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Inspiramais: Arte da Pele will present a collection of exotic leathers inspired by the Renaissance

July 22 2020
“Arte da Pele celebrates 20 years and has grown by developing new tanning and finishing techniques for exotic skins, demonstrating its passion for leather and art”.

The opening sentence of this article was written by Luis Bocchi, director of Arte da Pele´s tannery, and it very clearly represents the artistic and quality work that the company puts into its exotic leathers, such as python, pirarucu fish and alligator. Arte da Pele is one of the exhibitors at Digital Inspiramais, which will take place between August 25 and 27, presenting trends in fashion, materials, knowledge and projects for the footwear, accessories, clothing, furniture and other sectors in an online platform.
The common theme of Arte da Pele´s newest collection, which will be at Digital Inspiramais, is the Renaissance. Bocchi explains that this period was chosen because it separates the Middle Ages from the Modern, valuing the wealth of artisanal work, which in turn drives the discovery of the lands of the New World. “All of this movement is centered on the city of Florence (Tuscany/Italy), which has a long tradition in artisanal work and is a world reference in technology and leather finishing”, he highlights.
Thus, the collection was inspired by the color compositions of the paintings, the decoration in the palaces and the ornamentations of Renaissance gardens. It was built in the foreground of research with a new approach to the main actors of the Renaissance (Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raffaello, Donatello, Tintoretto and Boticcelli) and finalized with a trip to Italy. 
All this work was applied to the leathers that Arte da Pele will show designers and buyers at Digital Inspiramais. As Bocchi explains, reptile skins, especially python, form a substrate on which to create various prints, seeking the highest standard of craftsmanship. “The market (final consumer) ends up appreciating the work, since the raw material itself has an added value due to its rarity and certified control”, he explains. 

Inspiramais is carried out by Centro das Indústrias de Curtume do Brasil [Brazilian tannery industries center] (CICB), Associação Brasileira de Empresas de Componentes para Couro, Calçados e Artefatos [Brazilian association of leather, footwear and components companies]  (Assintecal), Associação Brasileira da Indústria Têxtil e de Confecção [Brazilian association of textile and clothing industry] (Abit), Associação Brasileira das Indústrias do Mobiliário [Brazilian association of furniture industries] (Abimóvel), Tex Brasil, By Brasil Components and Chemicals and the Brazilian Leather project, a partnership between CICB and Agência Brasileira de Promoção de Exportações e Investimentos [Brazilian export and investment promotion agency] (Apex-Brasil) to encourage leather exports.
INSPIRAMAIS - Design and Material Innovations for Fashion Exhibit - 2021_II
August 25 to 27
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About Brazilian Leather  - Brazilian leather sectorial internationalization project, Brazilian Leather is conducted by Centro das Indústrias de Curtume do Brasil [Brazilian tannery industries center] (CICB) in partnership with Apex-Brasil (Agência Brasileira de Promoção de Exportações e Investimentos [Brazilian export and investment promotion agency]). There are several strategies for consolidating a national product in foreign markets - encouraging the participation of tanneries in the main world fairs related to the industry and business missions focused on strengthening relations between Brazilian suppliers and buyers from other countries are just a few of the ways. More information at 

See all the details of the collection below, based on the lines developed by Arte da Pele: 

MIX FIORENTINO: mixtures of colors observed in fine arts were made in python skins. We tried to establish a wave motion, but at the same time symmetry and that the chosen colors are contemplated in all parts of the skin. This facilitates the cut and composition of manufactured goods, whether handbags, shoes, wallets, clothing, etc. In this movement, airbrush-based paintings were made, emphasizing the gradient watercolor effect, always observing the highlight of the python's central scales.
LA CHIESA: a baroque print was chosen, which was combined through dark backgrounds with the gold or silver print. It was inspired by the many works carved in the decorations of churches and palaces. It is also very present in Brazil, especially in the cities of Ouro Preto and Salvador.
MEDIEVALE: the company was inspired by medieval walls, which are very common in Italy, and by the soldiers' clothing. For the walls, which were named SAN GIMIGNANO, the brushoff technique was used, through which worn patterns in earth tones were developed. For the pattern of the armor, a pattern was chosen that has a wire format, making combinations of backgrounds with gold, bronze and silver metallics and buffering techniques.
IL GIARDINO: this part of the collection was made with a mix of colors worked on the same system as MIX FIORENTINO. Inspired by floral colors and earthy compositions and dry stems. It was carried out with a SPRING/SUMMER proposal in mind, due to the course of the pandemic that delayed the preparations of collections for this year. It also fits in a “seasoning” of colors for winter, always remembering that the collections are more and more authoritative and "free of seasons".


Between August 25 and 27, INSPIRAMAIS - Design and Material Innovations for Fashion Exhibit will take place.

Unique of its kind in Latin America, INSPIRAMAIS is known as a reference for the fashion market and is responsible for driving the creative process of the entire clothing, textile, footwear, furniture, automotive, accessories and jewelry industry in Latin America - bringing together information that unifies the language and methodology for the entire fashion production chain.  This year, the edition chose to maintain the entire structure of projects and releases that mark the over 10 years of activity in the digital format, and promises to be the biggest online experience in the fashion segment for the entire Brazilian and international fashion industry.
INSPIRAMAIS is a great source of references for fashion designers from many countries, receiving participation of professionals and companies from Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, the United States, Colombia, Argentina, Bolivia, Italy, France, England and Asian countries and the African continent.
INSPIRAMAIS has promotion from Associação Brasileira de Empresas de Componentes para Couro, Calçados e Artefatos [Brazilian Association of Leather, Footwear and Artifact Components Companies] (Assintecal), Centro das Indústrias de Curtume do Brasil [Brazilian Tannery Industries Center] (CICB), Associação Brasileira das Indústrias do Mobiliário [Brazilian Association of Furniture Industries] (Abimóvel), Agência Brasileira de Promoção de Exportações e Investimentos [Brazilian export and investment promotion agency] (Apex-Brasil), through the By Brasil, Components, Machinery and Chmicals project and support from some of the country's main sector entities and partners, such as Abest, Abiacav, Abicalçados, In-Mod, IBGM, Instituto By Brasil (IBB), ABVTEX, Francal, Ápice, Guia Jeans Wear, Abrafati and Trans Rubber.

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