Over on our Fabric of Jack site (check it out here) you can see, read and watch all about our supply chain – both abroad and here in the UK – and the companies we’ve chosen to work with to bring you the highest quality, British-inspired products. But that’s not the whole story… This Christmas we’ve worked with some smaller boutique suppliers in the UK to bring you limited edition ranges of sheepskin and leather goods that’ll make the ideal gifts to stash under the tree this Christmas.
DRAPER OF GLASTONBURY
Glastonbury, now home to the mega music festival, was, once upon a time, the hub of England’s sheepskin industry. Draper’s was established in 1937 and enjoyed many years at the centre of that boom. Having maintained its business with a quarter of its products exported to the rest of the world, the company is now the oldest producer of sheepskin products in the UK. Still owned by the fourth generation of the founding family, the factory – set in the shadow of the iconic Glastonbury Tor – produces 1,000 pairs of slippers and boots a week using trusted, handcrafted techniques passed down over decades.
Mowbray Leather Goods Ltd was formed in 2011 out of an unfortunate situation where the closure of two belt factories in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, threatened the loss of an entire generation’s worth of knowledge and technical skills. Up sprang Mowbray and it quickly became one the UK’s key producers of high quality belts, braces and small leather goods – all made in England.
The Barry family has been producing some of the UK’s finest sheepskin and leather goods from its premises in Street, Somerset, for five generations. Opening the factory doors in 1948, they’ve always employed the most skilful craftsmen from across Britain and Europe while continuing to commission their trimmings from environmentally friendly and local suppliers. Traditional and handcrafted products are at their core with more than 50 individual handbag designs alone.
Back in 1826, Charles Pittard first set up shop in Yeovil, Somerset, as a leather dressing company supplying local glove makers. He later developed innovative ways of producing waterproof and washable leather, generating a steady business with the military. Over the years Pittards acquired other businesses which provided the company with new skills, in turn expanding their offering and maximising their appeal. Eventually the company merged with Garnar Booth PLC in 1987, giving them greater control of their UK supply chain.
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