We have just received the official figures about Manufacturing in Spain in the Fashion Industry (Textile, Shoe and leather Industries).

According to the official figures, the fashion manufacturing industry in Spain is gaining competitiveness. The Industry is getting record figures on exports and its Industrial Production Index (IPI) has increased by 20%. Leather goods and shoes were amongst the top three most produced products with more than 24 million units.

Despite the recession, the Spanish leather goods manufacturing industry enjoys good health due to the high quality standards and customer service that most leather goods manufacturers treasure.


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Posted on December 13th, 2013
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We are proud to announce Sorcha O’Raghallaigh X Betangible collaboration. We must admit that the experience has been fantastic and the result is simply spectacular. We also want to thank Design & Sampling Studio ALEP  for their help.

We visited her studio in London last week and spoke with her about this collaboration. Find it below.


Betangible:  Tell us about your latest collection.

Sorcha O’Raghallaigh: The main source of inspiration behind this collection is the work of artist Alfred Gilbert, in particular his memorial sculptures. I am continually drawn to things that are quite dark and moody but at the same time have a romantic aesthetic — something which Gilbert’s work possesses. I never like to draw all my inspiration from just one subject so I also looked to Victorian Harlequin outfits for some additional inspiration; I wanted the collection to have a playful side in contrast to the darker moody side.


Betangible:  Why did you chose to work with leather?

Sorcha O’Raghallaigh: I really wanted to work with leather to create something which was practical, durable, good quality but that still embodied our aesthetic. A lot of the pieces we create are one of a kind; they can be very ornate and not really for everyday wear and due to the bespoke nature they are not accessible to everyone. I wanted to make something that was the opposite of all of this, however I did not want to create a watered down version of our aesthetic, I felt we could achieve all of this by creating a capsule collection of luxury leather bags.

Betangible:  How did you find working with Betangible?

Sorcha O’Raghallaigh: Last season we attempted to make bags ourselves, we found the whole experience tricky and it was difficult as we had no experience in making bags before, so we were extremely happy to have the opportunity to collaborate with Betangible on the bags for the new collection. Working with Betangible was an amazing experience as we wanted to develop our original ideas for bags as well as create something new. The Betangible team were very open, patient and helpful which made the whole process feel like an education. We learnt so much through the whole experience. I feel the bags surpassed our initial vision because of the support, communication and the quality of craftsmanship that Betangible provided.

Betangible:  What are your favourite features of the capsule collection of bags?

Sorcha O’Raghallaigh: Overall my favourite features are all the little details that make the bags such good quality. I love the rich colour of the blood red pony skin on the exterior and the the contrasting burgundy dyed edges, the leather lining, the quality of finish and craftsmanship is what really excites me the most.

Betangible:  How do you think the capsule collection works as a whole?

Sorcha O’Raghallaigh: I love the collection as a whole as I feel that the clutches are a great continuation from last season, they have our signature of hand embellished florals. I also feel we have moved forward with the round sculptural bag, I think the collection marries well together and I feel that it is a strong representation of our aesthetic. There is a Good choice of sizes, from coin purse right up to iPad sized clutches and the round bag feels like a really special addition.

Betangible:  As you’ve mentioned, your collections are usually quite ornate and couture – how did it feel to make something more practical?

Sorcha O’Raghallaigh: Really great it was so good collaborating with Betangible as I feel the object is not just practical but also beautiful, thanks to all the expert craftsmanship. I’m really excited by and proud of this collaboration.

Betangible:  Why Spain?

Sorcha O’Raghallaigh: The Spanish are world renowned for their leather products and to me “made in Spain” means quality — The standard of the bags that we received were so exquisite that it makes sense why they are so renowned for their leather goods. We could not have asked for more!

Today we want to tell you about the luxury leather goods´s brand “Fendi” which has released “Baguette Painter´s Toile“, an interesting kit of paints and brushes with which we can create our own Fendi Baguette Bag.

We can find several examples of custom Fendi Baguette made by great artists like Tom Sachs, Richard Prince, Franceso Vezzoli and Enzo Cucchi amog others.


The video below shows how the Brazilian  artist Nina Pandolfo creates her own Baguette step by step, We hope you  enjoy the video

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Posted on September 24th, 2013
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Right after the summer holidays there are a bunch of events that we cannot miss. Find some of them below.





Dates: 15th  – 18th 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.

Note:Mipel is the leading trade show for leather goods manufacturers. It is a must if you want to know latest trends.

Web site: http://www.mipel.it









fashion-fair-le-cuir-a-parisLE CUIR A PARIS


Dates: 17th  -19st September

Venue, City, Country: Paris Nord Villepinte Hall3, Paris, France

Exhibitor:  Tanners, Furriers,Manufacturers of textiles for accesories, Manufacturers of technical components, Manufacturers of chemical products

Visitors: Buyers, stylists, designers, trend studios and fashion and design professionals

Notes: Simply a must…

Web site:  http://www.cuiraparis.com








fashion-fair-premiere-classePREMIÈR CLASSE TUILLERIES


Dates: 27th September – 30th September

Venue, City, Country: Jardin des Tuileries 
Paris, France

Exhibitors: Leather Accessories and Shoes Brands and manufacturers

Visitors: Importers and exporters, manufacturers worldwide

Web site: http://www.premiere-classe-tuileries.com/














Dates: 8th-10th October

Venue, City, Country: Bologna Fair Centre, Bologna, Italy

Exhibitors: Producers of finished leathers and components (leather goods and shoes)

Visitors: Importers and exporters, manufacturers worldwide

Note: It is the referent for those who want to be up-to-date about the trends in raw materials. The different producers exhibit their new articles and innovations. A must-visit Trade Fair.

Web site: http://www.lineapelle-fair.it/index.php?&lingua=en







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Posted on September 12th, 2013
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Belgian fashion and accessories designer, Neils Peeraer , is a graduate of the Royal Fashion Academy in Antwerp (Belgium). His Master Collection was awarded with handbag collaboration with the renowned luxury brand Delvaux. We had the opportunity of attending his show in Antwerp on that year and featured his world on one of our posts.


Neils’ work can be described as “Simply Unique”. Not only because of his emotional approach to design itself, but also because of his master use of veg tanned leathers. All his leather goods are made using veg tanned leathers and brass hardware. A profound knowledge of the materials and the techniques are necessary to design and make the leather goods and accessories in the photos below.


The images are from Neils Peeraer’s AW13 Collection in which you can find handbags, bracelets and hats; all made out of veg tanned leather and brass snaps and rings.

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Posted on August 28th, 2013
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Is there anything more gratifying than helping someone make their ideas and dreams come true? These are the foundations of a long lasting relationship. We strongly believe that this also applies to business and the leather goods manufacturing industry is not an exception for this.

It’s also very gratifying to be able to build a relationship beyond business. Of course this does not happen instantly and one cannot forget that it’s business what brought you together. However, doing business within an atmosphere of trust and positiveness is very beneficial for the project itself since all the ideas flow without any restriction.

That’s why we really enjoy doing what we do.We are lucky to work with the best team of leather goods manufacturers, pattern makers and suppliers…

Of course, it must be business… but why not fun too?


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Posted on August 6th, 2013
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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.



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.


Japanese brand Comme des Garçons IPad cases are one of our favourite designs for IPad. Functionality and the best craftsmanship are two of the main features of these IPad covers. Once again, the very popular “Very Black” line comes on the scene; no gold zips or contrast branding… Just smooth black leather…


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Posted on May 17th, 2013
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We have been following Estonian-born designer Oliver Ruuger for quite a while and we really like his view on craftsmanship and handmade products. The video below shows the making process of one of the creations in which ancient techniques are combined with the latest innovations in order to make a leather item.

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Posted on April 12th, 2013
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Loewe’s latest Project is called “Best Hands of Spain”. In this Project, the Spanish luxury Brand wants to enhance Spain’s greatest craftsmen. The video below shows the hand-made aspect behind the manufacturing process of a luxury item, which underlines the fact that “Made in Spain” is linked to the best craftsmanship and constant pursuit of excellence. 

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Posted on March 26th, 2013
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