St Leonards leather goods I was tweeted the other day by a company called St Leonards who were agreeing with my overall philosophy to follow the slow movement and take the time to do something properly, to buy good quality goods that do not need replacing and are timeless. How lovely for another company to be agreeing with this in these still-troubled times. So, I looked a little further and discovered their leather accessories… Former product developer and designer for the High Street, “K” Avery-Stallion has bucked the system and started to design what she knows… which is stylish and understated. Having spent many years searching for the right production and taking her time to get the right materials and components together she sold her beloved vintage Figaro to fund the first prototype collection, sold the samples from the back of her fiance’s car to gain customers and valuable feedback and that gave her enough cash to make the leap of faith to launch as St Leonards at the Country Living Fair in November in 2010. “By harnessing the wing power of the East Sussex seagull and combining it with the power of the draftsman’s hand and ruler, great bags can be wrought out of fine leather, and sold online, to you.” She has a lot to offer on the website, including a blog and a magazine, lots of products with more to come… this is certainly one to watch if you are looking for the next mini-brand to pop up in leather goods. I am certainly considering a purchase! Daniel Having worked in design for the past decade, Daniel started ateliertally.com as a discussion of timeless, modernist product design. Trained as a graphic designer, he also has an avid interest in typography. You can follow him on Twitter @ateliertally.