Leather UK releases its collection of the UK’s most exciting leather makers and creators

United Kingdom
Published:  23 July, 2021
The Art of Leather

Leather UK, the trade body for the UK leather industry, has launched The Art of Leather, its first showcase of what it considers to be the most exciting leather makers and creators working in the UK today. It is available here or here.  

The collection is a glossy, magazine-style online publication aims to inform and inspire. It introduces readers to what it considers to be some of the most talented artisans working in leather clothing, jewellery, accessories, interiors, art and more, whose works are available to purchase or who can be commissioned directly.
Featured in the launch issue of the Art of Leather are:

Martina Spetlova - fashion designer
Baa Stool - interiors
Tania Clarke Hall - jewellery designer
Iseabal Hendry - accessories designer
Welsh Organic Tannery - sheep, goat and deerskin tannery
Karl Donoghue - fashion designer
Mark Evans - artist
J. & F.J. Baker & Co Ltd - traditional oak bark tannery
Warriner Leather Works - leather artisan
Georgina Brett Chinnery - leather artist and sculptor
Grady + Robinson - regenerative farming fashion design
Owen Barry - sheepskin fashion and interiors
Spire Leather - tannery
Charles Laurie – London-based leather artisan
Joshua Millard - fashion designer

The initiative comes at a time when Leather UK is exploring ways to grow understanding among consumers of how leather is produced in the UK. It shares messaging which explains leather’s status as a by-product of the meat industry and its sustainability credentials in a world increasingly awash with plastic material.

Additionally, the group looks to drive awareness of the vibrant scene of innovative artisans and artists whose work and ethos is representative of an exciting new direction in leather-making, where creativity thrives in harmony with responsible, ethical production.

Jessica Aiers, Leather UK Business Development Manager said: “The leather sector is full of amazingly talented makers, creating objects and works of great beauty. However, unless consumers are well-informed, it can be hard to know where to find them. It is an important part of our role at Leather UK to ensure that our members are better known and this first-ever issue of the Art of Leather is a platform to do just that.”

The Art of Leather