My family’s love affair with fine leather goes back over 130 years. By 1884, my great grandfather Gustavus had established a reputation as a master craftsman, making and restoring fine shoes in the small Belgian town of Oostvleteren.
My grandfather, Camille, having come to this country in the early part of the last century, was to follow firmly in his father’s footsteps, hand crafting leather belts and handbags in Chesham, Buckinghamshire.
It was from Camille that my father David in turn learnt his trade, going on to own a saddlers and leather goods business in the same town.
From an early age, I knew that this is what I wanted to do, having been enriched and enthused by the passion and skills of three generations of my family. The Heistercamp workshop is now firmly established in the gorgeous Devon countryside surrounded by idyllic views and endless inspiration.
In a world where mass production and compromise are the accepted norm, we lovingly hand craft each and every piece that leaves our door.
Our deep rich vegetable tanned leathers, which we have been using for many years are carefully sourced from a tannery which itself is steeped in history.
We have an enormous passion for what we do, and take great pride in everything we produce, from our luxurious belts and guitar straps to our leather holdalls and messenger bags.
One thing is certain. When you own a Heistercamp, you own something highly personal, something absolutely unique, carefully crafted entirely by hand from the finest materials, just for you.
After all, it’s the way Gustavus would have wanted it to be.