Since 2010, the export of Portuguese leather goods has increased by 250% and reached 113 million euros. By the end of last year, the number of new jobs in the industry increased by 86%. 1871 people are employed in it. The number of companies increased by 6% and amounted to 120 enterprises, writes Worldfootwear.com.
The Portuguese leather industry is showing strong growth.
Some of the new companies are projects by young designers, such as Teresa Bettencourt, who had an internship with Alexandra Moura, one of the most prestigious players in the Portuguese fashion industry. Teresa Betencourt chose genuine leather as the main raw material for her products.
So in 2011, the brand of bags and suitcases Manjerica appeared. The founders of the brand come from the island of Terceira, part of the Azores, and the colorful nature of this place is reflected in the bright and delicate color palette of Manjerica products.