About Us

At Thomas Bates, we’re passionate about the handmade leather goods we’re known for. We care about quality, and that commitment shows in every stitch of our American-made bags, belts, and accessories. From our Haverhill, MA factory located in a historic former tannery, we combine classic design with artisanal crafting in order to offer our customers the heirloom quality and superior durability they’ve come to expect. Thomas Bates products are built to last; designed with attention to detail and features that add style to a life well-lived. We believe in family, adventure, and enjoying life to the fullest. That’s why all our products are made with love, right here in the U.S.A.

OUR MISSION

As a global citizen, we believe it is important to remember to walk softly and keep our environment clean by cleaning up after ourselves and those who have gone before us. As a corporate citizen, we believe it is important to support the non-profit organizations doing important work in their communities. It is by building each other up that we are strengthened. Here is a partial list of the organizations we have supported in the past year:

Reel Recovery – Men’s fly fishing retreats for cancer patients offered throughout the US
Sail Maine – Youth and adult sailing programs in Portland, Maine
Robie Pierce Regatta – America’s largest one-design sailing event for sailors with disabilities held in Larchmont, NY
Pease Greeters – Active military hospitality for layover flights at Pease Tradeport, Portsmouth, NH

We consider all requests for support. Typically, we chose worthy recipients within the markets we serve, i.e., fishing, boating, outdoor, military, Scouts, etc.