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About Stitches and Hides, the leather and the stitching used in my work

Welcome to Stitches and Hides. I design and make handmade leather goods like belts, wallets, notebook covers and passport holders. If you can’t see something suitable, I’m also happy to make a bespoke item that is completely unique to you; please contact me for more information.

About Stitches and Hides

Having spent many years in the IT industry and software development, I was starting to feel dispirited at my lack of creative energy. Making handmade leather goods that last well beyond the lifetime of off-the-shelf products is something that has always given me great satisfaction, so after a number of commissions from friends and family, I decided to put a name to my passion and Stitches and Hides was born.

About the leather

I work with different types of leather, but mostly traditional vegetable tanned leather from a region in Italy which has a rich history of leather work. Producing vegetable tanned leather is an artisan process which uses the bark, leaves and branches from specific plant species.

The vegetable tanned leather used by Stitches and Hides
The vegetable tanned leather used by Stitches and Hides

About the stitching

There are no sewing machines used in the stitching of my leather goods; all items are hand stitched using a traditional and strong saddle stitch.

Stitching a loop of red leather
Stitching a loop of red leather

Where is Stitches and Hides based?

All leather goods are designed and handmade by me, in my workspace in sunny Southbourne, Dorset, on the south coast of the UK.