These came from the Cordwain Higgler clearance section. They cost £10 each and usually go for between £32 and £36 which is a reasonable price considering the work that goes into these binders. They also do custom binders – I am seeing a custom binder in my future with butterflies, dragonflies and ladybugs on it 🙂
The clearance section consists of old stock or models that they were not 100% satisfied with. But all binders have working hardware – it is just perhaps the finish or the design that they were not happy with. Having received these I can say boy what a bargain! The rings and other hardware are all perfect and tight as drums!
I fell for the moth one first. They said it would either be love or hate and for me it was love. What’s not to love about a binder that is pink and purple with bugs on it!
Here is the Cordwain Higgler website and online shop. They describe their products thus:
Cordwain Higgler is a family business, run by Guy and Pat Mather. We are based in East Sussex, close to the coast and the beautiful South Downs behind us. We make a range of unique hand made leather goods, both ‘off the shelf’ as well as bespoke. Our goods have a strong, nature, folklore and historic influence born from a background in history, art and archaeology. These elements have been drawn together to form Cordwain Higgler.
All items are made using the best traditional and natural materials available. Our leather comes from Britains last oak bark tannery. We use natural fibre threads. Fittings are made to last, for instance, solid brass, not plate, to prevent rusting.
Designs are made to our own pattern and applied by hand. We have dies (stamps) made for us exclusively. Each item is hand dyed and finished with our own beeswax polish made from wax from hives around the Beachy Head area.
Our aim is to provide quality English craft items in a world of mass production. we hope it would be extremely unlikely that you will come across anyone else with an identical item. The unique qualiities of leather means that it improves with age and becomes a more personal item.
“The pride in our work comes from knowing that our goods will last, and the owners, we hope, become more attached to them as time goes by”