Meet the Makers: Dustin Bentall and Spencer Baker of b.b gun leather

Get to know the designers and artisans that were featured in our Made-in-Vancouver gift guide

December 10, 2015

By Ashley Sparrow

Each b.b gun leather product is referred to as a ‘life piece’ by their creators Spencer Baker and Dustin Bentall (son of Barney Bentall) due to the unique patina and beauty the pieces gain throughout their (and your) lives. Crafted in their Strathcona garage, every wallet, bag and piece of luggage is handmade using high-grade leather. After having their Drifter bag featured in our Made-in-Vancouver gift guide the two friends share what their signature gifts are.

From left: Dustin Bentall and Spencer Baker

What’s on your Christmas list this year?
Dustin: Ken Diamond moccasins and a 1962 Gibson J-50 acoustic guitar.
Spencer: Ken Diamond moccasins, Ryan Adams 1989 on Vinyl and a French-style shoe hammer that’s no less than a hundred years old.

What’s the gift you’re most excited to give this year?
Dustin: A b.b gun Vagabond to my father.
Spencer: A b.b gun Tri-Fold wallet for my lovely girlfriend; a custom b.b gun tote bag for my Mom; a lump of coal for my turd of a brother. We’re not egocentric at b.b gun, but we love to give gifts that are from the heart and hand-made by us.

Do you have a signature gift you always give?
Dustin: I often write a song for at least one gift each year. Last year it was a guitar and a song that came with it for my girlfriend’s sister.
Spencer: My signature gift is a pack of smokes and a cheap bottle of whisky for the host.

Aside from your own, what’s your favourite locally made brand?
Dustin & Spencer:
Ken Diamond Leather and Dayton Boots.

What gift(s) do you wish for the city of Vancouver?
Dustin: Another summer like this last one. I love that sunshine.
Spencer: As musicians who reside here, we’d love a new music venue. Also, for continued Vancouverite support of b.b gun—we are so appreciative of the kindness, generosity and appreciation of our work.

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