AB Leather was founded by Abby Brennan (formerly Nowell) in 2020 after 10 years in the Saddlery manufacture and retail industry including some award winning years and a trip to the Buckingham palace for an award of excellence!
After completing the 4 year Society of Master Saddler's Millennium apprenticeship scheme at Saddler's Den with Master Saddler Chris Taylor and working there for a further 2 years, Abby went on to Saddles Direct for a further 5 years in a more retail setting. with over 10 years experience in all aspects of Saddlery manufacture, retail and Saddle fitting with a multitude of brand knowledge and customer needs she took the leap of faith and AB Leather was born!
AB Leather strives to give our customers all of the options to let their creativity run wild while still providing the highest quality, bespoke and handmade saddlery and leatherwork items.
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Abby started her saddlery career in 2010 as an apprentice to former Society of Master Saddler's President Chris Taylor. Chris is the owner and founder of Saddler's Den saddlery in Southport Merseyside. The saddlery apprenticeship scheme consists of two governing bodies, one being a national NVQ and the other levels with prestigious City & Guilds. The saddlery apprenticeship also totals 4 years with part learning on the job at the bench and part at The Saddlery Training Centre in Salisbury, Wiltshire for week long intense training sessions every 8 weeks. Abby went on to complete all of the NVQ and up to level 3 in all sections (bridle, saddle and harness making) with City & Guilds.
After 6 years at Saddler's Den Abby went on to a Saddle consultant position at Saddles Direct. Here she spent 5 years working in all aspect of the saddlery retail business from customer service to saddle fitting, marketing, product design, you name it! She also completed specific Saddle brand training including: Albion, Fairfax, Kent & Masters, Amerigo, Equipe, Black Country, and many more!