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.Smiley


BYSON 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 out there.

J&G&R... and the cats.

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.

For ordinary (fashion / street) clothing we have a web site here

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.

Prices for work on vintage & reproduction flying kit can be found here...


BYSON 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 :-)

We 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.

We are situated in Hertfordshire, UK, between Royston and Ware, and close to the Silver Ball Cafe, a well-known biker meeting place on the A10.

Our customers
come from all over the world. Please see our customer comments page for a "feel" for our service.


Please note - T&Cs. and other information - payment details, some Frequently Asked Questions etc, are HERE and we strongly suggest reading them.

Hours of business: 08:30 to 17:30 Mon. to Friday.
We close from 13:00 to 13:30 for lunch.
Other times ( if you can only come to us out of the above hours) by appointment. Please call to arrange fittings etc.

Please note that due to the number of scammers out there BYSON do NOT buy advertising by telephone.

Sadly we can no longer do boot work.
We don't make leathers, and due to a severe allergy, we can't handle feather or down filled goods or garments. Work on 1 piece race leathers has had to be severely restricted.




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Since 01 Sept 2008

Hours of business
Monday to Friday 08:30 am to 5:30 pm

Closed for lunch 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Other times by appointment.

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