Why Is the Original Apron so special?

The Design

Creeper & Knotweed are proud to introduce you to this Original Range of aprons. Before these aprons were created nothing existed to fulfil the requirements of a superior choice of apron.

Risdon & Risdon’s aim has always been to produce something that has style and practicality, delivered with the finest materials. These aprons for gardening, work and a whole multitude of purposes are so unique in their features and are also reassuringly built to last.

The durability and design of the aprons makes them an outstanding item.
It is for these reasons that the aprons have a Lifetime Guarantee.

The Leather

The fine quality leather straps are essential components in these aprons.

The leather is chosen for its strength, but it also feels comfortable to wear, it feels good sitting on the neck, it is soft enough to easily be adjustable and the colour sits well with the fabrics. It has a beautiful smooth finish with a wonderful depth of colour. It fulfills all its demands.

The leather comes from Italy where generations of specialist tanners take great pride in producing the best leather. Full grain vegetable tanned leather is the highest quality leather, it is produced slowly using natural tannins and will age beautifully.

The Cork

It was a long search to find the perfect vegan alternative for the straps. This cork is very strong, supple and has a beautiful finish.

It comes from centuries old forests in Portugal where cork harvesting is a skill passed down through families and supports a village community. Cork is extremely sustainable – the bark is peeled away and then the cork is carefully extracted by highly skilled harvesters. The trees are in no way damaged, the cork is naturally renewable and grows back after nine years.

The Fabric

The choice of fabric is crucial in making an apron that protects the wearer but is also extremely comfortable to wear.

Carefully selected the canvas has a robust cotton texture and a strong weave. A mill on the east coast of America has been making durable plain woven cloth since 1860 and was exactly right for these purposes. Risdon & Risdon import it on the roll and transform it into heirloom piece aprons in their Shropshire workshop.

They found the perfect premium denim at the Cone Mills factory. Founded in 1905 this long established company has been supplying Levi’s for decades. The denim used is a super tough 12oz weight.

The Wash

After it arrives the canvas fabric is cut from the roll into panels. The panels need individually edging to ensure they cope with the rigorous washing process – this pre-shrinks the canvas, desizes it and gives it a unique rich, worn-in feel and appearance. The panels are then pressed ready to be made up into aprons. We believe this extra attention to detail is important so that from the first day it is worn it feels perfect.

The Cutting and Patterning

Each apron is cut out by hand. Risdon & Risdon don’t just make one size of apron, they understand that people come in many different shapes and sizes. The short aprons are also shorter in the body so that they have a better fit at the waist, likewise the longer length is adjusted for the taller wearer. Lap pockets are designed to be deep enough to keep all those bit and pieces to hand, whilst also being comfortable enough to use just as pockets. Sometimes it’s best to keep different things in different places that’s why they added a very useful bib pocket with two different sections. Plus….the hidden bib pocket…a little pocket which sits on the inside of the apron.

At the points where the leather straps are attached they sew in an extra piece of fabric to reinforce the corner – these areas are where the apron takes the stresses of movement. To enable free and easy wear, whilst keeping the straps securing attached, it is vital that there aren’t any weak areas.

The Stitching

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

An item of workwear that is going to be as much of your tool kit as your tools, that is going to have to cope with the demands of the job, needs to be strong. The sewing thread used is corespun – a strong internal single polyester thread, with outer dual cotton threads wrapped round it. This type of thread is up to 50% stronger than conventional threads. They sew two rows of this stitching around each pocket to make sure the aprons are equipped to take many years of repeated use.

The Riveting

They hand rivet each of the corners of the front pockets with their branded antique finish brass rivets. In 1873 Levi’s were the first company to rivet their jeans’ pockets to make them the strongest available – riveted pockets are far superior in strength.

The Metalware

The buckles, clip hooks and studs are all made from nickel-plated brass, made in a small foundry in the heart of England. The Walsall foundry has been producing castings since 1832 and holds a Royal Warrant of Appointment. The screwpost rivets are made of corrosion resistant nickel and are manufactured in England.

The Finished Apron

These garden and work aprons are hand made with pride and hours are spent in their production. We want the person who will eventually come to wear one to be as proud of it as we are.