This month’s meet our maker is Crawford Henderson who are a 3rd generation family business, manufacturing quality wholesale bespoke giftware at their factory in Maybole, Ayrshire.
Crawford’s father Donald began the family business in the late 1940s. Taking over his father’s photography business after the second world war, Donald soon diversified and began a small postcard and stationery operation from his shop on Maybole High Street. Donald’s postcards went on to be revered the world over for their quality and composition.
Teaming up with his great friend Tom Dalling, the business flourished, and before long the small operation had grown into a full-blown gift and souvenir manufacturer.
With a growing need for more production and storage space, the pair purchased the vacant 'New Carrick Cinema' building in Maybole, which continues to be the factory to this day.
In 1986 the reins were handed over to Crawford, changing the name to Crawford Henderson Ltd at the same time. An electronic engineer by trade, Crawford set about modernising the factory, implementing products and processes that have built a sustainable and modern business.
Crawford Henderson continue to work hard and focus on quality and customer service, combining the traditional values instilled back in the 40's, with the latest in manufacturing technology to provide some of the most iconic global sites with quality gifts and merchandise.
Crawford’s son Ian joined the business in 2017, and the process of handing the business over to the next generation is well underway.
Recycled Leather is a material made from two main components: leather scraps and latex; and is produced in a similar fashion to paper.
The leather scraps (which would otherwise be taken to landfill), are crushed, and then combined with the latex and natural tanning agents to produce a sustainable, hard-wearing material that is perfect for every-day use items such as wallets, notebooks and coasters.
Using their unique recycled leather copper finish, our Whisky Tasting Note Journals feature a foil print of the iconic Glencairn whisky glass along with the traditional Scots Gaelic toast to good health “Slainte Mhath”. Each journal includes information on the whisky producing regions of Scotland alongside tips on how to appreciate your whisky. You can then record your musings and rate your drams to create your own personal tasting record.
Images kindly supplied by Crawford Henderson.