Betangible had the opportunity to attend today’s presentation of Sibling’s AW11 Collection 6 at London Fashion Week. We got delighted at some leather details they used in the collection such as the leather shoulder pieces, the knitted scarf with a leather belt closure and the leather closure of some pockets.

From Betangible we encourage Sibling to keep using leather in their collections. Perhaps, this is the beginning of an long lasting relationship between Sibling and Leather. Will we see Sibling’s leather accessories shortly?

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Posted on February 24th, 2011
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This is the first post of a series in which we will try to show you the different materials and processes evolved in the manufacturing of a leather item.

Leather is “animal skin dressed for use,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary . Animal hides are by-products of the food industry, and therefore we can find many different types of leathers and hides. Although today most leather is made of cattle skin, there are many other types such as lambskin, pigskin and deerskin, which are used in the manufacturing of leather goods. More exotic skins from crocodiles, ostriches or stingrays are also used for more exclusive and costly products.

Chrome-tanned-leather

Today, although more processes can be applied, most hides and skins are transformed into leather by two tanning processes:
  • · Chrome tanned leather is tanned using chrome sulphate. This chemical gives the leather a more supple finish. Colourfastness is better than vegetable tanned leather.
  • · Vegetable tanned leather is tanned using vegetable origin tannins. Vegetable tanned leather is less supple and harder. “Moulded Leather Goods”  must be manufactured with this type of leather.

Cracked-Leather

As for the forms in which leather is usually bought, we can mainly find:

  • · Split leather is obtained when the top-grain is separated from the hide and then, a non-natural layer is applied. Split leather is usually a cheaper type of leather. Split leather is also used to make suede.

  • · Corrected leather has got an artificial layer on it in order to correct the imperfections of the hides that do not meet the minimum quality requirements to make top or full-grain leather.

  • · Top-grain leather has less breathability than full-grain leather due to its “plastic-like” finish coat, which gives this type of leather a greater resistance to stains.

  • · Full-grain leather is the upper section of a hide that has not had any treatments to remove imperfections on its surface. Its breathability and natural touch are very appreciated.

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Posted on February 17th, 2011
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Nobody questions the importance of preserving the heritage of a city, town or community. However, not many people are sensitive to preserving Industrial Heritage, which deals with buildings, artefacts, techniques and products which are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations, often forming a significant attraction for tourism.

The Leather Museum of Ubrique is modestly trying to spread the history, tradition and treasures of the leather sector in Andalucía. If you have the opportunity to come to Andalucía, it’s worth visiting.

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Posted on February 7th, 2011
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According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica a Designer is one that designs: as a:  one who creates and often executes plans for a project or b:  one that creates and manufactures high-fashion clothing. The same source defines a Manufacturer as one that manufacturers; especially an employer of workers in manufacturing.

Both are much more that those quite formal definitions. A designer is also the artist of the intangible, the concepts, and a visionary. On his part, a manufacturer is the master of the concrete, the tangible, and the physical. A figure that has the skills to make the ideas and creations of designers come true into tangible objects.

I have seen that both figures do not really manage to understand each other due to different factors that we will analyse in future posts. At Betangible www.betangible.com we believe in the unity, understanding, and cohesion between designers and manufacturers… Do you want to join us?

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Posted on February 3rd, 2011
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