8th August: Bill Amberg

Luxurious bags, a celebrated baby papoose and Penguin book covers are just a few of the notable items that Bill Amberg has crafted from leather.

Amberg spent his early 20s in Australia working as an apprentice for Gay Wilson. After returning to England, he enrolled at London Business School and opened his first studio, receiving commissions for bags from Liberty and Paul Smith. Throughout his career he has collaborated with luxurious global brands, designers and celebrities and his successes have led him to open further premises in London and New York. He has worked as Creative Director at Mappin and Webb, and created luggage and small leather goods for Dunhill.

Amberg’s work has been recognised in the cultural sphere - the V&A placed his Rocket bag into their design classic archive, and he and his team won the Condé Nast Traveller’s Innovation & design award in 2012. He was also awarded an honorary degree from Northampton University for his contribution to leather design and manufacturing. Amberg’s projects with fashion students, apprenticeships, leatherwork programme and bespoke evening classes all show his dedication to education and the craft in which he works.