Neil MacGregor and Valerie Michael began their leather working careers in Bristol in 1971, moving out to Tetbury, in 1974.
They make a range of men's and women's bags, cases, luggage, belts, cases, wallets, purses using only the best quality vegetable-tanned leathers. Everything is individually made to the highest standards of craftsmanship using leathers, threads and metal fittings which compliment the work, all made by hand, including the stitching. Their designs aim to reveal the unique qualities of leather and the value of craftsmanship. Over the years they have fine-tuned their skills through a combination of experience, experimentation and research.
They are among the few people who are allowed to use the unique ‘Russia’ leather, salvaged from the ship, the Metta Catharina that sank in 1786 off the Cornish coast. A range of ‘Russia’ leather items can be found in The Guild at 51.
Neil and Valerie have recently opened their own shop at 37 Silver Street, Tetbury (below the workshop), which is open 10 am - 5 pm Thursday to Saturday by appointment.