The Gladstone Canvas & Leather
£762.50 – £1,049.17 ex. VAT
It’s an icon. A bag full of character and crafted by our
talented team year on year. But where did the design
come from? And how did it become so popular? Read more in description below.
Available in sizes perfectly designed for overnight trips or weekend getaways, and in your bespoke choice of colours and fittings.
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Similar to its famous leather counterpart, The Gladstone Canvas & Leather is a popular alternative take on an original design. Sometimes known as a Doctor’s or Physician bag, our original pattern has been perfected over the years, using Mackenzie cuts, fastenings and flair to create our signature product. Even in the relatively short time since we adopted the ‘Gladstone’ name, it’s become a timepiece of history.
The Gladstone Bag was originally designed by J. G. Beard at his leather shop in the City of Westminster. Beard was an avid admirer of four-time Prime Minister William Gladstone, so much so that he named this famous hinged bag after him. From 1859 onwards Gladstone’s new-world view and liberal approach to politics led to more opportunity for travel. When packing for these adventures it is said a row of Gladstone holdalls would line the hallway of No. 10 Downing Street before each trip, paving the way for a new trend. As an inspirational figure during his time, many political peers and other ministers of State followed suit. Towards the end of the 19th Century, and the end of Gladstone’s political reign, the Gladstone Travel bag became symbolic with British class and refinery, being sold to London’s elite in bespoke retailers on New Bond Street and Piccadilly.
The Gladstone design is one of our most durable designs that will accompany you on every trip, year on year. A stay away made effortless and ever so smooth. Inside, you will find a main compartment, as well as a large pocket that’s ideal for items such as small laptops, tablets, cables and wash bags. The bottom of the bag is reinforced, and it has solid brass feet on the underside to keep it off the ground.
The canvas we use is made in Scotland. Densely woven cotton for strength and durability, it’s also waterproof and designed to only look better with age.
16" Overnight: 41cm x 30cm x 22cm, 16" Weekend: 41cm x 38cm x 23cm, 18" Overnight: 44cm x 35cm x 28cm, 18" Weekend: 44cm x 42cm x 28cm
The canvas we use with our designs is made with 18 oz waxed cotton giving it high strength, waterproof and durability while the finish ensures the fabric looks better with age. The interior linings are made from 10 oz lighter weight waxed canvas.
|Soft Hide Leather||
Our finest Soft Hide is made from Italian and Spanish vegetable tanned leather, it ranges from 1.6 to 2 mm in thickness. A lighter weight, more pliable leather.
|Saddle Hide Leather||
Our finest Saddle Hide is made from Italian Vegetable Tanned leather, it ranges from 3.5 to 4 mm in thickness. A sturdy and robust leather.
|Webbing & Leather Shoulder Strap||
Detachable shoulder strap made adjustable: drop length is approximately 61 cm (24″)
Our bespoke service, available on all our Gladstones, is versatile. You’ll cherish the experience on creating your own, unique and distinguished bag. Our talented team will guide you through a set of different colours than the ones displayed above. There will be a choice of extras that can be added to personalize your own bag, conserving its practicality and style like extra pockets, fittings, interior lining or embossed initials.