A LITTLE ABOUT ME AND WHAT I DO

Retiring from a lifetime in business serving the public with quality products, I found I had more time to enjoy my hobby of leather crafting. This resulted in more products than my friends and family can afford to buy so I now offer the fruits of my hobby to a discerning public which appreciates the character that natural leather combined with hand crafting produces. To help fund my rather expensive hobby I aim to recover some costs of the top-quality skins and other materials I use. I am not necessarily concerned with making a profit. I aim to produce products to the very best of my ability, to offer value for money to you and show due respect to the animals that provide us with such wonderful material for creation. Please see Customer Care (below). 

 

LITTLE LONDON LEATHER COLLECTION

I design and make bags and belts using beautiful vegetable tanned leather, some of it sourced from the last remaining oak bark tannery in the UK which is situated in Devon. Every piece is unique. I use only hand tools in the manufacture and saddle stitch every item by hand. Colour choices may be available on bags made to order which may or may not affect the price. Please contact me to discuss your order. Please see Understanding Leather and Handmade (below).

HOW TO BUY ONLINE

The safe online cart allows you to pay by debit/credit card or with your PayPal account. Click the ‘ADD TO BASKET’ button under the product description and follow the prompts during the checkout procedure. If you do not wish to use PayPal and prefer to use your debit/credit card, continue until you see the option to checkout as a PayPal guest. Following the prompts, complete your order much as you would with any other checkout procedure.

SPECIAL ORDERS

Special orders require a 30% deposit before processing, 50% on overseas orders, with the balance paid in full prior to dispatch. We will have liaised about your special requirements and once details have been finalised I will issue an invoice with all relevant details. Email me with any queries you have or telephone, in all cases I will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm details.

E: martin@littlelondonleather.co.uk

T: 01747 855177

M: 07771 832499

E: martin@littlelondonleather.co.uk

T: 01747 855177

M: 07771 832499

 

SHOP

I do not have a shop as I operate from home. Please contact me to arrange viewing my products by appointment:

E: martin@littlelondonleather.co.uk

T: 01747 855177

M: 07771 832499

SHIPPING/DELIVERY

I will pack and post your item as soon as possible after it is made, I can sometimes deliver it personally to addresses within the SP7 post code - if you wish. Please see Shipping Policy.

CUSTOMER CARE

I am available by email or telephone 9am-8pm Mondays to Sundays and will always respond as soon as possible to each alert. You will find me courteous and helpful before and after each sale. I want you to enjoy using your bag or belt as much as I enjoyed making it for you. I will not offer for sale a product that I do not consider fit for purpose or would adversely affect my reputation in any way. However, if for any reason, you are dissatisfied with a product I have made, simply return it to me in its original condition within seven days of purchase for a full refund. Please read my Shipping Policy page.

UNDERSTANDING LEATHER

To fully understand leather is a study so I will restrict this information to the leather I use and what you need to know about it. I use natural, full grain, aniline leather which means that whilst the leather has been dyed, it has received no finishing top coat other than the oils and treatments intended to add lustre and weather proofing of the product. Only top grade skins are suitable for aniline leather and for that reason it is expensive. It is important for customers to understand that this leather retains its ‘grain’ which refers to the animal’s skin creases, pores, scars, scratches, cuts and insect bites etc. It is this grain that gives the leather its character, tells the animal's history and is cherished by those like me who love this type of leather.

HAND MADE

I have no machines for my leather work and therefore make every product using only hand tools. Designs are drawn on graph paper to produce templates for each piece which is cut using a ruler for straight edges and freehand with a scalpel for curved edges. Pieces are glued together to hold them in place whilst being saddle stitched together using mainly polyester thread, which is very strong and maintains its looks. There possibly is no stronger method of joining two pieces of leather. However, being handmade sometimes means that levels of consistency may not equal that achieved by machine, adding further nuances to the appearance and character of the product which makes every single piece unique.

 

Little London Leather, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 0PZ

To view the range in my home please contact me to arrange a time, thank you. 

T: 01747 855177

M: 07771 832488

E: martin@littlelondonleather.co.uk

MON - SUN:  9am - 8pm

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