Devon Leather Messenger Bag

* Please allow slightly longer than usual lead time - Please email for more accurate dispatch date.


We designed our Devon Leather Messenger Bag to carry a 15" laptop, tablet, A4 files and papers, power cables and pens.

We make it entirely by hand from Oak Bark Tanned Leather.

      • Oak bark tanned leather
      • Stitched by hand with tough braided thread
      • Removable tough 2” cotton web strap with solid brass swivel clips
      • Copper rivets
      • Solid brass UK sourced fittings where available
      • Free UK shipping
      • Complimentary Leather Care Kit  
      • Dimensions W40xH29xD13 cms
      • Made to order, may take up to four weeks to dispatch. Please contact us for a more accurate lead time. 
      • Click here to learn more about bespoke personalisation

The hides are known as “full-grain” which means that the skin surface is as it came off the cow, just without the hair. The surface of the skin has not been buffed. This leaves all the character that were naturally on the cow’s skin; scars, blemishes etc. As a result, each product is unique to the owner. Tanner Bates - No two the same

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Hand-made from Oak Bark Tanned Leather

Our Devon Leather Messenger bags are made to order from full grain hand dyed Oak Bark Tanned Leather.

There is a variation of markings and colour shades randomly across the hide. We are very happy to email images of our current stock of oak bark tanned hides to illustrate variations in shade and markings.

We supply the Devon Leather Messenger Bag with a tough cotton web strap. We recommend cotton web because it is light in weight and at 5cm wide it spreads the load and stays securely on the shoulder. If you prefer a leather strap we are happy to supply it.

Devon Leather Messenger Bag by Tanner Bates

Finishing Touches

The Devon Leather Messenger is stitched by hand with braided thread and all the stress points are reinforced for maximum durability.

The fittings are solid brass, UK sourced from our Midlands foundry.

The lining is skin from hair sheep tanned by Pittards in Yeovil Somerset UK

New Bag, Old Leather

We make our oak bark leather bags from leather that was originally made for bridles or stirrup leathers but because of the exacting standards of the equestrian trade these hides were put to the side, rejected, because of surface scratching, superficial scarring or uneven dyeing.
This pile of rejects has been building up over the years. We are now re-visiting these old hides and selecting those with loads of character so that each of our bags can be unique, bursting with character and individuality. No two are the same.

This isn't pretend vintage this leather is the real thing.

Each bag is carefully made by hand in the Tanner Bates workshop by skilled leather craftsmen. Our patterns are selectively positioned on the hides and the leather is cut by hand using specialist semi-circular knives.

Tanner Bates bags are made to last. All edges and stitching are exposed so that should the stitching ever break repair is simple. All stress points are reinforced and double stitched. The D ring attaching shoulder strap to the bag is reinforced with a metal strip so that the copper rivet secures 6 layers, 2 of which are metal.

The Tanner Bates Devon Messenger Bag - a contemporary heirloom!

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Love your Leather

Our Naturally tanned leather is tough and can take a battering. We stitch it with a durable rot resistant thread which will give years of service. Occasionally a dose of Tanner Bates Liquid wax will make it look good as new.

Naturally tanned leather benefits from and will look its very best if given an occasional dose of natural waxes and oils.