B18 leather was born from the desire to experiment with leather and a pre-owned leather sewing machine. Its creator Deborette Clarke is a fun loving creative who has many years experience as an educator, designer and maker. Having worked with leather whilst studying at college and really admiring the versatility of the material, it was a natural choice of material to work with.
Why B18? Based in the heart of the West Midlands and to the east of the centre of Birmingham, I wanted a name that although is a local postcode would lend itself well nationally and internationally. It evokes a journey, destination and place. The Jewellery Quarter is one of Birmingham’s gems for a variety of reasons, for me the attraction were the buildings and history of the jewellery trade.