After almost 20 months from our first idea to the finished product, we are super pleased to finally launch our first range of leather dog collars. Each handmade in Nottingham, England by our skilled leather craftsman.
One cold winters day at Ditsy HQ we had a fab idea to start producing our own leather range. Okay so for starters they had to made in England – little did we know what a headache this would cause us! We searched high and low for a company that could produce exactly what we wanted with little success. Most company’s wouldn’t even entertain you unless you were interested in ordering 1000’s upon 1000’s of pieces. Then, just as we were almost out of ideas we stumbled across a local highly skilled leather craftsman based just up the road from us ( his name for a while was the Leather Man, his actual name is Pete)…Perfect we had finally found someone to make the collars!
The next stage was to source the coloured leather & trust me this was also a tough task! Eventually we found a tannery based in the UK that could do the job and produce custom colours for us. Now all we had to do was choose our colours & we were off! We spent many hours, maybe even days pondering which colours we wanted – think pieces of coloured fabric, paint colour cards and anything colourful we could lay our paws on, all to try & find those perfect colours.
Samples – we decided we’d come far enough to start sampling the first initial collars (exciting) which all needed to undergo our strict testing procedure! We had to address a few issues and make a few tweaks, but all worth it to improve the wearability of our collars. Next we sourced a company that could emboss our logo on the inside of the collars, based in Nottingham too (we love keeping everything local)
We now had everything in place to start production! Hurrah! Click here to view the full range of leather collars