Mia Sabel / SABEL Saddlery
About Mia Sabel / SABEL Saddlery
After a successful career in theatre, brand, marketing and design, Mia Sabel left the City and trained to become a saddler. A Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) Scholarship enabled her to expand on this training and augment her range of skills, products and services. So now in addition to her award-winning saddlery, Mia's work also includes leather restoration, upholstery, prototyping, product development and bespoke leather design for horse, human and home. Inspired by English saddlery techniques, materials and aesthetics, Mia hand-cuts thick, high grade hide before assembly and hand-stitches with hand-waxed linen thread and a double-handed saddler's stitch for both strength and appearance. The exposed edges are sealed by hand-burnished using a cow bone and elbow grease. Mia also wet-forms leather where required. Influenced by her previous experience, Mia also applies typographic treatments, hand-stamped into leather, to create a surface texture that is both visual and tactile in appeal whilst allowing scope for customisation. More recently she has been offering this as a hands-on, participatory experience allowing live personalisation of memory books, decorated through the interaction of the attendees. Mia has also designed her own range of hand-made leather products that combine tradition, quality and usability. Her signature items include bags fabricated around recycled stirrup irons, a modular range of stationary detailed with vintage braces for closure, as well as her own iPhone case. Whether off-the-shelf, personalised, customised or bespoke, Mia is passionate about creating works of excellence that will last a lifetime. Her work was showcased by Fortnum & Mason and at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2012 and at Buckingham Palace in 2013.
Bespoke fitted hand-stitched watch straps, made-to-measure belts and dog collars, leather accessories, consultancy, small batch production, corporate bespoke and restoration.
Open to the Public?
Yes, by appointment only
Provides Course / Training
Available for Craft Fairs
Available - please ask about pricing