Major John

Our products are handcrafted with the best local leather and timber.


In 2013 I made a wooden bow tie for myself and my two best friends, the reaction from my fellow students was great and in 2014 in the third year as an architecture student at the university of the Free State I founded Major John.

The first products produced was a range of timber bow ties that I made in my parent’s garage, and sanded outside my hostel between classes. My mother made the fabric straps and hand stitched each bow tie. Since then the brand has grown to a range of genuine leather accessories, aprons as well as concrete and timber lamps. Major John combines the ideals of the Arts-and-Crafts movement with modern trends to create unique handcrafted products.

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