At Tanner Bates we use the finest materials available. Our labour costs are our highest overhead by far so we don’t need to scrimp on materials. We don’t sell on price so lets use the best leather available to delight our customers and make our products even more desirable.
We like to know all about our materials, it makes a much better story.
One of our very special leathers is Russia Kip produced at our local tannery in East Devon. Kip comes from a young cow, bigger than a calf but smaller than a cow.
In the 70’s Cornish divers salvaged a cargo of Russian leather from a wreck that went down off the coast of Plymouth in 1786.
Our tanners were commissioned by a luxury French brand to create a leather made to the same ancient Russian recipe.
The leather is extraordinary, tanned with 3 different tree barks (willow, birch and oak) and, just like the original, dressed with birch oil.
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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.