COMPANY HISTORY



OSPREY LONDON is the principal brand name of GRAEME ELLISDON Ltd, the English privately owned luxury leather, lifestyle and retail company.

 

Founded in 1980 by the then 25-year-old Graeme Ellisdon with just £500 of his own money, OSPREY LONDON quickly became all the rage with the UK's leading retailers and both rock and real royalty snapping up his beautiful handmade leather belts.

 

Foreseeing that fashion's focus was sure to move away from the waist, Graeme used his love of leather and traditional skills to create the first of many gorgeous, vintage-inspired bags and accessories for women and men, earning OSPREY LONDON a worldwide reputation for luxury leather with a modern, spirited and quintessentially English twist.

 

In 2006 the company launched O.S.P OSPREY, the successful diffusion collection which offers attractive, affordable leather bags and accessories with a distinctly pared-down and contemporary feel. While its streamlined and structured A4-compatible work bags attract a hugely loyal clientele, O.S.P OSPREY is possibly even more popular for its slouchy, sporty styles in the season's key shades.

 

Having always envisaged OSPREY LONDON as a lifestyle brand, Graeme Ellisdon continues to expand the product offer, not only with new injections of bags and accessories but also with the successful introduction of scarves and gifting collections in 2009, and men's shirts being introduced in 2011 as the first move into clothing.

 

OSPREY LONDON products are made today by highly skilled craftsmen in the UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal and India, working to Graeme Ellisdon's design brief. No matter where each product is made, it then undergoes rigorous quality control checks at the company's UK headquarters to ensure it is worthy of the OSPREY LONDON name.

 

Sales Channels
With an innovative approach to retail, in 2002 the company opened the exciting contemporary lifestyle store, OSPREY HOME, at the OSPREY Saddlery in a picturesque rural location outside St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 9HJ. Having undergone extensive renovations in 2011, OSPREY HOME showcases not only OSPREY branded leather accessories, clothing and gifting but also furniture, lighting, art, fine and home fragrance personally sourced by Graeme and his wife Alexandra from companies which share the same values, using traditional techniques and natural materials to create special products that stand out from the crowd, all of which can be enjoyed over a cup of speciality tea in the Saddlery Café.

 

An internet pioneer, the company launched ospreylondon.com, its first e-commerce website in 2005 and introduced the VIP Club offering a host of benefits to those who subscribe to our award-winning e-newsletters.

 

Determined to grow the brand's customer base, and inspired by the growth of the outlet sector in the USA, Graeme Ellisdon opened the first OSPREY LONDON outlet store at York Designer Outlet in the autumn of 2009. "I was convinced that the right product in a beautiful store with great service at outlet prices was going to be a winner," Graeme said. This strategy paid off and in 2010, OSPREY LONDON was awarded best newcomer in the industry ORDA Awards and now has a total of ten UK outlet stores with further plans to expand overseas.

 

Today OSPREY LONDON is widely available throughout the UK in our own stores, online and continues to be stocked by some of the UK's leading retailers including John Lewis. 

 

To experience the best the brand has to offer, visit the beautiful two storey flagship designed by Graeme and Alex in a landmark building at 27 Regent Street St James's, London. With several new collections and the introduction of new product categories including tea, these are exciting times for OSPREY LONDON.

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