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. 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.

Visiting The Stock Room 

Although we don’t have a traditional retail store you are welcome to visit 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. 


From the beginning of June 2021 onwards The Identity Store will be open to our customers from 10am-2pm on most Saturdays. Please note that on some weekends we will be at shows and events so do check our website or telephone before making a journey. No appointment is necessary.

Entry to the Store will be two household maximum so busy times may involve a little wait.
Click and collect - although the Store is not open Monday to Friday you can make an order with us for personal collection. Place your order in your usual way and let us know you wish to collect, we will refund any postage and will notify you when your order is available for pick up.

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, however you may need to bear with us during busy periods.

If you want advice on specific projects, or for starting up leathercraft  you can book an online advice appointment and we can help you.

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. 

To download details of how to find us click here.

 Important No Parking Notice

 Please note we are unable to offer parking - the nearest car park is in front of Matlock train station, a five minute walk away. (The Identity Store holds no responsibility for people who attempt to park here and get blocked in.)

 For customers with mobilty issues please contact us prior to your visit and we will make every effort to make suitable arrangements.


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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