About Us

A Cape institution, JL Maister (Cape) was established in 1935. Back then we were based in Buitenkant Street. We then moved to Sir Lowry Road where we traded for several years until eventually settling in our current location, at 2 Mountain Road, in the bohemian district of Woodstock. A visit to Maisters is like stepping back in time to an era long past. The shabby, vintage wood counters and charmingly chaotic display are a throwback to yesteryear.


Initially trading as a General Wholesaler, Maisters has evolved to focus mainly on the Leather and Saddlery departments of our business. This has enabled us to hone our craft as Saddlers and Leather Craftsmen. As such we are renowned for producing the finest quality hand finished leather items such as Harnesses, Saddles (repair and custom built) and bags. In fact, we can craft most leather articles to customers specifications. We also restore vintage leather items as well as supply (and fit) traditional Chair Riempies.

    • In addition to the manufacturing side of our business, we also supply, at wholesale prices the following:
  • Shoe Repair Materials and Grindery
  • Leather and Riempies
  • Buckles and Components
  • Saddlery and Harness


We strive�to consistently provide items of world-class quality at highly competitive prices whilst always offering personable customer service