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Oakside Saddlery


The finest leather from some of the UK's tanneries and finishers

Sedgwick and Co English Bridle Leather

A variety of colours, all in Bridle Butt Leather, and some in Bridle Back for the longer lengths required. I use Bridle Butt leather for the majority of my handmade, bespoke leather goods.

Eternal Style

Leather will always be a relevant material to use. A timeless classic, it will never go out of style. The high quality of leather in contrast to synthetic materials also adds a touch of luxury to your products.


A significant benefit of using leather is its immense longevity. Leather is extremely durable, especially when great care has gone in to its production. We know that great quality requires patience, so our leather can take up to 28 days in the tanning process; ensuring that it lives up to our customers’ standards.


Leather is a strong material; able to hold a lot of weight, and will not break or tear under pressure as easily as synthetic products. This is what makes it so suitable for products such as bags, saddles and cricket balls.


Contrary to what you may think, considering leather’s resilience and strength, it is in fact a very supple and flexible material. It allows you to be creative and mould it to suit your vision, which makes it an incredibly easy and pleasurable product to work with.


Leather, being a wholly natural material, is a biodegradable product. The hides that we use to make the leather from are already a by-product from surplus pieces from the abattoir. Furthermore, we ensure that extra steps are taken to recycle all additional waste we create in the tanning process. All of which help us, and our product to stay sustainable.

Australian Nut

A reddish brown leather and a firm favourite


The classic black. You can't really go wrong with this


One of my biggest sellers. Burgundy as it's name suggests


Another one of my classic sellers, Dark chocolate


A light, medium brown leather

Dark Green

The classic racing green of old. I'm not sure what colour green this picture is :)

Dark Havana

The original dark brown. A time-honoured classic


Brown with a hint of orange. Like the chocolate orange egg

Light Havana

The lightest brown leather that I use

London Tan

The traditional yellow London Tan. Lighter than the Light Havana.

Navy Blue

A really dark blue. That is definitely not black!

Oak Brown

A lightweight leather and a mid ranged brown

Old Oak

The dark version of the brown leathers that I use


Red. Obvious really. And at least the photo actually looks red!

Sedgwick Leather

I use Sedgwick & Co leather for all of my handmade leather belts, dog collars and leads, camera straps, bridles, bags, and rifle slings.
Sedgwick and Co. have been around since 1900 and are world renown for being one of the leading leather suppliers. Sedgwick have always prided themselves on their consistently high quality of the finished leather. They put this down to the expert curriers who finish the leather by hand. To help achieve this in the future they have an in-house training scheme for new apprentices.


All of Sedgwick's leather is crafted with provenance. They have a select number of UK suppliers all of whom can provide details of exactly where the animal came from and its age. They guarantee that all hides are past a certain age ensuring that they have lived a longer life before coming in to their hands. Each hide has a unique, traceable number that can identify it throughout the entire process.

Best of British

Being the best of British quality means being certain that only the finest UK hides are used. Quality control at every stage of the process ensures that no imperfection, however small, is missed by the craftsmen

My Leather

In an economy where the consumer wants the most value for their money, leather delivers superior value. Many efforts have been made to create a synthetic material that is able to provide the multiple properties of leather but all efforts have proved unsuccessful. Due to these properties, leather is the preferred material for many areas of application, from daily used products to exclusive fashion items.

Metropolitan Leather

Founded in 1919

I tend to use metropolitan leather for my small projects. Shoulder is a much softer leather and is perfect for watch straps and wallets. It is also available in a variety of thicknesses from 1.5mm to 3.2mm. There is also a large selection of colours.

Lamport Shoulder

First grade quality and regular shape, vegetable tanned full grain beautifully aniline coloured and finished shoulder showing some natural growth and character, dyed through and coloured both sides with a slightly waxy feel. Lamport shoulder is a tougher leather and great for any item that needs a bit of rigidity in its design.


    You can't really go wrong with classic Black leather


    A nice , deep red


    A really nice brown chestnut leather

    Dark Brown

    As its name suggests it is brown and dark

    Dark Green

    A nice deep, dark green

    Dark Navy Blue

    The classic Navy Blue

    Dark Tan

    The darkest of the Tan range


    It is not really Elephant just a really dark grey. Sometimes called Rhino


    A lighter grey than Elephant

    Light Tan

    The lightest of the tan colours

    Mid Blue

    A standard blue

    Mid Green

    A classic forest green. Herne would be proud

    Mid Tan

    As its name suggest this is the middle of the tan range of leather


    That's it send my website to your company's unsafe list! Undyed is what it really is

    Pale Green

    The lightest green leather

    Baby Pink

    As its name suggest - Pink


    A proper red leather

    Sky Blue

    The colour of the sky when it's not raining!


    White is usually described as off-white as it never stays white for long


    Yellow as yellow can be

    Rutland Softy Shoulder

    I use the Rutland softy shoulder leather for any work where the leather needs to be soft and supple. First grade quality regular shape, vegetable tanned beautifully full grain aniline coloured shoulder, showing a natural drawn/bubble grain from the milling process and not artificially printed, and a fluffy unfinished flesh side with a hint of colour, making an attractive softer leather

    I use the Rutland Softy Shoulder on my phone and Laptop cases and also on some of my handmade leather bags.

    Mid Tan

    As its name suggest this is the middle of the tan range of leather


    Blacker than it looks in the picture

    Baby Pink

    As its name suggest - Pink


    A nice deep red in colour


    The beautiful colour of the wood

    Dark Brown

    The absolute classic brown

    Dark Green

    The quintessential British Green

    Dark Navy

    A classic Navy Blue

    Dark Tan

    The darkest of the tan range


    As its name suggest this is a grey leather

    Light Tan

    The lightest of the tan range

    Mid Blue

    The middle of the blue range - obviously

    Mid Green

    Not Dark Green, nor Light Green but the Green that is in between

    Pale Green

    Why is this called Pale Green and not Light Green


    As red as red can be


    A proper dark grey

    Sky Blue

    If only the sky was really this blue. I am in England after all


    White. For how long I don't know


    Just as you would expect. Yellow

    Lilford Soft Nappa Side

    This soft Nappa leather is used for padding and lining. Mostly on my lined leather dog collars but also sometimes on some of my bespoke leatherwork.

    Lilford Soft Nappa Side has a dyed through colour and a fine grain

    Baby Blue

    A very pale blue


    Beige as beige can be


    A proper colour at last


    How long this would stay cream for I don't know

    Dark Brown

    Just as its name suggests it is dark and it is brown


    Be as one with the forest


    As grey as grey can be


    Fancy a pale lilac


    What came first? The fruit or the colour?


    "Cause pink is the love you discover"


    Now who doesn't like a bit of red


    Tan will certainly set off your lining


    How would you describe this? I can't even spell it


    A lovely contrast to any leather


    The classic lining

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    Leather Thickness

     Below is a practical reference for the various thicknesses of leather that I utilise. The UK, Europe, and US employ distinct terminologies when referring to leather thickness or substance. The chart will provide you with a comparison of equivalent measurements and should help you to decide if my leather fits your purpose.