The four-year creation of Herdwyck No.10 tweed – English fleece, spun in Ireland, woven in Wales, finished in Scotland – understandably reinforced our commitment to local sourcing. British producers can be more expensive and less flexible than offshore alternatives yet their experience and unique heritage adds a very tangible quality to our goods.
Our leathers are tanned by Joseph Clayton of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, established 1840. Northern Irish cowhide is pit-tanned with tree bark tannins over a period of many weeks. This ancient veg-tanning process has remained essentially unchanged for millennia. We use the original surface of the hide, the top-grain, and retain any individual marks and creases. Natural inconsistencies differentiate each hide and make each leather item unique. Our hides are cut at 3mm, unusually thick for bags, and are left unbacked so every aspect of the leather is visible.
We use English-cast brass buckles and metalware where possible. As there are no British zip makers we use Riri of Switzerland, widely considered to be the finest quality available. Our cotton lining is sourced from a mill in Manchester. Abbeyhorn in Lancashire makes the horn toggles on our Rucksacks.
In combination all of these natural materials age together harmoniously with use.