What type of leather do you use?
We like to use vegetable-tanned English bridle leather which looks good as well as being strong and durable. Vegetable tanning uses plant matter instead of nasty chemicals so this reduces the negative impact on the environment. It also results in great smelling leather!
Occasionally we use other leathers upon request.
Where does your leather come from?
The majority of our bridle leather comes from either The English Leather Company or Sedgewicks. Leather is a by-product of the meat trade so we love that leatherwork is a chance to use waste materials
I’m worried my measurements aren’t accurate, will my item still fit?
All of our leatherwork (unless specified otherwise) has multiple holes and the fit measurement will be made to the middle hole. This means that there will always be at least 2 holes either side of the measurement you provide. We provide a measuring guide to give you some tips on measuring for your item but if you still have any queries or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.
What is the difference between hand stitching and machine stitching?
There are benefits to both machine stitching and hand stitching. Machine stitching is obviously much quicker but hand stitching is stronger.
Sewing machines stitch in what is called a “Locking-stitch”, the two threads run along the two sides of the leather and interlock in the stitch holes. The downside to this stitch is that if the thread breaks, all the stitches can unravel. When hand stitching, two needles are used and cross over in each stitch hole. This means that even if a thread breaks the rest of the stitches can hold.
Does my leather need any treatment before I use it?
No, your leather comes ready to use and will soften with use. However, we do advise regular maintenance to ensure longevity of your leather. For more advice on caring for your leatherwork, visit our Leathercare page.