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Customer Spotlight #12 Sam Brown

Customer Spotlight #12 Sam Brown
11/02/2018

Sam Brown is a London based brand focusing on beautifully crafted leather goods and accessories. Operating from their Woolwich studio, they are driven by their ethos of sourcing and making everything in the UK. Their collection includes a range of leather bags that are hand cut and sewn from card templates, belts, accessories as well as offering customers a bespoke service. We caught up with Sam Brown’s Colette Barron to learn more about this great British brand…. Please tell us what inspired the concept behind Sam Brown London? Huge question! A need to deliver domestic product drawing influence from the rich heritage of domestic leather workers.

You offer a range of leather goods and accessories, who would you say your target market is? Anybody who loves the idea of having things made for them and gets excited about provenance. What is appealing to our buyers is the fact we focus entirely on making unique handmade leather accessories for them. How important is maintaining your production line in the UK? Totally – 100%. Everything we do is UK based, everything we use is UK sourced. What inspires your designs? Anthony Todd has an extensive background in fashion this, together with his interaction with our clients directly gives him a very clear view of exactly what they want. You operate on Twitter and Instagram; how important is social media in developing your brand name and growing your business? Social media is a great platform visually although it has its restrictions especially with a product such as ours which needs to be touched and then of course there is that great traditional smell of leather. Bring on scratch n’ sniff Instagram! You also offer a bespoke service. What is the strangest/ complicated thing you have been asked to make? Do you really wanna know! Restraints. Enough said. It’s very clear that Sam Brown London have a really passion for making things and it’s great to see you sharing this with others through your Makers Classes. How popular is this class? Generally it’s easy for us to fill these classes. It seems there is a need for people to express their creativity and to physically make something is a brilliant thing to do. The feedback that we get as a result of these classes is just fabulous. How important is educating your customers on the orientation of your products and the materials they are made from? People know exactly what they are looking at when they see the Sam Brown product. In every case people are hugely impressed by both the provenance of the leather and the fact that the buckles are sand cast by Abbey England here in the UK. How easy or difficult has it been to source UK materials? It’s never easy as there so few suppliers that remain. Those that do, work with us hand in hand to produce something totally unique. How has the Abbey Foundry assisted you in fulfilling your product designs? Pivotal. The conversation that Anthony had with Abbey in the beginning, made the whole ‘Made in Britain’ project possible. Without Abbey Foundry our buckles would have to have been outsourced abroad. You currently you sand cast all our buckles.

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