Today, we are going to talk with the founder of a company that use a very widespread technique by many clients. This technique allows fashion designers show their creativity.

Pileus is a Ubrique based company founded by Alberto Moreno. They are leaders in Leather Printing and this technology respects all the natural characteristics of leather such as softness and warmth.

Betangible: Could you tell us what possibilities Pileus offer in the Leather Industry?

Alberto: We are specialized in Leather Printing. This technology allows to print on any kind of leather (light and dark), also with grains, with full colour photographic quality. There are so many possibilities… as many as the designer has in their head. Our clients can express their creativity in a piece of leather. We have clients in the fashion industry, interior design, etc.

Betangible: Do you think that customers are aware about the use of this technology to create their designs?

Alberto: Nowadays, technology is everywhere, and we live with it every day. Designers can use this machine to be different from their competitors, because their designs will be one-of-a kind.

Betangible: Ubrique has been working in the Manufacturing of Leather Accessories for centuries. Tradition is the word that may define this job and this town. However, through Pileus this tradition could be changed to Avant-garde. Do you think that Pileus can help make a change in this matter?

Alberto: Of course! Ubrique need the technology to improve the leather industry. Luxury Fashion Houses and High End Brands are more and more familiar with the use of the technology. We need to work in this matter and mix both: tradition and technology.

Alberto kindly showed us how the machine works. He used a leather with grain and the result was perfect as you can watch in the following video.

 

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Posted on February 11th, 2019
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Dearest friends, from all the team of Betangible (Leather Goods Manufacturers based in Ubrique), we wish you a year full of love, prosperity, brightness, success and happiness. Happy New Year 2019!

We hope that you can get all your dreams come true. Thanks so much for such a wonderful year!

 

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Posted on December 30th, 2018
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You still don’t know what to give this Christmas? From Ubrique and as Leather Good Manufacturers and as experts in leather goods making, we think that a leather accessory is always a good option to give to someone in Christmas. The main reasons to give a handmade leather item are the highest quality, a good design and the durability of the products Made in Ubrique.

So that, we thought that would be a great idea to share with you a wish list with the bags of 2018 that will last forever from Vogue Spain. Very well-known brands like Jacquemus, By Far or Paco Rabanne. Which one is your favourite?

Bag Le Cariño (Jacquemus)

         

Purse bag (Attico)

Mini bag (By Far)

Tote bag (Marni)

Black bag (Victoria Beckham)

Printed bag with square (Mansur Gavriel)

Bag with panels (Anya Hindmarch)

Cylindrical bag (Paco Rabanne)

Candy box bag  (Bimba y Lola)

Zebra printed bag (Boss)

Jewel bag (Cult Gaia para Moda Operandi)

Shoulder bag (Gabriel for Sach)

XXL bag (Isabel Marant)

Bag Amphora (Carolina Santo Domingo)

Bag Delila with chain handle (Yuzefi)

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Posted on December 24th, 2018
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Betangible, Leather Goods Manufacturer based in Ubrique (Spain), wish you Merry Christmas.

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Posted on December 13th, 2018
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Although quality control tests are performed in every single step of the manufacturing process, a final test is performed before packing the leather item. Leather goods are checked one by one to meet Quality Assurance minimal requirements.

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Posted on March 31st, 2011
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When people are asked about luxury, they tend to say words and concepts such as “Exclusivity”, “Unique”, “High Quality” and “Craftsmanship”. Luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Mont Blanc have always worked hard so that their target public can associate their products to the above concepts. Today, we want to share with you two examples of these communication campaigns that worked very well. They are clear examples that tradition, heritage and savoir-faire are highly valued in the so-called “Luxury Universe”.

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Posted on March 10th, 2011
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We managed to get several quite old photos of some workshops and manufacturers from Ubrique, which we want to share with our readers. The photos were taken more than 60 years ago, therefore the workshops in the photos have seen some generations of leather workers pass by and, in so doing, they have become icons of the savoir-faire of the leather industry in Andalusia.

 

The older generations of leather workers started to learn the job when they were around 17 years old. At first, they were responsible for very basic tasks and, as they learned the job, they became more implied in the whole manufacturing process.

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Did you know that a wallet could be composed of more than 50 different small pieces? Each of the pieces must be cut with the greatest precision in order to get the highest quality. Leather goods manufacturers in Ubrique (Andalusia) are using three main cutting methods.

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  • · Hand cut: Only the most skilful cutters are able to cut the leather by hand. In order to do this, a cardboard pattern and a sharp blade are used. The cutter must also be able to select the proper areas of the leather for each part of the leather item.

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  • · Die Cutting (Press Machine): When there is a considerable amount of items to be produced, a metal cutting piece is made for each piece of which the leather item is composed. A press machine is used to cut the leather

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  • · Automatic cutting system (CAD/CAM Technology) : Although the investment in this kind of technology is very high, automatic-cutting system provide manufacturers with a multifunctional tool for the current times. CAD/CAM technology is really helping manufacturers to meet the needs and demands of the market since it helps you develop critical processes in the manufacturing of a leather item such as pattern making, easy pattern amendment and prototype & sample making. Automatic cutting systems are ideal for small batch production.

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Posted on March 1st, 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.

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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.

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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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1 · Geographical Location: Ubrique is located between two Natural Parks, Alcornocales (Cork tree) and Grazalema Natural Parks, which have been widely exploited by the inhabitants of this area. For instance:

  • · There is an ancient farming tradition due to the favourable climate and the fertile soil. Cows, bulls, goats and sheep have traditionally been bred and, therefore, products like cheese, milk, meat and leather have always been associated to this area.
  • · High quality vegetable tannins from the cork were used for the leather tanning process.

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2 · During the Arab occupation of Andalusia (Al-Andalus) there was an exchange of several manufacturing techniques, which gave the craftsmen of this area a worldwide-recognised reputation. In fact, the Spanish term “marroquinería” and the French word “maroquinerie”, which come from the word “Morocco”, are used to refer to the “leather goods industry”

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3 · An important Roman Road, which can be visited nowadays, crossed Ubrique mountain range. This fact favoured the development of craft businesses related to the typical products of this area such as leather goods and cheese.

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4 · People in this area have a vast reputation of being intrepid entrepreneurs. This innate skill has made them be in the vanguard of several innovations in the leather manufacturing process.

5 · The Leather Industry in Andalusia has been able to adapt itself to modern times without loosing the positive values and positive aspects of past times.

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