WOODHEADS  -  Cape Town's Original Leather Merchant Since 1867

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About Us





Woodheads is the most comprehensive supplier of leather, materials, tools & services to the 

leather design & creative industries. The company sells its products nationally & internationally through its Cape Town & Kwazulu Natal branches


Woodheads makes its own leather products and is renowned for Karu sheepskin slippers. 

It offers design & bespoke manufacturing as a service to small & medium size design houses

& businesses. The maker studio is at the forefront of development, investing in the latest technology including CAM, Laser cutting & engraving, 3D & Large format digital printing.


The company continues to grow its strong tradition of social responsibility that includes various outreach programs, training & donations that allow the disadvantaged an opportunity to invest in themselves and become self sufficient contributors to society.


Woodheads subscribes to the Employment Equity Act and is proud to be a founding member of the Cape Town Chamber of Commerce.




At the base of Table Mountain, the East City off the Cape Town CBD has become an exciting place to work, eat, create and do business. It's a wonderful & fast growing community as it is diverse.




We are constantly increasing our distribution network, supplying customers in countries as close as Zambia & Botswana to as far away places as Hong Kong.


SirJohn Woodhead established Woodheads in 1867 supplying raw materials

& products to the leather industry. During his career he also served twice as mayor & made major contributions to the City of Cape Town while in office.

The Woodheads dam on top of Table Mountain is one of his successes. He was knighted for his efforts.