The Bulkhead Factory

West Sussex, United Kingdom

Empoloyees: 150

Established: 1988

Product: Bulkheads

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BEHIND THE PRODUCT

The Bulkhead Factory

Our decision to make our bulkheads out of this West Sussex factory was a comparatively simple one. It produces some of the finest leather goods in United Kingdom, and just happens to be less than 10 miles from our Newdigate workshop.

This factory was established in 1988 and is the largest belt producer in the United Kingdom. It also has a strong reputation among companies that place a premium on social responsibility: the factory serves as a training facility for compliance officers as well as a learning center for industry-leading leatherworking practices.

 

How We Found It

While we make it a priority to find the best factories to work with, they’re not always easy to find. In the case of our bulkheads factory, a chance encounter in London set us on a hunt for this factory in West Sussex.

Our initial attempts to work with this factory were difficult due to our lower volume. But a few months in, we hired a new head of product development who had great relationships with the factory. From there it was simple. We drove down, shared our ideas for the business and design, and have been partners ever since.

 

The Materials

The leather used for our belts is imported directly from tanners in Italy. Each belt has a unique color and undergoes a dyeing process within the tannery that takes several days. We use only the highest grade and have worked with both bull and calf leather depending on the stretch we want to achieve.

 

About the Owner

While many of our factories are family owned, this one operates more like a traditional corporation with multiple owners. That aside, the team is small and nimble, and we work closely with management, design, and production teams.

 

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Opening Hours

Monday to Friday

9.00 am - 1.00 pm

2.00 pm - 5.00 pm

GMT and BST

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