us during the diner that, as we already knew, he is a fan of our blog, but, before coming here, he could not imagine “how those people at the workshop work and make a wallet…” .” they are mad about what they do”. Finally, he added “actions speak louder that ‘written’ words”. He really encouraged us to keep on communicating the values of the leather goods manufacturers in Ubrique area. Many thanks, James. We won’t give up.

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Posted on September 15th, 2011
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Today, we would like to share with our readers a video in which you will be able to see how furniture designer, Max Lamb and master craftsmen of Alfred Dunhill collaborate in order to make a unique item that combines craftsmanship and modernity. We hope that you enjoy the video.

 

 

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Posted on September 13th, 2011
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Today, we would like to re-post an article that our partner blog Ubrike.com posted some weeks ago. The article is about the collaboration between luxury brand Louis Vuitton and British artist Billie Achileos.

You can find some more photos and a video of the making of on this link

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Posted on August 19th, 2011
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Today, we want to tell you about a collaboration that we started several months ago. As you may have noticed, Betangible.com aims at the manufacturing part of the leather goods industry in Andalusia (Spain), the relationship with leather goods manufacturers and the process of making an idea come true into a tangible item.

Not long ago, we started a collaboration with leather Goods magazine Ubrike.com. This online magazine focus on presenting leather goods trends, keeping you updated about the latest leather accessories that fashion brands release in each season, as well as presenting local leather goods brands that, although they are not still very well known in the international market, are determined to be recognised internationally by their “Made in Spain” design and manufacturing.

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Posted on May 17th, 2011
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Betangible had the opportunity to attend today’s presentation of Sibling’s AW11 Collection 6 at London Fashion Week. We got delighted at some leather details they used in the collection such as the leather shoulder pieces, the knitted scarf with a leather belt closure and the leather closure of some pockets.

From Betangible we encourage Sibling to keep using leather in their collections. Perhaps, this is the beginning of an long lasting relationship between Sibling and Leather. Will we see Sibling’s leather accessories shortly?

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Posted on February 24th, 2011
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At Betangible we also want to tell you about new ideas, projects and collaborations between designers and companies in the lifestyle sector. I want to show you the collaboration between Remain Kremer, current menswear Head Designer at Thierry Mugler and the Spanish Tanners Confederation. The exhibition, which took place some time ago, was held at Modenatie facilities (Antwerp). Romain Kremer used top quality Spanish Nappa lambskin for his creation.  The name for the exhibition was “Beauty & No Beast” since, as the Young designer stated “ I just found beauty and pleasure to my senses … but no beast” referring to the European traditional tale.

Photos of the exhibition

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Posted on February 3rd, 2011
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