In 2010, I made a life changing decision to get out of the “corporate world” and do what I love. Working with my hands and natural materials. I made a selection of quality belts and started my journey. Nothing excites me more than starting with a beautiful piece of leather and a “light bulb” moment for a new interesting product. Each item is hand-made with great love, care and attention to detail in our craft house. CHARLES LANSDOWN Tailored Leathers has expanded over time to accommodate any custom creation and design.
OUR LEGACY – Why Charles Lansdown
My Grandfather, Mr Charles Lansdown (my mother’s side of the family if you wondered why a different surname to mine) showed a great excitement and interest in any of my childhood artistic ventures with sketching, painting, sculpting, woodworking, you name it the list goes on. He would spend hours with me, challenging me to grow my gift for design. He was a man characterised by his integrity and good taste, I remember you would always see him in a 3 piece suit and very well kept matching shoes and belt, proper leather of course. When I was thinking of a name for my company, I wanted something that spoke of quality, sounded regal and bespoke and that would immediately ring, high-end brand, it also needed it to be personal and meaningful to me:
– CHARLES LANSDOWN TAILORED LEATHERS was born.
He had one philosophy in life and taught it to me well “what you give out is what you get back” and this is reflected in every item I make – “his legacy lives on”
We are committed to producing work of the highest standard for you, and in return, we hope to earn the respect of everyone who has our work in their collections
P.S. Sorry other grampa, you were a great guy too, but naming the brand Perciville Ingram, just doesn’t work for me – joke
Founder – Bradley Charles Ingram
Each CHARLES LANSDOWN item is cut and stitched by expert hands. Head leathersmith, Bradley Charles Ingram, has been creating stunning custom pieces for more than a decade. Items that bear the CHARLES LANSDOWN mark are uniquely designed for our range which promises quality, true individuality and a sense of timelessness.
The beauty of true leather is that it gets better with age. Even with a harsh battering, leather takes on a worn look which affords it character often by a texture softened by the hands of time. Our collection takes full advantage of the way leather ages and builds its own character: every piece becomes more uniquely yours as it matures through the journey of your life.
Over the course of more than a decade, CHARLES LANSDOWN Tailored Leathers have found suppliers of the finest hides in South Africa and abroad, however we are deeply committed to supporting the South African leather industry as far as is possible.
We keep hides that are as natural and eco-friendly as possible, this has given an added bonus that no two hides are the same, the grain patina and character, all vary making your item even more exclusive.
The mission of CHARLES LANSDOWN Tailored Leathers is to reignite the true craft of leatherwork by offering hides that we individually choose for their quality, character and strength.
Leathersmiths working on CHARLES LANSDOWN pieces, go through years of apprenticeship and training before being able to take on specific ranges. Every single piece is still hand-checked and tested by the founder and head leathersmith, Bradley Charles Ingram.