A month ago, we traveled to Portland to celebrate the grand opening of Self Edge PDX and to visit our good friends at Tanner Goods. Their workshop, Cascadian Fabrications, Inc., is located in a renovated brick building from the 1920's that used to house bakeries, restaurants and even an old jazz club. The space is a sight to behold - especially since when we first met them, Tanner Goods was a two person operation where belts were being made in the back of a small retail shop. We're proud to have been front row spectators to their incredible growth over the years. They now employ over 20 skilled craftspeople who make every product they design in-house. Their ability to scale to meet the incredible demand for their products in the past few years has really inspired us as a company.
When we decided to make our first pair of jeans 4+ years ago, we reached out to Tanner Goods to see if they'd be interested in making our leather patches. Although they hadn't done this for any other brands yet, they happily agreed and the start of a great working relationship (and friendship) was born. To this day, they still make all of our patches for our jeans that are made in the USA.
These patches were cut from Horween Natural Chromexcel, an unconventional leather to use for this kind of application due to how oily it is. Somehow, they found a way to get the stamp to hold and we love how it turned out. It's being applied to the 34BSP, a 3sixteen+ jean that we will be releasing this weekend as part of our 10 year anniversary Decade Collection.