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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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.

Chrome-tanned-leather

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.

Cracked-Leather

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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