The Midi Baja Travel Bag is a super stylish bag that is available in three different leathers. It has a separate inner compartment big enough for an iPad mini. We fit a long leather strap so you can wear it on your shoulder or across the body.
Dimensions 22.5 x 17.5 x 5 cms
Made from either Oak Bark Tanned Bridle leather or Russia Kip leather both from Devon or Italian Tumbled Mahogany leather.
The Oak Bark leather was originally made for bridles and stirrup leathers. We choose the hides with the most character - this can mean uneven dyeing (all done by hand), surface scarring and natural blemishes found on the cows skin.
The Russia Kip leather has a fascinating provenance. It is tanned to an ancient Russian recipe using 3 different wood barks - oak, willow and birch then dressed in birch oil. Russia, before the revolution, was world famous for its traditional techniques of leather making. They were making the best leather. We got to know about this in the 70's particularly in south west England when a sunken ship was discovered by divers of the coast of Plymouth. Its cargo was hemp and leather coming from Russia on the Metta Catharina. She sank in 1786. The hides had been under water over 200 years. The leather was rescued and carefully renovated. This leather has been mostly used up now so Bakers Tannery in Colyton took up the challenge to make something to at least match the quality of the original Russian hides. The Midi Baja with solid brass fittings is a perfect match for this extraordinary leather. Like all our natural leathers it starts off slightly stiff but in no time softens, gently shines and becomes a part of you and your daily life.
The Italian tumbled leather is sourced from a family run tannery in Florence. The Florentine Tanners make their leather in the old way using plant materials, traditional techniques, patience and closely guarded family secrets. The slow process of bark tanning yields a leather with a smell and patina reminiscent of a time past. The tumbling process dyes the leather a rich mahogany colour and softens it creating an interesting grain pattern.
All of our leathers have loads of character so that each of our bags can be unique, bursting with character and individuality. No two are the same.
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.
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. Our Leather care information card is included with every purchase.
We designed our Devon Messenger 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.
Designed and made by hand in Dartington, South Devon