The Leather-Goods Manufacturing Process: How Your Favorite Accessories Are Made
From the fine Italian leather of a Gucci handbag to the luxurious alligator skin of a Hermes Birkin, the hides used to make our favorite accessories come from all over the world. But no matter where they come from, all of these skins have to go through a multi-step manufacturing process before they can be turned into the high-end products we love.
Here’s a look at how leather goods are made, from start to finish:
1. The rawhide is removed from the animal and soaked in water to soften it.
2. The hide is then fleshed, which involves removing any remaining hair, fat, or flesh from the skin.
3. The hide is split into two or more thin layers.
4. The hide is graded and sorted according to quality.
5. The hide is then dyed and/or treated with chemicals to change its color or texture.
6. The hide is stretched and dried.
7. The hide is then cut into the desired shape and size.
8. The hide is finally stitched or glued together to create the finished product.