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Leather: From Tanning to Types

Leather: From Tanning to Types

Mitch Alfus, President of Libra Leather in New York City, will teach you all about leather. You will learn about what types of animals are tanned, how they are tanned and how leather skins are measured and sold.

Mitch will show you many different types of novelty skins from all over the world as you tour his incredible showroom. It’s no wonder that Libra is the go-to place for all of the most famous designers.


Module Description
1 Introduction
2 What is a Tannery?
3 Animals Used to Make Leather
4 The Tanning Process
5 Processing Skins
6 How Leather Skins are Measured & Skin Types
7 What’s a Cow Split?
8 Pig Skin
9 Lamb Skin
10 Leather Dyes
11 Dyes vs. Pigments
12 Washed Skins
13 Measuring Skin Weight
14 Novelty Leathers
15 Goat Skin
16 Cow Hide
17 Silk Screened Skins
18 Embossed Cow & Other Textures
19 Nubuck Skin
20 Water Repellent Skins
21 Exotic Skins
22 Tour of Libra Leather
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MODULE 1 • Introduction

Today we are going to talk about leather.  From about the types of leather, where it comes from, how it’s measured, and how it’s priced.

And the different treatments you can do to the different animals to make it beautiful

For all the women and men that wear the clothes, or the handbags, or the shoes.


MODULE 2 • What is a Tannery?

So my experience has been with tanneries.  Tanneries are places that take the hides from the slaughter houses to cure them, so that they become usable.  Those are called tanneries, and they exist all over the world.  I work in Italy, I work in France, and I work in Turkey, predominately.  And a little bit in the Far East, and a little bit in Spain.  But the three countries that I mentioned are where I buy most of my skins.

I work with about fifty tanneries, which is unheard of in the the world of leather.  Most places have agents that show a skin, but here at Libra Leather, we have an inventory of about three million dollars worth of various leathers.  Designers can actually come and see the product, looking to buy.  Buy samples in and out, so they can do their collection immediately.  They don’t have to wait too long, and it comes in wrong, and miss their collection.  Without further ado, I think we will talk about the animals.


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