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About Hands of Tym

Hands of Tym - Luxury Leather Accessories & Bag Making Courses All our products are lovingly handmade and personalised in our workshop on the edge of the Cotswolds in Oxfordshire, UK by leathersmith Georgie Tym. In addition to our core range of luxury handmade products, we also offer the following products and services:
  • Bag making courses at the Hands of Tym Academy in Banbury, Oxfordshire. We offer a range of courses from our popular Bag in a Day handbag making courses to our 5-day Pattern Cutting course. We also offer 1-1 sessions either in the workshop or over Zoom. Please see our Covid-19 Courses Guarantee.
  • DIY Bag Kits - a selection of craft it yourself leather bag making kits to make at home. We have a range of kits for you to enjoy crafting from purses to backpacks. Each kit is hand cut and prepared at our workshop in Oxfordshire.
  • Leather Craft Tools & Supplies - we offer a range of tools and supplies for all your leather crafting needs
  • Leather Repairs & Restoration - Here at the Hands of Tym workshop we have a huge array of tools and expertise to craft beautiful handmade leather products. As a result, we're also well equipped to work on all your leather repairs.
  • Consultancy, Bespoke & Sampling - we work with other brands to help you make your ideas a reality. Additionally, as we manufacture all our products by hand here at the workshop, we can accommodate bespoke requests as well as undertaking sampling work for external clients. Please get in touch if you have any questions
Leathersmith, bag designer & maker Hands of Tym is a luxury leather goods operation focusing on ‘one by one’ humanised manufacture of leather handbags and accessories. Every piece is unique and handmade in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Using only the finest materials sourced as locally as our surviving supply chains will allow, our artistry is based on combining the traditional techniques of leather craft with a modern handbag design aesthetic where functionality is key. Bringing ownership of craft back to the individual, reversing the division of labour and ensuring every piece holds a unique bond to the maker. Dreamt up in 2010 and realised in 2016 following a varied career in Accessories design and development. Founding Leathersmith is designer Georgie Tym, a Cordwainers graduate on a private endeavour to keep British craft and industry alive. Georgie works as Leather Accessories Technical lecturer at the London College of Fashion and continues to work on private bespoke work and consultancy work. Available for design, development, sampling, consultation and training.Please contact us for a quotation. We’re always happy to hear from you.

Further Info

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Georgie Tym - Founder I am the founder of Hands of Tym and have been a bag enthusiast for over 10 years, I work as a bag maker, designer and tutor. I work with mostly leather but also with tech fabrics and leather alternatives! I began making things from an early age and my passion built through school. I knew I wanted to run a bespoke making business and after initially thinking formal wear I went to the London College of Fashion to study Bags and Accessories Design and Technology. After this I worked in a variety of different roles designing at Alfred Dunhill, freelancing at small start-ups where I got a taste for my own business again, working at a tannery, a factory and also for Hunter wellington boots working on Design Development of a new bag line. I have made bags for brands worldwide including Nike, Jaguar, M&S, Cherchbi, and for artists and many start-up brands. In 2015 I started my bespoke bag business in Oxfordshire and started lecturing at the London College of Fashion in 2014.
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Hands of Tym
Addison Road, Banbury
Addison Road, Banbury
OX16 9DH
United Kingdom

‘Laurel’ The Bespoke Handmade Luxury Leather Notebook / Diary A5 – Slim

Your refillable leather notebook / diary for life’s noteworthy moments


Laurel is the essence of personalised ease and style. The perfect gift for the budding writer or professional in your life – maybe that’s you.

Never miss a meeting or big idea with this refillable leather diary / notebook cover (A5) that fits easily into a bag or briefcase.

Laurel features a contrasting adjustable strap with stud fastening to keep your work secure, and two internal card slots perfect for business meetings.

Choose your preferred English hand bound paper insert:

  • plain or lined notebook, or
  • week to view diary

Laurel arrives complete with one insert and additional inserts can be purchased directly from us.

Made from respectfully-sourced Italian vegetable-tanned leather, Laurel is free from harsh chemicals. Over time the luxury leather will develop a buttery soft patina.

Make it your own with bespoke personalisation. If you’re gifting Laurel, a personalised message can be embossed to the bottom right corner (as standard), but get in touch if you have other requests.

Laurel has been thoughtfully designed and handmade by Hands of Tym, in Oxfordshire, England.

Size and Details

Slim A5 (Quarto Medium) removable leather notebook or diary cover

  • Paper size: 210mm x 135mm
  • Thickness: 120 pages
  • Cover size: 225mm x 145mm x 20mm
  • 1x insert included
  • Made to order and available in multiple colours with contrasting strap.
  • Timeless design
  • Front strap features the Hands of Tym logo.
  • Made from respectfully-sourced Italian vegetable-tanned leather (biodegradable).
  • Hand cut. Handmade. Hand finished.


Other Sizes Available:

Material and Care


Here at Hands of Tym, we are passionate about sourcing the highest quality sustainable materials.

  • We use responsibly-sourced Italian vegetable-tanned leather. Find out more here.
  • Using only the highest quality cuts, the leather will improve with use and age, developing a soft patina over time.
  • Natural variations are a product feature of this material and contribute to the individual style of the product.
  • The leather is free from harmful chemicals and biodegradable at the end of its life.
  • Hand cut, handmade and hand finished in our workshop in Oxfordshire, England.



Please note: There may be natural changes in the colour of the materials and they may stain easily. Please be careful with oils and inks.

When not in use, store your product in the soft cloth bag (provided) in a cool and dry place.



When you buy from Hands of Tym, you’re getting so much more than your new purchase. You’re creating a connection with the maker – Georgie Tym.

If your leather product becomes damaged (afterall, life happens), contact us to find out about repairing your item.