What is a Gladstone bag?
Here’s what Wikipedia have to say: A Gladstone bag is a small portmanteau suitcase built over a rigid frame which could separate into two equal sections. Unlike a suitcase, a Gladstone bag is "deeper in proportion to its length" and is typically made of stiff leather and often belted with lanyards. The bags are named after William Gladstone (1809–1898), the four-time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
What is the history of the Gladstone bag UK?
It 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 metal 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 his political reign, the iconic travel bag became synonymous with British class and refinery, being sold to London’s elite in bespoke retailers on New Bond Street and Piccadilly.
Why choose a SageBrown Gladstone bag?
Sometimes known as a Doctor’s bag or Physician bag, the original design has been perfected over the years using SageBrown’s premium leather, fixtures and fittings and superb craftsmanship to create this signature bag. Recognised by the iconic hinged metal frame opening with a lock and key fastening, our finest quality leather Gladstone bags draw on British design heritage for a premium investment travel piece.
What size bag should I buy?
At SageBrown we have a collection of leather Gladstone bags in three sizes that will be the perfect addition to your travel accessories. Available in classic black, brown, dark tan and light tan you can also coordinate your leather luggage with many other travel essentials. The medium bag is the perfect cabin bag size.
What kind of leather is a SageBrown Gladstone bag made from?
This timeless, vintage piece of luggage is carefully constructed by hand by skilled artisans from premium grade calf hide chosen for its beauty, feel and durability. This top-quality leather gradually gains character over time and connoisseurs will really appreciate the natural patina that develops, giving your leather gladstone bag a beautiful and distinctive charm that is sought after by many. The leather holdall benefits from a butter soft real suede lining for that extra touch of quality.
Is it big enough for a weekend away?
Our versatile Gladstone travel bag is perfect for business or pleasure, offering an alternative to suitcases. The design makes it very accessible and allows you to pack your belongings for all kinds of trips. The metal frame opens really wide to a single main compartment, as well as an internal zip pocket for valuables. The single compartment is deep which means that the Gladstone bag offers excellent space for packing in what you need. The design oozes understated class that will serve you well for years to come, so you can make a lasting impression, wherever you are. There are 3 sizes to choose from depending on how much you like to pack!
Is it durable?
Our leather Gladstone Bags are built to last. Premium leather and hardware together with expert craftsmanship make this a bag you can hand down to the next generation. A sturdy handle and piped edges add lasting quality, whilst a detachable, adjustable strap can be worn comfortably over your shoulder. The bottom of the bag is reinforced, and there are metal feet on the underside to keep it off the ground.
What is the main feature of a Gladstone bag?
A Gladstone bag is a classic style which is synonymous with sophistication and elegance. The metal frame opening is instantly recognisable - a timeless design that is practical, smart and admired by all generations.
Are SageBrown products guaranteed?
In the unlikely event that your leather bag needs to be repaired, all our Gladstone bags including the Doctor’s bags have a lifetime service warranty from the date of purchase and covers manufacturing or materials defect under normal conditions of use. Simply get in touch with our customer services team for more information or call us on +44 (0)20 7287 5757.
What is your refund policy?
Sagebrown are so confident in the quality of their designer leather bags that they guarantee every customer the reassurance of a no-quibble refund. This means if you’re unhappy with your luxury leather goods for any reasons, you can return them within 30 days for a full refund.
How should I store my Gladstone bag when it’s not in use?
All our travel bags come with a SageBrown branded cloth dust bag to keep your product nice and safe.