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