I think you all know that we like challenges and this project has been a real one.This “adventure” started a few months ago. It became a “tangible” piece not long ago and it is now in the market.

Nothing can be compared to the excitement when we saw our customer’s face once the production sample was finished. It was an incredible feeling to see that we managed to make what they had in their minds. As they said… “A dream come true”…

The making of this stunning design was beautifully filmed at our leather goods sampling studio in Ubrique (Spain). We really enjoyed the experience not only for the fun but also for the fact that our customer was able to see and appreciate the passion our team put on every step of the making process of their leather bag.

Thanks to the owners of the design and brand (The SLCTD) , it is a pleasure to be able to share the video below with our followers. Hope you like it. We look forward to your comments….

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The answer to the first question is Yes, there are bad leather goods manufacturers… in Spain and in other countries, of course. The answer to the second question is No, quality is only one of the aspects in order to claim whether a leather good manufacturer is good or not.

After much seeing, making, trying and especially as a first person witness, I have found that many Spanish Leather Goods manufacturers have the skills to make good quality leather goods but many others lack other important features that a modern supplier should have.

21st Century citizens demand 21st Century services and the Fashion Industry is not an exception. 21st Century designers and fashion houses look for 21st Century leather goods makers and suppliers. This has to do with being updated about the trends and what the leaders of the market are currently doing. It also has to do with transparency in the relationship with customers and openness to new ideas. Empathy, enthusiasm and willingness are critical features too.

Something to add?… Happy to know

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Planning and scheduling are vital tasks in the development of an industrial activity. If we focus on the manufacturing of leather goods, planning seems to be a bit more complicated due to several factors such as sourcing of raw materials and all the peculiarities of a hand crafted product.Because of this, we must monitor every single stage in the manufacturing process in order that it can be as efficient as possible. This is the main task of the Workshop Manager. Spanish Leather Goods Manufacturers call this person ”Master”.

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Clients, suppliers, manufacturers and all parties that are implied in the whole process must facilitate each other’s tasks for the mutual benefit. Realism and Pragmatism is the key here. Most of the issues that are found in the relationship between the parties have to do with due times that are not fulfilled. The analysis of the situation and a great dose of professionalism are crucialin order to avoid negative experiences to a minimum. We are all in the same boat and we must work together and try to understand the reasons behind all the demands and requests from clients, only in this way will we have sustainable businesses.

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In a previous post, we wrote and showed a short video about the process of cutting the leather using different techniques. This time we would like to tell you about the two main types of cutting dies that Spanish Leather Goods Manufacturers use in their Leather Workshops.

Regular Cutting Dies are intended for bulk production since they simplify the leather cutting process. It is recommended when there will be a consistent repetition of a product or a particular detail that will be present throughout the whole collection. The cost of regular cutting dies is not high, however getting the desired shapes and curves aer not always possible due to the semi-manual making process of these cutting dies.

Regular Leather Cutting Dies

Precision Cutting Dies are made by using CAD/CAM technology (the same technology used for making embossing stamps) It’s a 100% automatic and precise process. These cutting dies are more costly but it is the best option when the key word is “Precision”. By using these cutting dies you can get the exactly the desired diameter in a corner of a leather wallet or card holder, for example. Another very good feature of these cutting dies is that you can do several processes at the same time, such as cutting the leather and doing the creasing line on the credit cards compartments of a wallet, for example.

Precision Leather Cutting Dies

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Busy times for Leather Goods Manufacturers now. Christmas is round the corner one more year. Some of the Christmas gifts that many people worldwide will receive are being made in Spanish Leather Goods Workshops. We feel proud to be a small part of it… Thanks for making it possible.

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Today, we want to show collaboration between two traditional industries, Leather & Carpentry Industries. This project started some months ago within the framework of a project led by IES Carlos III , a local Training Workshop. The Project tries to strengthen bonds between these two guilds so that they can share techniques and ideas for better-made products.

The pictures and the video below show the making process of ash table with leather wrapped panels. We hope you enjoy it…

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Final Result

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So far, we have showed you the main processes that Spanish Leather Goods Manufacturers follow in order to make a leather item. Today, we want to start a new series of articles in which we will try to show you the little details that makes of a Leather Item be “Great”.

There are different ways of finishing the edges of a leather item. We want to show you the five most commonly used. All of them need a lot of dedication in order to get a proper finished edge.

Read more about Edge finish in an older post here.

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Logo embossing is the most frequent way of branding a leather item. The majority of pieces that are made by leather goods manufacturers in this area are personalised by using “Bind Embossing”. The video below shows an example of this type of embossing. There are some other ways of embossing your logo on leather such as gold or silver foil embossing. Enjoy the video.

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Today, we want to show you some types of stitching that are commonly used in the manufacturing of leather goods. As you will see from the pictures below, we have made a leather bag on which we have tried to apply different ways of assembling the different parts and also we have tried to use different types of visible and hidden stitching.

Which one is your favourite?

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Why do leather goods have a high price? Have you ever wondered what is behind the whole process? We want to share with our followers a video that shows a real process of analysing the cost of a leather item. As you will see, patterns are crucial in this.

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