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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Posted on February 17th, 2011
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Using leather to cover objects has traditionally been linked to upholstery. This “wrapping technique” has evolved and it’s being used for many different objects and accessories. Just have a look at these items. Only the best craftsmen can adjust the leather to the shape of any object. Who dares…?

Leather wrapping manufacturing technique

Leather wrapping manufacturing technique

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According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica a Designer is one that designs: as a:  one who creates and often executes plans for a project or b:  one that creates and manufactures high-fashion clothing. The same source defines a Manufacturer as one that manufacturers; especially an employer of workers in manufacturing.

Both are much more that those quite formal definitions. A designer is also the artist of the intangible, the concepts, and a visionary. On his part, a manufacturer is the master of the concrete, the tangible, and the physical. A figure that has the skills to make the ideas and creations of designers come true into tangible objects.

I have seen that both figures do not really manage to understand each other due to different factors that we will analyse in future posts. At Betangible www.betangible.com we believe in the unity, understanding, and cohesion between designers and manufacturers… Do you want to join us?

Manufacturers And Designers

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Posted on February 3rd, 2011
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Just wanted to show some nice products we have come across recently. They are all made using the moulding technique. This manufacturing technique was first used here in Andalusia in order to make small items like coin purses and small leather goods for raw tobacco. Nowadays, this technique is being used to make mobile phones cases, cardholders and i-pad® covers and cases.

Moulding Leather Technique

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Posted on February 3rd, 2011
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