Billie Bag

$395
Color: Natural
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Our stylized interpretation of the Australian billie bag, which attaches to the saddle and holds a traditional tea-drinking vessel. Our Billie is comfortable to wear over the shoulder or cross-body. It is a compact purse, with room to carry the essentials.

  • made with premium vegetable-tanned leather sourced from American tanneries and solid brass hardware
  • handmade with care at Chico Basin Ranch, Colorado
  • measurements:  7.5" W x 3" D x 6.5" H

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"Duke Phillips was born on a ranch in Mexico and learned the craft of leather making from old-line professionals who would pass through to help fix bridles or tacks. He picked up his skills quickly and practiced for years, later bequeathing some of his experiments to his daughters. Today, Leach, her brother, and father run the family’s ranch management company, Ranchlands, in Colorado Springs."

"Inside the Leather Shop at Colorado Springs’s Ranchlands, Where American Craft Meets Modern Design"


HOW IT'S MADE

MATERIALS

The Billie Bag is made from premium vegetable tanned leather sourced from US tanneries. Roughly 90% of today's leather products are chrome-tanned, which typically only takes several days and uses harsh chemicals to dye the hide. Vegetable tanning, a method that has been around since as early as 7000 BCE, uses oak, chestnut, or mimosa bark, and the tannins from these plants result in a longer-lasting product. The vegetable tanning process can take anywhere from six weeks to six months, depending on the plants used and the number of “pits” or barrels the leather soaks in.

RANCH-INSPIRED DESIGN

All of our goods are made entirely by hand, and our designs are inspired by our working ranch lifestyle and the heritage style of traditional Western saddle-makers. The shape of our Billie Bag is a play on the Australian billie bag--a tradition tea-drinking vessel that clips into a stock saddle.

RANCH-INSPIRED DESIGN

All of our goods are made entirely by hand, and our designs are inspired by our working ranch lifestyle and the heritage style of traditional Western saddle-makers. The shape of our Billie Bag is a play on the Australian billie bag--a tradition tea-drinking vessel that clips into a stock saddle.

OUR MISSION

Our shop supports our working ranching business that owns and manages cattle and bison operations across the American West. We use traditional management methods alongside progressive techniques to take care of livestock and the land. Our mission is to promote the conservation of ranch lands, our American ranching legacy, and quality of life for people living and working on ranches through innovative and sustainable business ventures, long-term business partnerships, and strategic alliances inside and outside our industry.

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