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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Welcome to the Vienna Bag

Welcome to the Vienna Bag

October 10, 2017 7 Comments

When Caroline came to us with an idea for a bespoke bag so that she could travel in style to Vienna, we jumped at the chance to create something for her.

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The magic of the tannery.

The magic of the tannery.

September 04, 2017

We were blown away by our experience at the tannery with Andrew, our simplified version of the process is to give you an insight, only the lucky few will know the true wizardry that goes into creating such fantastic leather.

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Thoughts On Leather Use

Thoughts On Leather Use

March 25, 2016 2 Comments

We were thrilled to have been mentioned in a recent article written for the Observer Magazine by Lucy Siegle about the morality and ethics of leather and the implications of a culture that wants more and more cheap leather goods.

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Earn your Patina

Earn your Patina

October 30, 2015 1 Comment

The texture and feel of well-used and loved leather is achieved over time. Natural leather starts of a little stiff.

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A Very Special Leather

A Very Special Leather

October 30, 2015

One of our very special leathers is Russia Kip produced at our local tannery in East Devon. 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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