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heaven for leather

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Cottage industries are on the rise in the UK, and Billy Tannery is the first ‘micro-tannery’ to the market. The bra inchild of Ror y Harker a nd Jack Milling ton, it is thought to be the first Br it i sh leat her-dy i ng i nst it ut ion to b e bu i lt i n more th a n a c e nt u r y. Celebratin­g English design and manufactur­ing, the Northampto­nshire tannery produces sustainabl­e goat leather (a by product of t he food i ndust r y), which is then sent to Somerset to be made into wallets, bags, briefcases and notebooks. If you want to get in on the act ion, Harker a nd Milling ton have started a Kickstarte­r campaign through which those with their finger on the pulse can buy pieces with an ‘early bird’ discount. Card holder, £80 (early-bird price, £50), billytanne­ry.co.uk.

5 of the best: belts 1 — Leather, £49, Polo Ralph Lauren, from johnlewis.com 2 — Woven, £69, Anderson’s, from theidleman.com 3 — Cotton, £41.50, J Crew (jcrew.com) 4 — Embroidere­d-leather, £36, Gaucho Belts (gauchobelt­s.co.uk) 5 — Suede, £100, Elliot Rhodes, from selfridges.com

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