There’s a new found pride and renaissance in British manufacturing, but some businesses have been tirelessly flying the flag for generations. One such example is Owen Barry, the Somerset-based family firm that mother and daughter duo, Cindi and Chas Barnstable were born into, and which boasts a “made in Britain” heritage dating back to 1948. And its roots in the leather industry go back further, to the late 1800s when great, great, great grandparents Walter and Amy Barry ran the first tiny Barry family tannery in Wiltshire.
Pictured: Cindi and Chas Barnstable
WHEN YOU PURCHASE AN OWEN BARRY PRODUCT YOU’RE BUYING INTO GENERATIONS OF EXPERT BRITISH CRAFTSMANSHIP
The tannery has long since disappeared, but a deep understanding of and obsession with using the very best quality sheepskin and leather for Owen Barry’s extensive interiors, fashion and accessories ranges lives on. The company designs and makes every single item from its workshop in Street, Somerset, exporting a significant share of production to customers in the US, Japan and Korea who value its ‘made in British’ provenance and the timeless luxury of its ranges.
In recent years Cindi and Chas have steered the businesses in building its ‘made in Britain’ brand, not just overseas but increasingly at home, tapping into the growing appreciation of the outstanding craftsmanship and design aesthetic that’s been right under our noses all these years.
Owen Barry’s extensive sheepskin interiors range includes some of the company’s most in-demand items. Gorgeous cocooning Sheepskin Beanbags in a range of natural tones are showstoppers, especially when executed to the size of a four-poster bed as requested for a bespoke order! And nothing says cosy weekend mornings in bed like the company’s giant, reversible Quad Sheepskin Bed Throw made in sueded British shearling in a rich blue or natural cream.
NOTHING SAYS COSY WEEKEND MORNINGS IN BED LIKE THE COMPANY’S GIANT, REVERSIBLE QUAD SHEEPSKIN BED THROW
Owen Barry’s in-house design team also makes it a strong player in sheepskin and leather fashion and accessories, selling under its own brand as well as creating for some of the UK best-known designers. Its reversible sheepskin gilets and jackets matched with cosy gloves and scarves are perennial favourites. Its brilliant range of sheepskin hats, from beanies to trappers to buckets in fun colour combinations means you’ll never be stuck for a fabulous gift idea. And its huge variety of leather and sheepskin bags, nigh on 100 styles, without factoring in the range of colourways available, can feed even the largest handbag obsession. Check out the teddy bear-like Yate Sheepskin Tote, you’ll thank us!
Quite simply when you purchase an Owen Barry product you’re buying into generations of expert British craftsmanship and know-how, delivering a quality and longevity that are second to none. This is why the company has a growing interior designer clientele, working on luxury interiors briefs, as well as shoppers buying direct or from the number of premium retailers and designers that Owen Barry manufactures for.
No.3 The Tanyard, Leigh Road, Street, Somerset BA16 0HD