Gladstone Canvas & Leather

£829.17£1,115.83 ex. VAT

Leather and canvas Gladstone waterproof bag is full of character.

Hand crafted by our talented team, Gladstone Canvas and Leather bag is always a popular choice. It will protect your belongings under harsh weather conditions.

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.

Add extras for the perfect travelling companion.

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Please note the time of production and postage below.
Belts, Wallets and Accessories 3 to 6 weeks. Day Sporrans, small Shoulder & Handbags 10 to 14 weeks. Large Shoulder & Handbags, Gladstones, Gladstonettes and Briefcases 12 to 18 weeks


Similar to its famous leather counterpart, Gladstone Canvas & Leather is a popular waterproof 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. 

Learn more about Scottish Canvas.

All our travel bags come with a Mackenzie Leather branded dust bag to keep your product nice and safe.

Additional information

Weight 3.2 kg

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

Scottish Canvas

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″)
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.

2 reviews for Gladstone Canvas & Leather

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael Honeyman

    Can’t believe there are no reviews of this bag.
    I bought mine on spec while on holiday in Edinburgh. Had never heard of Mackenzie, was just taken by the bag in the shop window.
    20 years later (at least!) it’s still my go to travel bag. This thing is nigh on indestructible, and it’s like a tardis inside I’m always amazed how much I can fit in.
    The quality is outstanding. It’s taken some stick as I’ve travelled around the world (I live in Australia now) but aside from some well earned scuffs on the leather it’s still going strong.
    It may have seemed expensive at the time, but for once I’m happy I paid for quality and durability, not a label.

  2. 5 out of 5

    William Amos

    I bought a Belt from Mackenzies and it’s full of Quality and Real Leather and I am very Pleased with it.I Visited the Shop on the 13/11/2020 and was Greeted by Andrew who looked after me and told me everything I needed to Know.How the Belt is Made to Measure and Watched Him Sizing it For me. I also spoke to the Guy making a Beautiful Bag in the Workshop
    And you can Actually see him making these Quality items if you’ve never been in this Shop
    You need to Visit.I’ve had a lot of Belts over the Years but none of them are anywhere near the Quality of this Particular Belt the Smell of it is Beautiful and can’t Thank Mackenzies Enough for an Outstanding Belt. And I will be Back in this Shop to Purchase more High Quality Leather that’s for Sure.

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