Spanish Leather – Ubrique, a small town with a big name in Cadiz province near the Malaga border and better-known Ronda, is famous world-wide for its leatherwork.
Since the 19th century when Italian leather workers arrived bringing the tools of their trade leather production has thrived in Ubrique. In the 20th century leather manufacturing was Ubrique’s main industry and today using traditional and modern methods its leather, mainly cow hide, is highly sort-after across Spain as well as by French designers includung Loewe, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, as well as Chloe.
While dogs may be a man’s best friend I think bags are a girl’s best friend. Here are some of my favourite from El Potro online shop.
In 2014 when Letizia was crowned queen her choice of bag was a Spanish design, Magrit, made from Ubrique leather. Ubrique produces around 75% of Spain’s leather goods and some factories, which include Milli Millu, El Potro, Barada and Piel&Mer make up to 1,500 bags a day (that’s a lot of lovely bags). There is also a huge range of boots, purses, wallets and travel bags.
The town has a Leather Museum – Museo de la Piel with original machinery and a gallery with tooled marroquineria leather which originates in Morocco. You can also see how leather is made into gorgeous bags. Of course while visiting the town there are plenty of opportunities to browse, buy and inhale all that wonderful leather.