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Utilising the Westley Richards Leather Shop's Bespoke Ability.

Having my own leather department downstairs gives me the advantage of making things which I like for my own personal use, as is the case with the Sam Brown belt above. I found a very nice vintage belt but without loosing 50 lbs it was never going to fit me! So I have had one made and I think it has turned out really very nicely. I used the oak tanned leather and solid brass fittings both which will age beautifully. My 10 round open wallet fits on perfectly at right hand side. The belt is a faithful copy, with nice stitching detail and a contrast backing in binding leather.

Westley Richards Sam Brown type safari belt

I am really pleased with this belt and should anybody else be interested I think this is an item we will offer on a bespoke basis as getting the length correct is critical to a nice fit, some will wear intruder loops and others over shirt/jacket.

Showing the inside of the Sam Brown Belt

Another useful item I had made for myself was an SD card holder for my photography. I always like to carry spare SD cards with me and don't like the bulky protective ones you buy from shops. This is a neat solution and can be initialled, numbered or referenced to camera.

SD Card Holder in Leather

I have now made a few writing pads for clients who have seen the one at my desk at Westley Richards. Crafted from 5mm thick Oak Tanned or Tarnsjo Leather these make a very nice writing space and mouse mat!

W R & Co. Bespoke blotter

The final production of the hook swivel sling is now completed. I had great difficulty in sourcing a fully covered strong leather covered buckle so have come to a compromise as illustrated. We will be offering this limited production sling in two colours light and dark brown. Those of you who have shown an interest will now be contacted, thank you for your patience.

WR Hook Eye Sling with Branding

WR Hook Eye Rifle Sling-34896-Edit

Last year at Christmas we were asked to make a set of luggage using a customers own game skins. The skins were of an excellent quality and produced a very very nice set of luggage which were very well received.

Westley Richards bespoke bag inBuffalo

Westley Richards Bespoke Elephant skin Bag

My message is with this post that our leather department is unique in that it will entertain bespoke commissions, not only mine!,  we look forward to turning your ideas into reality and  I hope this post shows the diversity of the workshop we can put at your disposal please contact me for any questions you have regarding this.


  • Vance Daigle on July 26, 2016 at 6:38 pm


    These are as nice as your guns, in a leathery sort of way Simon. Very nice stuff indeed, I proudly have a few leather items on order from your leather dept at the moment. Is there perhaps a shotgun shell case on the horizon?

    Next...What will I have to do to get that beauitful bag off the Blog before my Bride sees it???? I have to say you have me over a stump on this item!!! HAHA!!! Be well!!!

    In Christ

    • Simon Clode on July 26, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      The ostrich one?

  • Tim Wilkes on July 26, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Great stuff Simon. I bought one of your iPad slips for my father, blind blocked with his initials. He loved it!

    As an ex-infantry officer, I used to wear the Sam Browne in 'anger'. Hoping that you will make the sword frog for those of us who like to swagger!


    PS Spent hours bulling mine to a perfect gloss polished finish

  • Larry on July 26, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    The finest leather in the business.

  • Steve on July 27, 2016 at 3:03 am

    Hello Simon,

    I just wanted to say thank you. I am one of the people who ordered a desk pad from you. I saw it on one of your previous posts, and I simply had to have one.

    Thank you for all of your attention to detail, and for making sure I got exactly what I wanted. The desk pad is beautiful, and it is a pleasure to use every day. Not only does the leather look great, but it just feels good. The quality of the leather is top notch. I am really looking forward to watching it gain a patina!

    Anyway, thanks again for all of your assistance. It was a pleasure to work out all of the details, and I am very happy with the end result!

    To anyone who may be reading this… if you're considering ordering any bespoke item from Simon and his team, rest assured that you are in good hands!

    Thank you!


  • Joseph on July 28, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Hello Simon, please let me know how to go about getting a desk pad like the one you use. Also, thanks for the wonderful blog.

  • Jack Harris on August 9, 2016 at 2:16 am

    Dear Simon:

    Received my hook swivel sling Saturday. Great work! Nicely done!


  • Jurg Muller on April 8, 2020 at 10:52 am

    Hello there

    I would like to order a Sam Brown belt and one of those writing pads. Can you help me to proceed with the order?

    Kind regards,

    Jurg Muller, Zurich, Switzerland

    • Stephen Humphries on April 9, 2020 at 12:47 pm

      Hi Jurg,

      Thank you so much for your interest, I would be happy to pass you onto our sales team and they will be in contact very shortly.

      All the best,

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