We love creating each and every one of our products, but when we get the opportunity to design and make a bespoke piece for a customer- now that is something really special.
Caroline came into the workshop a couple of weeks ago, armed with some photos and a rough idea of a bag that she would like. This was James’ cue to put the kettle on, pull out his sketch book and bring her ideas to reality.
The first thing, after a brew and a chat, was to sketch out exactly the shape of the bag and to make sure that the size of it accommodated what Caroline wanted to use it for, then the fun really started…time to find the perfect leather. After going through a lot of the hides in the storeroom, Caroline chose Burnt Ochre, a gorgeous vegetable tanned leather from a tannery in Florence, Italy. It is a lovely strong leather that will only get better with age as the patina develops- perfect for a bag.
James drew a design and pattern that is completely unique, hand cut the leather and set to work.
If you'd like your own bespoke item created just for you we'd love to hear from you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.