“There are words that are both evocative and prestigious. Leatherwork is one of those words. In the minds of all those who encounter the term, it conjures up images of good taste and refinement, noble materials, painstaking craftsmanship. But behind this unanimous observation, the professionals who build the chain from creator to user know what lies behind diversification, the extreme complexity of structures, organisation and techniques.”
(Tribute: This dictionary could not have been published in this form and at this time without the active participation of Mr Auguste Thomas, president of the European Committee for Leather Goods Industries, the French National Leather Goods Federation and the Board of Directors of the Technical Leather Centre, who unfailingly supported our efforts, facilitated our contacts with businesses in the industry, and finally read and annotated our text before it went to the printers).