Our latest Home Accessories collection was conceived in collaboration with Suffolk-based leathermaker, Doe. The parchment leather is a signature hide to Doe, of supreme quality which is dyed naturally with vegetable dyes and finished with hand-burnished edges.
The new triad of multipurpose leather items is the first collection Doe has created for the Home; the box and tray would sit well in a study or dressing room, and the pot also acts as a snug cover to our Bamford Candles (330g size only).
The departure from bags and accessories offered a shared learning experience for Doe founder Deborah, as well as the Bamford team in collaborating to create a cohesive collection of objects to be used in the home.
Bridle Hide comes from the ‘butt’ or the middle of the back of cattle, the strongest and smoothest area. Traditionally used for equestrian purposes, very few modern leather accessories are now made from it due to its expense. The process takes months as vegetable tanning and triple hand-waxing are laborious and time consuming; vegetable tanning eliminates the common toxic chemicals used in the majority of tanneries worldwide.
The hide used by Doe is British finished in Walsall, the saddlery region of the UK. Much of what makes a Doe product is the hand-finishing; the wait pays off as, with the right care, objects made from bridle hide will last a lifetime and beyond, developing its own unique ‘patina’ with wear and ageing.
‘We are committed to retaining our British heritage and can guarantee that ‘Made in England’ means just that.’
A family legacy in leathercraft
Doe draws on Deborah’s family heritage of leathercraft established by her great, great grandfather and his tannery, W Pearce and Co founded in 1908. The legacy is evidenced in her Suffolk design studio, with relics saved from the now defunct Art Deco tannery decorating the space: an iron plate rescued from the factory sits proudly on the making table, with a black and white picture of the grand building clipped to it; and traditional leather work tools that the skilled workers of her great, great grandfather's tannery once used are still employed now, as the processes of age-old leather work haven’t changed much over the years.
Doe was established in 2003. ‘When our family tannery sadly closed (cheap imports were flooding the market) my father and I discovered boxes of sales sample books dating back decades in the abandoned corridors. I couldn’t bear the idea of these beautiful leathers ending up in landfill and after many years working in accessories, decided the time was right to launch my own collection using these historic prints.’
From the ethically tanned parchment leather to the hand-burnished edges, every step of the creation process is considered. The linen hand-stitch that unites the three items in the collection has been a continuous thread since the collection was first thought. It takes a few hours to cross-stitch just one side of the Doe Leather Pot - the linen thread is sourced from France and coated with beeswax before stitching to reinforce the bind.