No. 1 Grip – Vintage Brown

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 21 customer ratings
(21 customer reviews)


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If you had boarded a train during the time period of the 1870’s to the 1940’s, your travel bag would have been called a grip.

A grip was not a bag you checked to the baggage car or entrusted to the care of someone else. It was a personal bag kept with you at all times. Likewise, the Colonel’s No. 1 Grip is designed as a carry-on-bag and not a bag to be checked.

The body of the No. 1 Grip is made of our vegetable-tanned vintage brown polished leather for strength, while the flap and ends of the bag are made of our dry-milled leather to give it character and softness. The bag has plenty of room to carry everything you need for an overnight stay, or it serves well as your personal carry-on bag for extended trips. It opens wide and packs easily. The Colonel packed his No. 1 Grip with a pair of khakis, two folded shirts, shoes, socks, two tee shirts, two boxer shorts, a bandana, a belt and his GP1 Shave Kit.

Solid brass hardware, our unique lever-action buckling mechanism, and an unusual strap arrangement make this a bag that will not be confused with all the other bags out there. It comes with “instant” heritage, because it looks as if it could have been inherited from your Grandfather.

11″H x 19″W x 10.5″D.

Adjustable shoulder strap. Each bag has a serial-numbered brass plate on the inside front of the bag. The brass oval plate on the front flap may be personalized with three initials. Made in our Col. Littleton Workshop.

Shoulder Strap Length: 36.5″-44.5″

Bag Weight: 4.3lbs.

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21 reviews for No. 1 Grip – Vintage Brown

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This bag was my first introduction to the Colonel Littleton line….perfect for the one or two day trip…just takes a little longer to get through the airport because everyone wants you to stop so they can look at it….

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I bought this bag around May, present year when I opened the box I wasn’t too impressed and honestly I almost returned it but once I took all the filling out and put some clothes inside, it all changed! This bag is unique! It doesn’t matter where I go I get compliments about it. The leather, the craftmanship takes you back to the Wild Wild West movies 🙂 thank you Colonel Littleton and keep up the great work!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    The benchmark of excellence! This bag is designed to be used and still be something that you want to keep for good. Quality construction, durable and made to last. This is where you get the expression that they don’t make them like that anymore….but they still do!!!! An investment worth every penny to people that can appreciate the craftsmanship and details needed to create these bags.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I have had my eye on the No. 1 Grip for several years and have purchased other Colonel Littleton Products leading up to this purchase for an upcoming trip. I have come to appreciate the design, quality and craftsmanship of Colonel Littleton Products and could not have been happier than the day I opened my package to reveal the No. 1 Grip. The hardware, the stitching, the quality of the leather is what I was looking for when I ordered this bag. I am looking forward to packing it for my trip to Kauai…… Thank you Colonel for your commitment to vintage craftsmanship and quality.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is by far the best travel bag I have ever owned. It goes with me everywhere. However I decide to travel, Boat, Air, Car, Train… This bag goes with me. Get this bag if you want an eye-catching bag which will fit under the seat or any overhead compartment in an airplane. I load in 3 pairs underwear.. rolled, 2 pairs of pants, tightly folded, 3 pairs of socks, RON kit, a pair of casual shoes, and 3 shirts! Its perfect> I take the time to load it right… amazing amount of room for the size.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great bag! Perfect for one to two night trip. Quality unmatched.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brass latch and brass accents, color, and cross strapping set this “Grip” apart and above any others available. Expensive, but I had to have it, even if it took saving up for it.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have had my bag for around 4 years now, and couldn’t be happier with it! Compliments galore on every trip taken, and a sense of pride carrying such quality craftsmanship. It gets better with age! Thanks Col.!!!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    I purchased the No. 1 Grip to use on short trips to carry on the plane and it has worked out very well. It provides plenty of room for my clothes, extra shoes, toiletries, and a light jacket. I love the leather and trim patterns match my Saddlebag Briefcase and Dispatch bag. I get lots of compliments on the set.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Oh my. I’ve been looking and looking and looking at this one and finally made the plunge. It is NOT inexpensive. That is for SURE. And it is rather smallish. Carryons by Orvis and Hulme and others pack more stuff, have more pockets, are in all objective ways better. And cost less. Sooooo, what can there possibly be to make me buy the Colonel’s No 1 Grip in the face of those overwhelming facts? Simply this. It is a work of art. It is unique (at least as far as a non-custom object can be. It’s beautiful. It’s a pleasure to touch, to carry, to use. My gosh, is it nice.

    As I said, it’s smallish. The way the top flap cinches down means it’s more of a triangular prism than a rectangular one (for those mathematically inclined). So it definitely requires more thought and planning. But I just packed it with two pair of pants, three shirts, a pair of slippers, couple undershirts, a watch cap, couple of socks, and some other odds and ends. Not too bad. My new goal in life is “pack light” and this bag forces you to.

    Did I mention how exquisitely it is made? The coolness factor of the brass locking attachment alone is worth several stares and oohs and ahhs.

    So, do I have more objectively functional (and very well made and completely up for the task) bags? Yes. Will I be turning to my new No. 1 Grip instead? Absolutely. NOT inexpensive. But worth it.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I am a minimalist. That doesn’t mean I live like a monk; I do enjoy the good things in life. It just means I don’t buy a lot of stuff because I learned a long time ago that everything you own owns you. So I have very few material possessions. But the few things I do own are the finest things money can buy. In my closet, I have two suits, a wardrobe of 7 pants and shirts, and three pairs of shoes. I even have one sofa in my 1,000 square foot condominium that will outlast me, because it is the last sofa I will ever purchase (and I’m only 41 years old). You get the picture. So that is why I consider this to be the last gym bag I will ever purchase. It has plenty of room for my running shoes, workout clothes, towel, and the No. 2 shaving kit. What else does a guy need? Nothing as far as I’m concerned. And if you get sticker shock, think about all the $50 gym bags that you would have purchased over the next 50 years.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    I received this No.1 Grip as a birthday present recently, and it is now my new favorite belonging. I could go on about every stitch and gusset, but suffice to say it is impeccably made from the finest quality leather. I like to take care of my appearance and it is great to be able to carry something that so obviously was loved throughout the entire process of its creation. Many thanks to the Colonel and the leather smiths.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    I am a bit overdue in writing this – I’ve had this grip bag for a bit over two years. No matter where in the world I go the bag never, never fails to meet my needs AND to garner the most highest of praise from men and women alike. Quality is second to none I’ve seen, excellent ‘use-ability’, and simply great looking. Sure you can spend less but this surely is a case where you get what you pay for … enjoy it.. I do!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    the pictures don’t do this bag justice. you have to have it in your hands to appreciate the quality and craftsmanship. perfect size, truly a fine bag

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love this bag. I traded in my Swiss Army backpack to use this as my work bag. My laptop, umbrella, office cables etc. fit nicely in the bag. Coworkers always stop and comment how nice it looks and I have noticed people looking at it on the commuter train into work.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Perfect Travel Companion
    I travel 50-75% of the time because of my job. In airplanes it fits easily under the seat in front of me, so I never have to think about space in the overhead bins.

    It never leaves my side. Every time I travel I now get compliments on this bag. But I honestly get more enjoyment out of simply using it and feeling the intense workmanship that went into the creation of the bag.

    I find myself packing less just to have the pleasure of only having to carry this beautiful piece of luggage. The colonel’s pack list in the item description is a decent start you can modify to your taste.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rugged Refinement
    This is a wonderful bag. It’s more of an overnighter than a weekender (especially with bulkier winter clothes like cords and a sweater), although I’ve forced myself to pack less just to have the pleasure of only having to carry this beautiful piece of luggage.

    I must also commend Colonel Littleton for its service. My bag didn’t arrive with the shoulder strap slide. When I called on New Years Eve afternoon, when most folks would have already shut down their computers and been planning for their evening, Lisa answered my call and arranged for the slide to be delivered in just two days—complete with a Moon Pie!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Perfect bag
    I wanted the perfect carry-on that would offer a unique look and the perfect size… I’ve found it in this nice quality short travel bag. Very nice hide accented with brass hardware which in all makes this a bag one that you’ll want to own and other will admire!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Perfect for short travel
    I love it….

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent Travel Carry Bag
    I am delighted with this bag. The quality is superlative. I very much like the overall appearance as well as the size. I am thinking of purchasing the No. 4 also. Together they will serve all my needs for Men’s Weekend Away trips.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Perfect Travel Bag
    I bought the bag this summer for a trip to South Africa as a carry on. It was perfect for a complete set of hunting clothes, boots, personal items and snacks. I now use it every week as I travel. With the use of a garment bag its great for extended business travel. I always get compliments and questions about this great looking, unsual bag. The more I use it the better it looks.

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