“A successful work requires the craftsman something that can not be learned and in desperation we call” sleight of hand “. “(Jankélévitch)
The handcrafted leather goods, is the opposite of industrial leather goods, these products, brands, not sold in national distribution networks and are manufactured at large scale in order to optimize their production cost .. But artisanal leather goods, manufactured in small series or piece, it is mainly a style, a philosophy to see some, which clearly distinguishes the mass production, ordinary and commonplace.
No need to go back to the middle ages to understand that some things have changed around us; the manufacture of leather goods quality in part, of course, like all economic sectors of our country. The evolution of industrial processes, technologies constantly improved to ro botiser chains manufacturing and endless quest for productivity have made available many consumer goods including leather bags, to the delight of consumers.
These permanent progress in the industry have generally benefited all and nobody complains: Industrial leaders are of course found their account in developing their activities and turnover, employees have improved their working conditions, social progress who regularly escorted the workers during this economic expansion (in Europe anyway), and consumers have seen emerge over time offers a more extensive articles declined by countless brands in the image cleverly neat, prestigious or popular.
During this period the “thirty glorious years” and even that of the 80s, the consumer is careless and sensualist, cultivates his addiction to brands and despises handicrafts, considered old fashioned and anachronistic. A severe but not necessarily unfair look so very often artisanal leather goods offered an outdated image, articles the unattractive design for a human to the late twentieth century and independent creative designers were rare mount brands and entrust its productions to small scale units.
Crafts and modernity
But crafts also evolved and some companies have dusted model: Although there is still many independent leather craftsmen producing their own items to the room, this economic model is also equipped, moreover, better tools and a more rational organization to produce at a competitive cost. It is also more connected to the contemporary world in fashion and consumer expectations.
There is thus a number of workshops in France and Europe which account for ten to twenty skilled workers and produce under their own brand or for the account of third parties, artisanal leather quality. French designers have understood in their confident producing their leather bags collections or fashion accessories. And like workshops of prestigious luxury brands sector companies have honed their skills to produce better.
The difference with industrial production primarily lies in the possibility of tailor-made to the original in every sense of the term, which does not allow large production lines. Besides the quality of expertise of each artisan, it is a leather goods to the card that offers “small” creators, who can realize their designs in small series, offering some diversity in their collections.
At all to the rear of production, artisanal leather goods allowed many interesting small bags brands (among others) to see the day and get a place in the highly competitive market of leather bags , handbags, briefcases, wallets and other accessories, thanks to their creativity and dynamism.
Brands that have also not all chosen an elitist position, their prices ranging broadly the same level as industrial rivals, sometimes even below. Yes, the made in France, according to the choice of the designer, is rather competitive.
You’re not convinced? Take a look of the French side Leather & Earth Frandi, Kaem, Estellon, Mai Baeg, Karine Dupont, Brontibay, Mary creations, Bleu de Chauffe, Motus & Sewn Mouth, Blue Fish, etc. The list is not exhaustive, they are numerous.
Finally, in fashion, leather goods and accessories, in any case, artisanal and local production (not only in France) still exists and supports thousands of people, not just in the luxury sector. If more items are beautiful and quality, what more!
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