Readers will be familiar with the points about Cleverley and Russian reindeer in the above, but there is some nice footage of the closing on Cleverleys, and the technique of making a wood-framed box. 

The Robert Simpson factory is one of only a handful of leather workshops left in London – you can see my coverage of it back in 2011 here (it makes for Tanner Krolle amongst others, though is now owned by William & Son since the passing of Robert Simpson).