Bridle leather, saddle stitched, with custom metal fasteners … it all sounds so elegant, which makes the uniquely bent and angled shapes of these suitcases and chests and pop out all the more.
Using such traditional techniques and materials, it is tough to set creative work apart from ordinary vintage and retro objects. Hence the twisting and curving found in each piece by British luggage and handbag brand Williams.
Naturally the pragmatist will object to the offbeat forms they take, but after buying such a fine work would you really toss it carelessly into a trunk, let alone fly with it on an airplane? Probably not – many of these are as much decor as they are travel cases, and could of course be crafted to fit individual shelves, steps and other home spaces.
Some smaller hand-held works, though, may be well-suited to making a splash at an office or other business affair – conventional enough to be professional, but artsy enough to create a lasting impression.
“Williams Handmade was founded in 2010 by award winning designer Sarah Williams. The ethos behind Williams Handmade is produce truly unique, sculptural, timeless pieces while raising the appreciation of hand craftsmanship. Each piece is handmade by the founder Sarah Williams in the Williams Handmade Workshop which is in a converted school in Bircher, Leominster, located next to National Trust property Croft Castle.”
Sarah, also runs a series of short courses from the workshop where you can learn to make your own leather goods. The making process is extremely labor intensive with each piece of leather being cut by hand and constructed individually using traditional techniques, while maintaining the highest level of quality. All of the products are made from the highest quality, English Bridle leather, sourced from Northamptonshire, where it is finished by hand by experienced craftsmen. All of our fittings are cast in one of the last remaining foundries in the UK. British materials can be more expensive but we believe strongly that they reinforce our dedication to quality and truly British designs.”