The name of the company was chosen based on the location of their premises in Kirkstall, Leeds. Kirkstall and its rich industrial heritage inspired the creative direction (logo development below).
Kirkstall Forge lays claim to being the longest continually used industrial site in Britain founded in the 13th century. The earliest known activity on the site was a medieval mill race which supplied water to power the corn mill at Kirkstall Abbey. Iron production took place at the forge from the 1580s onwards. Referencing Kirkstall’s strong industrial roots through the brand identity helps to highlight the company’s values of being high quality, British made, strong and trustworthy.