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The memoirs’ of a Tim Hardy Worcester Bridle Leather Belt in Nut
The memoirs of a Tim Hardy Worcester Bridle Leather Belt - as told to Ian Hawkins  I started life at the skilled hands of an artisan based at the foot of the Malvern Hills. Here I was cut, dyed, stitched and polished to become a legendary Tim Hardy Worchester nut-brown belt. After being purchased and sent to a chap in the Home Counties where I thought a life of luxury was for me and at first it was, from afternoon tea at the Ritz to meals and west end shows. However, little did I know..
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Worcestershire Leather Company under scrutiny
The Worcestershire Leather company has recently been ‘tried and tested’ by The Holborn magazine, a team of writers who share an appreciation of fine English things and strive to find those fine things that support their ethos of ‘ A life well lived’, surrounding oneself with quality rather than quantity or expensive ‘bling’ and ‘tat’. The style of writing used is a pleasure to experience with its unusual language and witty lines although my fear initially was how my products and craftsmanship..
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Why Handmade Leather Goods make great Christmas Gifts for Men
Leather Belts for Men - Why they prove so popular as gifts Men can be extremely difficult to buy for, especially at Christmas time, but with many years of making quality leather gifts for men, Tim Hardy has lots of experience on how to solve the annual ‘What to buy my husband for Christmas’ question. If you are looking for gift inspiration, we have all of his needs covered. With a huge collection of handmade British leather goods, from stylish leather belts, durable men’s wallets, messenge..
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How to make a Tim Hardy Bridle Leather Belt
The Quality of Handcrafted – Making a Bridle Leather Belt the traditional way How to Make a Belt that will last a lifetime At the Worcestershire Leather Company, we create top quality, bespoke, handmade and hand stitched men’s and ladies leather belts. Available in all waist sizes, we combine English Bridle Leather and traditional hand skills that have been learned and developed over the past 30 years. Good quality materials are essential for a durable belt, so best bridle leather from ..
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The History of the Walsall Leather Industry
Walsall Leather true British Heritage The Walsall Leather industry has a considerable range, diversity and a wonderful heritage which is often overshadowed by towns such as Northampton, which gets lots of deserved credit for its Quality Shoe Manufacturing and similarly Worcester for a long history of Fine Leather Glove making. I find this hard to fathom when we consider the simple fact that, during the First World War, one single saddlery company was supplying an incredible 100,000 saddles fo..
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The Quick Release Bridle Leather Belt Story
Quick Release Bridle Leather Belts The Quick Release Bridle Leather Belt Buckle owes its origins to the firemen of yesteryear. During the 'Great Fire of London' we believe, early fire tenders equipped with this type of buckle on straps retaining the coiled leather hoses, utilised its quick release mechanism to free their hoses with speed. The unique Quick Release Leather Belt, the first one of its’ kind made by Tim Hardy in the mid-nineties but now available from other makers in varying qu..
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Press To Success
Press To Success - 11/03/2015
Press success can make or break a business and in this technological internet age, the Blogger is King and the bigger the blog the more impact on a small, medium or large business it can make. The bloggers we follow mostly are usually writing on Men’s Style Forums such as Putthison, Permanent Style, Ask Andy About Clothes, ‘Die, Workwear’, The Trad – the list is considerable and the influence these guys have on the buyer reading their work is considerable and can seriously increase sales for ..
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My Goal to Become the Best Leather Company
Venturing out into the commercial world as a recently qualified and very green student from the Cordwainers Technical College some years ago, my immediate task was working out how to start a leather goods business of my own and all the complications that go with such a challenging task. Although I had done a considerable amount of Saddlery and Bridle work, one thing that soon became apparent was I did not want to start an english bridle company as such due to the amount of people in the bridle m..
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Tim Hardy's Story
Tim Hardy's Story - 11/02/2014
Tim Hardy has been making best quality English leather goods for 30 years when having qualified at the famous Cordwainers College in London in 1983, he started his business from a small wooden shed in his parents’ back garden. Several changes over the years have resulted in The Worcestershire Leather Company which is the culmination three decades of work and is found here featuring his exclusive collection of bridle leather belts, wallets and luxury goods. Beautiful top quality handmade Engli..
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The Art of Hand Stitching Part 2
Harness and Bridle makers, Case makers and Leather goods craftsmen such as those found in my workshop and similar ones the world over, tend to use one particular style of hand stitching which we know as ‘Double hand’ stitching although there are occasions when single hand sewing is the preferred choice. This second part of my article will attempt to explain why, when, where and how we go about it with examples from our collection and work from yesteryear. Why do we hand stitch. Why do we h..
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