Once a bustling facility Seipel is now a more modest set up since so much industry moved abroad in 1970s and 80s. Still spread over three floors, the company now employs around 15 people and although they may be thin in staff they are loaded with experience and talent. This has been the key to their survival when so many similar factories were forced to close. Most of the staff have been working in the leather industry for at least 20 years and have an intricate knowledge of their craft. A couple of years ago Seipel was bought out by ALMA Leather based in Aldgate, London who we've been working with over the last few months.
When we arrived at Seipel we were greeted by Peter Rogerson and Rathina Vel. There is not a thing that this pair don’t know about leather, Peter has worked in leather factories his whole life, likewise Rathina who has helped establish factories in his native India as well as the UK.