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No. 1 Grip Bag

Travel in style with this vintage-style leather duffle bag in vintage brown steerhide.

(34 customer reviews)



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  • Full-grain steerhide leather carry-on in vintage brown
  • Solid brass hardware with unique lever-action buckling mechanism
  • Bag dimensions: 11"H x 19"W x 10 1/2"D, 4.3 lbs
  • Adjustable shoulder strap: 36 1/2” - 44 1/2”
  • Brass oval plate on front flap may be personalized with up to 3 initials
  • Made in America

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No. 1 Grip, Leather Travel Bag in Vintage Brown Steerhide

Timeless design perfect for weekend travels or everyday excursions – this leather travel bag enhances any adventure.

If you boarded a train during the late 1800’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.

– Colonel Littleton

Solid brass hardware, our unique lever-action buckling mechanism, and an unusual strap arrangement make the Colonel’s No. 1 Grip a travel bag with “instant” heritage – not to be checked, and not to be confused with all the other bags out there. Your bag is so unique that we’ve placed a serial-numbered brass place on the inside front of the bag.

Made in the Col. Littleton Workshop in Lynnville TN, this weekender bag is composed of 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.

What Does it Carry? 

This bag opens wide and packs easily. There’s plenty of room to carry everything you need for an overnight stay, or as your personal carry-on bag for extended trips.

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.


34 reviews for No. 1 Grip Bag

1-5 of 34 reviews
  1. It is timeless. You will stand out and blend in to the crowd while carrying this bag waiting for any train from 1850-2022.

  2. This is seriously the best bag! My husband and I have matching bags and we use them every time we travel. And honestly, we can both get close to a weeks worth of clothing packed in each bag. It is of the highest quality leather, smells terrific, and just gorgeous to look at!!!

  3. For the least expensive Littleton bag, this is a very nice piece of work. The latch system is ornate 19th century, the handles have a bit of 1960s floppy whimsy, the base is huge and flat—-great for loading up clothes. And the whole thing comes together in an aesthetically pleasing way. I plan on expanding my Col. Littleton bag collection. But this is a top flight starting point.


    For my money and travel sensibilities, time began with the production of Colonel’s No. 1 Grip in Little Lynnville by the Creek….

    Calendars have sought to mark human civilization as we know it. The Bible accounts for our Creation, Adam, Eve and Anno Domini; Mayan calendars are STILL subject to interpretation in long and short discussions; the Chinese prostrate their privates over their lunar calendar doing it better than the Indian version; Gregorians chant up a storm; and let’s not leap into leap years, sleep deprivation during Spring daylight savings, Babylonians, or ol’ King Tut, ‘cause NOBODY did Tut better than Steve Martin.

    Having traversed air, ground, and sea terminals with best-in-class, synthetic fabric, two-handled carries, I have a sense of what works and doesn’t. When your basics are covered, the sky’s the limit!

    And in an era where manufacturers over-accessorize luggage with pockets, cut-outs, and storage spaces that seemingly require RFID chips and GPS tracking to find your goods in a pinch… tried and true stands out.

    Enter the No. 1, aka UNO: an exercise in simplicity and elegance that celebrates craftsmanship in service of fundamental, self-aware, placid, indefatigable, tasteful travel.

    Crafted in over-abundant CL first-generation buffalo (a topic for other reviews). I have always found it both fitting and befitting my transitory goodies, durables, and feel-goods in my episodic kinetics. I particularly like the way it bears witness to my travels and travails whilst dutifully contouring to my contours….

    As for UNO’s iconic CL Cinch Buckle… It forgives A LOT of ills across myriad applications with unabashed functionality, class and style. Euro-trash bag designers everywhere are self-immolating as they ask themselves “how did WE miss THAT design icon?”

    Mother Nature thrives on epic pairing like Bogie and Bacall, Bat Man and Robin, ying & yang, meat and potatoes, and the Blues Brothers. UNO becomes larger than life, particularly in air travel, when conjoined with the perfect partner, the CL No. 07 Garment Bag, a constant companion that I wrap within UNO’s adjustable carry straps so as not to check luggage on flights.

    Not necessarily sayin’ he’s biblical, but Colonel was downright civil when he realized the dictum that excess baggage spoils the journey!

  5. I just bought this #1 Grip bag for my daughter as a Christmas present/graduation present. She is a pilot and had a flight bag but wanted a travel bag and I can only say I don’t think they get any better than this bag. I will continue to buy high quality American made products from this company. A new belt or two is in my future! Also, if you get to visit the store in Lynnville, make sure to have a burger and shake at The Soda Pop Junction! The perfect day!

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Colonel's personal No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase resting on a table after having been carried for 20+ years

Our Warranty

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.

Our Leather

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.

A large stack of leather hides draped over a wooden stand
Colonel in his workshop shaping a piece of hardware with a hammer

Our Craftsmanship

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.