When we’re looking for extra strength and durability we turn to English bridle leather. This leather has traditionally been used to make bridles and other equestrian equipment. We use English bridle leather for straps, belts, and handles so that they can withstand a lifetime of tugging and yanking (in other words, normal use). Shown: Merces Saddle

English bridle leather is vegetable rather than oil-tanned so the leather is stiffer and drier. This is ideal for the use cases described above, but not for a bag. A bag made entirely of English bridle leather would be so tough and heavy that it would take decades to break in. We use English bridle leather in most of our belts and for the straps of all our Merces Purses.



June 25, 2015 — Mark Feldman