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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