We began our leatherworking careers in Bristol in 1971, moving to our current workshop in Tetbury, Gloucestershire in 1976. We make a range of men’s and women’s bags, luggage, belts, cases, wallets, purses etc using the best quality vegetable tanned leathers sourced from the UK and Europe. Over the years we have fine-tuned our skills through a combination of experience, experimentation and research, always willing to explore challenging design ideas. Everything we make is by hand, including the stitching. This means each piece is individually made to only the highest standards of craftsmanship using leathers, threads and metal fittings to compliment this care.
We often work with customers on commissioned pieces, sometimes having the metal fittings specially made in silver or gold to suit the piece. We are currently working with the shoemaker, Caroline Groves (carolinegroves.com) on some beautiful bags. In the past we have worked with many furniture makers including, Matthew Burt, Brian Jordan, John Makepeace, Richard Williams, SF Furniture, Thomas Messel and Katy Walker.
Providing training in design and making, passing on our knowledge, has become a important part of what we also now do. Many of our students have set up their own workshops/businesses or work in the leathergoods industry, helping to introduce hand making skills into established companies so that ‘Hand made in Britain’ means what it says !
We have been members of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen for over 25 years and exhibit regularly with them ( guildcrafts.org.uk).For many years, Valerie and Neil were trustees of the Museum of Leathercraft.
Work by MacGregor and Michael is in the collections of :
- Walsall Leather Museum, Walsall, West Midlands. UK
- Museum of Leathercraft, Northampton UK
- Museu de l’Art de la Pell, Vic, Spain
‘The Leatherworking Handbook’ by Valerie Michael. Pub.Cassell 1993. This is a ‘how to’ book which has been in print for 20 years and has sold about 100,000 copies worldwide. It has been translated into German and Spanish.
‘Dictionary of Leatherworking Tools’ by R A Salaman 1986 – Neil contributed the chapter on leather decoration.
‘Leather in Life ,Art & Industry ‘- biographical survey of John Waterer’s life & work including an exhibition catalogue edited by Neil MacGregor for the Museum of Leathercraft 1992
Featured in Country Life ( September 28 th, 2011 issue)
A range of work made by MacGregor & Michael is available from their new showroom at 37 Silver Street, Tetbury, Glos. GL8 8DL. UK.
Tel: ( 0044) 01666 502179