Group sites+44(0)1246 232863

Our Story

Please select a stage for more info
1900

1956

2015

2017

2018

  • The business of J & E Sedgwick & Co. Ltd was founded in 1900 by James and Emmanuel Sedgwick. They were later joined by Richard Farrow, grandfather of the recently retired Managing Director who is also named Richard Farrow. Richard is now a non-executive Director of The Clayton Leather Group.

    Sedgwick’s began supplying leather to the equestrian trade in 1900, and a century on is one of the leading leather suppliers of equestrian leather in Walsall.

  • Over the past 100 years J & E Sedgwick’s business has grown steadily, this being evident that in 1956 the company moved into the purpose built workshops it still maintains, undergoing three major building programs up to the present day.

    The company bases its early success on the established UK market, but in recent years has expanded into the growing export market, supplying its products worldwide.

    Sedgwick’s has always prided itself on the consistently high quality of its finished leather. Partly, this has been achieved by the sourcing of high quality hides, but also in maintaining the skills of expert curriers who finish the leather by hand. Many of these skills utilized at the beginning of the century are still employed today. Hence the management taking the view that these skills, when used correctly, produce the finest leather.

    To maintain these skills, all of Sedgwick’s craftsmen are highly trained and the company maintains an active recruitment and training program for new young apprentices.

    The skills of the curriers are complimented by the addition of modern machines. These machines cannot replace the sheer artistry and experience of our leather dressers, but have enabled Sedgwick’s to improve and increase the range, quality and colours of the finished leathers.

    The quintessential attributes of Sedgwick’s leather are:

    Visual Appeal

    Endurance

    Resilience

    Fundamental characteristics of true quality

     

  • Along with William Clarke, Sedgwick & Co joined The Clayton Leather Group as the best in British bridle leather in 2015. The aspirations of the group have allowed Sedgwick to continue its expansion into international markets, to continue developing a working relationship with distributors worldwide. Sedgwick first represented its leather in foreign markets using its strong brand name and reputation. However, the collaboration with Clayton & Sons, British hand finished Bridle leather can now be displayed in trade shows around the world under The Clayton Leather Group thus exposing the quality of leather produced, directly into buyers hands.

    Along with the company exposure at tradeshows to discover new avenues for export, due to the umbrella group of all four companies this now allows the development of the various range of finishes and techniques.

    English leather enjoys a reputation of being the finest in the world and we are delighted that J & E Sedgwick enters its second century of existence well prepared to play a significant international role in the supply of fine English leather.

  • The Clayton Leather Group launched their brand new website in January 2017. Giving you, the user, a great insight into the ethos and heritage behind each of the four companies within the Group, also helping you connect with us any which way. Whether that be through our social media channels or via email, the new website now links all of these paths together.

  • Representatives from the leather trade in Walsall were able to have a few moments with HRH Princess Anne yesterday.

    As the Perpetual Master of The Saddlers’ Company, Princess Anne made the trip to Walsall yesterday to congratulate successful apprentices this year and visit some local saddle makers.

    Company Chairman and Director of J&E Sedgwick’s were able to have a few moments with the Princess to mention our rich heritage and explain how we have been contributing to the equestrian industry since the 1900’s.

     

 

 

OUR NEWS
Jul
25

A Royal Visit to Walsall

A Royal Visit to Walsall Representatives of the leather trade in Walsall were able to have a few moments with HRH Princess Anne earlier this week. The Perpetual Master of The Saddlers’ Company made the trip to Walsall to congratulate successful apprentices this year and to visit some local saddle makers. The students had carried […]

READ MORE HERE
Apr
05

Award-winning Singaporean designer wants to promote British leather.

Award-winning Singaporean designer wants to promote British leather. This year the ‘Design a Bag Online’ competition run by APLF and Fashion Access gave the prospective winner the opportunity to spend a month in Milan with top designers and leathercraft workers. This opportunity doesn’t come around often and the winner would have come up against some […]

READ MORE HERE