What 'handmade' means to me
My name is Jonathan Hyde, the designer and maker behind Hyde Wares. I discovered the art of leather crafting whilst living in Portugal, influenced by fantastic local materials and classic design.
Now based in Brighton, England, my work continues from home with a small, dedicated production.
Hyde Wares was born from an urge to slow down, to design and make a range of leather items that would stand the test of time and grow with the owner. I was tired of buying and replacing items that were made cheaply and dishonestly.
My father was a carpenter and growing up with the influence of his workshop and craft has only now become apparent. My mother was also self-employed and seeing both role models implement their vision with their own hands was a great inspiration.
As much as it is rewarding to hold a finished belt, wallet or bag in your hands, it is the process of the craft which I love the most. I place pride in my work but am always looking at how to improve and evolve, thus the constant journey of creating new work continues.
There is an inherent beauty in tools, their form and function matched perfectly to aid the craft. Hand stitching leather also creates a special relationship with the product, the maker knows each line and can feel the tension and durability of the thread.
Our most treasured possessions are often those with stories; trinkets clothes or heirlooms passed down through loved ones.
Hyde Wares are designed and made to last, not to be handled delicately but with passion and conviction. Leather responds well to being used regularly, nourished by the elements and travel.
I like to think of these items as trees - young saplings right now but hopefully one day we'll see great oaks, wise and strong with stories to tell
All items are made to order. Please allow 3-5 days for production and shipping out.
All my work is shipped via the Royal Mail
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