Mermaid Leather

Mermaid Leather, Esperance: Hours, Address, Mermaid Leather Reviews: 5/5

Mermaid Leather
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2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Australias only commercial fish leather specialist began in 1989 as a hobby a family owned and operated business we harvest fish skins from the commercial fishing industry as waste and convert them into leather via our specialised tanning system then make leather goods from the resulting leather, it is beautiful to look at, robust and hard wearing, and doesn`t smell fishy, all from food waste!
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Jayne J
Mackay, Australia2,639 contributions
Mar. 2022 • Couples
What a fabulous and unique place to visit. Who would have thought that fish skins could be tanned! Welcomed so nicely by owner who was so glad that we came and he went through the process of how fish skins are turned into leather. It was fascinating! We felt tanned skins which felt just like leather, skins from barramundi, white pointer sharks, all sorts of fish skins. We watched a short video which went through the whole process , it was riveting. Of course there was produce for sale, like wallets, purses etc but no pressure to purchase anything. A must do when visiting Esperance. There are only six places in the world who go through this process and he is the only one in Australia.
Written 1 April 2022
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Alan S
Bunbury, Western Australia196 contributions
Sep. 2021
A great educational experience, with quality good for sale. I found the owner and his knowledge very interesting. You get to hear and see how fish leather is made and get to feel and see tanned skins. Fish leather is such and amazing product and it makes a lovely product when turned in wallet, bags and shoes. Well worth a visit.
Written 27 September 2021
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Taryn P
1 contribution
Jul. 2021 • Family
Dave is an absolute wealth of knowledge and no question goes unanswered. The products are amazing, so unique. We got a real appreciation for the creations and the amount of effort that goes into making fish leather. We enjoyed the informative tour and his humour. It was great to see the original machine (their own creation) still functioning and in use after all these years. This is a must see place if you're in Esperance.
Written 13 July 2021
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BarbaraCarolyn
Melbourne, Australia42 contributions
Jan. 2020
Up in Broome I bought a purse, made by Mermaid Leather. I loved the green and the texture of the leather. It was more than 10 years ago and my wallet is still in perfect condition. It has of course been in and out of my handbag on a daily basis, rough treatment really, and the Barramundi leather has worn and worn. There is no discolouration, it looks as new inside and out. The quality is worth every cent.

I am so impressed with the whole approach of the company, it is terrific to see a local company innovating and employing people in skilled positions, and producing such a good product.

Good on you in Esperence!

(obviously the date I have put in is wrong, we visited in maybe 2010. But the "When did you go?" only gives dates in 2020.
Written 6 December 2020
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Patty E
4 contributions
Oct. 2020 • Couples
Definitely worth a visit. We stumbled across this by chance and had a fascinating informative talk by one of the owners, David - on sustainable fish leather!
We learnt so much about the process involved. David is passionate and extremely knowledgeable about his craft.
Written 15 October 2020
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Pauline G
Margaret River, Australia120 contributions
Mar. 2020 • Friends
Who would have thought that fish skins could be put to use as leather products?
I was really fascinated that a product which would otherwise be waste material could be put to a functional use.
Worthwhile educational visit and so pleased that we took the time to go.
Wonderful product and it's use is really only limited by your imagination.
Written 7 March 2020
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JKEELAN
Perth, Australia508 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Couples
Definitely worth a trip if you are in the Esperance area. The co-owner Dave tells you the story of the company and their development of the fish leather tannery. Delightfully local and small-scale, the shop sells a range of fish leather products/souveniers and has a range of interesting exhibits including shark skulls and tannery equipment. Dave is a real Aussie character and tells a great story.
Written 11 January 2020
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thank you for the kind words, greatly appreciated.
Written 13 January 2020
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Sandy V
Canberra, Australia95 contributions
Oct. 2019 • Friends
This family-inspired and run business is well worth checking out. The owner shows videos of how the business came to be and what the process is to actually create fish leather! He is very engaging to listen to and is passionate about his craft! I wish I could have seen an item from his 'shop' to purchase but it wasn't my style. I did buy a piece of leather to take back to show my school students. Free to visit but check out his opening hours as there is a closed time around midday.
Written 26 October 2019
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diannekings2n
London, UK2 contributions
Sep. 2019
An eye opener to what innovated people can do. All credit to this business which turns the scales and skins of sharks, stingrays and fish into works of art, be it useful or decorative. A visit to this factory, or the town craft market shop near the Information Centre is a must for visitors in the Esperance region. In each place we were able to converse freely with highly passionate and dedicated craftspeople. We came away richer for the experience. We appreciate that we now have a few mementos that are unique and useful and are value for money in the true sense. Thank you Mermaid Leather.
Written 3 September 2019
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jimonabuell
2 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Business
Do it just awesome I have a belt for a life time! Great value too. Must watch the presentation too. Jim.
Written 6 July 2019
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