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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Leather goods merchants were the first transmitters of the savoir-faire of this area in modern times. Isn´t these people worthy of homage? They were the first sales agents of the leather goods factories that decided to create a brand. It was the owner of the workshop himself who took this role. He used to pack the collection of leather goods in a “hard-to-wear” trunk and drive all through certain geographical areas. He visited shops of leather accessories and offered his products to them. After several weeks of travelling, he came back to the factory and started to produce the orders.

Nowadays, this way of selling is not as common as it used to be. Most Spanish Leather Goods Manufacturers have their own e-shop or display their products on ecommerce platforms of third parties

We strongly believe in modern technologies as a way of reaching your potential clients and a way of being closer to them. However, the “physical contact” the physical interaction (Experience) between buyers and makers cannot be substituted by these technologies. Leather goods are made by People

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Posted on July 26th, 2012
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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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Regardless of the religious side of this Week, one may say that Spanish streets in general and Andalusian streets in particular become outdoor museums that show unique pieces of artwork made by Spanish artisans. Carpenters, Jewellers, Leather Workers, Embroiderers, Goldsmiths and quite a lot of other Guilds work together in order to create items of priceless artistic value.



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Every guild and brotherhood has an emblem that symbolises its background and raison d’être. One may say that the leather goods manufacturing industry in Andalusia (Spain) has its own symbol, which is also a tool that has been used from the very beginnings of the industry. This tool is called “Patacabra” (or “Petacabra”) and has traditionally been used by leather workers in this area. It is made from the hardest wood found in the trees in Andalusia. The “Patacabra” (or “Petacabra”) is used for plenty of different processes and tasks in the manufacturing of a leather good such as flattening the edges, shaping the item in moulded leather goods and polishing the leather.

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Posted on June 30th, 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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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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1 · Geographical Location: Ubrique is located between two Natural Parks, Alcornocales (Cork tree) and Grazalema Natural Parks, which have been widely exploited by the inhabitants of this area. For instance:

  • · There is an ancient farming tradition due to the favourable climate and the fertile soil. Cows, bulls, goats and sheep have traditionally been bred and, therefore, products like cheese, milk, meat and leather have always been associated to this area.
  • · High quality vegetable tannins from the cork were used for the leather tanning process.

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2 · During the Arab occupation of Andalusia (Al-Andalus) there was an exchange of several manufacturing techniques, which gave the craftsmen of this area a worldwide-recognised reputation. In fact, the Spanish term “marroquinería” and the French word “maroquinerie”, which come from the word “Morocco”, are used to refer to the “leather goods industry”

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3 · An important Roman Road, which can be visited nowadays, crossed Ubrique mountain range. This fact favoured the development of craft businesses related to the typical products of this area such as leather goods and cheese.

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4 · People in this area have a vast reputation of being intrepid entrepreneurs. This innate skill has made them be in the vanguard of several innovations in the leather manufacturing process.

5 · The Leather Industry in Andalusia has been able to adapt itself to modern times without loosing the positive values and positive aspects of past times.

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Posted on February 15th, 2011
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