Macgregor and Michael: A Leather Masterclass
Bentleys, the vintage luggage specialist, hosts Britain’s finest traditional leather craftsmen, Neil Macgregor and Valerie Michael, as they recreate a Victorian Gladstone bag and reveal their techniques.
Neil MacGregor and Valerie Michael have an international reputation as designers and makers of fine, high quality, hand-stitched leather goods. They have been making by hand in an artisanal workshop in Tetbury, Gloucestershire since 1974. They use only the best vegetable-tanned leathers and source or commission hardware in brass and silver.
‘Our designs aim to reveal something about the nature of leather and craftsmanship, while addressing the practical needs of our customers. The leathers we use are vegetable-tanned, the active ingredients coming from the bark and leaves of various trees and shrubs. We use no machinery in the making, preferring the direct simplicity of hand tools and the quiet rhythms of the workshop.’
Bentleys celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2019 and has commissioned Neil and Valerie to recreate the first item that Tim Bent, Bentleys founder, sold – a Victorian leather Gladstone bag.