We are dedicated to carefully sourcing and supplying the finest high-quality leathers to our customers from all over the globe, including from traditional businesses like J&E Sedgwick and Co, one of the world’s most prominent leather currier and Pittards, manufacturers of high-quality English chrome leathers.
We are dedicated to carefully sourcing and supplying the finest high-quality genuine leathers to our customers from all over the globe. We are the UK distributor for J&E Sedgwick and Co, one of the world’s most prominent leather currier and Pittards, manufacturers of high-quality English chrome soft leathers.
This quality is also matched by our service and attention to detail. Tell us your specifications and the end use for your leather, and we will carefully select the leather that’s right for your project.
We also stock a wide range of leathers including vegetable tanned leather and chrome leather, that are suitable for: saddle and bridle making, bag manufacturing, upholstery, pet accessories and more. Thicknesses vary between 1.0mm and 5mm to suit all requirements and are available in traditional and non-traditional leather colours.
Leather is a beautiful, natural material, and no two pieces are the same. Natural marks and scars should be expected, but we always pick the cleanest hides to sell. Sizes can also vary and particularly on hides which are priced by the square foot. This is noted on the product pages where applicable, so please read carefully.
If you choose to buy your leather from Abbey England, we have one piece of advice. Look after your leather, like you look after your skin. Keep it well nourished and fed and do not expose your leather to too much sunlight without applying the correct leather care.
HOW LEATHER IS CUT
We stock a wide range of traditional and non-traditional leather colours. In saddlery the naming conventions of colours sometimes mean that a colour used in bridle leather has a different name when used in saddle leather e.g. Light Havanna bridle leather is the same colour as Newmarket saddle leather. We will try to give some idea of colours, although accuracy is limited by the resolution and colour rendition of your monitor. If in doubt ask us for a colour sample.
HOW WE PRICE OUR LEATHER
In England, the thickness of the hide is shown in millimetres, but the area is usually given in square feet (sq. ft.), the imperial measurement. Shoulders are priced by the square foot but are sold by the piece. For example, a shoulder measuring 10 sq. ft priced at £6.00/ft would cost £60.00. Butts and Backs are sold and priced by the half pair, not by weight or area.
A GUIDE TO HIDE THICKNESS
1 - 1.5mm
These thinner leathers are typically used in leathercrafting as lining for wallets and bags. Due to their stretch properties, they may also be used in saddlery for making sections of the seat.
2 - 2.5mm
Soft leathers and bridle shoulder are available in 2 - 2.5 mm and are normally used only where there is little stress and suppleness is required.
A light bridle weight, this leather can be cut into fine strips and is supple enough for narrow buckles.
3.5 - 4mm
Now the standard bridle weight leather, this weight is supple enough to pass through loops and keepers.