COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Dennerley Leather Designs
Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (18:09): From Covent Garden to the Maitland levee, Hunter Valley artisans Bob and Annie Dennerley have been crafting and selling exquisite leatherwork pieces through their brand Dennerley Leather Designs, which was established in 1975. From beautiful laptop bags to notebooks to record those special moments, handbags with a chic Parisian flair, horticultural and barista aprons, keyrings, travel accessories and more, Bob and Annie lovingly stitch patience, joy and excellence into every piece. That love for the community flows out of their riverside studio and across Maitland's CBD.
Bob's familiar handmade signs, maps and messages of encouragement and support for our local business community are a feature of Maitland. Every time I see one of Bob's signs, I am reminded of the passion they both have for ensuring that our community is a thriving, artistic one, rich with cultural experiences and the positivity that Bob and Annie generate. They are generous and kind donors to many of our local charities, and we appreciate them for that. I love going into their shop to look for inspiration or to purchase a bespoke gift that is uniquely Maitland. I thank Annie and Bob for their constant inspiration.