Leathercraft Manufacturers

Our Story


VERMONT – the name in luxury leather goods.
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The Vermont Leathercraft Manufacturers story started with a single throw away remark that developed into a 34-year journey of design, innovation and growth. Early in the 1980’s Mandy Owen (current MD and owner of Vermont) started her side hustle by designing and making leather fashion belts and accessories in her spare room. As the sales grew Mandy realised she would need to outsource her manufacturing to keep up with the demand. Over the next few years, Mandy became a client of Vermont’s and soon became one of their key customers. In jest Mandy asked if Vermont was for sale. In 1987 Mandy and her husband quit their jobs and dived headfirst into running a leather goods factory.

Vermont has been on a continuous improvement path over the past three decades and we have grown from strength to strength. Our factory consists of predominantly (95%) Black Women, who are well skilled and understand the need for quality handmade products. Although we were one of the first factories in South Africa to use CAD/CAM cutting and design to ensure uniformity in our production, our products are still handcrafted and rely heavily on our skilled crafts(wo)men and machinists. The advances in technology have improved quality, production time and the ability to respond to new designs and samples. This has made Vermont a preferred supplier in the hospitality and corporate gifting markets.

Working closely with our clients, we can rapidly translate their ideas and designs into finished products. We have a standard range of styles available that can be customised to include your logo, design colours or other specifications for a quick turnaround times. We offer low MOQ’s on standard items but can also produce large runs.

Most of our raw materials are sourced locally. We are committed to the use of high quality, sustainable and ethically sourced leathers. We offer a wide array of materials to meet our customer’s requirements and budget. We pride ourselves on being a full-service factory producing quality products that are stylish and fit for purpose.

In 2017 we decided to return to our roots and re-enter the World of Fashion bags and accessories. That September we launched Mintaka, the third star in Orion’s Belt and the third jewel in our production crown. We have kept our design and aesthetic to being timeless and elegant with an African Twist, whether Ostrich, Hair-On Nguni, Using beads and Shweshwe or raw edge trim. We have created a range that speaks of Africa, embracing quality and functionality.


So, what can we offer you?

By dealing with the factory directly we can make to your specifications and needs be it:

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