Belts, boots, and other Tender leather goods are cut from oak bark or wattle tanned leather, made in England at a tannery where leather has been produced, by largely unchanged methods, since Roman times.
The traditional bark tannage takes up to 18 months, during which time the hides are moved between successively stronger tan pits.The tannins in the woods slowly cure the skins and produce a rich, dense leather which mellows and improves in character with age and use.
Bark and wood chips from the wattle (or mimosa) tree, are used mixed with chestnut to produce a slightly softer, more flexible leather, suitable for lighter weight items which would be too stiff if cut from oak bark tanned skin.
Tender’s wallet is cut, sewn, and foil embossed in England. After tanning the leather is heavily greased by hand, to keep it strong and supple. There are pockets for eight cards. These are full height layered pockets, rather than slots, so the cards are kept flat to reduce the chance of them cracking.
Most wallets have the cards arranged horizontally, one above the other, but if the wallet is kept in a back pocket and sat on a lot, the cards are liable to crack, as they are being strained along their length. Tender’s wallet arranges the cards vertically, next to each other, so that the strain on the cards when worn in a back pocket is along the shorter side, making the wallet flex more easily, and reducing the likelyhood of damaging the cards inside. The leather is heavily greased, which can leave a white residue on the surface of the skin- this will rub off easily, and is a desireable characteristic of this natural product.