MADE IN ENGLAND
Our story begins with a long, cold journey all the way from London to Aberdeen. The day had finally arrived for us to pick up our Japanese Spitz puppy, Bear. Dogs have always been a big part of our lives but today was different. Bear was our first dog together and to say we were excited was an understatement. One bumpy flight later, there he was. The newest member of our little family; and he was perfect.
Instantly we wanted to spoil him but trying to find a high-quality leather collar was proving to be a challenge. Hours spent searching the internet quickly turned into the idea of creating our very own inspired by our difficulties.
Our vision was to create dog accessories that were both classic and practical in design, without a single compromise on quality. Following a few weeks of meetings and further research, Barker & Bone was born.
All of the leather used to create Barker & Bone products is a Maine Vegetable Tan imported from Tuscany, Italy. This leather comes with the highly coveted 'Pelle Conciata al Vegetale in Toscana' certification issued by The Genuine Italian Vegetable-Tanned Leather Consortium. This consortium is a non-profit organisation whose mission it is to promote vegetable-tanned leather; safeguard a typical Tuscan product and guarantee the quality of raw materials and processes used in its production.
Maine 'Veg-Tan' leather has the strength of a classic vegetable-tan but is much softer and doesn't crack. Its colouring offers a variety of shades with an open surface showing the natural grain which ages gracefully over time. The durability of the leather coupled with its supple texture makes it the perfect material for our products.
All of our fittings used to create Barker & Bone products are made from either chrome, or sliver plated aluminium alloys. Aluminium alloys are very light in weight but very high in tensile strength which makes them perfect for the vigorous nature of use in dog accessories.
Each of the fittings are carefully selected to compliment the classic yet practical design of our products and come in an elegant silver-plated finish.
We take immense pride in the provenance of our brand and felt it was important to reflect this through the production of our products. By keeping our production within a short distance of our base in London, we are able to maintain an uncompromised level of quality in our products.
Each piece is hand-made by skilled craft workers using traditional leather techniques. First the leather hide is split to provide a thinner, workable material before being cut and glued. The raw-cut edges are finished using colour matched inking and saddle stitching to achieve our classic look.
All of our products come with ‘Hand-Made in England’ proudly embossed in the leather.
My two cocker spaniels look so smart in their new Barker & Bone collars. The quality & feel of the leather is exceptional. Every detail has been thought of when designing these collars including ‘D-Rings’, tags & leather durable enough for active dogs that love the water.
I am delighted with the quality of the Barker & Bone collar. The leather looks and feels superior to other collars I have used in the past. I particularly like the addition of the 'D-Ring' at the back which makes it so easy to attach a lead when taking Lily for a walk.
Sami, East Yorkshire
Absolutely blown away and thrilled with the Barker & Bone collars. The quality is outstanding and my two boys look very handsome in the luxurious leather. I shall follow this company with interest and cannot wait to get a matching lead. All the very best.