Betangible is proud to publish the first interview of a long series in which we will try to bring the leather goods manufacturing industry in Andalusia and its main characters (manufacturers and designers/brands). Today, José Sánchez, owner of SPS-Leather Goods & Manufacturing Services , will answer our questions.

How long have you been linked to the leather goods manufacturing industry in Ubrique?

Stefano Pallas (SPS) was established in 1960. It’s been more tan 50 years producing leather goods. I these years, we have worked for both Spanish and international luxury fashion brands as well as for smaller fashion firms and independent designers.

 

What types of leather goods do you make?

SPS is specialised in the manufacturing of small leather goods such as wallets, purses and other small items. We also have different production lines of men’s leather handbags and bigger items.

 

Which are the main handicaps that you usually find when you produce for a fashion brand?

The beginnings are never easy. The initial steps of the business relationship between a manufacturer and a fashion brand are crucial to get a long lasting collaboration. Our company pursues trust-based collaborations with our clients. I am obsessed with transparency and honesty in the projects that we begin with new clients.

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Posted on May 5th, 2011
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In 1929, Belgian luxury brand Delvaux launched its foray into the luxury leather goods market. Words such as elegance, creativity and craftsmanship has been linked to the Belgian brand since its early days. Today, Delvaux is proud to be one of the oldest and most successful luxury leather goods company in the world.

The video below tries to communicate the history, values and know-how of the Belgian brand. We are sure that you will enjoy the song too.


 

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Posted on May 3rd, 2011
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Luxury Brand Alfred Dunhill has a wide range of fine leather goods. The use of leather has been an integral part of the Dunhill business since the very beginning. Today we want to show you another video in which you will be able to see the manufacturing process of a double document case.

 

 

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Right after the well-deserved Easter holiday, Betangible.com will post some interviews with several fashion designers who are linked, one way or another, to the leather goods manufacturing industry in Andalusia (Spain). We want our readers to have a first person opinion about different aspects related to this traditional industry.

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Posted on April 21st, 2011
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Buckles, rings, snaps, clasps, zip sliders… can be sourced from local suppliers. These suppliers are used to deal with tough and demanding luxury brands, which are always searching for the best quality and service. Metal fittings can be made of different materials such as Brass, Zamak® – (zinc based alloy) or Nickel alloys among others.

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We have received several emails in which some readers asked us about the number and size of the companies that belong to the leather goods industry in Andalusia and Spain. After consulting official sources, we have made some charts that we hope are clarifying, so that our readers can get a global image of this traditional industry. If you still have further questions, please let us know.


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Posted on April 12th, 2011
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A very well known fashion designer told us, during a visit in the leather goods industry in Andalusia, that the way Andalusian leather workers manufacture leather goods reminds him of Swiss watchmakers such as Tag Heuer , Rolex and Piaget . Today, we want to share a video titled “Rolex – The Movement”, in which you can see the making process of a Rolex… We hope you enjoy it.

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Posted on April 7th, 2011
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First-level industries must be surrounded by other auxiliary industries that support the industrial activity and help the leading industry in its everyday work.  The Andalusian leather goods industry boasts more than a hundred companies that accompany leather goods manufacturers in their tasks providing products and services.

Leather suppliers in Ubrique are stocking in their warehouses millions of square feet of all types of leather. The leather comes from first-level European tanneries, mainly based in Spain, Italy and France.

 

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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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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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