Somerset Sheepskin

Geoff Wilton is proud to be able to offer you his bespoke range of sheepskin coats, flying jackets and gilets. Everything is made to measure to your exact requirements, here in his Somerset workshop.

Somerset has a long standing association with sheepskin. In 1870 John Morland began tanning in Glastonbury and started this local industry on its successful journey. Glastonbury was an ideal site, having a high quality water source close at hand, which is a valuable and essential element for the tanning process.

By the 1950’s, the sheepskin and leather industry was flourishing, with most local people having many members of their families either making shoes at the Clarks Factory in Street, or working with sheepskin for Morlands of Glastonbury.

Geoff Wilton was working for Morlands when they closed their doors in 1981. He took the brave step of setting up on his own and continuing his passion and skill for working with sheepskin. His small business has survived the ups and downs of the past thirty years, and despite the recent loss of many UK tanneries, Geoff is proud to have kept the sheepskin industry alive in its Somerset home.

Sheepskin is unique in its qualities, particularly in its longevity. It also has the benefits of giving its wearer the ultimate in warmth and comfort. Its lanolin content is extremely high, especially in Merino sheepskin, making it the ideal candidate for medical rugs for infants. The pelt of sheepskin is amongst the softest materials for the human skin to touch. The finished sheepskin pelt today is greatly superior to those produced 40 years ago when they were known for being "boardy".

Today’s skins are amazingly supple lending themselves perfectly to the creations and design required in today’s fashions. Their lightless of weight and the variety of colour in both wool and skins are vast. We are confident that you will be delighted with your purchase.

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Further Resources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morlands
http://www.morlandssheepskin.co.uk