Ettinger (ettinger.co.uk) can count the Prince of Wales amongst a discerning clientele base which relishes the meticulous care with which the London-based, leather goods company crafts supple calfskin and sturdy bridle hide leather. And, it’s a safe bet that the he’ll be first in line – so to speak – when it comes to the house’s new bespoke service, which is available by appointment at its London Showroom in Putney and at Trunk Shows internationally.
Wallets (£380), card cases (£230) and stirrup key rings (£150) are all on offer with the Ettinger Bespoke service, with customers deciding on the outside leather style, colour and stitch colour, then the inside leather style, colour and stitch colour, as well as a choice of two Ettinger linings, and whether they want the Ettinger logo and the monogramming in silver, gold or blind emboss. Having dreamed up their leather accessory, it’ll reach them six to eight weeks later.
“We’ve been asked by customers for a good few years now if we could develop a truly bespoke service and, as a company, we’re now at a size where it’s become possible to set this up with our factory in Walsall,” says Robert Ettinger, the firm’s CEO and the son of its founder, who was named in Walpole’s ‘top 50’ power list in British luxury for 2019. “The options to choose from for the initial eight products in the service are extensive so it has required careful planning to set up and deliver – but the good news is that we’ve now got there.”
It’s one of life’s more glorious indulgences to be able to match bespoke suits to other luxury artefacts – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts reportedly has his tailored to match the upholstery in his collection of vintage cars – and this is a new dimension to a personalised ensemble that’s there for the taking. “No one else will have the same Ettinger piece, so the potential to have maybe 20 different wallets, each complimenting a different suit, style or outfit, will be the result,” says Ettinger.