About Us

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Our Story

Hi, my name is Matthew and my family comes with a long tradition steeped in historic Britain.
The town is Ipswich and the year is 1765 where a Drapery shop door is being unlocked by John Conder at his usual time of 6 a.m on a cold, dank morning with the sound of hypnotic hooves hitting the cobbles with reassuring regularity.


History tells that John left London aged just 14 to visit his maternal relatives in Ipswich where he learned the business of currier and leather cutter. From this leather merchant, via numerous family ancestors, I find myself, along with my partner Catherine re-launching Conders in the modern online world. The family business traded uninterrupted until 2013. That is 248 years! We really didn’t want to see it end there so we have now embarked on this revival adventure.

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Vegetable tanned leathers free from all chemicals
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Conders Vegetable Tanned Leather