Recognised by the Society of Master Saddlers as a qualified saddler, I use traditional hand tools and techniques to make bespoke leather goods in high quality English bridle leather. Each bag I make takes it’s structure from the bridle leather, and the patina of the leather gains character with use. High quality solid brass fittings are used, and each item is stitched by hand. Designed in conjunction with the customer, from choices in style, leather, thread and fittings, each item is unique.
Steph Rubbo Saddlery specialises in making beautiful, durable, bespoke leather goods, using traditional saddlery tools and techniques. My range of products includes briefcases, satchels, handbags, laptop sleeves, belts, card holders, watch straps, pet collars and leads, as well as bridles and saddles, all created with the highest quality craftsmanship.
From cutting to finishing, each of my pieces is unique, handmade from English bridle leather, waxed linen thread, solid brass or nickel fittings, linings of soft nappa and embossed monograms on request. The result is a truly personal product that gains character over time. I accept commissions for one-off pieces and repairs to most leather items. I also welcome appointments to visit my London studio where every piece is designed and made.
I work from my studio at 40 Cumberland Road, Wood Green, London, England. I use traditional hand tools and the hand stitching skills I gained at Capel Manor College in Enfield, and the further training I undertook before being recognised as a Qualified Saddler by the Society of Master Saddlers.
My 'go to' materials are English bridle leather, linen thread, and brass fittings made in the UK.