Mr Andreu Colomer passes away - Europe's leather industry is mourning

Mr Andreu Colomer of the Colomer i Munmany Tannery in Vic passed away at the age of 95. His daughter and his wife as well as the Spanish and European leather industry mourns his death.

Mr Colomer was not only one of the most known Catalan Tanners world-wide but also a great man of culture and promoter of the art in leather. His business made him travel the world and in his devotion for leather he gathered one of the most selected collection of Cordobans and Guadamecies as well as numerous pieces of valuable ancient leathers from many countries, expression of the culture of leather-making. He promoted also leather research in history and sponsored the publication of a collection of books bringing to the people the understanding of leather (e.g. Leather in the Bible, Leather in the Middle Ages,...).


Andreu Colomer celebrating his 95th birthday on 16 June 2008 when he was honoured by the City of Vic in presence of many personalities of the world of the Catalan industry, culture and politics


In the year 2000 he donated his extraordinary collection to the City of Vic that reformed and restructured an ancient monastry to host it with due honor so that it can be admired by the people. The Museu del Art de la Pell, Col.lectio Andreu Colomer i Munmany can be visited in a virtual tour on the euroleather Web-Site.

Mr Andreu Colomer, often seen with a cigar in his hand that he lighted from time to time just to get the taste, will be fondly remembered with his generous smile, his noble attitude and his disarming kindness.

Condoleances may be sent to the following address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , COTANCE Vice-President Jaume Alvira will ensure that they reach the family.

May he rest in peace.

Gustavo Gonzalez-Quijano
Secretary General
July 2008

In 1992 COTANCE held his Assembly General in Vic commemorating the bicentenial of the family tannery. Those photographs illustrate the occasion.

with Mr Klaus Folbert,
former President of COTANCE

with Mr Adolfo Mattirolo,
former President of COTANCE