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We create individual pieces such as leather coffee and tea cup holders and handcrafted leather journals, each handmade and unique. 

We also take sustainable cork fabric and turn it into wallets, purses, washbags, tote bags and more.

Whatever your ideas we can work together to create memorable gifts. Or visit our shop to see what is already in stock.

A Dark brown leather sleeve with a bumble bee carved into the leather, surrounded by a large golden yellow hexagon and small golden yellow hexagons like a hive. Bee Free is embossed above the bee and below is embossed Bee Different. The sleeve is around a bamboo green cup.

Handmade leather and

cork accessories

Proudly created in the uk

OUR COLLECTIONS

Coffee cup sleeves

COFFEE SLEEVES

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Napkin Rings

Leather journals

LEATHER JOURNALS

Cork wallets

CORK LEATHER

Mission

To bring back volume handcrafted goods back to the UK. In a sustainable and holistic manner.

We are a "Profit for Purpose" company, as we grow the plan is to use the profits that we generate to employ homeless people teach them new skills and help rebuild them to being their best selves, 

About me

Hi I'm Tim Cole. I've always been interested in making things, and particularly enjoy creating something special and personal for someone. I began making gifts for friends and family. It's a great way to show how you feel about someone.

Ever since I was young I have tried new crafts, everything from origami to stone carving, but I first became seriously interested through experimenting with engraving on plastic, creating pieces of art, inspired by films or books I had read. From there I moved on to glass engraving and then focused on leather. I enjoy the versatility of leather as a material. It can be cut and shaped, dyed, and tooled in so many ways. The design of my leather coffee cup sleeve was arrived at after trying out different shapes and different fastenings to arrive at the most attractive and usable solution. Of course, the design works equally well when the sleeve is used as a leather tea cup holder!

 

Whilst studying for my interior design degree I particularly enjoyed playing in the workshop experimenting with materials. I did this so that I could specify materials confidently in designs and then learn how far I could push the boundaries.

 

I draw on many sources of inspiration for my designs: places I've travelled to, my love of sailing and riding (you'll see lots of designs featuring boats and horses) and my new hobby of salsa dancing. Once I am happy with a design it can be tooled onto my handmade leather gifts.

 

The handcrafted leather journals that I make as commission-only items are a wonderful canvas for ideas. The additional space compared to the coffee sleeves gives real scope for interesting designs.

 

I love the challenge of taking an idea and turning it into beautiful, useful objects.

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Markets

About me

To shop for our most up-to-date stock of Coffee sleeves, that can be personalised on the stall, or for our full range of cork fabric vegan-friendly gifts check out these markets below:

 

 

2024 Market Dates

1st June 2024 - Cambridge All Saints Garden Market

21st June 2024 - Cambridge All Saints Garden Market

6th July 2024 - Cambridge All Saints Garden Market

20th July 2024 - Cambridge All Saints Garden Market

3rd August 2024 - Cambridge All Saints Garden Market

17th August 2024 - Cambridge All Saints Garden Market

Check out our Instagram Story and posts as to the days that Tim will be trading at the Apple Market Covent Garden.

SHOP Placement Locations

A range of our cork products are now stocked in:

The Hill Trader Shop: The Hill Station, Kitto Road, London, SE14 5TW

Open: 7 Days a week 10am - 4pm

Past Events

 

9-12th May 2024 - Wimbledon Art Fair

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