RACE - The History

RACE was created by Claire Whiston. Claire's history and experience gives her real credibility when it comes to the development of an Environmentally Friendly Leathere Care Product. Read all about the evolution of RACE.

1977- Claire served her apprenticship to Royal Warrant Holder – Turner Bridgar, Goring on Thames in Saddle and Bespoke show harness making. During that time, she worked on the Coronation Harness for the Silver Jubilee1977-which itself is 400 yrs old and is constantly being re-furbished over the many years it has been used for State ceremonies, by HRH Queen Elizabeth. Other projects she assisted in were-the State harness for Canada for the Opening of their Parliament in 1978, also the Queen of Hollands harness. Made Prince Charles bridle for the trooping of the Colour, and many more bespoke commisions.

1985- The beginning of Race leathercare-After completing her apprenticeship, Claire turned an old betting shop based in the Berkshire village of Compton into an open plan Saddlery and leather workshop, taking in a bespoke commisions only. During this time she began to develop her first Natural leathercare wax and called it Race- to preserve and protect the leather and stitching.

Very quickly Race soon grew in demand - not only for the Equestrian market,and outdoor pursuits for walking boots, leather shooting equipment. It was also taken up by a national Distributor of the motorcycle trade . Its wholesome natural wax properties not only conditioned and protected both the leather and stitching but also proved to be a very effective water-proofer

1990- Developement of the range of Natural Leathercare creams & Conditioner spray for leather upholstery.From Claire's original Race wax leathercare product primarly aimed for the equestrians and motorcyclists- she went onto develope a lighter natural cream and conditioner spray for the Upholstery distributors- World of Leather and supplied them till 2002.

2002-2014- Leather Conservation and preservation services- From there on Claire conscentrated on both Historical leather upholstery insitu ie- Palace of Westminster were interested in being supplied not only for the products, but also a comprehensive leather conservation service. This entailed both cleaning and conditioning all the leather in situ at Westminster, along with repairs and stain removal, and became part of the Housekeeping program directed by Graham Good.

Race History

Other historical buildings that have ran her Conservation Programs have been- The Old Bailey, Blenheim Palace, Beaulieu Motor Museum and Robert Kime- Interior Designer.

Completely refurbished Lobby chair for the Foreign Office, Carlton Place -stripping off all the perished leather and taking it down to the wood frame- then building it back up again- using Scandanavian deerskin- then using approx 2500 doomed brass nails-put in by hand.

For the more commercial leather seating in communal areas, a comprehensive clean and care service were carried out on the P & O and Carnival cruise liners, Oriana, Oceana, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria. Clubs such as The Ivy, Wentworth Golf Club, Groucho Club and Mayfair hotels are also in the leathercare and conserve programs.

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