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A BEGINNERS' GUIDE TO LEATHER

YOUR ULTIMATE 2023 FASHION BUYING GUIDE

Source hardware, textiles, threads and more to bring your collections to life.

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At Abbey England, we supply some of the top British, European and global fashion brands. We also support a multitude of bespoke design businesses in both the UK and abroad. Whether it's accessories such as handbags, or clothing pieces themselves, our products go into making some of the most stylish, desirable items in the fashion catalogue.  

Here, you can find everything in one place with our ultimate 2023 Fashion Buying Guide from solid brass hardware to textiles and threads, right down to the very tools you may need to create your pieces.

BAG fittings

One of the most style-conscious items our customers make with their Abbey products are handbags. These accessories, such as locks, have been popular fashion items since the 18th Century, and have evolved over the decades to become the iconic must-haves that we know today.

Our Liston locks and case fittings exude quality and craftsmanship. We make various locks ideal for luxury cases and bags as well as case feet and corners to match. Take a look at our must haves below.

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Sedgwick Baghide

806 LOCK

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Sedgwick 1900 Collection Bowdon

808 LOCK

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810 LOCK

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615 LOCK

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case studs

THREADED CASE STUDS

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Sedgwick 1900 Collection Bowdon

DOMED CASE STUDS

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CASE CORNERS

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If you desire a sleek looking, lightweight tuc-lock, then consider our die-cast locks below.

Sedgwick Baghide

03016 LOCK

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Sedgwick 1900 Collection Bowdon

201 LOCK

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207 LOCK

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14055 LOCK

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MAGENTIC BAG CLASP

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HANDBAG TURNBUTTON

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If you’re looking for extra details, then take a look at our hand picked dee rings, hooks and button studs below. All fittings are available in various sizes and finishes.

Brown duffle bag
Sedgwick Baghide

REIN SNAP SWIVEL

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Sedgwick 1900 Collection Bowdon

TRIGGER HOOK

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CAST SADDLE DEE

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BUTTON STUDS

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FROG BUCKLE

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466H SLIDE

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TEXTILES AND WEBBINGS

Our range of textiles, in a variety of colours, enables our customers to find the right materials to meet the requirements of any fashion manufacturer and designer. With our extensive range of materials and colours, suitable for bag making, including wool, polyester, cotton, nylon, PVC and fleece, we can provide you with the necessary materials to fulfil your desired design.

Here are some of our most popular items…

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Sedgwick mini butt

15OZ COTTON CANVAS

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Ideal for making canvas tote bags. Pair with a soft Pittard's panel hide
Sedgwick bridle butt

WAXED COTTON TWILL

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A high quality cotton twill. Suitable for making jackets and bags.
Italian bridle butt


CALICO COTTON

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A 4oz natural, soft cotton ideal for lining bags and cases.
Heavy cotton web


HEAVY COTTON WEB

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A natural, strong webbing typically used for making bags straps and belts.

SEWING THREADS

Our comprehensive thread collection (by Coats, Somac and Ritza  Tiger Thread) comprises linen, nylon, core spun and braided polyester (both waxed and silicone treated), which are suitable for many purposes including leathergoods and trims.

Take a look at our hand-picked threads below.

purple and pink tiger thread
Sedgwick mini butt

COATS BONDED NYLON

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Sedgwick bridle butt

 CORE SPUN POLYESTER

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Italian bridle butt


WAXED TIGER THREAD

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ZIPPING

Quality zipping and sliders are crucial to many designs, which is why we offer our customers a variety of zips from the leading manufacturer, YKK. Our zips are available in a number of lengths, weights and styles, including closed and open ended, with matching sliders and stoppers. Choose from brass and plastic gauge, moulded tooth, spiral or chain zipping, in a variety of colours and lengths.


YKK zip on leather bag
Sedgwick mini butt

5G SPIRAL ZIPPING

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Sedgwick bridle butt

 BRASS ZIPPING

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Italian bridle butt


DOUBLE ENDED ZIPS

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LEATHER

Abbey England provides the fashion industry with high-quality leather in a range of traditional and non-traditional colours. We carefully source the finest leathers from around the UK and Europe, and stock a wide variety of types and thicknesses, from 1mm up to 5mm, to suit the designers’ needs. This quality is also matched by our service and attention to detail. Based on the specifications and end use for the leather, we will work with you to carefully select the hide that is right for your design.

For more information, take a look at our leather guide here, to see what leather, JH Leather recommends.
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Sedgwick 1900 Bowdon

SEDGWICK 1900 BOWDON

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Vegetable tanned leather available in a wide range of rich colours. Ideal for making structured bags and cases.
Sedgwick bridle butt

Sedgwick bridle butt

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Vegetable tanned leather suitable for making high end, luxury belts. We recommend opting for 3.5mm thickness.
Pittard's Olympia


PITTARD'S OLYMPIA

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This chrome tanned leather is extremely soft and supple. Ideal for making tote bags and handbags. Water resistant and breathable.
Nappa sheepskin hide in plum


NAPPA SHEEPSKIN

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This soft, thin sheepskin is available in a wider variety of colours. Ideas for created a luxurious lining.

GET YOUR TOOL FIX

If you aren’t outsourcing your collection to a manufacturer, but instead making your products by hand, read our extensive tool guide here.



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