By embracing craft and the needs of contemporary lifestyles, Owen Leather goods are designed for now, with the enduring qualities of classic luggage. Beautiful vegetable tanned leathers are paired with uncomplicated forms, drawing attention to fine detailing, a high level of craftsmanship and the natural beauty within the material. Every item is entirely hand sewn and is finished to the highest standard without compromise.
As a proud recipient of the Cockpit arts Leathersellers' award 2017 & 2018 Owen Leather is supported by the Worshipful Company of Leathersellers and Cockpit Arts. Owen leather is based at Cockpit Arts in Deptford please visit www.cockpitarts.com for information on upcoming open studio events.
All works can either be bought through the online shop or made on commission. To commission a made to order or bespoke item please visit the contact page.
About Harry Owen
I have been crafting leather goods under the name 'Owen Leather' since 2013. A designer by training and a leatherworker by vocation, I began learning the basics whilst working as a shoe repairer at my local cobblers from the age of 16. Teaching myself traditional leather craft techniques as a hobby whilst studying at art school, eventually I amalgamated the two producing a collection of bags and graduating with a BA (Hons) in Three-dimensional Design from Camberwell College of Art. Since then I have developed my skills and set up my practice in North London making a beautifully crafted range of belts and small goods alongside bespoke bags and cases.
Through partaking in numerous design festivals, public exhibitions, and receiving support from the Crafts Councils Hothouse program in 2015 'Owen Leather' continues to develop and grow.
All of the leathers I use are vegetable tanned and sourced from some of the worlds finest tanneries. Hides are sourced from the United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy, France and Belgium. The heavier belting and bridle leathers are sourced from UK tanneries, notably J&F.J Baker of Colton, Devon and J.E Sedgewicks in the West Midlands. For a broader variety of finishes I look to tanneries in Europe and Scandinavia such as Tempesti, Italy and Tarnsjo Gaveri Sweden. All of the brassware is cast in the west midland in one of the UK's last Buckle foundries.
All works are entirely handmade using traditional leather working tools and techniques. I do NOT use sewing machines, every hole is hand cut with an awl and threaded with waxed linen in a process often referred to as saddle stitch. I avoid the excessive use of rivets and other quick fastenings, instead relying on the hand, eye, needle and thread wherever possible. All edges are carefully beveled, dyed and burnished for a durable attractive finish.
Made to Order
I produce a small range of goods which are available on a short lead time of 2-3 weeks from the time of purchase though my online shop. All wallets arrive wrapped in beautiful waxed cotton canvas and all belts come in a hand stamped presentation box.
A wide range of leathers, finishes, closures and styles are possible and I will consider all projects. My goal is to create leather goods that are enduring as much as they are durable. A bespoke piece is enduring in ways no other item can compare to. The working relationship between the client and myself often results in an object that the user feels a deeper connection to and undoubtably wants to keep, covet and enjoy for many years.