Leather Satchel Company announced city centre move

Keith Hanshaw, managing director of The Leather Satchel Co

THE Leather Satchel Company has confirmed it will close its flagship Royal Albert Dock Liverpool store later this month in a new move.

After five years at the Dock, the company has its sights currently set on a new city centre location in the heart of Liverpool’s retail district – hoping to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

The current shop and workshop at the Dock will close on Thursday, September 30, for the last time. Following its final day, the company will then add any existing stock from the Dock store into an online auction on its website, with discounts of up to 80%.

Speaking about the next chapter in the company’s 55 year history, Keith Hanshaw, owner, said: “We are very proud of the time we have spent at the Dock and like to think that we played a part in its recent growth as a popular leisure destination.

“After five years, we’ve agreed on a move to a new location, this time in the heart of the city’s shopping district. Of course the pandemic has hit high streets hard worldwide, but if any city can survive, it’s Liverpool, and we want to be part of its comeback.

“Today the high street is all about customer experience as it competes with online. Shoppers are looking for more reasons to leave their computer screens and venture into the city centre. Leather Satchel Company has always been about giving customers that personal experience – and we feel we can bring something truly unique and special to the city centre.”

What started out as a chance order of 200 school satchels, founder and Keith’s uncle, Steve Hanshaw quickly turned a market stall hobby into a thriving business and a Liverpool institution, with fans including royalty, rock legends Freddie Mercury and Oasis, and TV star Fearne Cotton among others.

In 2018, Prince William visited the company as part of an official trip to the city, and took away with him three appropriately named Mini Windsor leather satchels, each embossed with a name of one of his children on.

The company, whose headquarters is in Knowsley, also has an outlet at Disney World’s Epcot theme park in Florida as part of the United Kingdom Pavilion, alongside other well-known British brands, Penhaligon’s and Yardley London.