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About Us

The Identity Store Team

Identity Leathercraft started life as The Identity Store, founded by Peter and Jackie Laight in 2002 to help people express their identity through the things they make from leather.

The company has grown and with it our collective experience and knowledge of the properties and methods for making and using leather as a craft material. So whatever you would like to make, repair or invent out of leather this is the store for you.


As well as on line you can find us at shows and events around the country. Although we don’t have an official retail store you are very welcome to visit our stock room and collect orders and choose your leathers, many of which are special one-offs that do not make it onto the website. Twice a year we hold a National Leather Sale – a large event with the opportunity to browse the largest selection of different leathers in the UK, with leathers from different tanneries and bag and shoe leather pieces from some of the high end UK makers.

To keep in touch with shows and events subscribe to our newsletter at the foot of this page.


Office hours and Opening Times

The office is open for calls and mail order from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

Visit Us

You are very welcome to pay us a visit in person.  Although we don’t have a traditional retail store you can browse our Stock Rooms where we have a wide selection of tools, dyes, hardware, books and patterns as well as leather in pieces, skins and hides.  These work rooms are the centre-point of our daily business where we pick your internet orders and cut and process your leathers and as such we only open at select times.  It is always a good idea to check our website or Facebook for updates.

Monday to Friday – 9.30am-2.30pm

Saturdays (when we are not at Shows and Events)  - 10am-2pm

The Stock and Leather Rooms include a treasure trove of unusual and one off leather goods, skins and other interesting bits to look through. We provide a warm welcome and are happy to help you find what you need. If you want advice on specific projects, or for starting up leathercraft please make an appointment so that we can give you a more time.

The Identity Store premises are tucked away on a small lane near to the centre of Matlock, and very near to car parking and the train and bus stations.  We are situated in an old stable block behind the main street of Dale Road and the track down to us can be a little steep and uneven. Please note there is no parking available.  It will be good to see you.

To download details of how to find us click here.

International Shipping

We have customers around the world, in Hong Kong, France, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Slovenia, Netherlands and more. We are happy to ship outside of the UK and can quote you the best shipping rates for your order before you finalise your order.

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