Stories / September 2019

Tusting - the cat's out of the bag

This family-run leather goods maker you’ve never heard of is putting British heritage on the map all over the world. It’s time we let you into the secret…

Nestled in the postcard-perfect village of Lavendon, sandwiched between Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire, is leather goods maker Tusting. You may have never heard of Tusting, a family run business who first opened a tannery in this delightful corner of England in 1875, but you have almost certainly owned a Tusting creation. For a long time, Tusting has been supplying hides and leather goods to some of the most recognisable names in shoemaking and fashion, such is their expertise, passed down through five generations of custodians. You'll have had Tusting leather on your feet and Tusting leather in your hand, only by a different name.

Now, however, Tusting's own creations - the one's that bear their name - are becoming increasingly known as some of the most outstanding bags and small leather goods on the market. Before, it was a case of "If you know, you know", but alas we can't keep this company a secret any longer. With a huge fan base in Japan, where their customers are sticklers for artisanal quality of the highest level, the brand is becoming increasingly acknowledged for its quintessentially British designs, blessed with equal parts form and function. Amazingly, Tusting exports about 60% of its products, mostly to Japan and China or via its private label clients, which shows you just how under-appreciated this British heritage brand is on its own shores.

 

Tags

Contributor

Ryan Thompson