Hello again! Thank you for continuing to learn more about Padfield and my journey. Whilst I have been an avid crafter all my life, it was at St Andrews university in Scotland that I seriously started making and selling handmade accessories.
A decade later, through a combination of unwavering determination, hard work, and a lucky break, I was retailing a line of premium leather accessories through John Lewis department stores. An amazing experience that saw me working with, and learn from, some of the best European makers.
However, the story ‘the reason for being’ always felt incomplete. It lacked authenticity and purpose. I knew that if I was going to stay in the industry I had to rethink the why (why am I doing this?), and I had to refuse to compromise.
Writing down the ultimate: Authentically British, Quality not Quantity, and Sustainability, I set out to accept nothing less. By combining these with thoughtful design, and good value, I knew Padfield would be offering something special. With over a decade of experience, and strong relationships with British artisans, suppliers and communities, Padfield launched in late 2018.