Classical styles and modern tastes working together can create the world’s most beautiful accessories when they’re in perfect balance. Kensington Bespoke stock a handpicked range of bags and luggage in simple styles and stunning leathers, so all that’s left to do is plan a trip somewhere.
Tusting – 150 years in the English leather trade
Specialising in uncoated natural leather bags, Tusting was founded by Charles Petit in the 1870s. The company is still run by two of Petit’s great great grandsons, who revived the business despite the British leather trade’s decline.
In neutral, natural shades, their wallets, totes, shoppers and phone cases are thoroughly modern, showing Tusting don’t just make the same items they’ve always made. Some are persistently popular, including the Grafton laptop briefcase, with its three internal compartments, phone and pen pockets and antique brass fittings. Outwardly, it couldn’t be more traditional, but inside it’s befitting of any modern man (and his various Apple devices).
Slightly more frivolous, but still beautifully made, is the Ellis drawstring bucket bag in quilted leather. Inside is a cotton-lined compartment, a zipped pocket for valuable items and a snap-on key clip. The Nubuck leather saddle-style Cardington handbag in aubergine is similarly bold in its design, and deceptively practical inside.
The wrinkle-free suitcase every business traveller dreams of
Cabin cases and Formula 1 might not appear to have too much in common, but the two topics helped Vocier develop their wrinkle-free bag. Aluminium tubes are usually attached to the hard exterior of a suitcase, but this is already the strongest part of the bag. Instead, Vocier “used these tubes to form the spine of the Vocier C38”. After 4 years of development, the “most stylish and upscale wrinkle-free garment bag on the market was born”.
The C38 is made from durable black nylon, Italian leather trim, YKK reverse zippers and PVD coated metal. The ‘Zero-Crease System’ is patented to keep two suits and four dress shirts wrinkle-free, easy to wheel thanks to its telescopic handle. With a slimline 3.0kg weight, it’s easy to store in the cabin, and your phone and charger are easily accessed.
To round it all off, the F25 briefcase is made from finest cow leather, fits a laptop up to 15 inches, and comes with a protective cotton dust bag to keep the leather fresh.
The shearling Mackintosh bag
The Mackintosh brand has been operating from Glasgow since designing their very first raincoat, but there was a brief period of uncertainty in the mid-90s when the Cumbernauld factory nearly closed its doors. Some of Macintosh’s senior team took the brand and joined forces with some of the biggest fashion houses in the world – Gucci, Hermes and Louis Vuitton – leading to a sort of ‘rebirth’. Japanese women are apparently especially taken with the traditional Macintosh.
They may have made their name in the rubberised cotton waterproof game since 1824, but their most recent collections are appealingly modern, including denim, casual footwear, and accessories for men and women. All classically and perfectly proportioned, each piece fulfills Charles Mackintosh’s original intention to create practical but stylish clothes in Scotland.
Made by the finest craftspeople in Italy, Mackintosh’s black shearling tote bag “shows heritage craftsmanship while upending classical designs”. The interior has a suede finish, a gold tone zip pocket, a comfortable, removable leather strap, and the classic Mackintosh logo stamp.
Forget scouring department stores for a designer find, Kensington Bespoke is the home of handpicked luxury goods, and they offer a personal shopping service too. Find that gem of an accessory at kensington-bespoke.uk.