When setting Padfield pricing, for a brief moment we thought about adding a huge premium. Why? Simply because in today’s market the word luxury is often synonymous with high price tags rather than the craftsmanship and quality of the materials that create the accessory. There is a perceived notion that a higher price always means higher quality.
In truth, it is a combination of brand name premium, beautiful flagship stores, large marketing spend, celebrity endorsements and the wholesale markup that results in such high retail prices. In some cases ‘luxury’ brands are being built on products that are not made in a way or from materials truly worthy of the term luxury. Has the term ‘luxury’ lost its value?
At Padfield we do not call ourselves a luxury brand, instead we refer to our accessories as luxury quality. At the end of the day it is the quality of the product you hold in your hand and how that product was made that counts. At Padfield we believe that an item can only be called luxury quality if the artisans or workers making it have not been exploited or harmed. We believe that the provenance of every item should be traceable, and brands should happily share this information with their customers. We also believe that the misleading practice of part finishing a product in England, and calling it British or Made in England should be stopped.
Quite simply, Padfield wants to offer customers clear product provenance and good value. At Padfield we work with the best quality materials and skilled British based artisans. Made from British tanned leather and handcrafted in England Padfield accessories, and Padfield signature maroon gift boxes, are all made locally from start-to-finish. To keep ordering hassle free Padfield includes free worldwide shipping and complimentary monogramming on all orders. To do more Padfield also runs a tree planting initiative to help regenerate natural UK landscapes. So how can we do all this and price our large suede leather lined tote bags at under £450? Simple, Padfield retails direct-to-customer through an online store to give our customers better value.
Padfield represents authentic British luxury quality at a more affordable price. If you value authenticity and good value above designer brand name, and you care about how and where your accessories are made, then Padfield is for you.