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Pere Ventura Sala

  • Leatherworker
  • Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain
  • Master Artisan
Pere Ventura Sala Leatherworker
Catalan, Spanish, French, English
By appointment only
+34 607970177
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A free spirit in Barcelona

  • • Pere draws inspiration from the functionality of objects
  • • He likes to combine modern design with manual traditions
  • • 'I still feel like a child, who at age 68 is still playing every day'

Aged 16, Pere Ventura Sala started studying at a design school and working for an architecture firm. However five years later he “became a hippy” (this was 1971, after all), a lifestyle that was incompatible with working in an office on a fixed schedule. At the time he happened to live with a person who made leather handbags, and he taught Pere to make them too. There followed several years of travelling throughout Europe and Morocco, learning his craft along the way. He first set up a workshop in Morocco, before later returning to Spain, initially to Ubrique. In 1989, he opened a workshop in Barcelona, focusing on small-scale production of pieces designed in-house as well as by external designers.

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Montura western (Western-style saddle)

This saddle comprises a carbon-fibre structure covered in leather. The top part of the saddle is chosen to suit the different styles, preferences and sizes of rider. The bottom part of the saddle is made to match the shape of the horse’s back, based on the animal’s measurements.

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Dressage saddle

This saddle comprises a carbon-fibre structure covered in leather. For reasons of comfort, different densities of foam have been used in the top and bottom parts. The top part is chosen by the rider based on their preferences, while, for the bottom part, a 3D scan is made of the horse’s back so that it can be made to fit the animal’s spine.

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This vegetable-tanned leather bag was custom-made for a photography team. The covers on the front pockets are made from wood and an iron frame has been set around the opening to the main cavity to maintain the case’s shape.

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Handmade leather backpack.

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The lock on this vegetable-tanned leather bag was made specially for it, using cast brass and steel parts for the locking mechanism and springs. A piece of black volcanic stone adorns the front of the bag. The strap has been braided from goat skin.

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