Leather in Transition: A series of talks at the German Leather Museum
Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach/Main
2 June 2019
The second talk in the series entitled “Leather in Transition” looks at the current situation faced by the leather goods production in Offenbach within its historical and regional context under the title “Offenbach’s leather goods – past and present”.
As early as the second half of the 18th century, numerous wallet and case factories were established in Offenbach, employing numerous bookbinders, wallet makers, saddlers and lorimers, resulting in highly professional commerce developing in the town. In the 19th century, the leather goods industry expanded with ever more offerings. The increased production of wallets, women’s bags, suitcases and shoes led to leather companies specialising in the processing of leather, pressing, embossing and dyeing moving to Offenbach. At the beginning of the 20th century Offenbach was famous worldwide as a German leather town.
“Offenbach’s leather goods - past and present” will be discussed by local representatives and experts and also the development, production and the challenges of the industry will be presented from different perspectives, including by Hans-Christian Hammann, head of the traditional Offenbach leather goods company Lederwaren F. Hammann, which was established in 1864; Stefan Bruder, managing director of the Rodgau family-run business Abro, which was founded in the 1930s; and Esther Schulze-Tsatsas and Dimitrios Tsatsas, who founded their Tsatsas label in 2012 in Frankfurt and Offenbach am Main.
The discussion will be moderated by Anett Göthe, art journalist and managing director of the art agency, Kunstconnect.
The entrance fee is 8 euros.