BYSON LEATHER carry out repairs and alterations to clothing of all kinds - in fact we can tackle anything from a ball gown to a horse blanket. Though not at the same time or on the same machine.
work from home - so we already DO social distancing - and sometimes
it feels as if we have been self-isolating since 2008 so business is
pretty much as usual, so as usual, please call before bringing work
to us if that is essential so we can ensure that we only see one customer
at a time and if possible send work to us by post or courier. Take care
Although we still work on motorcycle kit, over the years we have increasingly specialised in vintage flying kit and carry out work on modern reproduction kit as well as wartime originals. Some of the manufacturers of these reproductions recommend us for alterations - they simply don't have the time to carry them out and manufacture is NOT the same as alteration. We SPECIALISE in alteration and repair. Equestrian and other sporting apparel (including waxed cotton) can also be repaired or altered.
We have a stock of genuine wartime hides for the repair of RAF (Irvin) flying jackets / flight suits. BUT the colour(s) we have are the colours we have. Please note that we carry out functional REPAIRS on such garments with the aim of keeping them wearable (with care) - we don't do museum quality restoration, which is a very different thing and not something we feel qualified to do.
NEWS....Zips for Irvin flying jackets are becoming a problem. There
is only one source and that is from broken garments - jackets or trousers
or VERY occasionally old suitcases or military sleeping bags. This makes
them VERY expensive, and they are still 80 year old zips. We have had
a think about this and as there is no reproduction fastener on the market
we thought we would try to do something about it so we have has a puller
made which resembles a DOT puller of the 1940s. It is NOT a reproduction
- it is designed to work with a high quality modern zip and to have
the same profile. They are made from quality brass and used with an
"antique brass" slider / tooth (which does not stand out as
"shiny"). We think these are a reasonable compromise IF you
do not want to go to the expense of a wartime zip or if your jacket
is going to be worn. And we also think they look better on a reproduction
jacket as they are smaller & less obtrusive than many modern zips
seen on repro jackets. These are not cheap ( we get them made up in
a small run) at £50 each, but we think they look the part.
We can provide custom artwork on leathers and also custom work on jacket linings etc. You can provide your own artwork, or we can work with you to achieve your own individual look. Examples on the "Our work" page. For repairs we can work by post or courier. For complex alterations we are probably going to need your body. We have found that no amount of home measurement is as good and if this is the ONLY way you can go, we can't guarantee anything. For complicated alterations, more than one visit may be needed to attain the best result. Coffee and biscuits are free :-)
can do some jobs "whilst you wait" but as this usually involves
reorganizing other work we have to surcharge for this at £10.00.
Very sorry but it can mess up our schedule something rotten but... it
will save you a trip.
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Please note that due to the number of scammers out there BYSON do NOT buy advertising by telephone.
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