Who we are
Our history as makers of traditionally-made, hand-crafted sporting accessories goes back to the 1970s. It was then that our founder John Smith, a representative for the renowned Hull Cartridge Company, and his wife, Margaret, decided to turn their hands to the creation of quality sporting luggage. Their unique designs, beautifully made from the best materials, were extremely well received and, as the decade turned, had created a keen following.
Such was the demand that John and Margaret followed the path of English artisans over the centuries and began their own business. Working initially from home, honing the skills and perfecting designs, they built a very successful company, still rapidly expanding when their daughter Jackie and husband Allistair Croot took over the helm in 2004.
The Croots of today celebrate the values of the founders. From our workshops in Malton, North Yorkshire, we still pride ourselves on combining the best of English workmanship with the finest of traditionally-made materials to produce objects of timeless beauty.
What we do
When we make our shotgun slips, cartridge belts and bags, we’ve learnt that the choice of materials is crucial. Time and experience have taught us, for example, that insisting on hand-picking our own hides is a vital step in the process. And that only natural, vegetable-dyed leather will give us our required combination of suppleness and performance.
We’ve learnt too that our preferred grade of stout and sturdy cotton canvas cannot be bettered. And that pure, natural rubber is the best water-proofing agent by far.
But all of this would mean nothing without the skills to transform these first-class beginnings into the finest of finished articles. And those skills are held in abundance by the dedicated craftsmen in our Yorkshire workshops. By hand, by eye, by the experience gained over long years of apprenticeship and hard work, they produce perfectly-made, perfectly proportioned pieces, time and time again.
And because they’re handmade here in England, all Croots’ pieces are unique. Which, in a world of mass production, is something we’re extremely proud of.