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.

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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.

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Posted on March 22nd, 2011
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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.

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Posted on March 17th, 2011
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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.

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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”.

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Posted on March 10th, 2011
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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.

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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).

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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.

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Posted on March 4th, 2011
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Did you know that a wallet could be composed of more than 50 different small pieces? Each of the pieces must be cut with the greatest precision in order to get the highest quality. Leather goods manufacturers in Ubrique (Andalusia) are using three main cutting methods.

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  • · Hand cut: Only the most skilful cutters are able to cut the leather by hand. In order to do this, a cardboard pattern and a sharp blade are used. The cutter must also be able to select the proper areas of the leather for each part of the leather item.

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  • · Die Cutting (Press Machine): When there is a considerable amount of items to be produced, a metal cutting piece is made for each piece of which the leather item is composed. A press machine is used to cut the leather

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  • · Automatic cutting system (CAD/CAM Technology) : Although the investment in this kind of technology is very high, automatic-cutting system provide manufacturers with a multifunctional tool for the current times. CAD/CAM technology is really helping manufacturers to meet the needs and demands of the market since it helps you develop critical processes in the manufacturing of a leather item such as pattern making, easy pattern amendment and prototype & sample making. Automatic cutting systems are ideal for small batch production.

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Posted on March 1st, 2011
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Plenty of fashion designers and brands have asked Betangible to find a leather goods manufacturer for them. There is a repeated reaction when they observe the way in which leather workers perform their work. The majority of these designers get impressed about the great care they take over their work. When we ask designers about their feedback, they say things like…

  • ·“I can see the passion they have for their work”
  • ·“¿How can they make it?”
  • ·“Now, I understand why …”
  • ·“The more I see, the more ideas come to my mind”

At Betangible, we are proud about the fact that many leading fashion designers and brands appreciate the work that is being performed in this area. For this reason, one may say that “Made in Andalusia” leather goods can be found in the best stores in the world.

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Posted on February 22nd, 2011
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This is the first post of a series in which we will try to show you the different materials and processes evolved in the manufacturing of a leather item.

Leather is “animal skin dressed for use,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary . Animal hides are by-products of the food industry, and therefore we can find many different types of leathers and hides. Although today most leather is made of cattle skin, there are many other types such as lambskin, pigskin and deerskin, which are used in the manufacturing of leather goods. More exotic skins from crocodiles, ostriches or stingrays are also used for more exclusive and costly products.

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Today, although more processes can be applied, most hides and skins are transformed into leather by two tanning processes:
  • · Chrome tanned leather is tanned using chrome sulphate. This chemical gives the leather a more supple finish. Colourfastness is better than vegetable tanned leather.
  • · Vegetable tanned leather is tanned using vegetable origin tannins. Vegetable tanned leather is less supple and harder. “Moulded Leather Goods”  must be manufactured with this type of leather.

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As for the forms in which leather is usually bought, we can mainly find:

  • · Split leather is obtained when the top-grain is separated from the hide and then, a non-natural layer is applied. Split leather is usually a cheaper type of leather. Split leather is also used to make suede.

  • · Corrected leather has got an artificial layer on it in order to correct the imperfections of the hides that do not meet the minimum quality requirements to make top or full-grain leather.

  • · Top-grain leather has less breathability than full-grain leather due to its “plastic-like” finish coat, which gives this type of leather a greater resistance to stains.

  • · Full-grain leather is the upper section of a hide that has not had any treatments to remove imperfections on its surface. Its breathability and natural touch are very appreciated.

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