The first leather pig came into being by accident when 'Old Bill', who made hand luggage for Liberty's of London, wondered what could be done with the leftover leather. He came up with the idea of a stuffed leather pig footstool! In those days the pigs were made from pigskin and had very long noses. Dimitri Omersa found work in the leather trade and met 'Old Bill" at Liberty's. 'Old Bill was about to retire and a deal was struck for Dimitri Omersa to take over the business. Dimitri Omersa soon had ideas for new pieces such as the elephant, donkey, and rhinoceros. Today Omersa offers a range of 37 animals in a variety of sizes. Although pigskin is no longer used, the animals are made from top grain cowhide leather sourced within the UK.