About Gaynor Davies-Howell - Designer and Maker
I design and make natural leather products here in Britain, using traditional methods of craftsmanship. I aim to create timeless, classic, leather goods for clients requiring high quality products, which have been entirely hand-made using traditional skills.
My range includes handbags, rucksacks, briefcases, moulded and small leather goods, as well as corporate gifts. I am always happy to design and make individual commissions.
I am also able to offer a sample making service as well as the manufacture of small runs.
Some of my products are available wholesale, in small quantities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is vegetable tanned leather?
A: It is leather which has been tanned with wood or bark, such as mimosa, chestnut, or oak, amongst many others.
Q: Why use vegetable tanned leather?
A: Because vegetable tanned leather has a unique aroma and feel to it. Over time the leather becomes more supple and a natural colour change occurs.
Q: Is vegetable tanned leather better for the environment?
A: Yes. Vegetable tanning is a more natural method of tanning, which in turn, allows the leather to break down more naturally into the environment. And most wood and bark used for the tanning process can be obtained from renewable resources.
Q: Where does the leather come from?
A: All the leather I work with has been 'vegetable-tanned' and supplied by reputable leather merchants. All of my leathergoods are made here in the UK.
Q: Why stitch by hand?
A: Handstitching not only adds to the beauty of the bag, it is also much stronger than machine stitching, which makes it well worth the extra time involved.
Q: Can I have something made for me that isn't on your website?
Q: How long will it be before I receive my new bag?
A: It can depend on which bag you have ordered, but I endeavour to complete your bag within six weeks of ordering. However, I would advise that you order your bag in plenty of time if it's for a special occasion.
Q: What is a 'moulded' leather bag?
A: The leather used to make the bag, will first be wet and then moulded around a form. This method results in a firm and sturdy bag which looks stunning!
Q: Do you only make bags?
A: No. I also make belts, small leather goods and undertake corporate and private commissions.
I am often asked if I run leatherwork courses and although I am happy to work with students from our local college or university, I only offer short introductory leatherwork sessions to tourists visiting the area. If you are visiting Pembrokeshire, please click the link below to see if we have a course running during your stay.
If not, the link below will take you to the website of MacGregor and Michael, who run a wide range of leatherwork courses which are excellent value for money and are highly recommended