From an early age, I have had a passion for horses, and over the years have collected a lot of Equestrian Apparel, which I cherish. I love the history behind each piece , the smell of the leather and the unique patina developed from using the leather.
I love how leather regains its suppleness and strength with the correct care and treatments. Leather is an organic product, a by poduct but also a very sustainable and ecologically sound material. Unlike some Faux materials many of which are plastic, leather will break down when no longer serviceable, it is a wonderful material to work with, and will last years.
I use a combination of preloved English leathers, and locally sourced leathers from Somerset. This way I can be confident that I have reduced my ecological impact, whilst making beautiful quality, leather items, made to last.
I also love handbags! Bags have always been a part of my style I have a different colour for every day! Practical and beautiful.. what more could a girl ask for? I've always enjoyed design, which I developed at College... too many years ago! So I decided to incorporate all the things I love into one business and Elysian Designs was born.
A late-night conversation with a friend ... Elysian .. meaning heavenly, or paradise seemed a perfect name for all the things I loved. What would you like? From my workshop at my stables, I began to experiment with different leathers and designs, which has bought me to where I am today, bringing the collection to buy in the online shop, and taking commissions for that bespoke design so many people are looking for but can't find.
We are proud of the way all our leather products are handmade, with great attention to detail. To produce them takes time, time to choose the best quality leather, time to design, time to slowly stitch together, and time to ensure they don’t leave the workshop until I’m totally happy they are ‘just right.
I can make all types of leather goods including bags, belts, briefcases, dog collars, tablet covers, book covers, knife sheaths and anything else that becomes an idea.