Our Story – Leather Doctor Through the years
Founded in Ireland in 1975 by husband and wife Team Peter and Elizabeth Cullis, Leather Doctor started off as a small leather repair and re-colouring company. The business operated in Dublin’s pubs and clubs offering cosmetic repairs to cuts, rips and cigarette burns to leather and vinyl seating.
Allders, John Lewis, House of Fraser
In the late 80’s the family business relocated to the UK and branched out into leather upholstery, enabling the business to grow and diversify within the industry. Throughout the 90’s and 2000’s, the business established itself as one of the UK’s leading leather specialist firms, supplying leather repairs and re-upholstery services to the well known leather retailers, such as World of Leather, Kingdom of Leather as well as some of the major department stores at the time; Allders, John Lewis, House of Fraser and the like.
A family business grows
In the early 90’s Leather Doctor moved to their HQ premises in Chobham where they still operate from today.
In the late 90’s 2 of Peter and Elizabeth’s 4 daughters, Eleanor and Sarah, who grew up with the family business around them, joined the Leather Doctor Team. Over the years they have developed and established themselves within their individual roles in the business; Eleanor as Sales Director and Sarah as Admin Director, taking the family business into the 2nd generation.
P&O cruises, Harrods, The Dorchester Hotel Group
Before retiring in the early 2000’s, Peter, the original Leather Doctor and creator of the company brand, had gradually trained up a team of leather repair and colour technicians, passing on the skills and expertise which he had gained and developed over 30 years in the business. Along with a small upholstery team, the Leather Doctor brand was continuing to grow from strength to strength, establishing long-standing contracts with some prestigious clients such as P&O cruises, Harrods and The Dorchester Hotel Group to name a few. The business has continued to grow and diversify within an ever-changing market, whilst retaining a small family business approach.
Stahl Aftercare products distributors
In 2010 Leather Doctor were selected as UK Distributors for Stahl Aftercare products and are now key players in supplying the UK leather care industry with products created by the worldwide leaders in leather surface treatments and coatings. Stahl’s global presence provides Leather Doctor with the support and products researched and developed in their laboratories worldwide. Stahl focus on collaboration with their global partnerships in creating innovative surface solutions and producing fantastic products. They aim to create products which appeal more, work better, last longer and feel better, while having less impact on the environment. We love working with a company who believe “If it can be imagined it can be created”, which aligns perfectly with our “Anything is possible” ethos.
Leather Doctor continues to grow and evolve as a company; adapting to outside factors and influences affecting the market and paving the way in innovation and progression in the industry. We are excited for our future as a company and making plans to develop our business into new areas within leather care. Watch this space!
Prestige. Excellence. Passion.
Over the years we have built up a reputation of both prestige and excellence. With our wealth of experience, combined with the best restoration products in the industry, we pride ourselves in being the number one choice for leather care solutions. Our products & services range from complete professional restoration through to minor cosmetic repairs. We also supply domestic leather care cosmetics to the end user as well as professional products and training to the other industry professionals. Our passion for what we do is what drives our company’s culture and keeps our brand alive.
Progress, without comprise in quality or environmental stewardship
We aim to continually strive for progress in our field as well as growth and diversity in the technologies and processes we use. We focus clearly on ensuring cost is kept to a minimum, without compromising quality, whilst continually staying true to our environmental values and awareness of the world around us.
We carefully select suppliers and build collaborative partnerships with companies with shared values and beliefs towards the environment. The leather cleaning and coating products that we use are developed and produced by market leaders who are dedicated to eco-friendly production and together we believe in, and work towards, a more sustainable future.
To go above and beyond
At Leather Doctor we seek to source, create & supply the best quality products and services we possibly can. We aim to go “above and beyond” to achieve customer satisfaction, forming strong customer relationships, whether that be a domestic one-off restoration or ongoing business to business contracts.
Our Core Values – Our DNA
Our passion for what we do is what drives us to continually strive for excellence. It’s why we do what we do.
There is absolutely no room for compromise in the quality of our products and services. It is what sets us aside from others in our field.
We have created a recognised brand which is second to none and our integrity as a business is the whole underpinning of this reputation.
With the global environment being a major current issue worldwide, as a company, we act upon a responsibility to obtain our materials from sustainable sources and keep the welfare of the environment as a priority in our day to day business.