Keeping it Practical

High quality bespoke Leathercrafts, all handmade in Preston, Lancashire.

What we do...

Hand crafted leather products made from Premium Country Cow Full Grain Waxy Pull Up Leather – this is untreated, uncorrected, 100% animal hide. It is a heavyweight leather, tanned within Europe on heavy Ox hides to ‘Reach’ standards. Widely known as a ‘Crazy Horse’ type of leather. The animals are reared in temperate zones, and we are assured that the welfare of the animals is always kept within the legislation governing good farming and environmental practices.

Full-Grain leather will wear in nicely over time, developing a patina. It is very soft to the touch but still tough. It’s important to note that this leather will not have a uniform look and will have marks and scratches because the surface has been subjected to a lifetime out on the range.

We have two ‘weights’ available to us; 1.2mm-1.4mm and 2.0mm-2.2mm. It might not sound like much of a difference but in the Leather world, it is! The thicker leather is great for MOST of our Leathercrafts, but if you’d like a Leathercraft that has more than 2 layers of Leather, we have to use the thinner leather otherwise the craft is way too thick! We have 12 colours available in the 1mm leather and 16 colours available in the 2mm leather.

Leather Colour Options

Our standard Belts and Collars are made from Lyvden Waxy Rustic leather, it is 2.8-3mm thick and full of character. It has a matt, natural surface with a pull-up, which means that the leather becomes a lighter colour when bent or scratched, giving it a casual, weathered style.

We also have a premium option for our Belts, in either Sedgwicks Bridle Leather in four natural colours with a thickness of 3.5-4mm or Country Cow Waxy Pull Up in three beautiful bright colours with a thickness of 2.6-2.8mm.


Combined with top quality fixings and fastenings, we can create a multitude of Practical Leathercrafts that truly are unique and personal to you. Fancy a bright Purple notebook cover with Lime Green stitching? You got it! 

Coloured threads and Hardware


We have a couple of options available for personalising your Leather goods;

Stamped Personalisation options

1. Stamping – We have TWO sets of Stamps; a Traditional Sans Font (alphabet only) and a Modern Font (alpha-numeric). These are great for adding that special little touch, whether it be Initials, a Name, or a small quote/date. All items where personalisation is available will give you options.

Please note: Stamping is a relatively permanent process, but the indents can fade a little over time, especially in regularly used products.
Please note: all lettering is hand stamped which is incredibly hard to get “perfect”. If you are looking for perfection, please consider the Engraving option below.

Engraving Options

2. Laser Engraving – this is brand new to DD Practical. We recently invested in a portable Laser Engraver and it’s brilliant! We can now engrave pretty much ANYTHING up to a maximum of 10cm x 10cm. Unlike Stamping, Laser engraving is a far more permanent option.

There will be an additional cost for Laser Engraving on your products:
– a name or initials (text only) + £3.00
– an image up to 5x5cm + £5.00
– an image up to 7.5×7.5cm + £7.50
– an image up to 10x10cm + £10.00

Please note: once a Leathercraft has been engraved, there will be a slightly burnt smell to begin with. This is entirely normal as we have effectively burnt skin. We think it adds more character to the product. The smell will subside with time.

We cannot accept returns on personalised goods unless they are faulty. If you have any issues, please get in touch and we’ll do everything we can to assist you.

90% of our leather orders are custom so there will be lots of designs that have been made that never make it to the shop!

If you have any questions, please feel free to check out FAQsand if that doesn’t provide an answer, pop us a message or give us a call.

If you aren’t sure if our Leathercrafts are right for you, or you just aren’t sure what colour you want, you can try our Colour Swatch Samples or Practical Leather Sampler!

What we say...

Practical Blog

90% of our work is bespoke and custom made so never makes it to our shop for you to see.  Check out our Blog on the News page to see what we have been up to and see some examples of past client driven projects.


Looking for something special?  We can work with you to design and create custom leather items to your exact requirements.  Leather items can even be personalised with stamping or laser engraving.

About us

We have quite the story to tell! Read a little about ourselves, how DD Practical was born and what we make and how we make it.


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