Bill Amberg is one of the most respected names in contemporary British leathercraft. Having set up his studio in London in 1985, his reputation as a designer soon spread to the likes of Liberty, Paul Smith, Donna Karan, Romeo Gigli, Dunhill and others, who commissioned him to design accessories, while the Bill Amberg label became a badge of quality and craftsmanship around the world. In 2001, the V&A admitted the Amberg ‘Rocket’ bag into its archive of design classics.
Over the last 30 years, Bill’s work in architecture and interiors has grown in parallel with his bag design. Today, the Bill Amberg Studio is the UK’s foremost authority on leather’s architectural and interiors applications. Headed by Bill, the studio comprises a pioneering group of designers and craftspeople who combine traditional leatherworking techniques with technological innovation and experimentation to create leather interiors, furniture and objects with style and longevity.
Bill’s studio has introduced leather into the interiors of iconic buildings such as Claridge's, Selfridges, the Shard and the Savoy, and frequently collaborates with renowned architects and interiors outfitters on the incorporation of leather into properties around the world – including the Leathersellers’ Hall, where Bill and his team were instrumental in the interiors restorations completed in 2016.
From his studio in London and workshops in Somerset, Bill continues to design the hand-made bags and accessories that first made his name as a craftsman, and is actively involved in promoting and supporting the UK leather industry as a whole. In 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from The University of the Arts London for his three-decade contribution to British design and craft.