Ashdown Workshop Company Belts & Leatherware from Royal Saddlemaker

[07/06/12] 

The Ashdown Workshop Company, a family business established earlier this year, is producing exceptional leatherwear thanks to a former saddler for the British Royal family. In point of fact, one of the company’s first decisions was hiring John Hammett who worked for decades at W&H Gidden fashioning saddles for Princess Anne and the Shah or Iran, amongst others. To put it another way, if there was an apocalypse he’s got the skills to deserve a place on the only space flight leaving earth.

As you can see from this video, it’s all about the tools, craftsmanship and quality of their products. They don’t use any machinery and only work with original antique tools, hand-cutting and hand-stitching a premium veg-tanned leather that ages marvellously well. If, like your battle-axe of a grandmother, you rate craftsmanship - bemoaning the lack of soul in today’s products - they’ll soothe your rage for the misguided era we live in. Just a shame they don't offer walking sticks as well.

They have a wide range of classic products including belts, wallets, key clips and bracelets, but in a nice little touch they’ve also got some modern incarnations like an iPad case. Their prices are reasonable too, a wallet costs £28.50 - £60.00, while shipping to Hong Kong is about £10.00. Expect those figures to rise as they become more famous so perhaps buy a few pieces. As they say, if it’s good enough for Prince Charles… actually, that's not strictly true.

Royal for a day.


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