True European Craftsmanship
Handcrafted by Master Artisans
Handmade in Spain
All Belcori vegetable-tanned products are handcrafted in Ubrique, Spain. This village hidden in the mountainous south/west region of the country, produce for many of the biggest luxury brands in the world.
Our products are meticulously made by Pepe and his extended family, creating high-quality goods for over 40 years.
Handmade in Portugal
All Belcori metal-free tanned products are handcrafted in Sao Joao da Madeira, Portugal. This town is known for the highest quality leather shoe making worldwide, producing for many of the known luxury shoe brands.
Our products are from a family owned company that has been making premium leather bags for over 35 years.
Where Belcori leather goods are made:
Excerpt from the BBC Article “The secret supplier to the world’s top designers”
The town of Ubrique in southern Spain is beautiful but remote. It doesn’t have an airport or a train station and even buses are irregular.
Its position, nestled at the bottom of a valley surrounded by big hills, means the easiest way to get there is by car. But even then drivers have to navigate winding and often steep roads.
The town is around 75 miles south of Seville, nowhere near the world’s fashion capitals of Milan, Paris, New York or London.
Yet this collection of whitewashed houses, known as a pueblo blanco (white town) in Spanish, is where many of the top fashion brands source their leather goods.
Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Hermes, Chanel, Chloe, Loewe and Carolina Herrera are all reported to use the artisans here to make things such as handbags, wallets and belts.
Yet almost none of these designers are willing to talk about it.
It started more than 200 years ago, initially with tanning leather. Eventually, this evolved into the precise leatherwork which the town has become so well known for.
Now the leather is bought in from elsewhere, already tanned and those in Ubrique focus on the more skilled manufacturing work.
Today more than half the town’s residents work in the leather trade, producing the majority of leather goods sold in the country as well as supplying many big overseas fashion houses.
The techniques needed to produce such goods at the top end of the quality scale has been passed down from generation to generation.
It’s these kinds of skills, honed over generations, which have drawn in the big brand names.
Word of mouth is often how designers have found out about Ubrique.
Full BBC Article on Ubrique, you can find here.