Charlie’s story

Charlie studied saddlery during his time at Capel Manor College.

My school’s sixth form led me to creative and hands-on subjects and that is when I knew I wanted to study something creative and work with my hands. I chose Capel Manor College because it was the only place that had a two-year saddlery course and also I went to look around and loved the place.

My tutors were amazing and incredibly supportive. They made me believe in myself as I found something I was good at. I really enjoyed the making aspect of the course especially. I learned so much and I gained the fundamental skills in leatherwork to kick start my career. Capel Manor College is the most beautiful place to study because of the Gardens and the building. We were especially fortunate to be working in the old stable block. It is a great atmosphere to have learned in and I met some great people. The other thing I really liked about the College is the wide range of courses they offer. 

After I left the College, I loved leatherwork but did not necessarily want to work in the equine world. I now make bespoke leather goods for private clients as well as other companies and have just launched my first made-to-order collection using leather sourced from British tanneries. I like to think you can see my saddlery background in the look of the collection. Capel Manor College started a very clear path to help me get to where I am today, and it is something I will forever be grateful for.”