About Us

Welcome to Mossop Leather.
The home of quality leather since 1846.

For more than 170 years we have made fine leather. Our leather has been used by various different shoe companies and has been lovingly crafted into bags, furniture and countless fashion accessories by the leathergoods industry.

We are proud to be the main leather supplier for Bolton Footwear and also supplies other prominent footwear companies in South Africa such as Dick Wittington, Green Cross, Buccaneer and Tsonga – to name a few as well as selected International brands such as Puma, Reebok, Marks and Spencer.

At Mossop, we believe that uncompromising quality, dependability and innovation is the key drivers to our success.

To find out more about our philosophy, the leather finishing processes and technologies we employ, or the different styles of leather we craft – please visit the appropriate links on our website. Or if you are ready to enquire about leather for your business, please get in touch. 

Fast facts about Mossop Leather

It is a privately owned company with the Rahman family from India; and the Bolton and Beier families from South Africa, the shareholders.

We export leather to Europe, the Indian sub-continent and the Far East.

We are situated in the beautiful town of Wellington in the Western Cape.

We employ 175 people on a permanent basis.

We have the capacity to produce 2,000,000 ft square of shoe upper and upholstery leather and 600,000 ft square of laminated split leather per month.

The company proudly owns the Tek-Tan brand name which is widely used by the prominent school shoe factories in the country as the preferred upper leather.

Our Shareholders

The Rahman Group operates in the field of leather & footwear manufacturing. As part of the multinational Rahman Group, which has manufacturing facilities in India, France, South Africa, the UAE and Tunisia, Mossop is now able to leverage its association with one of the most respected leather and footwear manufacturers in the world.

The Group is well equipped with the most-up-to date machinery and technology – together with a specialised workforce – to produce all types of quality leather, footwear (specially in safety & army footwear) and leathergoods.

They have a steadfast reputation for their commitment to quality and it is reaffirmed by their ISO 9001:2008 certification. Stringent EN ISO 20345 and DIN norms adds to make them one of the most respected manufacturers in this sector.

Building on the group’s foothold in key markets in Asia, Europe, China and India, the company hopes to bring its innovative technologies to a new audience.

“We believe that we have one of the most modern R&D capabilities anywhere in Africa, so we can meet the needs of the global market. Being part of an international group opens up new opportunities and gives us the credibility that goes with being part of a network of high-quality tanneries around the world”.

The Bolton Group’s journey started in 1859 with Charles Searle (an immigrant from England) that settled as a toll keeper at Great Brak River. He began making his own rugged leather “veldschoen” stitch-down boots which he supplied to the ox-wagon operators transporting goods between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. In the years that followed, the company diversified its interests, incorporating a tannery, sawmill, a timber home construction division, retail shops, as well as automotive sales and services.

In 1980 the company was bought by Desmond Bolton and following a reconstruction of the Group – was renamed Bolton Footwear in 1987. During the 1990’s it dis-invested from all activities which were not related to footwear to concentrate and expand this part of the business. Barker Footwear joined the stable in 2013 followed by Jordan & Co in 2015 – two major market players in their own right.

Today, Bolton Footwear is one of South Africa’s foremost footwear companies. All footwear offered by the Group is targeted at defined market niches, competitively priced and manufactured from the highest quality of leather and raw material available. Apart from a stake in the Tannery, Mossop has proudly supplied shoe upper leather for the Group’s many diverse ranges of footwear consistently for many years.

BBF Safety Group (Pty) Ltd was born from a merger of some of the most respected safety footwear manufacturers in South Africa – Bagshaw Footwear, Beier Safety Footwear, Bronx Safety, United Frams and Wayne.
They are the largest manufacturer in Africa of Safety Footwear.

Their vision – to be the leading workplace safety solutions provider – providing quality branded personal protective equipment (PPE) and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) services in Africa, the Middle-East and other chosen markets.

Known for their commitment to drive local economic development: B-BBEE, SMME Development, Skills Transfer, Localisation and Implementation plans and proof of sustainability.

They have extended their offering and includes brands under the following categories: Safety Wear, Safety Products, Occupational Health and Safety Services and Materials and Components.

Mossop also proudly supplies their leading brands with technical performance leathers to meet the highest industry standards.


“We are a business with a rich history and character that has transformed through generations; building on a long standing success track record.”

The Mossop Way

Our Vision

Continue to be a world class tannery that offers exceptional products, employment security and value to all we come into contact with.

Our Mission

To be the preferred supplier of leather manufacturing solutions through innovation and commitment to excellence, enhancing value to all Stakeholders.

Our Values

1: We have trust and respect for individuals. 2: We focus on a high level of achievement and contribution. 3: We conduct our business with uncompromising integrity. 4: We achieve our common objectives through teamwork. 5: We encourage flexibility and innovation. 6: Resilience and stamina.

Our People

At Mossop we believe it is important for you to know who we are and how we approach our business.


One vision. One family.

We love what we do. There is no greater satisfaction than delivering our products that assist our clients to reach their own business goals and bring their ideas to life. Every person on our staff is committed to providing you with the highest-quality leather.

Our family is 175 strong.


Wellington is a small town in the Western Cape with a population of approximately 62,000.  Just a short 45-minute drive from Cape Town – it forms the centre of the Cape Winelands with its picturesque setting and many wineries located here.

Apart from fine cuisine and plenty of lovely accommodation, visitors to the town can tour the many  historic buildings and architectural gems. For outdoor lovers, Wellington offers fynbos-rich hiking trails, horse riding, mountain biking or visits to the various wine cellars.

The Mossop Leather Factory is located as you enter the town, on the right-hand side.

Our address:  Blignaut Street, Wellington, 7654 Western Cape Province, South Africa