History

JOHN BASHAW

JOHN BASHAW FOUNDED BASHAW LEATHERS LIMITED IN 1991.

HE HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH SOURCING AND SELLING FINISHED LEATHER HIDES AND SKINS FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS. HE STARTED HIS LEATHER CAREER WITH MOORE PEARSALL LEATHERS WHEN CANADA WAS A SIGNIFICANT MARKET FOR ALL TYPES OF LEATHER. HE WAS FORTUNATE TO LEARN FROM SEASONED PROFESIONAL LEATHER SELLERS FROM THE UK, ITALY, SPAIN, FRANCE, USA AND CANADA. HE ALSO TRAVELLED THE WORLD ATTENDING THE MAJOR LEATHER TRADE SHOWS IN PARIS, ITALY AND HONG KONG.

LUC THONON

LUC THONON IS BASHAW LEATHERS’ SALES PROFESSIONAL BASED IN MONTREAL.

LUC’S LEATHER EXPERIENCE IS EXTENSIVE. HE WORKED FOR WALTER CHARRON LIMITED, A TOP NOTCH LEATHER FIRM, FROM 1975 TO 1998 AND WITH THEIR ENCOURAGEMENT APPRENTICED WITH TWO FAMOUS UK TANNERIES, PITTARDS AND STRONG AND FISHER WHERE HE LEARNED THE TECHNICAL ASPECT OF TANNING. LUC SERVICED CUSTOMERS FROM HIS MONTREAL BASE FOR YEARS AND ESTABLISHED A FANTASTIC RAPPORT AND TRUST. HE JOINED BASHAW LEATHERS IN 1999, SOON AFTER WALTER CHARRON CLOSED, AND HE HAS BEEN MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE EVER SINCE. WITH BASHAW LEATHERS, LUC HAS ATTENDED INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS IN EUROPE AND THE FAR EAST. HE HAS VISITED MANY OF OUR TANNERS TO KNOW THE PRODUCTS THEY OFFER AND TO MEET THE PRINCIPALS AND SALES COLLEAGUES WE WORK AND COMMUNICATE WITH EVERYDAY. LUC HAS EASILY GAINED THE RESPECT AND TRUST OF OUR SUPPLIERS AND HE HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN EXPANDING OUR CUSTOMER BASE WITH THE BROADENED RANGE OF LEATHERS WE NOW OFFER.

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

BASHAW LEATHERS DEVELOPED WONDERFUL RELATIONSHIPS WITH MANY OF THE WORLD’S TOP TANNERIES. IN SOME COUNTRIES, WE DEVELOPED COOPERATIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH LOCAL LEATHER SOURCING AGENTS, WHO KNOW THE TANNERS IN THE MARKET AND WHERE TRAVEL, LANGUAGE, CULTURE OR POLITICAL CLIMATE MIGHT BE AN OBSTACLE. THESE TRUSTED LEATHER PEOPLE SOURCE PRODUCT FROM REPUTABLE TANNERIES, NEGOTIATE FAIR PRICES AND INSPECT TO INSURE QUALITY. TODAY BASHAW LEATHERS WORKS ON A DAILY BASIS WITH BRAZIL, CHINA, FRANCE, INDIA, JAPAN, MOROCCO, PAKISTAN, SOUTH KOREA, TAIWAN, TURKEY AND USA.
IN THE EARLY YEARS, BASHAW LEATHERS EXHIBITED IN THE MAJOR TRADE SHOWS IN NEW YORK, BOSTON AND MIAMI. OVER THE YEARS, BASHAW LEATHER HAS SOLD LEATHER TO THE LARGEST AND BEST COMPANIES AND BRANDS IN CANADA AND USA. IN RECENT YEARS , OUR CONCENTRATION HAS BEEN IN CANADA.

MADE IN CANADA

WHILE WE WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT “MADE IN CANADA” PRODUCTS, WE KNOW THAT SOMETIMES “MADE IN CANADA” IS NOT AN OPTION ANYMORE. SEVERAL OF OUR TANNERIES HAVE VERTICAL OPERATIONS, WHERE THEY HAVE FACTORIES MAKING FINISHED CONSUMER PRODUCTS TO SPECIFICATION. WE HAVE BEEN A VALUABLE RESOURCE TO SOME CANADIAN COMPANIES WHO LINKED THEIR ADMINISTRATION, DESIGN AND SALES FUNCTIONS WITH OFF SHORE PRODUCTION AND THEY HAVE FLOURISHED WITH THEIR JOINT EFFORTS.

WE PARTICULARLY VALUE OUR WHOLESALE CUSTOMERS WHO SELL AND SERVICE A WIDE SPECTRUM OF TRADES AND CUSTOMERS. WE FEEL WE ARE A VALUABLE ASSET PROVIDING INFORMATION AND RESOURCES IN THE RAPIDLY CHANGING WORLD OF LEATHER.
WHETHER YOUR COMPANY WHOLESALES LEATHERS OR MANUFACTURES FINISHED PRODUCTS, BASHAW LEATHERS IS INTERESTED TO HELP YOU FIND THE BEST LEATHER OR PRODUCT TO MEET YOUR DEMAND.

WE CAN SUPPLY LEATHER FOR MOST APPLICATIONS. IF YOU ADVISE US YOUR REQUIREMENT, WE CAN SUGGEST PRODUCTS THAT FIT YOUR NEEDS. IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA OR ARE LOOKING FOR NEW LEATHERS, A BETTER LEATHER OR NEED A PRICE POINT FOR YOUR APPLCATION, WE CAN USUALLY HELP. WE CAN BE YOUR GUIDE TO FIND THE LEATHERS NEEDED TO TURN YOUR IDEAS INTO REALITIES.