MeadowgateLeather

Handmade Leather Items from England

Colchester, England · 2844 Sales

MeadowgateLeather

Handmade Leather Items from England

Colchester, England 2844 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(1009)

Announcement   Welcome to Meadowgate Leather which is located on the north-east coast of Essex in England.

Feel free to browse and purchase anything that takes your fancy in my shop.

If an item you see suddenly goes out of stock, it Should return within a day or two, as I clear the current order stream.

Anyhow, on with the main message! My name is Mike and everything you see in this shop is made by me. There is no machinery used in my workshop, no electronics, nothing is computerised or robotic. Everything you see has been cut by hand, punched by hand, hand-dyed, hand-painted and hand-stitched. My designs are forever being tweaked and improved to give even greater durability, usability, style and value, so sometimes a custom made piece may vary slightly to the picture you see, but only because it has now become better.

I take pride in both my work and on dispatching my goods very promptly. Each of my finished products is unique - every item made by hand has a slight nuance, making it different from the one before it and the one following it. All my products are completely handmade and hand sewn.

Customer Service: If you're not happy, then I'm not happy!

Overseas buyers: delivery is estimated within 5-7 days if you are in a major city in the USA, Canada, Australia and other far-off countries. (Royal Mail delivery estimation).

Please note: these are estimates and postal delays do occur. I will however have done my best to post within 1 business day of purchase for ready-made items. Custom-made goods will be on their way the minute they are finished, which is often within 2 to 3 days, dependent on the nature of the item.

My online catalogue currently includes gadget accessories, writing accessories, guitar straps, wallet purses and pouches and occasionally handbags and messenger bags. I always carefully source my vegetable tanned leather which usually comes from either English or Italian tanneries.

The stitching uses a length of waxed thread with a needle at each end. The holes for the stitches are marked with special stitch prickers, and each hole finally broken through individually with an awl. The hand stitching is incredibly resilient and with proper care, my leather pieces could last a lifetime.

My work needs patience, a tool designed for the job, and time. Lots of time.

Most of my custom made items are available in a variety of colours. The colour charts shown can be but a guide only as one screen will represent colours differently from another and one piece of leather takes on the dye more enthusiastically than the next. From time to time, specifications may vary slightly, but only in an an effort to ever improve the product.

Announcement

Last updated on 21 Jan, 2018

Welcome to Meadowgate Leather which is located on the north-east coast of Essex in England.

Feel free to browse and purchase anything that takes your fancy in my shop.

If an item you see suddenly goes out of stock, it Should return within a day or two, as I clear the current order stream.

Anyhow, on with the main message! My name is Mike and everything you see in this shop is made by me. There is no machinery used in my workshop, no electronics, nothing is computerised or robotic. Everything you see has been cut by hand, punched by hand, hand-dyed, hand-painted and hand-stitched. My designs are forever being tweaked and improved to give even greater durability, usability, style and value, so sometimes a custom made piece may vary slightly to the picture you see, but only because it has now become better.

I take pride in both my work and on dispatching my goods very promptly. Each of my finished products is unique - every item made by hand has a slight nuance, making it different from the one before it and the one following it. All my products are completely handmade and hand sewn.

Customer Service: If you're not happy, then I'm not happy!

Overseas buyers: delivery is estimated within 5-7 days if you are in a major city in the USA, Canada, Australia and other far-off countries. (Royal Mail delivery estimation).

Please note: these are estimates and postal delays do occur. I will however have done my best to post within 1 business day of purchase for ready-made items. Custom-made goods will be on their way the minute they are finished, which is often within 2 to 3 days, dependent on the nature of the item.

My online catalogue currently includes gadget accessories, writing accessories, guitar straps, wallet purses and pouches and occasionally handbags and messenger bags. I always carefully source my vegetable tanned leather which usually comes from either English or Italian tanneries.

The stitching uses a length of waxed thread with a needle at each end. The holes for the stitches are marked with special stitch prickers, and each hole finally broken through individually with an awl. The hand stitching is incredibly resilient and with proper care, my leather pieces could last a lifetime.

My work needs patience, a tool designed for the job, and time. Lots of time.

Most of my custom made items are available in a variety of colours. The colour charts shown can be but a guide only as one screen will represent colours differently from another and one piece of leather takes on the dye more enthusiastically than the next. From time to time, specifications may vary slightly, but only in an an effort to ever improve the product.

Mike Baldock

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Mike Baldock

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(1009)
Heather Pratt

Heather Pratt on 15 Jun, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful item and amazing craftsmanship. My first purchase from Mike and definitely not my last, I'm already itching to buy another. I got my oak tn in timber with cream stitching and brown elastic and it's perfect! Arrived a lot quicker than estimated, too.

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Updates

Even more choice of elastics for your Traveller's Notebook now. Available on all covers or why not try a new colour in your current TN?
For those who use the Midori Personal format journals, this size is now available in all the Meadowgate Leather Journal Cover ranges.
Just listed some great ready made belt-mounted Possibles Pouches in various colours. Made with moulded veg tan leather and all hand stitched. Perfect for the outdoor life!
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About

Genuine leather items professionally produced in England

Leather is a wonderful material - it's smell is evocative and it can look so luxurious. In the right hands it can be turned into objects of both beauty and practical use. It is knowing that something I have made in leather can possess both utility and charm simultaneously which really bakes my cookie.

Opening a shop on Etsy to sell pieces of leather I have turned into useful and hopefully, nice looking objects was at the time a leap into the unknown. Making items for local consumption is one thing, but going global is certainly exciting!

I like making a wide range of items. If I ever hit upon the 'killer' piece, then I may narrow down a bit, but at the moment, as long as it's leather, looks good and works nicely, I will continue to produce a wide range.

But if you cannot see something in the shop that you need or want, just ask, as I am more than happy to do custom orders.

take care,
Mike

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Shop members

  • Mike Baldock

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Buyer, Photographer, Packer, Despatcher

    Photography, radio broadcasting and computing used to be my life, but now, living on the Essex coast of England, leather has taken over. We have five children, 4 big, 1 smallish, a hamster and a garden where fruit & vegetable growing dominates.

Shop policies

Last updated on 05 June, 2018
Hello. My name is Mike and I'd like to thank you for looking in at my shop.

All the items you see here have been handmade in my leather workshop. This means they have been cut from quality vegetable-tanned leather, tooled or punched where required by me, and have been hand-stitched and finished – every inch of them by my hands. Goods made from veg-tanned leather will last many times longer than factory-made items – very often they last long enough to be handed on to the next generation!

Some of my items, you will note are 'natural' – ie. They have not been dyed or treated with anything. You will find that these items will adopt their own color with age, gradually turning a beautiful tan color as they are handled and exposed to sunlight. Other items will have been dyed using professional dyes, as much as possible, using eco-friendly products.

I try and photograph all items in a way that will show their true color, but please be aware that results from different screens may vary.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
I am unable to accept returns or refunds on bespoke or custom made goods unless I have misrepresented an item or it is faulty. Please ask any questions you have prior to purchase to ensure it will meet your needs.

Returns of non-bespoke (marked ready-to-ship) goods are accepted up to fourteen days from delivery. The customer is responsible for paying the return postage and ensuring it's safe delivery. Any returned goods must arrive in 'unused' condition and the buyer is responsible for this and cost of postage. If returning an item from outside the UK, please mark the package 'RETURNED GOODS' so that it does not get stuck in Customs. Any refunds will be made within thirty days of cancellation.

If an item arrives damaged-in-transit, please take photos and contact me immediately so that we may resolve the situation

Custom / Made to order items may not be subject to a full cancellation/refund if I have progressed with work on your order prior to a cancellation request.
Payment
I accept payment via either Paypal or using the Etsy direct checkout, so you can use your card also. I also Accept Etsy Gift Cards.
Shipping
I am based in Essex on the East coast of England and use our (surprisingly) efficient Royal Mail to post items. Within the UK, the Royal Mail will handle everything, however, posting to International addresses will mean final delivery will be via your own postal service. International orders will be shipped with the relevant customs forms - buyers are responsible for any import duty / charges your customs / border agencies may make.

As standard, within the UK, I post Royal Mail First Class so your item should be with you within a day or two. Some items may require a signature on delivery.

Internationally, I post Airmail which should take about 3 days to Western Europe, 5 days to Eastern Europe and major cities around the world. Everywhere should receive the item with about 7 days. These estimates are however just that, estimates, and even though I have posted the parcel on time, the delivery date can be affected by adverse weather etc, so please allow extra time for postal delays, and of course customs. Larger items are tracked so you and I will be able to check on the progress of the delivery.

Where more than one item has been purchased, the postage value of the larger item takes precedence: ie. when purchasing a card of thread, I will gladly combine with up to five cards total of similar thread for the same postage. However, purchasing a thread card along with a much heavier item will attract the higher postage rate. I'm sure that is common sense to everybody, but thought it ought to be here just in case. However, the checkout system does not always see it this way, so in the event of a shortfall, I will contact you to discuss the situation.

If 21 days have expired since receiving dispatch notification and you have still not received your parcel, please contact me and we will endeavour to resolve the situation.

Be aware that I will dispatch to your Etsy registered address, so please ensure it displays all the correct details.

Ready-to-ship items will be posted within 1-2 business days.
Made-to-order and Custom orders will ship as soon as they are ready, shipping estimates will be shown on the order, but in reality, I usually better these.
Additional policies and FAQs
A little more on hand-stitching: practically wherever an item produced by me is sewn, it is done by using the saddle-stitch. This is a two-needle process which produces an incredibly strong stitch, as each stitch makes a knot inside the stitch-hole. It means that the row of stitches will stay together, even if something cuts through the thread. A factory-made item will have been machine-sewn, which makes the sewing much weaker as any cut will cause the sewing to unravel. Saddle-stitching will not unravel. I use 'Tiger thread' which is reputedly the best in the world! It is strong, resilient and available in many colours. I try to use thread sizes and colours which compliment each item.
Leather is a natural product, and as such, should be expected to have variations and imperfections within it. Whilst only the finest quality leathers are sourced, we cannot be held responsible for any losses due to any problems with the leather itself, including dye loss, staining, marking of other items, etc.

PRIVACY POLICY

Meadowgate Leather is committed to protecting your privacy.

As you are ordering through Etsy, please refer to their Privacy Policy which covers your registration with this site and the way it uses your data.

So that I may process and fulfil your order and notify you of it’s status, I need to know your details, namely;

Your name, email address, physical address, and associated details. On rare occasions, I may need your telephone number to enable a courier company to contact you about the delivery of your goods.

You may also provide me with information about the product you are purchasing along with any personal details required to complete that item.

Apart from delivery details, required to deliver your goods, I will not pass any of your details on to a third party for profit or otherwise.

I do not receive and therefore cannot retain any card payment information, as these are all processed by Etsy.

I will keep all the necessary documentation to support my accounting information as required by the UK tax authorities. This is usually for a minimum of seven years.

To comply with the Etsy Seller Policy & Terms of Use, I will share necessary information with Etsy.

I do not purposely transfer your data outside the UK/EU, with the exception of that held by Etsy.

To comply with laws, I may share information if required, with law enforcement and government authorities during their investigations.

Dependent on where you live, you may have a number of rights, some general, some specific:

You may be able to request a copy of the personal information I hold about you.

You may be able to ask me to either change, restrict the use of or delete the information I hold. Unless required to hold this for legal reasons, I will do this on request.

You may also object to my processing of particular information or receiving marketing messages, even if you have previously expressed a wish to receive them. (However, I do not currently, nor do I have any current intention to begin any targetted marketing campaigns)

You can also complain (if you live within the UK/EU) of how I use your data, by referring to your local data protection agency.

For purposes of EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), I, Mike Baldock, am the data controller of your personal information. You may contact me via the Etsy messaging system.

More information

Last updated on 25 Apr, 2016
Seller details
Mike Baldock
5 Granville Road
CO156BX
United Kingdom