The Dart Oak Bark Tanned Leather Bag
This beautifully hand-cut, hand-stitched bag is made from full grain oak bark tanned leather and is lined with English bark tanned calf leather in vibrant yellow. The rich colourings are from the natural tanins found in the oak bark. Each bag is hand-made to order.
Capable of carrying a 15" laptop, the bag is finished with solid brass roller buckles made in British foundry and traditional copper rivets. Includes a 2" cotton webbing shoulder strap, as well as two separate front pockets.
This exquisite yet durable messenger bag has been created by hand in Devon from leather that has been tanned at Britain’s last remaining oak bark tannery. The full grain finish enables the extraordinary character of the leather to be seen; each blemish and scar is visible, which results in something truly unique as no two Dart Messenger bags are ever the same.
Height 27cm, Width 40cm, Depth 10cm
- Hand and machine stitched, British leather
- Solid brass roller buckle and zips
- Copper rivets
- Cotton webbing strap with solid brass fittings, max. length 1.4m
- Separate pockets on front
- Blemishes and slight colour variations may be visible
- A white 'bloom' may appear on the surface of the leather which will brush off and fade with age
- Hand-made to order
Each Dart Messenger Bag has been hand-crafted in South Devon by Tanner Bates, a fourth generation leather worker and the leather used is tanned at what is the last remaining traditional oak bark tannery in the British Isles. There has been a tannery on the same site since Roman times and the leather is allowed to tan and preserve for nearly two years before it is used to create each bag for The Merchant Fox.
In using Devon river water, British oak bark from renewable sources and taking around two years to produce the rich coloured, organic leather, each bag is unique - a piece of genuine British-made luxury.
The character of leather will vary for every individual bag, making each one of a kind.
Before leaving the tannery our leather is treated with a blend of waxes and oils which among other things offer suppleness and water resistance. With time and use the oak bark tanned leather softens and becomes more flexible.
To maintain durability apply a hide food every 6 months or so. If used in wet conditions we recommend you maintain the water resistance of the bag with a water resistant wax. This will also avoid dye staining.