Padfield leather is 100% tanned in Somerset England. We are proud to offer our customers a truly British journey.
From British farms* -> to a British tannery -> to 100% British craftsmanship -> Padfield crafts authentic British made accessories.
In support of Britain’s long proud history of pastoral farming, Padfield is committed to crafting from hides that originate* from British beef and dairy farms. Farming done well (as it is in the UK) can be part of the climate change solution, helping to manage and maintain grasslands (which are a really good store of carbon) and protecting soil quality.
Quoting from an article published by the National Farmers’ Union February 2021 “Beef produced in Britain is 2.5 times more efficient than the global average and 4 times more efficient than countries which are deforesting land. Because of our grass-based systems, beef and lamb farming in the UK doesn’t rely on imported soya or grains for animal feed.”
At Padfield we believe that whilst we are farming beef and raising dairy cows, the most responsible and sustainable option is to choose to work with these local hides that might otherwise go to waste.
Whilst we do not believe that a bag can save the planet, we do believe that leather accessories made in a responsible and respectful way can have a net zero affect. An important part of this is treating leather as the valuable material it is. We believe that choosing to invest in truly well made products crafted from natural materials leads to the need for fewer products. We believe that to be a truly sustainable and net positive brand we must go that extra step… At Padfield we plant trees.
*The vast majority of hides originate from British farms. We are working on trying to track hides from the exact farm of origin, so we can even tell you which county your Padfield leather originated from.
Padfield Leather Finishes
When developing the Padfield leather qualities we took in to consideration that luxury leather bags can often be unnecessarily heavy. At Padfield we solved this by reducing the thickness of our leather to find the optimal balance of weight, strength and durability. With practicality in mind we took the preparing of our leather one step further; during the tanning process Padfield leather is finished to help it repel water.
These thoughtful considerations, combined with our timeless designs and the skill of our leather artisans, results in accessories which are a joy to use and own.