In 2016 James Bentley was commissioned by a friend to create a knife. While the knife itself wasn’t a problem for the talented young man, its leather sheath was. Determined to figure out how to work with leather by hand, James set out, studying online videos and tutorials late at night, to learn and teach himself the fine art. After several successful attempts to create products out of leather, James saw for himself the difference between handcrafted and machine-made. And, with a flash of confidence backed by his newly found skill, British-based company Bentley Leather Craft was born.
Launching on the Etsy store platform, Bentley Leather Craft was met with great success, quite rapidly, including a huge order from the international shoe company TOMS®, who asked James to create 4,000 leather key rings. Even more astonishing is that Bentley Leather Craft, even after such acclaim, is still a one-man show, which makes each product that is produced that much more special.
Bentley Leather Craft
Ranging from ten minutes of work to ten hours, each piece from Bentley Leather Craft is genuinely handmade. And the craftsmanship and attention to detail shows. From shoulder bags and satchels to phone cases, leather journals, and document folders, Bentley Leather Craft has something for everyone. Below are just a few of our favourite designs:-
Bentley Leather Craft Small Shoulder Bag
The perfect size to carry all of your daily essentials without being overwhelming, the Small Shoulder Bag, from Bentley Leather Craft, works its way seamlessly into any wardrobe. Crafted from the finest Horween leather, treated with waxes and oils during tanning, this bag can withstand daily use (and will look incredible while it’s at it).
Bentley Leather Craft Medium Satchel
The attention to detail in this satchel, like the sturdy saddle stitching, perfectly demonstrates the handcrafted difference at Bentley Leather Craft. A classic leather look that’s big enough for anything you’ll need, this luxury satchel will last you for years!
Bentley Leather Craft A4 Document Folder
The ideal accessory for the on-the-go professional, this convenient A4 Document Folder is created using full grain leather and strong brass press studs to ensure that your papers and documents are kept safe and secure. And like each Bentley Leather Craft product, it can be personalised to include a surname, monogram, or date, for a one of a kind gift.
As Bentley Leather Craft continues to grow, James is moving forward confidently with big ideas in tow. Among his bold ideas is to train and employ the less fortunate. “I’d like to be able to provide housing solutions for my staff who may need it and be able to provide all the necessary care to maintain a happy and healthy workforce,” said James when asked about his plans for the future of his company. Although he’s unclear exactly how he’ll get there, it’s obvious that once he puts his mind to something, he’ll find a way to make it happen.
For more information and to shop the range, visit the BentleyLeatherCraft Etsy Store