JOHN HAGGER TRAINED IN WALSALL AS A SADDLER AND BRIDLEMAKER BECAUSE HE WANTED TO LEARN HOW TO WORK WITH LEATHER IN THE TRADITIONAL WAY. EVEN THOUGH HIS INTEREST IS NOT EQUESTRIAN RELATED THE INFLUENCE IS EVIDENT IN HIS DESIGNS.
Perhaps you know that one of our favourite and very special leathers we use here at Tanner Bates is our Russia Kip Calfskin Leather produced at our local tannery in East Devon. It has a fantastic story behind it - which you may already know. However for those of you who don’t, we’d love to share this with you.
Provenance really matters to us.
Our leather is tanned in the old fashioned way, in small family run tanneries. It is a slow process, but uses only natural ingredients to create the tan. All of our leather is a byproduct of the meat industry. We are passionate about not wasting a thing.
Our Oak Bark Tanned Leather: The beauty of this story is that it is a truly local Devon story. The animals are bred, live and are slaughtered in Devon. The meat is most probably consumed in Devon. The hides are tanned locally, in Devon at J&FJ Baker & Co. We hand craft all of our products in small batches right here in our Devon workshop.
We like to know who makes our leather, which is why we go to smaller, family-run tanneries that use traditional processes. This means we use leather that is not only full of character, but will last a lifetime.