Over seven years ago, the founder of Cheshire & Wain, Sonja welcomed her kitty Percy into her family. Ready to spoil him rotten, she was disappointed to find that there weren't many quality cat products available. Especially ones that were made in the UK and with the comfort and safety of the cat in mind.
When launching Cheshire & Wain, it was important to Sonja to support independent British businesses where possible and to make as much of the range as possible within the UK. The collars are made locally with love in London, which helps ensure the quality is always up to scratch.
First and foremost though we look at where we can get the highest quality materials for our feline furmailiars. When searching for a leather supplier we found a family run business that had been in the business for generations and now supplies us with the most beautiful vegetable tanned leather. Not only is the vegetable tanned leather buttery and soft, making it comfortable for your kitty, it's more eco-friendly too!
Vegetable tanned leather refers to the method of how the cowhide is tanned to make it into leather. Instead of using harmful chemical compounds, we use natural ingredients such as tree bark. This is a method that has been around for centuries and is just one of the things that makes our collars so special.
Our hardware is solid brass (the silver hardware is plated with nickel) and we use a traditional style square bridal buckle which is made by Abbey England, a family run business that has been the leader of its industry since it launched in 1982. Not only are they known for their high standards, they also hold a royal warrant as the official supplier of saddlery workshop materials for the Queen of England.
Once the leather arrives in London we take it to our collarsmith at the Cheshire & Wain studio where all the materials come together to make our range of products! First the leather panels are lined with British suede or soft, natural un-dyed leather. The straps for our collars are then cut out using a heavy duty click press machine. Next the solid brass or nickel plated brass hardware is threaded on, along with our safety catches which are also manufactured in England exclusively for Cheshire & Wain. Each one of the safety catches is tested, ensuring that your kitty is always in safe hands. The idea for Cheshire & Wain came from not being able to find a quality leather cat collar that also had a safety catch, so this will always remain an important characteristic of our collar range.
Once the safety catch and hardware are secured, the collars are ready to go to their new owners or be personalised to make them extra special, and this is where you come in! You'll notice that during the check out process you'll have the option to add your cat's name or your phone number to any of our smooth leather collars. You can choose from silver foil, gold foil or no foil (blind embossing). Once you've picked your embossing colour option, you'll then be asked to enter what you'd like to appear on the collar. (Just remember that there's a 12 character limit including spaces, we can sometimes fit something longer but it depends on the collar size. Please get in touch with us if you require something longer on your kitty's collar)
After your order has been processed, we'll emboss your collar by hand, using our hot foil embossing machine. Doing this in-house allows us to give your personalised cat collar that extra attention to detail that you can only get when buying from a small business. No corners are cut. Once your items have been expertly inspected by Percy and Penelope they are ready to be packaged.
Along with a quote, you'll find a personalised card to you or your feline friend. All of our items come in a Cheshire & Wain box, bag, or special edition tin depending on the item. To keep it safe we ship all of our items in our bubblewrap envelopes or padded boxes before they get picked up from our East London studio to be delivered to you!