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
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.
Team Pryce xxxx
Enter on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/MartinPryceLeatherArtisan
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!)
Love, Catherine & team Pryce x
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.
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.
Team Pryce had a day out in London recently, Martin was looking at leather samples to purchase hides for the shop so I went along with him to document the day.
We had a BRILLIANT time, I learnt loads about leather, skins and where leather comes from and met some wonderful people, big shout out to Malcolm at Walter Reginald. More news on this but here are a few photos... Catherine x
Images shot at Walter Reginald London http://www.walterreginald.com/about
delighted to be featured in the April issue of Elle Magazine. Myself and Mary Pryce (the kids!)
were selected to be featured in the Brighton street style section of both the
magazine and online respectively. We had a brilliant day of pampering, make up
and despite Mary having her foot in plaster and a clod hopper (an NHS special
foot cover thing) our pictures were used.
The theme of
the April edition was 'Spring Leather' so a great opportunity to check out the
latest trends, have a rummage through a clothes rack the Elle supplied and pick
a fabulous look for out time in front of the camera. Mary wore a stunning blue
shift dress from Whistles,
really struggled to hand it back. Soft leather and loose simple fit but the
leather hung beautifuly, she wore this with the Martin Pryce Gold
Metalic Momo bag which really lifted the outfit. I wore a Rag & Bone Trench
coat supplied by Elle for the shoot with the Purple Metallic Momo bag. Again a
really strong look for spring with a lush combination of textures and colours.
Unfortunately the bags are 'just seen' in the images - it was a super windy day
but the feedback from the Elle team about the bags was fantastic.
Thanks for a
great day, Catherine x
It's been exciting times since opening the shop in Ludlow (where I live and work) and I've been blown away by the response of people popping in to say hello and look at the products. Finally thought it was time, and after much harrasment from my daughters Catherine and Mary, to create the right space online to show you what I get up to.
All of the products, bags, straps etc are handmade, solely by me and they are just for you. They can be created in any colour or size (with in reason) so together we can create a unique bag tailored to your tastes. Leather has been my business for many years and I love creating pieces of work that are timesless, durable and a real statment for those who wear them.
Watch this space for new collections, news on the shop and what I've been up to such as adventures collecting leather samples in London and where my inspiration comes. We will keep updating the photography and add some style sections soon.
I want to say a special thank you to my daughters Catherine and Mary for help with the site and social media and to Matthew Halls who created the branding, logo and signs for the shop. They all look great. Cheers kids, Martin x
Branding & design MatthewHalls.co.uk
Martin Pryce Leather Artisan, Pepper Lane, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1PX
Phone : 07758002135 or 01584 877418