Prince Albert of Saxe-Coberg and Gotha; what a top bloke.
Beloved and cherished husband of Queen Victoria, and the father of her nine children (climate change and birth control were yet to be invented), good old Albert certainly made his mark on the British Royal Family, and Great Britain on the whole.
Renowned as the great reformer and innovator, with eyebrow-raising progressive and liberal views for the time, Albert spent the 21 years he was
Prince Consort injecting not only the next generation of Princes and Princesses into the British Monarchy, but also fresh new ideas and thinking into what were creaking and antiquated British institutions.
Reforms in university education, welfare and slavery were just a few of his initiatives, but perhaps he is most famous for the mother of all trade fairs, The Great Exhibition of 1851.
Having recently exhibited at the Business Design Centre in London, which was modelled on the design for Albert's Crystal Palace, I can only imagine how awe-struck the Victorians would have been at the sight of this sparkling glass and iron construction.
What an event it must have been.
Six million people (equivalent to a third of the entire population of Britain at the time) visited Albert's massive show. It made a whopping £186,000 (£18,370,000 in today's money), which was used to found, amongst others, my favourites, The V&A, the Royal Albert Hall and the extraordinary Natural History Museum.
They were all built to the south of the Exhibition, in South Kensington, which was wittily nicknamed Albertopolis. Quite the legacy.
Talking of which, did you watch the ITV drama series, Victoria? I was hooked, which may or may not have something to do with Tom Hughes, who played Albert.
Such a talented actor, and not at all alluring in those boots and leather breeches, which were fashionable at the time. All I'll say, without meaning to come across indecorous, is if Albert was any where near as enticing in real life as Tom Hughes was in TV land, then those nine children begin to make total sense.
So, can you now see why we decided to name our most handsome, trustworthy, faithful and steadfast bridle leather dog lead after such a great man?
As a brand making beautiful dog products, it goes without saying that the leads we design and manufacture need to be the very best versions of themselves. Leads are, after all, a staple addition to every dog's wardrobe, not just for practical reasons, but to look bloody great too.
So how could we make a lead that was different to what everyone else was doing, but also fit for purpose?
Come on in, the Albert, take a seat.
Designed exclusively by ourselves, the leather we use is the best in the world - English bridle leather - which, as its name infers, is also used to make equestrian products.
Our leather comes from family-run, J&FJ Baker in Devon, believed to be the only oak bark tannery still in existence in the UK.
Here is a lovely video from their website all about the process the leather goes through which we then use to create our stunning collars, leads and belts.
Bridle leather is pretty amazing, and the cream of the crop of leather in this country. It has a beautiful quality to it whereby over time and with use it becomes more malleable and soft to the touch, and before long creates its own unique patina.
We also insist on solid English brass trigger hooks, and we believe the best come from Abbey England. They are another Great British family-run firm who have their own foundry and make everything from scratch.
Their brass products are second-to-none, which is why we wouldn't go anywhere else.
We then take our unique components and have them made by hand by another exceptionally clever artisan working out of his studio in Worcestershire.
No two pieces are the same, so every time you buy one of our collars, leads or belts, you can guarantee that nothing else like it exists.
So, if you are looking for a one-of-a-kind leather lead for your most beloved pet, we think you'll be absolutely delighted with the Albert twisted lead.
A stunning lead that looks every bit the aristocratic gentleman, wouldn't you agree?
To order your Albert twisted lead, please click here.