Nestled in the heart of Edinburgh Old Town

Visit our 5 Stars Store for the Mackenzie Leather Experience

Walking through the doors of our store is like embarking on a voyage through time. The modern show room displays a range from our exquisite collection. From briefcases to satchels, handbags to sporrans, belts to wallets, each piece lovingly handcrafted.

Marvel as the smell of leather awakens your senses. Feel the silky-smooth surfaces of your favourite bag and admire the delicate finishes on each and every piece.

Listen out for the sounds of our master craftsmen as they expertly create in our workshop. The slick of a new hide landing on the workbench, the satisfying chime of a hammer-tap as a belt rivet is secured in place, the smooth pull of waxy thread being hand-drawn through the emerging frame of a briefcase.

Ignacio, a skilled Craftsman is working on a Cartridge leather shoulder bag made with Italian saddle hide burgundy colour, handmade at Mackenzie Leather Edinburgh's workshop.
A 5 Stars Tourist leather Shop by Visitscotland in Edinburgh.
Master Crafstman Simon Harvey Potts working on a leather Officers briefcase in Italian leather saddle hide London tan.
Mackenzie Leather Edinburgh authentic workshop creating a 5 Stars shop.
Master Craftsman Simon Harvey Potts and Skilled Crafts men Robert Ford and Andrew Dunn working on orders and stock for the shop.
Mackenzie Leather team, Simon Harvey Potts, Elena Alvarez, Andrew Dunn, Ignacio Fernández and Robert Ford.

A warm welcome awaits you in our traditional workshop and showroom.

Watch our skilled craftsmen at work as you browse our shelves, stacked with rows of delicious leather treats to tempt you into a world of luxury handmade goods.

When you find your perfect product, our team are on hand to share handcrafted insights, including… options for bespoke orders, creative ideas for classic personalisation, and the top care tips for loving your leather long term.

The Collections we house in store offer a variety of readymade products to suit you. Always guaranteed in store are: our exclusive selection of career enduring Briefcases, Shoulder & Handbags to cater day-to-day life, traditional and authentic Sporrans, our family of iconic Gladstone travelling bags, and, of course, a wide range of Accessories to match.

Our newest collection available in store is a celebration of Great British design, fuelled by a desire to source quality hide and fittings from local suppliers. From 2020 we welcome The British Collection to our Mackenzie family.

VisitScotland 5 Stars Tourist Shop.VisitScotland 5 Stars Tourist Shop.Mackenzie Leather was recently awarded a prestigious five-star rating from VisitScotland.

The 5-star Quality Assurance is the highest award granted by the national tourist board and is given to businesses who offer a world-class visitor experience.

The aim of VisitScotland is to boost the presence of the Scotland’s tourism industry in the global market. It works closely with businesses across a range of categories to consistently raise the quality of the nation’s tourism offering.

Businesses are rigorously assessed and are required to meet stringent criteria which cover every element of the customer experience, from first interactions on the website, to the ease of accessibility and friendliness of the team at the store.

Focusing on customers is something that comes naturally to Mackenzie. As Master Craftsman, Simon Harvey Potts, explains: “Customers are always at the heart of what we do. Our goal is for everyone who walks through our door to be welcomed into the world of traditional leather crafting. “They can see the beautiful products which are creatively displayed in our contemporary store, but also watch our skilled artisans in the workshop. When people order a product from us, they have seen where it is made, and met the people who will make it. It’s really important to us that they can have that connection.”

Mackenzie’s Creative Director, Elena Álvarez, adds: “We’ve worked closely with VisitScotland to reach the high standards they expect from their 5-star visitor experiences, and we are committed to continually exceeding these as our business grows. We are extremely grateful to the team at VisitScotland for their support and commitment to developing the tourism industry in Scotland, and to ensuring that visitors experience the very best of what this beautiful country has to offer.”

Our shop has level access to welcome everybody equally.

How to find us

17 St Mary’s Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TA

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.

Phone Number
+44 (0) 131 557 3969

Email Address
[email protected]

Traveling information

Our Shop is situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

St. Mary’s Street sits just off the Royal Mile. Although there is sometimes heavy traffic, a taxi can easily drop you off right outside the shop.

If you’re coming by foot, take time to enjoy the atmosphere of Edinburgh’s city centre. Brimming with intriguing architecture, the old town is filled with historical landmarks and places of interest.

While travelling in Scotland, we recommend using the Traveline Scotland app. It helps you to plan your journeys in Scotland before you go, and while you’re on the move.

Easy access to all wheelchairs.

Accessibility in our shop

We aim to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable in our shop.

The shop entrance has level access. The door is 84cm wide, and any member of our staff will provide assistance if required.

Our team are always happy to help. During busy times, if you need to speak to a member of the team, please let them know and they will attend to you as soon as they possibly can.

LEVEL ACCESS Visit our Store


Dogs, including assistance dogs, are welcome in our shop as long as they are kept on lead, and under control.

Our Awards

Mackenzie Leather was recently awarded, with five-star Quality Assurance which is the highest award granted by the National Tourist BoardVisitScotland.

It is given to businesses who offer, a world-class visitor experience.

Since the shop was opened and thanks to, the big efforts made with passion, expanding creativity, and providing the best quality in the making of products, and customer service, we have proudly earned recognition, from different bodies.

Here are just a few of them.

Prestige Awards 2020-Mackenzie Leather Edinburgh
Membership of The Guild of Mastercraftsmen since 2019-Mackenzie Leather Edinburgh
Mackenzie Leather Edinburgh is now a 5 stars Tourist Shop by Visitscotland Tourist board.
Scotland Business Awards 2018- Best Craft & Creative Business - Mackenzie Leather Edinburgh
Scotland Business Awards 2021- Best Craft & Creative Business- Mackenzie Leather Edinburgh
TripAdvisor Award 2019-Mackenzie Leather Edinburgh
TripAdvisor Award 2020-Mackenzie Leather Edinburgh
TripAdvisor Award 2021-Mackenzie Leather Edinburgh
TripAdvisor Award 2022-Mackenzie Leather Edinburgh
Travellers´ Choice 2023

Loyal Testimonials

“Wanted to treat myself to a new belt and found this gem hidden away. From beginning to end the guy in the store was helpful, knowledgeable and informative-clearly knew his trade inside out. It’s a shame it’s a little out the way so more people can’t find it-I hope people go here”

Andrew Parkes


“Really amazing shop. Very bespoke experience. Bought a belt and they finished it right there. The guys are a pleasure to talk to and work with. I even bought one of their aprons! Quality blows away the big-name brands and is a fraction of the price. Will definitely look to buy from them again. Great work guys. Truly. Thank you for keeping it real.”

Jeff Kanter


I will echo what others have said… if you want something special, something one of a kind that is personally made by true artisans, this is the place to look. I came across Simon and the Mackenzie brand several years ago by accident on a trip with my sister to Edinburgh and we found our way to what was then a private studio, unknowingly, and closed at the time. Simon met us there the next day and that was the start of my love affair with his amazing work. We bought several finished bags and I ordered a custom bag (a beautiful wine colour rucksack that he changed into a shoulder bag) that arrived several weeks later when I was back in the states. Since then, Simon has opened a shop on St. Mary’s St. and hired other artisans, so glad to see the shop grow. My husband purchased a Gladstonette last fall as an anniversary gift to me when he visited Edinburgh and we just returned from Edinburgh where I ordered a Town Bag that will be coming in the months ahead. You can buy ready-made pieces at the shop or can order custom pieces in the colours and linings available and they are happy to show you options if given some direction in colour. These are not cheap, mass-produced items — you are paying for unique, quality pieces that will last for generations and priced accordingly. As you can tell, I’m a big fan and would highly recommend Mackenzie if you want to treat yourself to something special that you won’t see coming-and-going. Thank you, Mackenzie team!”

Denise Tokarz

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