What you will do
2 hour workshop
Step into a magical studio and learn one of the oldest crafts known to mankind! Craft your own professionally finished leather goods using the same premium leather, tools and techniques used in my work. You will leave with leather goods as made by you and personalised with your initials or a message. Whether you are leather curious or a serial hobbyist - this workshop will make a leather lover out of you!
We start by discussing my journey from lawyer to professional craftsman followed by a talk on the history of leather and its historical trade in London. We also have a comprehensive overview of tanning and current views on sustainability, ethics and welfare.
There will then be an overview of the crafting process, tools and how to use them and safety procedures before going on to choosing patterns and leather to make you chosen items. You have a choice of items you can select from (please see photos). These have been cleverly designed with a modern minimal aesthetic and are suitable for all abilities, ages and genders.
You will work on the chosen project(s) with individual attention given throughout the class and we will finish by packing the item to take home or to give as a gift.
During this workshop you will learn:
- Working with professional patterns and marking
- Cutting leather accurately (also known as clicking)
- Punching holes (guests love hammering!)
- Shaping leather
- Use a professional heated tool
- Burnishing leather (flesh side and also edges using traditional methods)
- Using British made brass fittings to complete the look
The items you will can choose from are:
- A leather purse or cardholder
- A leather valet tray
- A leather bracelet or cuff
- A leather lanyard or keychain
- A leather keyholder
Techniques you will learn:
You can take what you learn from this workshop to start making leather goods at home with minimal tool investment!
- If you cannot see a date that suits, please use the Flexitime option to request a day. I can usually accommodate most requests! ;)
Select a class time
None of the dates work for you? Let the host know and you will be notified when new dates are added.
You will only receive an email from us if new dates are added for this class, you will not receive any marketing emails, and that's a promise!
We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
This is a Flexitime class, which means the teacher can run this class around your schedule.
Time & Location
Select a date and location you want and your teacher will get back to you to confirm their availability.
About your host, YUSSICO
YUSSICO is a handsewn bespoke leathergoods label by Yusuf Osman. Drawn to the creative life, Yusuf left the law and travelled the world to learn from the best. He combines centuries old traditions from masters of English heritage with the elegance and finesse learned from fabled European leather goods brands to give you a unique take on the craft. Yusuf has a growing list of international clientele for his bespoke work and private lessons. He also teaches the craft to students at secondary schools to preserve the tradition.
Yusuf's work has been exhibited at the Walsall Leather Museum in England and his clients include John Malkovich. He is also a professional aerial circus artists who crafts bags to use in performances.
Yusuf is passionate about widening participation in the crafts and is opening up his studio to give people a chance to experience high end leather working as practiced by the most fabled leather goods brands in Europe. You will learn techniques not taught anywhere else and leave with a greater knowledge of the industry, sustainability and leave with a handcrafted product to be proud of and a passion to keep crafting!
Suitable for complete beginners and those with no prior experience. You should be comfortable working standing up. There are two stools if you need to rest or work sitting down. Training will be given however you should be comfortable working with sharp hand tools. After training, I encourage you to complete all the steps however if you are differently abled, or for any reason do not feel comfortable with some aspects of the crafting process I can help you to ensure that you leave with products you can be proud of. This experience is designed to be accessible for all therefore it's not possible to deviate from set items and we do not learn handstitching. We have a car park please check with me to gain access. I will provide tea / coffee / water and all the materials and tools you need to complete your item.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.