From their workshop in Renfrewshire, McRostie have maintained the highest of standards in craftsmanship for over a century.
Founded in 1887, McRostie began as a saddler’s ironmonger, making their name hand-crafting heavy horse harnesses. This led to them establishing as a saddlery and creating other leather goods. Their popular and renowned designs were sought after worldwide which makes it no surprise that some of their heavy horse harnesses are now displayed in museums as gleaming examples of British leather and Scottish craftsmanship.
In the late 1980s, after a commission, they launched its first collection of leather belts which expanded into bags, document holders, kilt belts, sporrans and tech accessories which they continue to successfully and individually hand-craft today. Notably, McRostie have hand-made special batches of elegant sporrans for the Scottish rugby team to wear for World Cups and Summer Tours.
Run by the expertise of the team, this business is a hands-on, family-run firm who maintain the refined heritage of the company through their experienced designs, bespoke services, use of British bridle leather and skilled artisans in their workshop. All their pieces are handmade in their workshop in Scotland, no part is outsourced or assembled abroad.
We love the integrity and passion for handmade leather goods that these makers uphold. Piece by piece, each product is crafted in the hands of an expert artisan who has decades of experience.
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We particularly love the story that McRostie made a bespoke boot for an elephant that hurt its foot when the circus came to town. It resonates their skill, reliability and honest passion in the creation of beautiful leather products.
The tactility and smell of each leather piece, be it an iPad case or key chain, is delightful. The leather gets better with age – softer and more pliable with a very pleasing wear. To have the joy of the wonderfully named McLaird or McTassle key ring between your fingers as you are open your front door or get into your car every day is one of life’s little pleasures.