At Leather & Thread we have always been fascinated with handmade leather items.
As a child, our founder Simon Glenday had a collection of old leather wallets that he kept in a shoe box under his bed – items of all sorts of shapes and sizes, assembled from car boot sales, village fetes, charity shops and hand-me-downs from friends and family.
He was captivated by the way the leather moulded with use and developed markings that told the story of the item and the life it had lived.
He developed a true passion for leather and, in particular, vegetable-tanned leather. He fell in love with its beautiful natural colour, the unique scars and markings left by the animal’s life and the traditional methods used to produce the leather skins.
Simon began working with leather in his early teens and quickly developed an interest in time-honoured leathercraft techniques and traditional hand tools. He soon developed his own unique style and, through much trial and error, his own small collection of handmade leather wallets. This quickly grew into a range of small handmade leather goods and accessories, including handmade leather belts, handmade leather purses, handmade leather wallets and handmade leather card holders.
Simon is still our head leatherworker here at Leather & Thread and an item will never leave the workshop without receiving his final approval. His passion flows through everything we do.