While on the subject of bespoke luggage, Cleverley recently started doing its own pieces with two old guys situated down in its Cornwall workshop. Leather bags were previously made by the Robert Simpson factory that also makes for Tanner Krolle and others, and I visited here. Smaller and non-bespoke pieces will continue to be made there.
This piece is particularly lovely – an alligator briefcase made of one piece across the back, without a seam. It is hard to find top-grade alligator skins that are big enough to make single pieces like this. It’s in midnight blue with violet suede lining and was commissioned by a client in Beverly Hills. Nice.