Joanna Lewis in her studio at Parkin & Lewis

Parkin & Lewis

Mayford, Surrey

Hi, I am Joanna the (only) person to make all these items you see in my shop. I have always been a creative person, passionate about making products that are reusable and will stand the test of time. That is why I love working with leather so much. It only gets better with age. There are so many things you can do with it too, stamping, burnishing, engraving, dying, painting etc. I love the idea of making products that produce memories people treasure forever.

The story behind the business
Meet Parkin & Lewis

I have been selling online since 2010 and I have loved every minute of it. Back then my business was called 'Joanna Parkin' but since getting married in 2014 I wanted to include both names.

Parkin & Lewis started from my lounge in our one bedroom flat in Clapham. 13 years on I now have a dedicated studio that I don't feel guilty about leaving in a 'creative mess'!

My studio is definitely my happy place. I am a huge fidget so I am constantly designing and coming up with new ideas. No two days are ever the same and that is what I love.

I love the idea that the pieces I make can be used again and again and change and age as the years go by. That is the amazing thing about leather, the patina it develops over time.

founder Credentials

  • Female Founded Business
  • Neurodivergent Business


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