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 videos and tutorials late at night, to learn, teaching himself the fine art. After several successful attempts to create products out of fine leather, James saw for himself the difference between handcrafted and machine made. And, with a flash of confidence backed by a 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. Ranging from ten hours of work to ten minutes, each piece from Bentley Leather Craft is genuinely handmade. And the craftsmanship and attention to detail shows. From shoulder bags to iPhone cases, leather journals and document folders, the range of Bentley Leather’s products has something for everyone.
Here are a few of our favourites:
Small Shoulder Bag | £150.00
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, which is treated with waxes and oils during tanning, this bag can withstand daily use (and will look incredible while it’s at it).
Medium Satchel | £250.00
The attention to details in this satchel, like the sturdy saddle stitching, perfectly demonstrate the handcrafted difference of Bentley Leather Craft. A classic leather look that’s big enough for practically anything you need, this luxury satchel will last you years.
A4 Document Folder | £100.00
The ideal accessory for professional, on-the-go men and women, this convenient A4 Document Folder uses full grain leather and strong brass press studs to ensure that your papers and documents are safe as you go from A to B. And like each Bentley Leather Craft product can be personalised to include a surname, monogram or special date.
As Bentley Leather Craft continues to grow, James is moving forward confidently with big ideas in tow. Among those bold ideas is to train and employ the less fortunate, such as the homeless, disabled, or the chronically unemployed. “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,” says James when asked about his plans for the future of his leather 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 full range online, visit: bentleyleathercraft.com