Attention! The materials published in this article should primarily interest fish enterprises that are interested in selling raw materials, and fashion designers who sew expensive and exclusive clothes to order and work with leather.
However, this material can be of great benefit to a “simple” person who wants to open an interesting business and has an extra 50 thousand dollars. The technology will be explained to you by Vladimir Levchenko, the owner of Andrefish.
Vladimir Levchenko is the author of a unique business idea in the Russian market. He himself learned to develop fish skin from raw materials suitable for the manufacture of products. At the same time, of course, they helped him, but all the advice that he received did not give a very good result in practice. And the hardest thing was to make industrial production out of fish-skin dressing. And he did it. Neither the doctor of sciences from the corresponding research institute, nor a craftsman friend who develops 10-15 skins as a hobby, wanted what Vladimir Levchenko could. He combined art and technology and got a business.
About 40 companies are engaged in the production of fish skin in the world. In the USSR, boots made of fish skin (from catfish) were sewn for senior officers. In Canada, fish gloves are sewn from fish skin - this material is ideal for such a sport. Fish skin is a favorite material for designer fashion. Many fashion designers made a name for themselves by making bags and shoes from such leather.
Having invented his technology, Levchenko wants to raise the market and is not going to do it alone. He needs partners to organize a joint venture and start production. How much will technology cost anyone? Vladimir Levchenko says that to leave the place and start the process you need 50 thousand dollars. He is also ready to cooperate with fish enterprises interested in the sale of raw materials. They can supply raw materials and sell products, and the businessman will be engaged only in production.
Hurry up to this unique market! The fact is that foreigners today are ready to work with an amazing Russian company, which turns processing waste into a premium segment raw material. But foreigners are interested in large volumes, while the company Andrefish is ready to work with parties no more than 200 kilograms.
Norwegian suppliers offer to take fish skin from warehouses almost for free. And ours do not want to mess with. Why? But the fact is that Russian fish enterprises do not want and do not know how to strip skin from fish. Only in Russia in supermarkets fish is sold on the skin - so more weight and less fuss.
Here is another nuance of Russian life! But not far off is the moment when it will be adopted by law that the Russian fish producer is required to skin it and dispose of the skins. In Norway, the law on the mandatory disposal of fish skin has long been in force.
The Australians want to supply the skins of mirror carp to the Levchenko enterprise, the Israelis - carp skins. After dressing, the product has a cost ten times the cost of raw materials!
What is the most unique in the technology invented by a domestic craftsman? No skin odor! This is precisely the know-how that the entrepreneur struggled with. But not only that. He learned to color the skin evenly, heal the skins for two minutes (and furriers, artists spend up to two hours manually on this process), learned to put ten thousand skins in a drum at once ...
Which skin is suitable? The sturgeon skin is recognized as the best skin, but it is, for obvious reasons, expensive. The sturgeon skin has a unique texture - it is mottled with asterisks, Christmas trees and “spikes” that seem to be applied by the engraver’s skilled hand. But then Mother Nature did her best. The skin of salmon, trout, carp, and pike also proved to be excellent. In addition, fish skin is superior in quality to soap and pork, not afraid of water - products can be machine washed.
Shoes and clothes are already sewn from fish "fur", they are fitted with vases, books, and even ... motorcycles. By the way, Vladimir Levchenko is well known at the Mosshoes exhibition. However, it is easier for Russian shoemakers to give orders to the Chinese. Well, the entrepreneur himself traveled to China and established his own business contacts there.
However, think, gentlemen, private shoemakers: you sew one pair of fish-skin shoes by spending 4 skins and paying 400 rubles for this. A pair of shoes will cost 20 thousand rubles. At the exit - tenfold profit!
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