Leathercraft Workshop

Leathercraft Workshop in Marrakech


A four-day creative retreat in Morocco. As well as making your own bag, and stitching it by hand under the watchful eye of craftswoman Candice Lau, you will have the chance to visit traditional Moroccan tanneries to see where the leather originates, and truly see the story of your product from start to finish. All this at the beautiful Villa Magtafa in Marrakech, traditionally furnished villa with local cuisine cooked by our inhouse chef. 


Four day trip at Villa Magtafa in Marrakech, Morocco

COST: from £735

"I have been working in leathercraft for the past 5 years and have honed my skills travelling across Europe, Africa and Asia. I was invited to visit Morocco with a dear friend a few years back and this was where I came to find my love, as well as Morocco's love for leathercraft. All across the souk and in amongst the narrow alley ways, I saw skilled craftsmen working at their craft. It was as though I have stepped back in time. It was truly an incredible experience for the sense. And that's what I'd like to share with my guests on this short course" - Candice Lau, founder 'Studio Candice Lau'


Price includes: 

  • Two days of workshop to make your own leather handbag

  • Pattern construction and learning the art of traditional leatherwork of hand stitching 

  • Your choice of vegetable tanned leather (in black or brown) 

  • Trip to a world reknown Moroccan tannery

  • Stay in the beautiful Villa Magtafa, Marrakech (private room or shared with a friend) -

  • Bed, breakfast, lunch and dinner all included (full board)

  • All meals - locally sourced and cooked by in-house chef from traditionally cooked shared couscous, to tagines and more.


Price does not include

  • Flights and travel insurance NOT included. Closest airport is Marrakech

  • Taxi to and from town are not included (except for airport transfer and excursion)


Guests need to arrive at the Villa Magtafa by midday (latest) on the morning. Candice will be there to welcome you with a welcome lunch of a traditional shared couscous. 

Breakfast is served from 9am which includes coffee, juices, pastries, and the typical Moroccan pancake. Lunch will include fresh local cuisine made by our inhouse chef.

You will be able to travel into the beautiful Medina in Marrakech to have your dinner. Or if you feel that you would like to have dinner in, we can organise for our chef to prepare a traditional meal inhouse.

Please notify us if you have any special dietary requirements. 


Day 1: Arrive at Villa Magtafa by midday. A welcome lunch will be served at 2pm. After lunch, we will head into town for our tannery visit and an exploration of Marrakech famous souk. 

Day 2: Breakfast is served from 9am. We will have our full day of workshop under the canopy of our outdoor terrace. We will begin with the pattern making of your handbag, along with cutting and preparing the pieces for assembling. The workshop is hosted by Candice at from 10am til 6pm, with a short break for lunch. At the end of the day, guests can enjoy the pool and spa at the villa, or simply relax and enjoy the sun! 

Day 3: Breakfast is served from 9am. Our half day workshop begins at 10am. Your leather should be cut out and edges burnished, ready for assembling using hand stitching. After the workshop, you will have the afternoon free . Enjoy lunch at the villa, and spend some time in our private pool, and spa, or take a trip into town for more Marrakech delights.

Day 4: The morning is your chance to relax, enjoy the local area, have a final swim in the pool, or an relax morning in the spa. Check out from the villa is at 12pm.


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