For our fifth interview  we have a vey good example of the thriving new generations that eventually will lead the companies of the leather goods industry in Andalusia (Spain). Cristina is the daughter of the current manager of leather and metal trims supplier Curtidos Zarco S.L. , Mr. José Antonio Rubiales. We hope you enjoy the interview.

 

 

Betangible:Tell us a Little bit about the background of Curtidos Zarco

Cristina Rubiales: Well, the link with the leather goods industry in Ubrique (Spain) started in 1887 when my great grandfather established the first company. It was a tannery that was not far away from our current warehouse. He used to work as both a tanner and a leather worker (link a nuestro post) for a local leather goods manufacturer. After a few years he gave up the profession of leather worker and he concentrated in the tannery and started representing some of the top quality tanneries of the times. In fact, he and his brother started to supply leathers that were tanned in Spain, Italy and UK.

 

Betangible:Where does this leather come from? How much leather have you got here?

C.R. We are the official suppliers of some of the most successful tanneries in countries like Spain, Italy and France. In the past, we used to stock several hundreds of square feet of each type of leather. However, this is not affordable anymore due to the many types of leather that we have here. In spite of this fact, we always have more than 50,000 square feet of leather in stock.

Betangible:What type of leather is your best seller?

C.R. About 90 % of the leather that we sell is cattle skin. The remaining 10 % is divided into lamb skin, goat skin, pig skin, reptiles and Shagreen / Galuchat skin

 

Betangible:What is your customer profile?

C.R.  Most of my clients are leather goods manufacturers in Andalusia (Spain). They come here to buy the leather that they will use in the production for their clients. We are also getting more and more clients from other countries such as UK, Belgium, Germany, France and USA. They are mainly designers and brands that want to buy the leather, metal trims or reinforcements directly and ask the manufacturer to source it from us.

 

 

Betangible:Can you tell us some designers or brands that are using (or have used) your products (leather, metal trims or reinforcements)?

C.R. Just to mention some international designers or brands… Carolina Herrera, Loewe and Chris&Tibor. Many local brands and designers are also using our products. Some of them are Carla Sade and Barada

 

Betangible:We are observing that price of leather is increasing sharply. Which are the reasons for this increase?

C.R. There are two main reasons for this.

– Due to the financial situation we currently have, human consumption of cattle meat is decreasing. Therefore, fewer animals are scarified. There is not as much hides as there used to be in the past.

– There is a huge demand of leather from China and emerging countries such as Brazil and India.

These two reasons have led tanners increase prices.

 

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Posted on September 6th, 2011
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Luxury Swiss brand, Bally , celebrates its 160 Anniversary during this year 2011. The Swiss brand is associated to concepts like craftsmanship and modern design, elegance and timeless beauty. We highly recommend you to have a look at Bally’s website in which you will be able to see nicely made leather goods and shoes and some videos of the manufacturing process of some products. Below, you can find a beautiful short video of the process of making a pair of shoes. We hope you enjoy it.

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Posted on September 2nd, 2011
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Right after summer, the leather goods industry gets ready for a hectic month of September. Many trade fairs take place in the month of September and we would like to point out some of them. What if we meet in any of the Fairs?

 


PRET Á PORTER

            • Dates:  3rd-6th September
            • Venue, City, Country:  Porte de Varsailles, Paris, France
            • Exhibitors:  Fashion designers And Manufacturers
            • Visitors: Importers And Exporters
            • Note:  Pret a Porter Paris offers the possibility of seeing the creations of the most recognised fashion designers and emerging talents. It is also a good event for manufacturers to meet high volume buyers.
            • Web site:  http://www.pretparis.com/en

ACCESSORIES THE SHOW

            • Dates:  18th-20th September
            • Venue,City, Country:  Javit Center, New York, USA
            • Exhibitors: International designers and manufacturers
            • Visitors: International buyers and press
            • Note:  Privately-run fast-growing Trade Fair that specialises in the accessories business. Attendees, buyers and exhibitors from many different countries. A good place to test the American market.
            • Web site:  http://www.accessoriestheshow.com

MODACALZADO-IBERPIEL

            • Dates:  11th-13th September
            • Venue,City, Country:  IFEMA, Madrid, Spain
            • Exhibitors: Footwear and leather goods manufacturers and brands
            • Visitors: International Designers and buyers
            • Note:  Although the “Spanish Fair” used to be a must-visit in the past years, it is suffering from disenchantmentby both exhibitors and visitors. Nowadays, the fair is still one of the best windows for Spanish manufacturers of footwear.
            • Web site: www.ifema.es/ferias/semanapiel/default_i.html

GDS  – INTERNATIONAL EVENT FOR SHOES AND ACCESSORIES

            • Dates:  7th-9th September
            • City, Country: Düsseldorf, Germany
            • Exhibitors: Designers and manufacturers of leather goods and shoes
            • Visitors: importers and exporters of leather goods and shoes
            • Note:  Although the fair holds an interesting representation of leather goods designers and manufacturers, the footwear part of fair is getting more and more exhibitors and visitors.
            • Web site: http://www.gds-online.com

ANTEPRIMA COLOURS AND TRENDS

            • Dates:  13th-14th September
            • Venue, City, Country: Mico Fiera Milano city, Milan, Italy
            • Exhibitors: Designers, the top producers of fashion and luxury items of the sector worldwide
            • Visitors: Designers, the top producers of fashion and luxury items of the sector worldwide
            • Note:  Such a good fair for exchanging ideas with other professionals of the leather accessories industry. Trends.
            • Web site: www.anteprima-fair.com/en

LE CUIR A PARIS

            • Dates:  20th-22th September
            • Venue, City, Country:  Paris Nord Villepinte Hall4, Paris, France
            • Exhibitors: International businesses in the leather industry. Fur & Leather
            • Visitors: Buyers, fashion designers, design agencies and other related businesses
            • Note:  Simply a must …
            • Web site:  http://lecuiraparis.com/introduction

ALL CHINA LEATHER EXHIBITION

            • Dates:  6th-8th September
            • Venue, City, Country: Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai, P R China
            • Exhibitors:  Leather goods and accessories manufacturers, trend companies, leather tanners.
            • Visitors: Importers and exporters of hides and leather. Leather goods buyers and coolhunters.
            • Web site:  http://www.aclechina.com

MIPEL – THE BAG SHOW

            • Dates:  18th-21th September
            • Venue, City, Country: Fiera Milano, Milan, Italy
            • Exhibitors: International leather Goods manufacturers and brands
            • Visitors: Importers and exporters of leather goods and accessories, retailers, wholesalers, leather tanners.
            • Web site:  http://www.mipel.it

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Posted on August 30th, 2011
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As we wrote in a previous posts (A tool… A symbol , Past and Present… and Leather Thinning) , past and present coexist in leather goods workshops in Spain. Leather goods manufacturers in Andalusia (Spain) are still using traditional tools and, at the same time, are incorporating other innovations  in order to make the task lighter and easier. In this new category, we will write about traditional tools, how Spanish leather workers use them and how technology is being incorporated into this traditional industry.

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Posted on August 26th, 2011
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Our series of videos “How to make a leather item” try to show how leather goods manufacturers in Andalusia (Spain) use their skills and savoir-faire in order to make worldwide recognised leather goods.

Today, it is the turn of “leather skiving”. Leather is skived in order to make the edges thinner so that the parts that need to be folded in do not get a double thick every time any edge is folded in. The video shows how a leather worker skives the parts that eventually will form a wallet using a traditional leather skiving machine.

Today, we would like to re-post an article that our partner blog Ubrike.com posted some weeks ago. The article is about the collaboration between luxury brand Louis Vuitton and British artist Billie Achileos.

You can find some more photos and a video of the making of on this link

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Posted on August 19th, 2011
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MCM created a bespoke case for a priceless 18th century cello owned by German virtuous cellist Jan Vogler . The case was made in order to celebrate Jan Vogler’s participation in the 34th Dresden Music Festival. MCM’s Master Craftsman handcrafted the cello case in MCM’s workshops in Munich. We recommend you to have a look at the video below, which shows the process of making this unique piece.

 

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Posted on August 16th, 2011
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The Product Sheet is the document that contains the information that leather goods manufacturers need in order to make a leather item. Needless to say that a very detailed Product Sheet will facilitate the work of the manufacturer, the product will be made faster and the concept of the leather item will be interpreted in an easier way.
 
Sometimes, it is not easy to express an idea on paper. That’s why leather goods manufacturers also appreciate the inclusion of sketches and photos of the inspiration that led the designer design that particular item.

In another post, we will share the Product Sheet that we are using in our workshops and the information that we need from each leather item. For example:

Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on August 11th, 2011
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We have been surfing the web and came up with an awesome video by Fendi  in which they show the manufacturing process of a fur and leather coat. You will be able to see many parts of the whole process. We hope you enjoy it.

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Posted on August 9th, 2011
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We are very happy about the visits that our youtube channel is reaching. More than 1600 total upload views encourages us to keep communicating what the Andalusian leather goods industry can offer.

Thank you all for being a betangible fan.

You can find below the links to our 3 most watched videos.


How to make a leather item – Leather Moulding – Part I



How to make a leather item – Leather Moulding – Part II



How to make a leather item – Hand Cutting

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Posted on August 4th, 2011
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