Antonio Garcia Enrile is a lover of leather. He is not so famous but very talented Spanish shoemaker artisans and I hope in the future he will become more known. He have a small factory of leather goods in Ubrique (Cadiz) with a partner. “We make small Morocco leather workshop for our brand and for other brands J.Crew for example. At the beginning I was craftsman, that life led me being a businessman. But my soul will always remain a craftsman soul”confess Mr Enrile.
In Seville we have a shop with a small workshop, where we make good shoes at fair prices and some most special leather goods (embroideries to hand, cuff links, stall leather, straps of clock of shell cordovan) Also we commercialize our products in other Spanish shops, and across the web. I am a craftsman, that the life has led me to being a businessman
How did you start working with leather and from how did you learn to make shoes?
I began there is necessary to work the leather with 15 years doing bracelets and belts, of self-taught form. In my family nobody has devoted himself to work the leather ever. I began there is necessary to do shoes in the year 2008 I did a course of three years in Valencia, (Spain) is a zone of tradition of making shoes. Then I worked a time with a craftsman to learn all the manual skills. Today I learn every day working. Now my aim is to be able to offer the maximum range of products of leather and to learn the maximum of possible technologies to work better. In the workshop of Seville we do constant new projects and experiments to be a multidisciplinary craftsman
Where do you get the leathers from?
The leather is many sites of the world (cordovan the USA) Full grain (London) Box – calf (Italy and Germany) calf (Spain).
What future plans do you have for your shoe range?
My aim is to be able to expand the range of products of leather and to learn the maximum of possible technologies to work better. In the workshop of Seville we do constant new projects and experiments to be a multidisciplinary craftsman.
Photos by courtesy of Antonio Garcia Enrile.