Leather - As Nature Intended

Leather - As Nature Intended

January 15, 2021

Tanner Bates are a small business of passionate makers. We love to experiment with different leathers, colour mixes and interesting designs. 
 
Coming from traditional saddlery roots our founder, John, aspires to impeccable technique whilst admiring and gathering inspiration from the worlds luxury leather brands for their design and quality of finish.
 
Leather, however, is a product of nature and each skin is unique to the animal it came from. For the luxury brands this individuality presents a problem, but they have found a way to condition each skin, ironing (literally) out any irregularities and coating the surface with a pigment and/or acrylic surface to ensure each one looks exquisite..... exquisite but identical to the next one and the one after that.
 
For us, the high quality of making and individuality of design is a given. However being a small independent brand we are free to celebrate the uniqueness of the hides by featuring natural scars, imperfections, and irregularities of dyeing. These are natural attributes that give unique character to the final product. All of our products feature these natural irregularities making each item unique.

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Black Friday at Tanner Bates

Black Friday at Tanner Bates

November 27, 2020

This Black Friday Weekend, we invite you to join us.
Take a stand against fast fashion. Use this weekend as a force for change.
Our handcrafted products will not be discounted.
Instead:
We have partnered with Moor Trees and will be donating one native tree for every £100 spent across the weekend
&
We are introducing: The new Thurlstone Cardholder

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Tanner Bates Devon Diaries:  All Hallows Eve

Tanner Bates Devon Diaries: All Hallows Eve

October 29, 2020

In the spirit of All Hallows Eve, dim the lights, lock the doors and prepare yourself for the legend of The Wisht Hounds – A suitably ghoulish tale from Wistman’s Woods in the depths of Dartmoor.

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Tanner Bates Repair Shop

Tanner Bates Repair Shop

October 09, 2020

Repair, Reuse, Repurpose
 
Make do and mend
 
Waste not want not
 
As good as new
 
It is so important to preserve the world’s precious resources. At Tanner Bates we’re passionate about sustainability. For us, this means carefully sourcing our materials, crafting products that last a lifetime and lovingly repairing, reusing or repurposing wherever possible.

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From Devon with Love

From Devon with Love

September 18, 2020

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.

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Waste not want not

Waste not want not

August 27, 2020

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. 

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The Tanner Bates Devon Diaries

The Tanner Bates Devon Diaries

August 25, 2020

We are lucky enough to live in one of England’s most beautiful counties. We are surrounded by nature and we all love getting out and exploring and experiencing all that Devon has to offer. Always trading tales of our adventures across the workbench. We wanted to share our favourite bits of Devon with you through this series of blog posts.

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The Scrapbook Edition

The Scrapbook Edition

August 07, 2020

Something that is incredibly important to us here at Tanner Bates is minimising waste. We are very privileged to work with such a beautiful and valuable natural product, in such a stunning part of the country. We feel very passionately that we should not waste anything at all. As consumers and also as makers, we are very conscious of the awful waste created in so many industries.

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Oak Bark Tanned Leather From J & F J Baker, Colyton

Oak Bark Tanned Leather From J & F J Baker, Colyton

January 06, 2020 3 Comments

Scars, blemishes, irregular dyeing, parallel crease lines, surface white tallow are all natural and a part of the character of this unusual leather.

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Repurposed leather and solid brass buckles: Beauty and the Beast

Repurposed leather and solid brass buckles: Beauty and the Beast

October 15, 2019 2 Comments

Beauty and the Beast – the marriage of our vintage narly hides from the depths of Devon with Milanese city style.

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Handmade tote bag

Handmade tote bag

May 14, 2019

I made this simple bag as part of a collaboration we are doing with our partners Leather School® and Craft Revolution (where you can make one yourself just like it) and I just love it.

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Meet Ella

Meet Ella

April 03, 2019 2 Comments

Ella joined our small team of makers 6 months ago as an apprentice. After months of very mundane and repetitive tasks she embarked on her first major work making a pair of our hero products the Devon Messenger and the Baja Travel Bag.

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