Medium Zip Pouch

Tracey Tanner


The Medium Zip Pouch easily transitions from day to night. It is more compact than a purse, but big enough for the essentials. In fall colors, this pouch is sophisticated and eye-catching. The Medium Zip Pouch starts with the best Italian leather, which Tracey handpicks at the tannery fair in Bologna every year. The Italian leather then comes back to Brooklyn to be cut and sewn before getting the Tracey Tanner stamp that’s synonymous with high quality.

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Tracey Tanner

origins: Brooklyn, New York

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The Brand Story

Tracey Tanner is a vegetarian who works only with leather. And yes, Tanner is her real last name. Her no-frills style comes through in her bags and clutches, which are made out of the most luxurious, buttery-soft leather out there (from Italy, of course). A natural, she started making bags for fun for her teenage cousins. Less selfish than we would have been, they encouraged her to share her gift with the world and make bags for a living. So she did. Up until 2012, Tracey was handmaking every product. Every. Single. Product. “Literally my two hands making everything,” she stresses. Unable to keep up with the demand, Tracey expanded, taking on an assistant and contracting with a woman in Brooklyn to do some of the sewing. Tracey still cuts every piece, but having a few extra hands doesn’t hurt.

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Leather from the Bologna tannery fair

Tracey Tanner’s bags are, perhaps, the most pampered bags in New York. They begin with the best leather, around 90 percent of which comes from Italy. The rest of her materials come from Turkey, Spain and Portugal. The bags are then hand-sewn and hand-finished. The leather comes from the tanneries. Tracey admits, “The less I know about the tanning process, the better, for me. I’ve been a vegetarian for 21 years. It’s pretty ridiculous, but there’s nothing else like it.” We agree.

The design process begins at the leather fair in Bologna. Tracey goes twice a year and waits to see what strikes her before she starts designing. She is primarily inspired by the textures and colors themselves. Our ears perked up at the sound of a business trip to Bologna. “It is fun and it isn’t. The fair itself is exhausting and overwhelming. It’s a lot to take in.” That’s understandable, since the venue is bigger than some of the largest convention centers in the United States. But it’s worth it, for the product.

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Colorful Tracey Tanner bags lined up in a row

The History of Leather

As far back as human records go, there is evidence of using animal skins for clothing and shelter around the world. In ancient times, leather was treated through processes such as smoking and tanning to prevent rotting or stiffening. These methods were refined and adjusted to extend a skin’s wear time. Throughout history, leather has been used for everything from liquid containers, to clothing and footwear, to shields and harnesses. Slowly but surely, this material grew into an art form, being used in furniture, tapestries and book-bindings. Europe in the Middle Ages saw the development of a leather industry, as tanners and leather workers joined forces in trade guilds. Today leather is popular in fashion and home design, and is typically tanned through vegetable or chrome tanning. With such a global history, one may wonder why Italian leather is still the best.

Tracey has the answer. “They’ve perfected their process and they’ve been doing it for so long. The quality is second to none.”