Garstin 1871

Founded 1871

Garstin 1871, epitomizes timeless craftsmanship. Fusing French style with British durability, meticulously crafting enduring leather satchels and goods.

Garstin 1871 History

Garstin 1871, an epitome of timeless craftsmanship and exquisite leather goods, traces its roots back to the year 1871. Arthur Garstin, an enterprising visionary, founded Garstin & Co. in London during an era when French leather goods, the primary exporter to Britain, faced supply disruptions due to the Franco-Prussian War. Sensing an opportunity, Arthur embarked on crafting fancy leather goods in the French style, integrating the impeccable quality and durability synonymous with British craftsmanship. This endeavor marked the inception of Garstin & Co., positioning it as a pioneer and one of the largest leather goods manufacturers in Britain.

In 1893, Arthur Garstin displayed his entrepreneurial spirit by registering a unique wristlet design with the Board of Trade. This design, now considered a precursor to modern wristlets, was likely requested by British Army Officers during skirmishes in South Africa preceding the 2nd Boer War. Over the years, Garstin grew the business, employing over 200 skilled craftsmen and women who crafted a diverse range of leather goods, from satchels and music bags to purses and travel trunks. The iconic Globetrotter line gained immense popularity, leading to the establishment of Leatherville, a factory in Henden, NW London, and 30 tied cottages for the workers.

The legacy of Garstin’s success continued through significant exhibitions at the British Industries fairs in 1922, 1929, and 1947, where they were acclaimed as manufacturers of the best quality luggage in leather, fibre, canvas, and more for road, rail, and air travel. Their offerings also included high-class ladies’ handbags and fancy leather goods.

Today, Garstin 1871 carries forward this rich heritage and commitment to crafting beautiful and enduring leather goods. Each product is meticulously handmade in England in small batches by a dedicated artisan, embodying the soul of the artisan maker in its very essence.

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Garstin 1871 manufacture their products in England.



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