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The Timeless Allure of Handcrafted Leather Accessories

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As humans, we have been making, trading, and passing down handcrafted leather accessories for thousands of years.

But what makes these accessories so timeless?

They capture the senses

One of the first thing you’ll notice about a handcrafted leather item is that it smells great.

This isn’t unusual – our customers often comment on the rich, comforting scent of leather. The distinctive aroma is created through the vegetable tanning process, which uses natural tannins such as tree bark and leaves.

A handmade leather accessory is also really appealing to touch. You can really feel quality in the smoothness of premium, full grain veg-tanned leather, the precise hand stitching, and the carefully burnished and polished finish.

As leather accessories have carried on through the generations, the smell and feel often wakes up memories!

They are made to last

All our leather accessories are crafted from high-quality materials, by highly skilled artisans who take pride in their craft.

Have you ever bought a wallet from the high street, only to find the stitching unravels? Or a belt that quickly cracks, showing the rough fabric underneath? Then you know the frustration of having to throw away a purchase that you trusted.

The past few centuries have seen an explosion in mass manufacturing, fast fashion and endless shopping. But lately, we are also seeing a much greater push towards sustainability: “buy once and buy better”.

By handcrafting our leather accessories, we put this ethos into practice. Due to the quality of our leather and hand stitching, we can offer an heirloom guarantee on all our items. So that means less waste, less expense, and greater peace of mind.

They keep traditional, local skills alive

All our leather items are made by local craftsmen, using leather that is sourced in this country. We are proud to be a member of the Heritage Craft Association, which supports and promotes crafts that are vital to our national heritage.

Whilst other traditional skills have slipped away over time (such as hand stitching cricket balls, and lacrosse stick making), handmade leather accessories still endure. Every purchase helps to preserve this craft for future generations.

But there are other practical benefits for today. You can feel assured that your purchase is supporting good working conditions, decent wages, and a UK based industry. By supporting the local economy, you are also reducing your carbon footprint.

They go beyond trends

Handcrafted leather accessories have a classic allure that really doesn’t date.

With their meticulous craftsmanship, quality materials and classic design, these items can withstand changes in trend. Our handcrafted leather belts, for example, can take you from workwear to leisure time, holidays and anywhere in between! The warm, walnut brown hue will compliment everything (even those questionable “it’s now vintage” pieces lurking in the back of the wardrobe!).

With their endurance and timeless appeal, handmade leather accessories are often passed on from one generation to the next – developing a unique patina over time. This makes them a great gift for significant occasions such as birthdays.

Like all of us, quality leather improves with age!

Find your perfect leather accessory

All our accessories honour the traditions of a heritage craft, with quality and timelessness that appeals to customers today. If you’re looking for something extra special, take a look at our bespoke service.

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