Many fashion designers look at older times and leather goods collections from the past in order to create their own styles and collections. This pretty recurrent source of inspiration focuses not only on the functional part that old items hold but also on the intrinsic beauty of lifetime craftsmanship. Best selling traditional leather goods, like those you can see below, are being reinterpreted and adapted to present times.

Mad hectic Neon leather accessories may be a good example for this. Old functionality and the current trends are united.

We will soon post some new examples of this.

 

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Posted on October 14th, 2011
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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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Posted on October 11th, 2011
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4th October 2011

Dear logbook,

Today, we feel privileged. We had the opportunity of seeing the newest collections of some of the most recognised fashion houses in the world. We feel lucky to work in an area where the latest trends mixes with tradition and craftsmanship. Both realities coexist and feed on each other so that they are constantly learning something new. The leather industry in Andalusia is “alive and kicking”…

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Posted on October 5th, 2011
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We recently got to know about the video below and decided to share it with our followers. The video is about the Museé International d’Horlogerie  in Switzerland  (International Museum of watchmaking). It’s not only that we are passionate about watches and watchmaking but also because such an ambitious project with Montblanc   will serve to keep records of how watches were made in the past and protect the savoir-faire of Swiss watchmakers.

We already wrote an article about the Leather Goods Museum  in Ubrique and published some pictures. You will soon learn more about this museum.

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Posted on October 1st, 2011
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We have not had enough travelling during September. Other trade fairs and commercial actions are waiting for us in October. Some are the following:


 

VENDOME LUXURY TRADESHOW

Dates: 30th September-3rd October

Venue, City, Country: Le Meurice, Park Hyatt and D’Evreux Hotel, Paris, France

Exhibitors: Designers and brands of apparel and fashion accessories and other luxury brands of other industries

Visitors: Local and International buyers and press, support groups, associations, representatives and general public

Note: Vendome Luxury Tradeshow offers a selection of high-end accessories and womenswear. It’s also a window for luxury perfumes, cosmetics and fine jewellery.

Web site: http://goo.gl/4yar2


 

FOCUS APPAREL & ACCESSORIES SHOW

Dates: 17th-19th October

Venue, City, Country: California Market Centre, Los Angeles, USA

Exhibitors: Cloth, Apparel & Accessories, Handbags
 and other Leather Goods

Visitors: Designers, Exporters, Importers, General Public, Leather Manufacturers, Media Agencies and Publications

Note: It is one of the most fashionable shows in the USA. The event brings trendy apparel and accessories; all with a touch of innovation.

Web site: http://goo.gl/mFYcy

 


 

LINEPELLE

 Dates: 18th-20th 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://goo.gl/4KsMm


 

SIMAC TANNING-TECH

 

Dates: 18th-20th October

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

Exhibitors: Manufacturers of technologies and machines for shoes and leather goods, CAD-CAM technologies, Die-cutting machines, sewing machines, dies and chemical products.

Visitors: Local and International buyers. Importers, exporters and manufacturers of leather goods and shoes.

Note: It takes place at the same venue and dates as Lineapelle. The event offers a very comprehensive selection of the leading companies worldwide. Exhibition of machines and other technologies.

Web site: http://goo.gl/Z5ISa

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Posted on September 28th, 2011
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Can a leather item be made more efficiently (time wise) without reducing the quality and the values that a handcrafted leather item holds? Craftsmanship is linked to the idea that the amount of time spent on the manufacturing of an item is not as important as the final result. On the contrary, many modern makers tend to focus completely on functionality and “forget” about the spiritual part of the item. The act of purchasing is based on the emotions and the story that is behind.

Tradition-Modernity-hand-in-hand

Keeping the above in mind, we must not forget that handmade items must also be sellable and meet the requirements and needs of our clients. In our experience, timing is a key factor here. Modern leather goods craftsmanship must keep its roots in order to make gorgeous leather goods, but also it must meet the new standards that the market is demanding.

 

What do YOU think about this?…

 

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Posted on September 23rd, 2011
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English brand Mulberry was established in Somerset (England) in 1971. The brand was a success from the very first collection and became the first lifestyle British brand. Although most of Mulberry’s leather products are made in their rural Somerset factory, known as The Rookery, many pieces are made in Spain by Andalusian leather goods manufacturers.   The key factors for this success have been the passion for the artisanal work and the selection of the best raw materials, among others.

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Posted on September 22nd, 2011
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14th September 2011

Dear logbook,

Yesterday, a very good friend of us visited our sampling workshop  and some manufacturers of our area. Ironically, although we have known each other for more than two years, it was the first time he has been to Andalusia . Our good friend James told us during the diner that, as we already knew, he is a fan of our blog, but, before coming here, he could not imagine “how those people at the workshop work and make a wallet…” .” they are mad about what they do”. Finally, he added “actions speak louder that ‘written’ words”. He really encouraged us to keep on communicating the values of the leather goods manufacturers in Ubrique area. Many thanks, James. We won’t give up.

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Posted on September 15th, 2011
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Today, we would like to share with our readers a video in which you will be able to see how furniture designer, Max Lamb and master craftsmen of Alfred Dunhill collaborate in order to make a unique item that combines craftsmanship and modernity. We hope that you enjoy the video.

 

 

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Posted on September 13th, 2011
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As we announced in a previous article, many of our followers asked us to write about the information that leather goods manufacturers need in order to present the information of each style in an organised way. Although there are other valid ways of making a product sheet, we would like to present you how we organise the information at Betangible .

The images below are just a rough design of the technical sheet. It only pretends to be a guide.


 

 

The first page should contain a general view of the style including the main measurements (HxWxD). Front, back and side view should appear. The technical drawing should contain as many details as possible.

 

 

 

Space for notes available

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

In the second page you should describe the materials that you want for your leather item (leatherliningmetal trims, …)Photos are always very useful, especially for metal accessories.

 

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In the next 3 or 4 pages you should unravel all the details in each of the views (front, back and side) and the measurements of the other pieces of the leather item (straps/handles, leather trims, thickness of the straps, …). You may also want to clarify any other aspects of any particular detail in each view (colour contrast, thread, …).

 

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References and/or inspirations are also very useful. You may want to include some pictures of some other products or scenery that inspired you. Here, you may also include any other references that may help in the construction of any particular detail in the leather item.

 

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On another page you may want to include other specifications about the style (stitches per centimetre, thickness of the rope in the handles, branding, …)

 

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If you want to use a customized canvas (or other fabric), this is the way you can present it.

 

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If you want us to send you a PDF file with the template of the product sheet, please fill in the “contact us” form and we will send it to you as soon as possible.

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Posted on September 9th, 2011
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