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….

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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…

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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”

 

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Posted on June 30th, 2014
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We strongly believe that there are certain processes that must be 100% hand made since this fact adds a unique soul to the product. On the other hand, we love to explore the unique and innovative results that occur when modern technology and design merge with traditional craftsmanship and artisanal skill. Technology may help a traditionally made products become part of the current way of commercialising and responding to the needs and demands of the market and clients.

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Merging the tradition of craftsmanship with the advancements of modern production and communication enriches both ways of approaching to the manufacturing of an artisanal item.

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In a previous post, we wrote and showed a short video about the process of cutting the leather using different techniques. This time we would like to tell you about the two main types of cutting dies that Spanish Leather Goods Manufacturers use in their Leather Workshops.

Regular Cutting Dies are intended for bulk production since they simplify the leather cutting process. It is recommended when there will be a consistent repetition of a product or a particular detail that will be present throughout the whole collection. The cost of regular cutting dies is not high, however getting the desired shapes and curves aer not always possible due to the semi-manual making process of these cutting dies.

Regular Leather Cutting Dies

Precision Cutting Dies are made by using CAD/CAM technology (the same technology used for making embossing stamps) It’s a 100% automatic and precise process. These cutting dies are more costly but it is the best option when the key word is “Precision”. By using these cutting dies you can get the exactly the desired diameter in a corner of a leather wallet or card holder, for example. Another very good feature of these cutting dies is that you can do several processes at the same time, such as cutting the leather and doing the creasing line on the credit cards compartments of a wallet, for example.

Precision Leather Cutting Dies

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We just started the manufacturing process of a collection of very exclusive leather goods. We are using vegetable tanned leather that we are dying ourselves at the workshop. We are using three different colours, green, navy and hazelnut brown… You can see the Hand dying process on the video below. We hope you enjoy it.

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Posted on June 26th, 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…

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According to Merriam-Webster, Heritage is “Something transmitted by or acquired from a predecessor. Legacy. Tradition”. The fact of having the heritage and skills is crucial to make high quality leather goods. However, this might not be enough. Traditional Industries must be at the forefront of modern communications and digital marketing. Not only must they realise the importance of heritage, craftsmanship and quality, but also innovation and the prioritisation of the customer.

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Posted on April 26th, 2012
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So far, we have showed you the main processes that Spanish Leather Goods Manufacturers follow in order to make a leather item. Today, we want to start a new series of articles in which we will try to show you the little details that makes of a Leather Item be “Great”.

There are different ways of finishing the edges of a leather item. We want to show you the five most commonly used. All of them need a lot of dedication in order to get a proper finished edge.

Read more about Edge finish in an older post here.

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