No. 1 Leather Duffel Bag – Saddle Tan
On arrival in Cape May, NJ for a “memorable” three months of boot camp, courtesy of the U. S. Coast Guard, I received my “standard-issue” equipment which included a duffel bag to haul it around in. Even though I was wise enough not to bring it up to the officer in charge, I actually don’t have a “standard-issue” mentality.
And, I fully understand that the people who come to Col. Littleton aren’t looking for “standard-issue” goods. They’re looking for unique and different; so when I decided to design a duffel bag, I didn’t set out to make one like all the others. You might say this one is an “anti-standard issue” leather duffel bag.
If you make a lot of short trips, this is a great carry-on travel bag. If you’re a weekend warrior, an outdoors enthusiast or someone who frequents the gym on the way to the office I think you’ll like this bag. It’s big and roomy; and unlike most duffel bags the top opens completely with no zipper to restrict access.
Don’t mind a little extra attention? This is your bag. Colonel didn’t try to reinvent the wheel here, but he came close. Although it’s still a duffel bag, it’s not a “serves the purpose, run-of-the-mill” duffel. It’s unique and stylish and memorable. It’ll get you noticed.
Made of our full-grain dry-milled, saddle tan leather with vintage brown polished leather trim. Solid brass hardware. Outside back pocket (9” W x 8”H) with flap and ball stud closure with an 8”W x 8”H space behind the pocket for extra storage. Large inside pocket (9”W x 8”H) with flap and ball stud closure. Convenient carry handle as well as an adjustable shoulder strap with comfort pad. Unique “Colonel-designed” closure (see video above for details).
Outside dimensions 21”W x 11”H x 11”D.
May be personalized with three block initials on brass oval plate. Made in the Col. Littleton Workshop, Lynnville TN, USA.
A customer’s thoughts on seeing the Colonel’s No. 1 Duffel Bag for the first time.
“The #1 leather duffel bag is by far the height of modern luxury that’s been given a very dignified boost by historic anachronistic character. It’s the bag that Cary Grant, Ian Fleming and Errol Flynn would be proud to carry on a trip from England to Miami and onward to Hong Kong for yet another adventure. I imagine it smells of crisp leather at first and then after time, it has a faint penchaunce of bergamot, lavender, neroli, nutmeg, orange, petitgrain, geranium, rose, ylang ylang, cedarwood, musk, oakmoss, sandalwood, and vetiver from the Floris #89 which accidentally spilled while being bounced around on a Jeep tour around Egypt. Legend claims that Teddy Roosevelt carried his Winchester in a similar bag but lost it right before the charge at San Juan Hill. It was his severe depression from parting with this bag which lead to his demise and failure to acquire a second term in office. He never got over the loss. If the polydactyl cats in Key West could speak, they would recall how Hemingway transported their great great grandfather to the farthest point in the US in a bag which closet recalls the elegance of the #1 duffel bag, although as one can imagine, with two extra toes and claws, the inside of that particular bag was torn to shreds on the trip. In conclusion, the #1 leather duffel bag by Col Littleton is, to say the least, America in a bag!” – Justin B.
We are committed to producing quality, handcrafted products that showcase our time-honored standards of excellence and deep respect for the Americana tradition. Col. Littleton products go through rigorous testing and numerous quality inspections before being shipped to our customers. Should you receive a Col. Littleton product that is defective in materials or workmanship, you can count on us to make it right. Our guarantee is limited to the cost of the product itself. It also does not cover normal wear and tear. We feel if you just plain “wore it out,” you got your money’s worth. Also, we cannot be responsible for an item which has suffered through alteration, damage due to improper cleaning, improper use, mishandling or accident. If we made a mistake in personalizing your product or if the product is defective in materials or workmanship, of course we’ll replace it. Otherwise, personalized products are not returnable.
Leather is a passion for me. There are more kinds of leather and leather processing out there than you can shake a stick at. You can mold leather into just about any shape or form. You can make every hide look just alike. You can dye it green, blue or even pink. You can apply a finish, coat it, spray it or make it look slick and shiny. That’s not what we’re about at Col. Littleton. To me the beauty is in the naturalness of the leather. People always comment to me about the special “feel” of our leather and how it becomes even more beautiful after it has some wear on it. It’s all about our leather process. When you buy Col. Littleton leather goods, you’re buying, for the most part, full-grain American vegetable-tanned steer hide that has received a minimum of alteration. We don’t apply a finish to hide character markings. The way I see it, every marking tells a story and covering them robs the piece of its life and character.
I see a real resurgence in the country today for products made in America. Our focus is to design and create products that speak to the time-honored traditions that have made this country great such as handmade craftsmanship, authentic rich leathers and quality workmanship. There’s a nostalgic feel about the products we make . . . most of them could have been made 100 years ago and many are made using turn-of-the-20th-century methodology and machinery. Our products are true Americana; forged as our forefathers intended by people who care and take pride in making a beautiful product.