No. 5 Travel Grip Bag in American Buffalo
While rummaging through my collection of vintage travel grip bags, I came upon an old Gladstone Bag which rekindled my long-standing desire to make one. Named after four-time Prime Minister of the UK, William Gladstone, the bag was prevalent in the late 1800s/early 1900s. I had always shied away from making it due to the complexity of the design; however, I loved the look so much I decided to muster up some turn-of-the-century British fortitude and go for it.
Made in the Col. Littleton Workshop of American Buffalo and detailed with unique, sweeping, curvilinear styling, it will definitely not go unnoticed on your travel circuit.
I kept the “two equal compartments joined by a hinge” Gladstone protocol, which allows it to open wide and pack easily, and added a shoulder strap for the convenience of today’s traveler.
Leather straps encircle the bag, culminating on top with buckle closures. Convenient carry handles. Brass feet on bottom protect the bag from wear. Fully lined in soft pigskin. Solid brass hardware. Hidden 7.75”H x 9.63”W pocket under bottom inside, removable panel has space for recording your name and the year you purchased or received the bag for future generations.Product packaging includes a protective cotton canvas dust bag.
May be personalized with three block initials on brass plate.
American Buffalo Travel Grip Bag – Overall dimensions 12.5 inch Height x 20.5 inch Width x 9 inch Depth
American Buffalo – “Expect a leather that is unapologetically rugged with more character, nicks, scrapes and variations in color.” ~ Colonel (Read more about American Buffalo Leather here)
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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.