Creating the Leather Expert
It all started back in 1955 when Jack Standring opened his first shop in Ambleside. That's over 60 years ago, and his son, Richard, is still active in our business today.
Jack was an adventurer, happiest heading for the nearest Lakeland peak with a rope thrown across his shoulder. This spirit for adventure runs through Richard and is the life blood of Lakeland. That doesn't mean we're pioneers of undiscovered lands - that's far too fancy a notion for us! But we are constantly seeking out something new and different for our customers.
You see, our passion is for leather goods; the highest quality leather goods. And we soon learned that when you trade in leather no two garments are the same. Every hide is unique and needs the eye of a leather expert to get the beauty of the raw material to reveal itself. This is our daily adventure and we love it!
The present day
Today we have grown to become the UK's largest independent leather with 15 shops. We'd love to have a few more shops, but that means our MD, Martin, will have to tear himself away from the Lake District to go and find some new locations!
Lakeland is famous for soft-to-touch leather products. From our biker jacket to a classic long leather trench coat, you will find our leather is beautifully soft. That's because David, our very long-serving Sourcing Director, tours the world to source the best quality hide he can find. Often he'll find that right here, and nobody champions Great British Leather more than Lakeland, but sometimes he'll return from ever more exotic lands ecstatic with his latest find. David is more than a leather expert - he's the man who guides our next experts. When it comes to leather no one knows more than he does.
A passion for leather - real leather
At Lakeland we hate with a passion any leather that is described (and sold) as leather but simply isn't - at least not in our minds! Unfortunately the rules in the UK that determine what constitutes leather are a bit loose.