This is the end result of a project to make the perfect glasses case, which began back in November last year when Tomasz Nosarzewski at Dunhill told me about the bespoke work he had begun doing at Bourdon House in London.
Tomasz, whom I first met in 2010 at Dunhill’s Walthamstow factory, had begun doing bespoke projects for customers following a very successful trip to the Far East. He now spends every Thursday down in central London, making cases to carry perfume sets, encase car keys and hold gym kit for men that like purple crocodile leather.
This glasses case is nowhere near as intricate or ostentatious. But it means a lot to me because I’ve found it very hard to get a well-functioning case in the right proportions, let alone anything with style. You can guess what the chances are of finding anything that is hand-sewn.
So the result is a simple but, I hope you’ll agree, beautiful piece. Slim enough to fit in a jacket’s breast pocket when needed; padded enough to protect against most things short of being stood on. In green crocodile with that inimitable saddle stitching.