The Production Process
During the production of its items and furniture collections, Frag makes the most of its decades-long experience in craftsmanship, choosing the best hides and shaping them with care and refinement. Frag is renowned as a specialist in thick leather – a material that is particularly difficult to handle due to its rigidity – with the firm’s expertise and know-how ensuring it is worked to perfection. When handled skilfully, soft leather is also seen as something more than mere simple upholstery.
The carefully chosen natural hides, available in a wide range of finishes and colours, are treated using modern production techniques before being refined by hand by experienced, passionate and traditionally-minded craftsmen, making each item unique and perfect. After the cutting, the leather is assembled onto the frame or shell. This work, carried out entirely by hand, requires skill, precision and a sensitive touch. The edges of the thick leather products are dyed manually with water-based dyes that do not discolour and that guarantee the strength and durability of the product.
The stitching of the leather is carried out with a special machine commonly used for saddle-stitching. The thread used is extremely tough. It then moves on to so-called ‘sewing’, which consists of tying the threads together before they are cut and inserted into the fine stitching holes. For Frag, the type of thread and the water-based dyes used to apply the finishing touches to the edges are always made to match the wide range of colours of the thick leather and hides in the catalogue.
Experience made to measure
Thanks to our in-depth knowledge and emphasis on research into technology in the sector, Frag is able to respond to all requests precisely, offering three types of services: products in the catalogue, whether in large or small quantities, personalised variations of existing products and products developed specifically in collaboration with the client, as part of our philosophy of tailor-made products.
Many years ago, Frag became one of the first companies in Europe to adopt a technologically advanced cutting system. The leather is stretched over a reading surface, whereupon a technician highlights any defects with a mouse, whilst the scanner picks up any imperfections. These will then be discarded at the next stage of cutting. During cutting, the computer suggests the best solution, the positioning of each constituent part and the product to be cut (this is known as ‘nesting’). It also analyses and compares historical and current data to ensure the quality of the leather and the optimisation of the output do not deteriorate over time. In turn, the technician checks the data and assesses the result, deciding whether to approve the material.