Workshop10 May 2023, 11:00 - 14:00, 15:00 - 18:00
12 May 2023, 11:00 - 14:00, 15:00 - 18:00
Demonstration9 May 2023, 11:00 - 17:00
11 May 2023, 11:00 - 17:00
13 May 2023, 11:00 - 17:00
91 Lower Sloane Street
Travelling Companions: A Masterclass in Leather with MacGregor & Michael
Bentleys, the vintage leather specialists, host two of Britain’s pre-eminent leatherworkers in their Chelsea shop. Take a front-row seat as MacGregor & Michael hand-make a modern overnight bag and traditional travel folio. Alongside this, learn to hand-stitch your own luggage tag or card case at their in-house workshop.
From the Peruvian Andes to the depths of the Indonesian jungle, extraordinary rail journeys are enjoying a renaissance across the world. Safe, comfortable and environmentally sensitive, travelling in these luxurious carriages allows you time to savour the experience and chance upon the unexpected.
Exploring this theme for London Craft Week 2023, Bentleys has invited MacGregor & Michael to take up residency in the shop, where they are hand-making two leather cases designed for a sojourn by rail. Visitors have a front-row seat for the production process and the opportunity to chat one-on-one with the craftspeople, who share their knowledge of leatherwork without hesitation.
Bentleys has chosen an English Oak Bark tanned cowhide sourced from J&FJ Baker & Co’s tannery in Devon for the Train collection: a modern zipped overnight bag and a traditional travel folio.
Both items are available to purchase in the shop, alongside handmade bags, belts and accessories from the MacGregor & Michael range.
You can also learn to hand-stitch your own luggage tag or card case at the in-house workshops that Neil and Valerie teach. Booking essential — experience not!
Bentleys, the vintage leather specialists, was established in 1989 and has been part of London Craft Week since its inception, hosting established and emerging leather craftspeople each year. The shop provides a unique chance to see exceptional modern leatherwork side-by-side with the finest antique examples.