Designing and creating quality leather goods from my workshop at The Clay Factory, Ivybridge.
An engineer by trade, I developed my leatherworking skills working as a shoemaker for several years. I studied leather working and design techniques and now I work designing and building my own leather products from my workshop on the edge of Dartmoor using traditional skills and materials.
Devon still has a thriving artisan community and is rich in traditional skills and trades, legend and history. Many of these trades, including leatherwork, still use ancient and traditional methods, tools and techniques to create beautiful and practical items that are still relevant today.
Working in this way supports the slow fashion movement that pushes against the throwaway culture of today and my products are practical, high quality and built to last. I provide a repair and reuse service which supports this ethos.
I also work with several local businesses helping them to bring their ideas to life by designing and creating their leather products for them.
Great care is taken when sourcing materials and I work hard to achieve the lowest possible wastage rate and to keep Ermestone Leather’s footprint on the planet as light as possible. I buy leather from accredited tanneries and source as many materials and services as I can locally in an effort to support our local economy. My packaging is recycled and recyclable wherever possible and I believe in reusing and repairing items whenever I can.