By combining traditional vegetable tanning with modern leather technology, we are able to create beautiful, functional leather that does not compromise on sustainability.

The main benefit of vegetable tanning is that it results in a characterful leather that will age beautifully, developing a unique patina over the years. However using natural ingredients, in our case bark extracts, also makes our waste water easier to treat. We enlisted the help of Richard Daniels, another local leather expert and one of the world's leading authorities on the treatment of tannery effluent. Richard designed an on-site treatment plant that leaves us with totally biodegradable waste products that can be composted and used on the surrounding grassland as fertiliser.

 
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Reducing leather miles

The reality is that much of the leather industry is a multi-continental trade, with hides traveling thousands of miles for tanning, finishing and finally to their end-use. By keeping all of our processes here in Britain we minimise our "leather miles" and so further reduce the footprint of our leather. We believe that your leather goods should do the majority of their travelling with you, rather than before they get to you.