Martin Pryce Leather Artisan

David Gilmour announces first live shows in nine years.

David Gilmour announces first live shows in nine years. David plays venues in Europe and The Royal Albert Hall, London, all of them sold out.

Guitar strap, "Copy of Famous Jimi Hendrix Leather Guitar Strap" by Martin Pryce 

In March 2006 I was asked by David Gilmour to make a guitar strap for his  friend Phil Manzenera. I delivered the strap to David at The Mermaid Theatre where he was performing for Radio 2 featuring music from "On An Island". It was Davids birthday and that day he had been presented with the famous original Jimi Hendrix guitar strap ! The strap required some restoration work which I later carried out for him. David subsequently commissioned me to make several other leather guitar straps like the one you can see in the picture.

Written by Martin Pryce — March 07, 2015

Martin Pryce Makes Rock Stars Leather Guitar Straps and Leather Stage Clothes

It becomes an impressive and comprehensive list of famous rock stars that add to the legacy of customers of Leather Artisan, Martin Pryce. Here are just some of the customers that Martin Pryce has made leather guitar straps and leather clothing for since 1972. Robert Plant, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Angus Young, AC/DC, Gary Numan, Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, Ozzy Osbourne's Bob Daisley, Whitesnake's, David Coverdale, Bernie Marsen, John Lord, Ian Paice, Micky Moody and Neil Murrey, Pink Floyd and Brian Ferry's bassist Guy Pratt, UB40, Bootsy Collins, Guns and Roses Duff McKagan, Bad Company's Mick Ralphs, Mott The Hoople's Peter Overend Watts and Luther Grosvenor AKA Ariel Bender, Thin Lizzy's Marcus Mendoza, Chicken Shack and Savoy Brown's Stan Webb, The Commitments, then we go on to TV, Film and theatre.    

Written by Martin Pryce — February 07, 2015

Martin Pryce makes Red Leather Coat for Paul McGann in Minister Of Chance

Recently Martin Pryce was asked to make the red leather coat to be worn by actor Paul McGann in the short film of the Prologue of The Minister Of Chance.
 The Minister of Chance is unique. It is a free, online, award-winning audio drama series starring Julian Wadham, Jenny Agutter, Jed Brophy, Lauren Crace, Paul Darrow, Philip Glenister, Tamsin Greig, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann and was recorded using the full technical and dramatic possibilities of sound.   It had no outside funding and no publicity budget. Production was crowdfunded by its loyal worldwide fanbase, and publicity was only through word of mouth. 

 Now a short film of the Prologue has completed filming,  starring Paul McGann and Tim McInnerny,  and was released to the Moguls that funded it on February 14th at 7pm with a worldwide online Premiere party. 

Here are some photos of the red leather coat made by Martin Pryce. 

    

Written by Martin Pryce — April 27, 2014

My Shop In Ludlow

Martin Pryce, bespoke leather tailor and bag maker can be found at his recently opened shop in Pepper Lane, Ludlow, where he manufactures and sells his products. A unique little shop where you can see Martin working away at the work bench and sewing machines in the one half and the retail section for bags and clothing in the other.        
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A visit from top London leather designer Bill Amberg resulted an appraisal in the FT "How To Spend It" and also Vouge magazine.
Bespoke commissions are gladly undertaken, whether it be to your own requirements, a popular design or Martin can help design something especially for you. Sourcing the very best leather, suede, sheepskin and reptile skins from around the world you can be assured of purchasing an extremely high quality product.
 Along with the beautiful designer bags and made to measure leather clothing, other popular products are available, such as , leather satchels like the one you used to go to school with. 
In complete contrast, sheepskin flying jackets can be made just for you, a line which Martin makes for the classic car enthusiasts. Made in supple Marino lamb instead of the very heavy weight that was used by the Spitfire and Lancaster pilots during the war, this ensures a comfortable drive in your open top car.
So a drive over to the historic town of Ludlow and a visit to Martin's shop is a must for a good day out.
Shop Address : Martin Pryce, Leather Artisan, Pepper Lane, Ludlow, SY8 1PX
Phone : 07758 002135  01584 877418

Written by Martin Pryce — April 20, 2014

Bill Amberg talks personal style: Part Two Financial Times "How To Spend it"

Bill Amberg talks personal style the Financial Times "How To Spend It" magazine September 28th. In the article Bill kindly gives me a mention : 

A recent “find” is Martin Pryce Leather in Ludlow, which sells leather bags. Pryce and I got chatting and I realised that his real passion is making leather clothes. I would like to have something made – a jacket or sheepskin coat. Pepper Lane, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1PX (01584-877 418 www.martinpryceleather.co.uk).

You can read the full article at http://howtospendit.ft.com/style/36503-bill-amberg-talks-personal-style-part-two

Written by Martin Pryce — October 09, 2013

Fashion bag competition (win a leather clutch)

We are running a competition on Facebook to win the Black Patent Leather clutch bag (or iPad case). We think it's so cute and stylish it could be either! 

All we want you to do is think of a name for the clutch.

Write your response on the competition post on the Facebook page and in one week (Friday 14.09.2013) Martin will announce the winner. 

(To give you a few tips, take a look at the names of the bags on the site so far, we have the Momo, Cat bag, Ludlow Satchel) 

NAME THAT BAG! 

Get creative, wild, wacky or even go with your own name. 

Good luck

Team Pryce xxxx 

Enter on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/MartinPryceLeatherArtisan

Written by Martin Pryce — September 06, 2013

New range of leather bags and products

Hello, 

It's been a while, we've had a really busy summer in the shop and created many new bags and pieces including weekend bags, city bags and laptop cases. We need to photograph some new stock (coming soon) but in the mean time take a look at our instagram page or Facebook for all the latest images. 

Anything you like the look of please do get in touch with your favourite colours, leather, style etc

Here are a few samples below  (and some of dad posing!) 

http://instagram.com/mrpryceleather (instagram)

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MartinPryceLeatherArtisan 

Love, Catherine & team Pryce x

Written by Martin Pryce — September 04, 2013

Martin Pryce When It All Started

 One evening during 1968 I went to Woverhampton Civic Hall to see John Mayall's Blusebreakers. When John came on stage he was wearing pretty much all leather. I knew from being in the fan club that he made much of his on gear. Looking extremely cool he was sporting a leather fringed shoulder bag. I thought it looked great and I wanted one that I could wear when I got up on stage with my own band.

I kept thinking about it all night, so much so that when I got home I asked my mother if I could have my fathers old leather army waistcoat. She said "Yes, what do you want it for ?". I said that I was going to make a shoulder bag from it, just like John Mayall's. So off I went armed with a pair of hairdressing scissors and mums Singer hand sewing machine. I tore the lining from the waistcoat and there was this perfect suede nap on the other side of the leather, just wat I wanted. I then produced my first fringed suede bag. Friends and other people saw it and before long I was taking orders. There a lot was more to come.

 

Written by Martin Pryce — July 08, 2013

Bill Amberg

Recently a couple of guys came to visit me at my shop in Pepper Lane, Ludlow. The one guy was Rupert Beven who explained that he made bespoke furniture and specialised in interior finishes to commission, including antiqued mirror glass and contract furniture. Rupert's studio happens to be near to Ludlow and has a show room in London. Rupert then introduced me to his friend Bill Amberg. Bill told me that he too worked with leather specialising to leather interiors, such as flooring, walls and even leather curtains right through to simple mobile phone cases.

 
 

Bill's radical approach to working with this tactile product leather is really quite fascinating. The video blog within his website is worthy of a look. He explains all about leather, the different types, the animals that it comes from, the processes of how it is tanned and what leather is good for which products. Bill works out of his studio in London and has a shop in London's, Mayfair. At Bill Amberg Studio craftsmen, designers and collaborators strive to use leather in bespoke ways that means this gift from nature is adapted to enhance.


As Bill says, Never underestimate leather. That is in terms of quality, versatility, and adaptability.

Clearly an impressive guy in the world of leather, Bill Amberg liked what I was doing in my studio, shop in Ludlow and followed up with a phone call to me a few weeks after his visit. He explained that he writes articles for "How To Spend It" magazine that is featured with the Financial Times and that he was including me and my shop in the next article.       

In early June, along with my daughter, media expert, Catherine Pryce, and after a full on trip around London and Brighton sourcing new leather, we paid a visit to Bill's studio in London. What a exciting meet we had, with Bill showing us around and explaining his new ventures. We both came away full of inspiration for the future. Having been making leather products for over forty years, I thought I new about leather, but with Bill's insight, I now know even more. I guess we just keep on learning. Thank you Bill. 


Martin. 


Written by Martin Pryce — July 02, 2013