The Hermosa family has been in the leather business since 1901, mostly supplying leather for export and for local designers and leather goods manufacturers. They have recently decided to branch out and create their own brand of bags – this is how The Tannery Manila started.
The Tannery Manila started small by selling through exhibits, online selling and private sales, until they opened their first store in Tiendesitas. It is located at the second floor of one of the corners of Tiendesitas Building A (the one that’s airconditioned).
All of their items are 100% Filipino made. They mostly use cow leather, but can also work with exotic skins. They also accept made-to-order items and can customize bags for you.
Checking out their store items, I found their leather bags reasonably priced at around P3,000-9,000. Some of you may be shocked at the price, but that’s considered affordable by real leather bag standards. The most affordable foreign branded leather bags are maybe Coach and Rebecca Minkoff, and they’re at least US $360 + taxes (around P17,500) for a medium-sized bag.
Leather bags get better the more you use them, and you can use these leather bags for years and years! The Tannery Manila will repair your bags for normal wear and tear issues.
For the bag designs, it was hit or miss for me. There were bags that I liked – take a look at this leather tote bag! It’s actually pretty light, weight-wise. Design-wise, it was kind of boring, but I liked the inside of the bag!
Here are pictures of the bags. If I were to get the Orange bag, I would probably tie a colorful scarf around one of the handles.
Orange Tane Tote Bag (P6,000)
I also liked this bag that looks like a cross of the Mulberry Bayswater and the Michael Kors Selma Saffiano Satchel. It’s priced at P8,200, if I recall correctly. It’s called the Cammie, Red Crocodillo. And in case you’re wondering, yes, this bag has “feet”.
Here’s what’s inside the bigger version of this bag (around P9,000). It even has a laptop compartment!
It is the little thoughtful details like this that sway me into buying a bag.
I browsed their website, www.thetannerymanila.com, and found some more bags that I like:
They also have other services:
UPCOMING SALE + CONTEST
If you are looking for your next bag, check out The Tannery Manila’s offerings. You’ll have good leather bags and you’ll have less chances of seeing the same bag on someone else, too! They have an upcoming sale on June 20-21 at Tiendesitas, get up to 60% OFF on some of their items. Join their contest to win a leather bag and other leather goodies!
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