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Royal Estate leather collaboration with Billy Tannery

Sarah Scott, Team Coordinator, Property.

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Windsor Great Park

Jan 30 2024

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The Windsor Estate is embarking on an exciting new collaboration with Billy Tannery, a pioneering leather company with a commitment to sustainability, craftsmanship and responsible sourcing. The project sees deerskins, sourced from Windsor Great Park and Balmoral, transformed for the first time into leather goods exclusively available at the Estate shops.

Billy Tannery is a new kind of leather company. After discovering that not one goatskin left over from the UK food industry was being tanned here, with thousands going to waste and even being burnt, they decided to do something. Tapping into leather heritage in their local area, founder Jack Millington turned a derelict building on his family farm in the Midlands into the UK’s first new tannery in 100 years, one with sustainability at its core. Billy Tannery exclusively produces leather using naturally occurring bark extracts and pioneers a recycling process that reuses over 90% of the tanning water from batch to batch.

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Having discovered a similar waste problem with deerskins in the UK, earlier this year Billy Tannery launched Parkland, a range celebrating British deer leather to add to its exceptional goat leather bags, wallets and accessories – all designed and made in the UK in family-run workshops.

Person using a template to cut leather.
Person hand sewing leather.

The Crown Estate, renowned for its commitment to environmental stewardship and support of local businesses, shares many of Billy Tannery’s core values. The collaboration celebrates a passion for preserving the natural beauty found within Royal Parks and allows leftover deerskins, which would otherwise go to waste, to be turned into something both elegant and practical. The leather goods available at Windsor Great Park and Balmoral are made from deer sourced specifically from each Estate, in an example of a transparent, circular economy in action. The Royal Estate Leather range includes bags, wallets and accessories and are available from The Savill Garden Gift Shop.

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