Clayton & Sons were established by Joseph Clayton in 1840. It all began at the Clayton Street Tannery in Chesterfield, where they still operate to this day. Clayton & Sons have an industrial history, providing items such as leather belts for the local industrial mills. They then evolved to venture into making cordovan leather for shoes and modern bridle leather for fashion.
Sedgwick & Co was founded in 1900 in the Walsall finishing shop in which they still operate now. At the time, Walsall was the thriving capital of leather for equestrian goods. In more recent years, their expertise has spanned into the small fashion goods sector. The company joined The Clayton Leather Group in 2015.
The oldest company in the group, Samuel Sharp began in 1628 in Cosgrave, Milton Keynes. The company was founded by the Penn family, who went on to establish the city of Pennsylvania in America. Samuel Sharp focused on finishing leather for the equestrian bridle and small fashion goods, using materials bought from local and worldwide tanneries. The company joined forces with Clayton & Sons in 1998.
William Clarke was founded in Margate, Kent in 1886. They specialised in finishing bridle leather and leather for small fashion goods such as handbags etc. The company joined the Clayton Leather Group as master leather curriers in 2015.
Today the Clayton Leather Group announced that General Manager of J &E Sedgwick’s & Co, Walsall and Group Sales Manager, Philip Bevington, has joined the board of J&E Sedgwick & Co Ltd.
Philip joined the Company as Group Sales Manager in February 2016 having previously held management roles in the Fashion and Food export industries. In September 2016 he added the role General Manager of J&E Sedgwick following the retirement of Managing Director Richard Farrow.
This appointment continues to demonstrate the commitment of the company to grow its business across Europe and the rest of the world by enhancing the Management structure at the Clayton Leather Group.
At the end of August, the All China Leather Exhibition took front of stage in Shanghai as it opened its doors to the world of leather at the New Exhibition Centre. The show had around 23,000 excited visitors across the three days seeking out suppliers who can help their company grow in the leather industry. The Clayton Leather Group exhibited their leather in Shanghai by supporting the group’s sole distributor to the Chinese market Brothers Leathercraft, who was officially named as the group distributor this year and exhibited at the show for the first time.
Located in the first hall J & E Sedgwick’s Traditional Bridle leather, Clayton and Sons’ shell cordovan and horse front were proudly on display generating continued activity around the stand. Small leather goods manufactured from the bridle leather were on display enabling visitors to see the various leathers as a finished product. The 152-year-old walrus leather exhibit, which has travelled with the group across the globe on various exhibitions, was a definite eye catcher throughout the show.
Where many exhibitors had mixed feelings on whether the show had been successful or not, the Clayton Leather Group’s distributors stand had a constant flow of visitors. Many visitors wanting to know more about the versatility of English traditional bridle leather and how this leather could suit their requirements. The time and care taken to produce every hand finished piece of leather by the group is something that the Far East market appreciates, clearly shown by the number of visitors to the stand.
Many companies use the show as an opportunity to talk to current customers to further build relationships. In the case of Brothers Leathercraft more than half of their customers come from their e-commerce site so this was the first time the company could meet their customers face to face. The chance to discuss orders with current customers on this scale is rare for Brothers Leathercraft, giving them real value to exhibiting in Shanghai this year.
A month has passed now since the show ended and the dust has finally settled for this year’s ACLE. Next destination for the Clayton Leather Group is Hong Kong in March 2018 for the All Pacific Leather Fair.
The ‘All China Leather Exhibition’ is fast approaching and this will be the second trade show in China that the group will have exhibited at this year. The Clayton Leather Group’s range of products will be exhibited on the Brothers Leathercraft stand, who signed an official distribution agreement during the APLF show in Hong Kong.
Clayton & Sons have extended the range of colours in horse front leather and will be our main feature over the three days. The leather is manufactured at the group’s tannery in Chesterfield, England, and offers a fantastic vintage finish which is perfect for jackets and small leather bags.
The Clayton leather Group started producing horse front leather in black and brown some 8 years ago. However, this year is the first time the finishing team have created colours that stray away from the still very classic shades. Our colour palette for horse front now consists of Black, Brown, Red, Blue, Natural, Green, Burgundy, and Conker.
The range will be displayed on stand number E1/C12a during ACLE.
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“A great video insight into the manufacturing world of leather and why it’s a thriving industry to be a part of –
filmed and edited by media student Aaron Freeman from University of Northampton & Luke Sheehan from FireSparkleProductions truly showing off the opportunities for our younger generation to get started and sustain their jobs in leather.
Our industry is clearly keeping them enthused day in day out, and they are most definitely helping to shape the future of leather trade in the UK!”
In March, Hong Kong’s APLF leather and materials show provided J & E Sedgwick’s the perfect opportunity to premier some exciting new colours in actual leather, as well as some fashion accessories we had manufactured using our leather in the new colours. These new colours demonstrate that we are aware that the leather industries colour palette is ever changing.
This was the first time new colours have been introduced by Sedgwick’s since the early millennium, therefore it was important to focus on keeping the same recognised finishing technique Sedgwick’s is globally known for.
The Sedgwick colour palette now has seven additional fashion colours which are – Baby Blue, Pink, Charcoal, Apple Green, Red, Purple and Grey which will continue to evolve as the market changes.
Alongside this colour launch, we exhibited for the first time under our new corporate identity and group branding which reinforces the relationship between the four companies working together under The Clayton Leather Group brand.
Use our enquiry forms on our contact page for more information on our new lacing hide colours.
The Clayton Leather Group are proud to announce a major supply agreement with major US leather retailer Tandy Leather.
Tandy who have 100 plus company owned outlets in the USA,UK,Spain ,Canada and Australia will begin stocking a range of Clayton Leather Group hand finished leathers in June 2017.
Ian T Walker, Group Executive Chairman remarked that both companies have a rich heritage going back more than a century so it’s fitting that Tandy decided to add our Field to Finish hand finished leathers to their range. Our leather addition extends Tandy’s commitment to offer the best quality materials and value to their end customers.
Mark Angus, President Tandy Leather commented Clayton Leather Group has been producing high quality true English Bridle Leathers for over a century and we are really excited to partner with them on bringing these leathers to our customers.