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This month we talk to Andy Thornber, company director of bespoke leather goods brand Walnut Tree Leather Ltd.

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Hi Andy! Tell us more about your business?

We hand make a timeless selection of leather wallets, journal covers, accessories, bespoke goods, and a range of homemade leather care products.

Everything we create with our premium quality full-grain leather only gets better with age. The leather develops the most beautiful patina as it mellows and matures, so every item becomes as individual as its owner.

Take your time to savour the sweet, earthy, heady smell of the traditionally made leather! We guarantee that you will never need to buy another wallet, because we use a traditional hand saddle stitch on all our products.

The edges will stay looking gorgeous because we hand burnish and polish every edge with pure local beeswax, which gives a perfect finish. We offer over 200 colour options, so customers can select their own unique combination of leather and thread. It’s very personal.

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What drove you to start your business?

It all started when I bought an expensive genuine leather wallet from a large, well-known UK department store. Within a few weeks, the stitching started to come undone on one side.

What I found surprised, and honestly, annoyed me. Inside the wallet between the leather and the lining was several layers of newspaper. I have since discovered that this is a common (mal)practice to make the wallet feel thicker and more expensive.

Having always been a practical person who likes working with my hands, I tried my hand at leatherwork in an effort to create my own. The first one, I will be honest, wasn’t very good, but I was absolutely hooked. I loved working with leather, and there were so many possibilities to create new items.

I progressed to making more and more complicated items. Being a perfectionist at heart, it took several years until I actually had a product I was truly happy with. During this time friends and colleagues had all been asking for bespoke and custom items.

It was at this point that Walnut Tree Leather was born.

I started the company to lovingly create, by hand, traditional leather goods with timeless style and appeal, that will last a lifetime.

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What particular challenges did you have to overcome in setting up your business, and since then?

Marketing. This has been my real blind spot and I have had to learn, fast.

Why did you choose The Accountancy Partnership?

I loved using the free Pandle software and once I was at the stage of needing an accountant, it was the logical choice. Dean has been great and answered any technical questions I had quickly and professionally. I am sure the time for more questions will come at the end of the financial year! I’d definitely recommend TAP.

That’s great to hear! What do you have planned for your business in the future?

Lots of new product lines, new distribution outlets, and subscription offerings.

Visit the Walnut Tree Leather website, or learn more about our online accounting services for businesses just like Andy’s. Call 020 3355 4047 or get your quote now.

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