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Canterbury Sheepskin Loafers featured in SkyWatch Magazine Competition.

Check out our giveaway in the August edition of SkyWatch magazine. Enter the competition to win a pair of Canterbury Sheepskin loafers on the SkyWatch competitions web page.

Canterbury Sheepskin Loafers in the August edition of Skywatch Magazine

Canterbury Sheepskin Loafers in the August edition of Skywatch Magazine

A Little bit about the history of Canterbury Sheepskin:

Deckers were originally manufacturers with plants in the USA; Costa Rico and Mexico, but as their sales grew they have increasingly focused on the design, sales and distribution functions, and outsourced most manufacturing to China, whilst the manufacture of high-end UGG product remained in New Zealand.

During the early 2000’s CLI received “Supplier of the Year” awards for four consecutive years, from 2000 to 2003. The factory was responsible for manufacturing may of the pairs of Ugg Australia boots that were given to celebrities for endorsement. Many people in the business still remember the 40 or so pairs that were custom made for Oprah and her team. In 2005 Ugg Australia really took off in the USA and production demand was huge on CLI. Doug Price and some of the CLI team members went to China with Deckers to help train up some of the Chinese footwear factories to help meet the growing demand.

In early 2009 Ian Hunter purchased Canterbury Leather International from Doug and Gill Price who after almost 35 years in the business has decided to retire. Since purchasing the business it has been focused its long term sustainability by building its own brands and on bringing innovative new sheepskin styles to its world wide customers.

In 2010 a premium and prestigious new heritage brand was launched. Dominion is a unique brand of handcrafted sheepskin apparel, footwear and accessories that delivers the encompassing, enduring luxury of sheepskin, by carefully melding fashion and function. Launched in Milan, Italy in March 2010, Dominion is now internationally distributed in Europe, Korea, Japan, Russia and the USA.

In late 2011 we partnered up with the New Zealand Nature company to offer a unique “design your own sheepskin boot” offering called www.designaboot.com .

Also in late 2011 we produced our last UGG Australia® container of boots to be sent to the USA as Deckers finally moved production to China.

We are now focused on production, marketing and sales of our own brands and contract manufacture of some niche sheepskin brands distributed around the world.

NZ Gardener giveaway of Canterbury Sheepskin Slippers

NZ Gardener Magazine had an amazing response to the giveaway of 3 pairs of Canterbury Sheepskin Slippers in its May issue. Over 1922 individual entries were received! The three lucky winners came from Oparau, Foxton and Featherston respectively – congratulations!

The Online version of NZ Gardner Magazine featured this giveaway.

The Online version of NZ Gardner Magazine featured this giveaway.

New Zealand Gardener appeals to gardeners of all ages and levels of expertise, from urban courtyard owners looking for new ideas for pots and patios, to rural gardeners embarking on large-scale landscaping projects.

NZ Gardener is New Zealand’s oldest and best-loved gardening magazine, reaching more than 300,000 green-fingered Kiwis every month. As well as expert advice from gardeners from Northland to Southland about what to do each month, the magazine offers DIY projects, seasonal recipes and preserves, tips on growing fruit, vegetables and flowers, and visits inspirational gardens all over the country every month!

The May Edition of NZ Gardner magazine - giveaway of Canterbury sheepskin Slippers.

The May Edition of NZ Gardner magazine – giveaway of Canterbury sheepskin Slippers.

Our History

Canterbury Leather International (CLI) was founded in 1974 by Doug & Gill Price, and originally focused on manufacture and export of sheepskin footwear, garments and accessories. The business manufactured its own brand (Homestead) as well a “private label” contract manufacturing.

From the late 1970’s CLI evolved to be primarily a manufacturer of sheepskin garments and this continued up until the early 1990’s. Garments were high value items and highly sought after around the world. Production of garments peaked in the mid 1980’s, at around 60 items per day and were primarily exported. This market changed steadily during the late 1980’s as first the Turkish, then Korean and finally Chinese manufacturers moved into the manufacture of sheepskin garments. However demand was still strong for high priced, premium end, New Zealand manufactured garments, particularly with the Asian tourists to Australia and New Zealand. Once the Asian crisis hit in the early 1990’s demand for these garments dried up almost overnight.

 

 

 

Knight of New Zealand advertise Canterbury Sheepskin products.

Knight of New Zealand are advertising our products in the local papers in Invercargall. Knights specialise in high end lamb skin jackets, but sell our boots in their outlet store in Invercargill.

Knight of New Zealand advertise Canterbury Sheepskin in the Invercargill press.

Knight of New Zealand advertise Canterbury Sheepskin in the Invercargill press.

Knight of New Zealand specialises in individually crafted garments using natural materials that are unique to New Zealand. Our award winning Company has been specialising in the use of these indigenous raw materials for over 35 years.

In addition to Babylamb Shearling, many of our garments are trimmed with native New Zealand Opossum fur , which is not an endangered species and is not listed under the C.I.T.E.S. agreement.

In more recent times, we have also introduced fully reversible garments made from 100% pure woven Cashmere double face .

Worldwide reputation for Quality
Based in Invercargill in New Zealand’s South Island, Knight of New Zealand has a growing reputation for quality hand made Babylamb Shearling (Curly lamb) garments. Established markets include USA, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Asia Pacific rim. The Company has marketing offices in Melbourne, California and Munich and of course New Zealand.

Knight of New Zealand Ltd. was originally founded in 1972 under the name Knight Tailors Ltd. As this name suggests, the company started in the bespoke tailoring (made to measure suit) business, but soon moved into the fledgling leather and suede garment industry. Knights pioneered the sheepskin garment industry in New Zealand and very soon export markets were developed in Australia (1973) followed by U.S.A. (1976). Shortly after, the company was purchased by Multi National, Fletcher Challenge Corporation.

In 1985 the senior management and marketing executives of Knights purchased the company in a management buy out from Fletcher Challenge. It was at this time that the company moved to its current premises at 21 Leven Street, Invercargill, NZ.

In 1990 the company name was changed to Knight of New Zealand Ltd., to reflect the International nature of the business and the fact that the company no longer did any tailoring. However, the tailoring background has enhanced Knight’s ability to “customise” garments for their clients.
In Invercargill, the company is still quite often referred to by locals as “Knight Tailors”.

Retailers displays of Canterbury Sheepskin

Various Retailers Displays of Canterbury Sheepskin products:

Natural Pharm – Botany Downs, Manukau, Auckland

Natural Pharm, Unit F, 16 Bishop Dunn Place, Flatbush, Botany, Auckland

Natural Pharm, Unit F, 16 Bishop Dunn Place, Flatbush, Botany, Auckland

 

Kiwi Country – Te Anau

Kiwi Country, Te Anau

Kiwi Country, Te Anau

The Farm Barn Cafe – Fairlie

Canterbury Sheepskin at the Farm Barn Cafe, Fairlie

Canterbury Sheepskin at the Farm Barn Cafe, Fairlie

The Wrinkly Ram in Omarama

The Wrinkly Ram - Omarama - Canterbury Sheepskin

The Wrinkly Ram – Omarama – Canterbury Sheepskin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheep shearing show-wrinkly rams sheep shearing

New Zealand’s most affordable ‘Live’ Sheep shearing show!
sheep shearing show!
Ever wonder how wool gets from the back of a sheep- high up in the mountains- to the carpet in your house, the blankets on your bed, and the clothing in your closet? To find out, come and see our informative sheep shearing show. With our professional sheep shearer; see live sheep shearing in action and learn about the farming and wool industry-an important part of New Zealand’s agricultural economy.

Along with our big screen movie- working farm dogs will be demonstrating their skills rounding up a mob of sheep, plus: you can handfeed our friendly pet sheep for that special photo opportunity!

Back Country on the main street in Arrowtown

Back Country on the main street in Arrowtown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retailers & Agents

We are always looking for good partners to work with to expand the distribution of Canterbury Sheepskin.

Retailers:

If you are a retailer anywhere in the world, and feel that the Canterbury Sheepskin range of products fits in with your retail offering, we’d like to hear from you. Please contact us either by phone (+64 3 3524 382) or e-mail (info@cantyleather.co.nz ) and we can talk to you about what products may best fit your needs.

Agents:

Outside New Zealand we are looking for the right Agents to work with to help grow sales and distribution of the Canterbury Sheepskin range of products.

If you are an established distributor, who is looking for a new range of products to distribute and you can see real potential for Canterbury Sheepskin within your area, please contact us  on info@cantyleather.co.nz . We’d like to hear about you, your business and what ideas you have for Canterbury Sheepskin products.

Canterbury Sheepskin at the Fieldays show.

Canterbury Sheepskin was at the Fieldays last week – 120,000 people visited the event. It was an awesome way to introduce thousands of people to the comfort and luxury of our products.

We had an awesome stand at the Fieldays in the Lifestyle section (Bledesloe Hall).

We had an awesome stand at the Fieldays in the Lifestyle section (Bledesloe Hall).

Canterbury sheepskin stand.

 

 

More information about the Fieldays – the largest show of its kind in the Southern Hemisphers:

The New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays was born through the determination and vision of a small group of individuals in 1968, after Nuffield Scholar John Kneebone wrote to the Waikato Times promoting the idea of a Town and Country show for farmers complimenting the then successful ‘Ruakura Week’. The idea pitched was to create an event whereby farmers could meet and view products and services, innovation in farm machinery creating the concept for the first Fieldays event and the inception of the NZ National Fieldays Society.
The first Fieldays events were held at the Te Rapa Racecourse with the event rapidly outgrowing the venue due to its immediate success. Fieldays home site at Mystery Creek was purchased in 1970, financed by a 100% mortgage secured against the organising committee’s personal assets and farms, such was their belief in the event.

Through this passionate group of volunteers, some of whom are still involved today, Fieldays’ home at Mystery Creek was created and developed into what is now the home of the largest agribusiness expo in the Southern Hemisphere. The 113-hectare site at Mystery Creek, Hamilton is arguably known worldwide as the home of New Zealand agriculture, grown through the efforts of the Society’s members, staff, volunteers and loyal supporters.

We are proud to honour our heritage and continue the legacy created by Fieldays’ founders, while looking to the future continuing to work for the advancement of agriculture, agribusiness and agritech, supporting our primary industry, our community and New Zealand.

The NZ National Fieldays Society would like to give special acknowledgement to our Society Partner, Hyundai New Zealand, for its support of Fieldays, the Society and our mission to advance agriculture. Through our relationship we work together through Hyundai’s Pinnacle Programme, a unique scholarship, backed by Hyundai New Zealand, which provides talented young New Zealanders with the foundations for success.

 

Avenues Magazine features our Canterbury Sheepskin Oxford Mini boots

Avenues Magazine features Oxford Mini in Glitter Silver

Avenues Magazine features Oxford Mini in Glitter Silver

Avenues Magazine features Oxford Mini in Navy Blue

Avenues Magazine features Oxford Mini in Navy Blue

Avenues Magazine features our Canterbury Sheepskin Oxford Mini boots in the May edition that came out on Saturday. Have a look at page 52 and 53.

The “Mini” version of our classic styled sheepskin boot is known and loved the world over. A great casual boot, everyone should have a pair of Oxfords! The new Oxford “Mini” is available in Chestnut:
Classic sheepskin ultra low boot
Genuine sheepskin upper with 15-17mm wool pile
Hard wearing EVA (Ethyl Vinyl Acetate) sole with wave tread design for extra grip and stability.
Suede leather heel guard
Heat set and shaped heel stiffener
Avenues Magazine features Oxford Mini in Glitter Silver and Navy Blue

Avenues Magazine features Oxford Mini in Glitter Silver and Navy Blue

About Us

Canterbury Sheepskin™ is proudly made in New Zealand by Canterbury Leather International Ltd – our company that was established way back in 1974.

Canterbury Leather International Ltd. has earned its reputation for well made sheepskin footwear, apparel and accessories, both in New Zealand and international markets. The enduring principles of New Zealand made, uncompromising quality standards and product integrity are the foundations of our business.

No other fibre in the world can match wool for all its unique properties – warm in winter, cool in summer with the ability to absorb moisture without feeling wet. We source premium hides to bring you the highest quality sheepskin boots and accessories. From specially reinforced heel supports in the boots to the luxurious sheepskin insoles, Canterbury Sheepskin™ products are designed to bring you the ultimate in quality, comfort and design.

Canterbury Sheepskin™ products reflect the New Zealand made pioneer spirit, using resources from which New Zealand as a nation was built. We hope you enjoy wearing them as much as we enjoy making them.

 

Ugg Boots article features Canterbury Sheepskin – The Press and Stuff.co.nz

Once the winter staple of the pyjama-clad student at the supermarket, ugg boots are making a comeback. For those of us who have been secretly  enjoying our uggs in the safety of our own homes, this is welcome news.

The ugg boot has long provided the neccessary warmth required to survive Canterbury winters, but those with a hint of self-respect have drawn the line at stepping out the front door in them.

Not any more. Wear them on the street people! If Vogue says it’s OK, well, you can’t get a much better permission slip than that.

Ugg boots are back – but there are limits.  Don’t wear them with your tracksuit bottoms for a start.

The message this winter is to style them up.

Sloppy, grungy stretched-out footwear remains completely unacceptable in the fashion world. Instead, the 2015 ugg must be trendy, well-made, clean and carefully styled for the maximum fashion-comfort combination.

If you’re looking for a “glam” ugg boot option, this season will see plenty of glitzy alternatives to the classic sheepskin colours.

Canterbury Sheepskin is offering mini (low-top) uggs in black and silver glitter and Ugg Australia has a “bling sting” line catering to the more outgoing.

Of course, if glitter, sparkles and cheetah print isn’t your speed (all available 2015), you can always find something inbetween like a boot in navy, red or pink sheepskin.

While the current trend is for high-impact look-at-me footwear, there’s always a case to be made for the traditional tan-coloured ugg. Low-cut “mini” uggs are in, taller ones are out. As always, choose something to reflect your own style.

May SkyWatch Mag features Canterbury Sheepskin slippers

the May edition of the New Zealand SkyWatch magazine has Canterbury Sheepskin slippers featured in its competitions section:

There are some great Canterbury Sheepskin slippers up for grabs in the Skywatch competition in May!

There are some great Canterbury Sheepskin slippers up for grabs in the Skywatch competition in May!

 

 

 

A little more about Canterbury Sheepskin and it’s history:

Canterbury Leather International (CLI) was founded in 1974 by Doug & Gill Price, and originally focused on manufacture and export of sheepskin footwear, garments and accessories. The business manufactured its own brand (Homestead) as well a “private label” contract manufacturing.

From the late 1970’s CLI evolved to be primarily a manufacturer of sheepskin garments and this continued up until the early 1990’s. Garments were high value items and highly sought after around the world. Production of garments peaked in the mid 1980’s, at around 60 items per day and were primarily exported. This market changed steadily during the late 1980’s as first the Turkish, then Korean and finally Chinese manufacturers moved into the manufacture of sheepskin garments. However demand was still strong for high priced, premium end, New Zealand manufactured garments, particularly with the Asian tourists to Australia and New Zealand. Once the Asian crisis hit in the early 1990’s demand for these garments dried up almost overnight.

By the time the Asian Crisis hit CLI they were already well down the road to diversifying the product range of the company. During the 1980’s whilst exhibiting at Trade Fairs in Las Vegas an alliance was formed between Canterbury Leather International and Brian Smith, the original founder of UGG Holdings, and the UGG Australia brand. This initial contact led to the development of the UGG supply relationship which continued strongly even after the Deckers purchase of UGG Holdings in 1995.

Deckers were originally manufacturers with plants in the USA; Costa Rico and Mexico, but as their sales grew they have increasingly focused on the design, sales and distribution functions, and outsourced most manufacturing to China, whilst the manufacture of high-end UGG product remained in New Zealand.

During the early 2000’s CLI received “Supplier of the Year” awards for four consecutive years, from 2000 to 2003. The factory was responsible for manufacturing may of the pairs of Ugg Australia boots that were given to celebrities for endorsement. Many people in the business still remember the 40 or so pairs that were custom made for Oprah and her team. In 2005 Ugg Australia really took off in the USA and production demand was huge on CLI. Doug Price and some of the CLI team members went to China with Deckers to help train up some of the Chinese footwear factories to help meet the growing demand.

In early 2009 Ian Hunter purchased Canterbury Leather International from Doug and Gill Price who after almost 35 years in the business has decided to retire. Since purchasing the business it has been focused its long term sustainability by building its own brands and on bringing innovative new sheepskin styles to its world wide customers.

In 2010 a premium and prestigious new heritage brand was launched. Dominion is a unique brand of handcrafted sheepskin apparel, footwear and accessories that delivers the encompassing, enduring luxury of sheepskin, by carefully melding fashion and function. Launched in Milan, Italy in March 2010, Dominion is now internationally distributed in Europe, Korea, Japan, Russia and the USA.

Also in late 2011 we produced our last UGG Australia® container of boots to be sent to the USA as Deckers finally moved production to China.

We are now focused on production, marketing and sales of our own brands and contract manufacture of some niche sheepskin brands distributed around the world.

Korea Post features Canterbury Sheepskin!

Korea Post features Canterbury Sheepskin in their latest edition!

Korea Post magazine, a publication for the Korean speaking community in New Zealand has featured Canterbury Sheepskin in its latest edition:

Korea Post Magazine features Canterbury Sheepskin boots and slippers.

Korea Post Magazine features Canterbury Sheepskin boots and slippers.

Korea Post magazine features Canterbury Sheepskin boots and slippers!

Korea Post magazine features Canterbury Sheepskin boots and slippers!

We’re in the current edition of Korea Post – www.koreapost.co.nz
It’s an amazing publication for the Korean speaking population based in NZ.

Canterbury Sheepskin™ is proudly made in New Zealand by Canterbury Leather International Ltd – our company that was established way back in 1974.

Canterbury Leather International Ltd. has earned its reputation for well made sheepskin footwear, apparel and accessories, both in New Zealand and international markets. The enduring principles of New Zealand made, uncompromising quality standards and product integrity are the foundations of our business.

No other fibre in the world can match wool for all its unique properties – warm in winter, cool in summer with the ability to absorb moisture without feeling wet. We source premium hides to bring you the highest quality sheepskin boots and accessories.

From specially reinforced heel supports in the boots to the luxurious sheepskin insoles, Canterbury Sheepskin™ products are designed to bring you the ultimate in quality, comfort and design. Canterbury Sheepskin™ products reflect the New Zealand made pioneer spirit, using resources from which New Zealand as a nation was built. We hope you enjoy wearing them as much as we enjoy making them.

 

 

 

Canterbury Sheepskin on Good Morning TVNZ

 

Canterbury Sheepskin Oxford Mini boots were featured yesterday on the Good Morning program on TVNZ. Great timing considering the winter weather New Zealand is experiencing at the moment!

The “Mini” version of our classic styled sheepskin boot is known and loved the world over. A great casual boot, everyone should have a pair of Oxfords! The new Oxford “Mini” is available in Chestnut.
 Classic sheepskin ultra low boot
  • Genuine sheepskin upper with 15-17mm wool pile
  • Hard wearing EVA (Ethyl Vinyl Acetate) sole with wave tread design for extra grip and stability
  • Suede leather heel guard
  • Heat set and shaped heel stiffener

 

About Us

Canterbury Sheepskin™ is proudly made in New Zealand by Canterbury Leather International Ltd – our company that was established way back in 1974.

Canterbury Leather International Ltd. has earned its reputation for well made sheepskin footwear, apparel and accessories, both in New Zealand and international markets. The enduring principles of New Zealand made, uncompromising quality standards and product integrity are the foundations of our business.

No other fibre in the world can match wool for all its unique properties – warm in winter, cool in summer with the ability to absorb moisture without feeling wet. We source premium hides to bring you the highest quality sheepskin boots and accessories. From specially reinforced heel supports in the boots to the luxurious sheepskin insoles, Canterbury Sheepskin™ products are designed to bring you the ultimate in quality, comfort and design.

Canterbury Sheepskin™ products reflect the New Zealand made pioneer spirit, using resources from which New Zealand as a nation was built. We hope you enjoy wearing them as much as we enjoy making them.

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