*If you have the means, enjoy this video with headphones*
Tanner Goods is a small leather goods manufacturer located in Portland, Oregon. They work hard to manage multiple storefronts and offer a wide range of hand crafted leather accessories. They thrive on their attention to detail and appreciation for top quality products. In the future they plan to expand their product line to include non-leather goods such as eyewear and time pieces, while maintaining their strong roots in simplicity and utilitarian product design. You can purchase their products online at:
1308 W. Burnside
Portland, Ore. 97209
This video serves as a documentation of craft that I have long been interested in as a Graphic Designer, and someone who appreciates hand made goods. It is wonderful to see a company that thrives in the "small batch" business model, and I hope they continue to make good things for a long time coming. The process of making something as simple as a belt can remind us of the roots of what this country was founded on: Creativity, Entrepreneurship, and Craftsmanship. Hope you enjoy it!
Special Thanks to:
Tanner Goods - (Thanks for the interview Sam)
Alex Toyoshima - (The guy making the belt) - Without you, this wouldn't have happened, so thanks for being so patient and letting me poke around with my camera. || alextoyoshima.com
Alex R. Taylor - (Audio) || alexrtaylor.com
Aaron Rayburn - cargocollective.com/rayburn
Brothers Chris and Kirk Bray have been producing leather goods for the last ten years. They launched Billykirk from Los Angeles in 1999, learning their craft from a third generation leather maker. A simple leather strap kick started the business, a decade later their collection has flourished into other offerings that consists of bags, belts, shoes, wallets, hats and other accessories. Since expanding and moving their operation to the East, they've employed a group of Amish leather makers to produce much of their line, while wrapping up production in their studio. We visited the brothers over the summer to observe their operation first hand and to discover the beauty behind the process. Photo by Rose Callahan
Filmed over two days, we've cut together a handful of time-lapse shots featuring our crew working a typical 8 hour workday at our Leftbank Workshop. For those who haven't visited our space before, our production is broken into 4 categories and varies in size depending on how many styles fall within that category [as well as how many units we need to produce each season]. This is a quick glimpse into what a typical day looks like for us.
Big thanks to Adam Guggenheim and Luke DeLong for helping document a day in the life at Tanner Goods.