If you've never heard the words connollising or reconnollising you are probably wondering connection they have with leather. Well a short history lesson will help. The most well known British leather manufacturer ever, was Connolly Brothers (curriers) Ltd who had premises in Wandle Bank, Wimbledon and Charlton Sreet, Euston.
Connolly Brothers supplied high grade hides to not only all the major prestige car manufacturers such as Rolls Royce and Aston Martin but also to many of the great cruise ship companies. Naturally when leather on these wonderful cars or luxury liners needed repair and restoration, Connolly Brothers would send out time served craftsmen to restore the car leather interiors and bespoke furniture on the great ships. These men (connollisers) based at Euston, would travel not just around the capital but to all the major shipyards in England.
The jewel in the crown for Connolly was the House of Commons and the House of Lords, to whom for many years they supplied new leather and refurbished the old leather seating. In time (the company traded for over a century) the name of Connolly Brothers became associated with not only the production of fine leather but the restoration of quality leather upholstery and so the term connollising became widely used.
Sadly the company has ceased trading, an unfortunate victim of cheap imports from the global market, yet the name lives on, only recently we had an enquiry by email from a customer trying to find the Connolly Brothers website. It was with regret we had to mail him the sad truth of their corporate demise.
Connolising as a term is mostly used by our trade customers, the correct term for reapplying colour to leather is refinishing.