The Dart Oak Bark Tanned Leather Bag


This product is made to order only and will have a leadtime of approximately 6 weeks.

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.

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 

    The oak bark hide used for the Holford Holdall comes from one of Britain’s oldest tanneries – it has been on the same site since Roman times. Each hide of leather is sourced from Britain, cured and tanned using natural vegetable dies and then dripped in traditional leather grease to set and enhance the wonderfully rich tones. It also makes the bag virtually waterproof.

    Each piece is hand cut and stitched together using a combination of hand and machine sewing.

    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.

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