Established in 1938, we are a fifth generation, family run British Tannery based in the heart of the English countryside in North Bedfordshire. We produce classic and high fashion bespoke leathers tanned and finished out in England on Goat, Cow, Buffalo, and Deer. Our leathers are used all around the world for luxury leather goods, handbags, small leather goods, footwear and bookbinding.


We supply to luxury leather manufacturers and brands all around the world and offer a totally bespoke, personal service. Every aspect of our leather can be tailored to each customers’ requirements from the skin selection to the tannage, colour and finish so that each leather fits our customers’ exact and differing requirements.

We specialise in classic and high fashion goat leathers using the finest quality veg-tanned Indian goat skins, as well as the Sokoto, veg tanned African goat and sheep skins which have a very distinct grain pattern, unique to this specific raw material. We are by far the largest producers of this unique raw material and we have developed many original hand finishes to enhance the natural beauty of this grain. This unique leather is used in Boots, Bags, Small leather goods and is also the traditional leather used in classic bookbinding. For information on our bookbinding finishes please click here

We also have a wide range of interesting cow calf, buffalo, sheep and lining articles available from our overseas partner tanneries.

Due to the bespoke nature of our leather, all of our articles are made to order –  this enables us to give each order the time and attention to detail that it needs. We do however have a large stock of ex- sample and show leathers that we sell off to customers requiring smaller quantities. Please contact us to register for our next warehouse sample sale.


Established by Harrold Tusting and his Scottish wife Bessie (Burnett), on the 21st September 1938 in Odell Bedfordshire, the Tusting and Burnett name and company was born.

The Tannery has remained within our family ever since and is now a fifth generation family run, English business. My father, Robert Tusting, a graduate of the Northampton Leathersellers, was amongst the first year of students at the new Moulten Park Leathersellers’ Centre. With an interest in art, design and fashion, we have always been renowned for producing innovative leathers. Pioneering the vintage, antique look that is now ever present in all areas of fashion and décor. The greatest example of which, is our trademarked Mad Dog® goat leather, that has been much imitated but never replicated.

From the very beginning we have been an international company, shipping our leather all around the globe. In 1985 we were recognised for this and awarded the Queens Award for Export Achievement. Since then we have continued to grow, and expand our company, offering a huge range of authentic, original finishes on goat, cow, buffalo, sheep and deer skin which end up in all corners of the world in numerous different forms.

We are very proud of our company’s heritage, and myself and my brother, Benjamin Tusting, are privileged to be able to carry the name and business on well into the future.

Charlotte Tusting



Wednesday and Thursday

9:00 am – 6:30 pm


9.00 am- 5.00 pm


20017 – RHO, MILAN,


Please come and see us in Hall 11p, stand B11- C12 at the next edition of Lineapelle Milan where we will be exhibiting our Summer 2020 collection.


We have been producing Mad Dog®, our signature trademarked leather, for over 40 years.

A unique and rare leather, Mad Dog® is produced on vegetable tanned farm reared African goats. Our signature recipe of natural oils and waxes used in the finishing, enhances the beauty of this unique and wild animal showcasing its unique grain pattern, resulting in a rich, aniline leather that ages beautifully and makes each article unique. Mad Dog® can be polished, burnished, distressed, washed or hand stained to create a huge variety of different looks depending on whether a vintage, classic, or dressy aesthetic is required.

Over the years the Mad Dog® range has developed with demand and we have made many variations of the original article and on many different raw materials, from the original African goat, to cow calf, English deer and buffalo. As pioneers of the natural vintage look leathers which are now so popular and prevalent in the market, our Mad Dog® article has been much imitated but never replicated.

Please click on the below images for more information on the articles in our Mad Dog® range.

Our products

Please take a look below at a selection of our finishes on goat, cow calf, buffalo and deer. We have a huge range of leathers from classic, aniline glazed finishes, to hand antiqued, distressed and vintage look leathers.

All of our articles can be adjusted to create a fully bespoke leather. choose your raw material, tannage, colour and finish to create your desired look.



Tusting and Burnet are by far the largest user and stockist of the Sokoto Nigerian Goat Skin, and as such we have unrivalled access and choice of the highest quality of skins. The fully Veg Tanned skins allow for gold leaf and hand tooling decoration, and our aniline dyes and hand tipped finishes give a slight two tone effect to the grain which adds to the beauty of this natural shrunken grain pattern. These unique skins give you the ultimate, classic Bookbinding look that has been used for centuries. As we have been using these skins since the year of our incorporation in 1938, we are able to offer unrivalled quality and value for money. Below you will find a selection of our Bookbinding leathers in amongst our other high fashion articles.

For smaller customers, please click here to contact our U.S stockist.


For swatches, sample skins or any additional information on any of our articles, please contact us using the form below or at or phone us on +44 (0) 1234 376291 and we will be happy to help you.