Billy Tannery started with a question. In a world of increasing demand for sustainable materials, how could we be wasting such a fantastic natural by-product?
Most ‘luxury' leather goods brands rely on sprawling global supply chains, with materials and products made in questionable environmental and ethical conditions. We believe in another way.
At Billy Tannery our supply chain is as small as possible, so we can keep a close eye on all of the details. From farm to tannery to workshop to you.
Choose a better leather. Promote the goat.
Leather is a beautiful natural product, but a globalised industry has turned it into an anonymous commodity. Many British hides and skins circle the globe to be tanned as cheaply as possible, trading price for often shocking environmental and ethical practices.
At Billy Tannery, we produce leather as it should be. Tanned entirely in Britain from a previously wasted meat by-product, using bark extracts and our innovative microtannery process that recycles 90% and turns the waste into compost.
Goat leather has an especially pronounced grain that varies from piece to piece. Rather than cover up natural markings and variations we celebrate them, ensuring each of our products is unique.
Our design philosophy is to let our goat leather speak for itself. For us, the best British design sits between the restrained and the bold. Nothing elaborate, just purposeful products with clarity and confidence.
The possibilities for goat leather are endless, but we are taking it slowly. With each product we learn more about how our leather behaves, how it ages and how best to use it.
We are extremely proud of Britain’s manufacturing heritage and from the start were determined to make our products here, but sadly these days it's not easy.
We spent over a year searching the country to find the best production partners and selected two small workshops in Somerset and Leicestershire. Both carefully chosen for their passion, craftsmanship and consistency.
In recent years goat dairy products have seen a boom in demand, but what happens to a male billy goat born on a dairy farm? Sadly the conventional answer was to end their lives at birth, but now thanks to pioneers like our partners Cabrito Goat Meat, dairy billies have a value.
Billy Tannery began with a discovery that the thousands of goatskins, left over from the British goat meat industry were going to waste each year. Due to huge decline in the British leather industry, there were simply no tanneries left to tan them.
So in 2016 we decided to build our own. Learn more
Billy Tannery founders Jack and Rory have known each other since childhood. Growing up in the Midlands they have always been aware of the rich history of the local leather industry. They moved to London to work in marketing and design, but when after discovering the terrible waste of goatskins going on in Britain, despite knowing nothing about leather production, they decided that they had to act.
The wider team now includes local leather industry veterans, a leading accessories designer, two small teams of makers and Jack's father Charles, who helps manages the tannery. Together Billy Tannery is here to prove that there is life in the British leather industry yet.
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