The Gladstone Leather

£845.83£1,120.00 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.

Choose from four beautiful colours, four different sizes and add extras for the perfect travelling companion.

Scroll down to discover more about The Gladstone Leather.

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Please note the time of production and postage below.
Belts 2-5 working days. Accessories 10-14 working days. Sporrans and Sporran bags 3-4 weeks. Cartridge bag, Saddle bag, Town bag and Book bag 4-6 weeks. Rucksack, Tote, Gladstonette, Satchel and Pst bag 8-10 weeks. Briefcase, Edinburgh briefcase, Gladstone, Gladstone canvas and leather 10-12 weeks

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Five years guarantee against defective workmanship and materials.

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Description

The Gladstone Leather has been the pioneer of the Mackenzie collection since we established our trade back in 1990. Sometimes known as a Doctor’s or Physician bag, our original design 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 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 makes it very accessible and allows you to pack your belongings for all kinds of trips. 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.

At Mackenzie Leather, our take on the iconic Gladstone bag is centred around quality. We only use the finest Italian hide leather that gradually gains character over time, giving your bag a beautiful and distinctive worn charm over the duration of it’s long-lasting life.

Additional information

Weight 3.6 kg
Size

16" Overnight: 41cm x 30cm x 22cm, 18" Overnight: 44cm x 35cm x 28cm, 16" Weekend: 41cm x 38cm x 23cm, 18" Weekend: 44cm x 42cm x 28cm

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.

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.

Webbing & Leather Shoulder Strap

Detachable shoulder strap made adjustable: drop length is approximately 61 cm (24″)
If you feel you may require a longer shoulder strap, please get in touch.

Bespoke Gladstone

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.

1 review for The Gladstone Leather

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Cox

    I am the fortunate owner of two Gladstone bags from MacKenzie which, despite years of regular use, on overnight and longer trips, retain their excellent condition. The leather is superb, and is well able to withstand being knocked about on trains, planes and in taxis. The smaller one usually fits easily into overhead lockers on planes. They are capacious, and whilst the combination of frame and leather means they are not lightweight, even when full, they can still easily be carried. The craftsmanship is top notch, as we have come to expect from MacKenzie. A real classic, that will never date.

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