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Signature Leather Launches New Line of Strap Goods

“Made in England + America” offers old-world luxury for horses, dogs and their people.

December 1, 2007; Denbighshire, Wales — Signature Leather, the British company most recently responsible for bringing English-made gloves back to the United States equestrian market, is delighted to announce that they have appointed Equestrian Classics of Kentucky to partner in the crafting of a new line of halters, shanks, dog collars, leads, and belts to match the Signature line of gloves.

“Society continually seeks out faster and cheaper ways of doing things,” said Sara Wadhia of Signature Leather. “At each decision point, if people choose the more mass-produced route, they’ve made a compromise in quality that seems acceptable at the time. Over time, however, you make enough of these compromises, and suddenly you’re on a different plane in terms of quality. You see this in food — witness home-grown tomatoes versus grocery — in architecture, in children’s toys, and throughout our mass-produced lives. Choosing to enjoy leather goods that are nothing short of sublime in texture, color and craftsmanship is one small way to defy the onward march of efficiency.”

The new strap goods will be crafted in the Kentucky studios of Equestrian Classics, under the direction of Signature Leather, and will feature British tanner Pittards' WR100X leather. This is the same leather featured in Signature Leather gloves, and is made by a proprietary process that creates a unique depth of color and extreme softness, yet with the durability demanded by equestrian sports. WR100X leather will pad the new strap goods, giving equestrians the ability to coordinate their gloves, halters, leads, belts, and dog collars and leads, choosing from over 50 elegant shades.

Micah Sierp, manager of Equestrian Classics, said, “We are proud to be chosen by Signature Leather, as they offer the epitome of quality equestrian gloves. In particular, it’s a pleasure to be working with Pittards WR100X leather, a truly unique leather we’ve not seen matched elsewhere.”

Pittards’ WR100X leather, launched in 1980, was the culmination of many years of exhaustive research of specialist leathers for military application for helmet linings and combat and pilot gloves. Starting with a very specific type of remarkably soft, strong and lightweight skin, the Pittards 40-plus-step proprietary process creates a highly supple, very thin, yet superbly strong and breathable leather offering an unrivalled grip, water resistance, sensitivity, comfort and recovery. Not surprisingly, these features have made WR100X the performance standard for sports enthusiasts worldwide.

Deployed as linings for the new strap goods, Pittards’ WR100X leather will offer the equestrian something they’ve not gotten before: colorful padding that holds up well to day-in and day-out use on horses and dogs. So the beautiful halter, lead, or collar they buy today will be just as beautiful next year.

Signature Leather strap goods have suggested retail prices from $52 to $265, and are available throughout the United States at premium retailers. Please visit Signature-Leather.com for a list of shops and for more information.

About Signature Leather

Based in North Wales, England, Signature Leather was founded in 2005 to preserve the long-standing tradition of English-made equestrian and sporting gloves of superb quality. Today Signature Leather gloves are sold throughout the United States, and are joined by a new line of exceptional strap goods made in partnership with Equestrian Classics of Kentucky. Future plans include new lines of leather goods, and an expansion into the mainstream fashion world.


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