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From Tannery to Leathergoods: The History of Tusting

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We interview Gillian Tusting, from the family run leathergoods company Tusting The Tusting family counts five generations as part of the English leather trade. The business began as a tannery, but diversified into leathergoods production in the 1980s, a time when other factories were closing down. Their leathergoods started by rescuing two machinists and machinery…

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Sheepskin: Find out all about British sheepskin

Find out about British Sheepskin, it’s unique qualities and the best British-made Sheepskin brands you can buy from today. About British Sheepskin Somerset has long been considered the heart of the English Sheepskin industry with a history that is believed to go back 1000 years to when Glastonbury Abbey was beginning to gain significance across…

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Designer Interview: Tim Hardy, Worcestershire Leather Co.

Quick Release Belt by Worcestershire Leather Company

We chat to leather craftsman Tim Hardy to find out more about his business, The Worcestershire Leather Company Tim Hardy has been crafting beautiful accessories in leather for over 30 years and has customers all over the world. Here he tells us about the history of his business, and where the idea for a ‘quick…

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Pearce Leather – gone, but not forgotten

Pearce Leather

This stunning Art Deco building was once home to W. Pearce & Co, one of the largest tanneries in England W.Pearce & Co were renowned worldwide for the quality of their leather.  Their office and tannery, sitting just outside the city centre in Northampton, was built in 1939, at a time when there were 107,000…

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Up to 30% Off the Second Floor Collective

Brands get together to promote their British made products for the festive season The Second Floor Collective is a group of British brands who met when they all exhibited on the same floor at the Best of Britannia event this year. Realising that they all had a shared passion for manufacturing their products in the…

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Exclusive Interview: Adam Atkinson of Cherchbi

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In the week that the Best of Britannia event will celebrate British craftsmanship in Clerkenwell, we interview Adam Atkinson, Founder of British leathergoods brand Cherchbi, who will be exhibiting at the inaugural event. Cherchbi is a company that we have admired since its bags launched last year, in fact we can’t believe that we haven’t…

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British Clothing Icon: The Lewis Leathers Universal Racer

The Lewis Leathers Universal Racer

The made to measure Lewis Leathers Universal Racer Jacket might take 6 weeks to arrive – but surely a British classic like this is well worth the wait? Lewis Leathers is a British clothing company with arguably one of the best heritages in the country, and yet they are rarely mentioned when iconic British brands…

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British bag-makers: Hanson of London

Hanson of London

Ever wondered why a hand-made bag is so expensive? This video by Hanson of London shows the work that goes into producing a leather bag by hand Launched by Aine Hanson in 2012, Hanson of London cut, stitch and finish every bag by hand – a true labour of love. This great video shows the craftsmanship that goes…

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Alfred Sargent Shoes

Alfred Sargent Shoes

We do love a good factory photo hear at Make it British, and these images by Steve Lancefield show the true craftsmanship that goes into making every pair of Alfred Sargent shoes Nothing beats being able to see how and where the products that you buy are actually made, so here we bring you some…

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UK factory tours with Prescott and Mackay

UK factory tours with Prescott and Mackay

Accessory school teams up with key British manufacturers to offer the chance to visit some of the best leathergoods factories in the UK If you are interested in the craftsmanship that goes into making leathergoods in this country, then this may be of interest – Prescott and Mackay, the accessory design school based in London,…

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British leather tannery: Clayton of Chesterfield

Clayton of Chesterfield have been making British leather at their tannery in Derbyshire since 1840 [tube]kX1bG4RePQI[/tube] If you have not seen how leather is tanned before, then this video is well worth a watch. It shows how Clayton produce their leather at their tannery in Derbyshire. Clayton’s hides are truly British leathers – being produced…

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