Provenance: Tanner Goods
All the credentials of a fine heritage brand - and the sweet, sweet smell of leather. That's Tanner Goods, the company responsible for the impeccable leather accessories that have found a home in our menswear department. They're the kind of wallets, belts, camera straps and cardholders that become like old friends through years and years of faithful service.
The nicest thing about the Tanner story has to be their commitment to honouring leather-working traditions and passing on a dying craft. Working from a small studio in Portland, Oregon, each piece is produced by hand by a small team of craftsmen who have learnt everything they know from mentor, L.P. Streifel, a master saddle-maker who started out as an apprentice in the industry in 1964 after his bronco riding career was cut short by injury.
The designs are kept simple (they believe in having less, and better versions, of the things we need) and the leather is the best quality you can come by in the whole of the US, vegetable tanned English Bridle American leather, renowned for its ability to age beautifully and gain character over years of use. As they put it, these are goods "worth holding onto", and given we love a piece of beautifully bashed up old leather, we'll be happily abiding by that.