LIFESTYLE

LEATHER GOODS

The design process behind BassamFellows' range of fine leather goods involved a tireless search for purity and perfection, resulting in ultra-stylish, eminently useful staples.

Believing every good bag begins with the leather, BassamFellows sourced a rare French calf from one of the world’s most celebrated and oldest tanneries with roots that date back to the 16th century. The leather is old school French bridle tannage – full grain, vegetable tanned and packed with natural wax – an archival leather that was originally designed to withstand rain, horse sweat and years of wear. Like BassamFellows' wood furniture, the leather will patina with time and look more beautiful with age.

From conception, the bags were designed and constructed with nothing extraneous. All leather goods feature an unlined "nude" construction and an absolute minimum of seams – to reduce weight and to showcase the quality of the leather. Internally, stitches and seams are hand tied and taped, and edges are scored and hand-burnished using a vintage dry harness technique. Like a double-face cashmere coat, the inside of the bag is as beautiful as the outside.

Metal details and branding are kept to a minimum. Zippers – the toughest industrial grade on the market – and pulls are 100% brass.

Developed by a world class master craftsman, the bags are hand made in the USA, signaling the rebirth of an entire industry – one that BassamFellows is proud to support.

The collection includes the Document Bag, a sophisticated 21st century update of the classic soft-sided briefcase and the Touring Bag, designed as the ultimate in chic utility for weekends away or brief business sojourns. Designed to complement the modern, ultra-connected lifestyle, BassamFellows leather envelopes - available in medium and large sizes (suitable for iPads and A4 documents respectively) - elevate a utilitarian staple into a modern essential. The envelopes can be used independently or together with the Document and Touring bags.

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She wears Double-faced Cashmere T in ivory/ivory with Women’s Alpine Zip Boot and Touring Bag in grey-beige French calf.

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Document Bag in Connecticut Blue French calf.

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100% brass zippers and pulls reveal a front compartment with eminently useful pockets.

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Document Bag in Connecticut Blue French calf. The construction has an absolute minimum of seams.

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Touring Bag in Anthracite Brown French calf designed as the ultimate in chic utility for weekends away.

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Touring Bag in Anthracite Brown French calf. Bags feature an unlined "nude” construction. The Medium Envelope utilizes brass D-rings to securely hook into the bag.

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Touring Bag in Black French calf.

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Large Envelope in Connecticut Blue French calf suitable for A4 size documents.

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Medium Envelope in Grey-Biege French Calf. Brass D-rings can be used together with the Document Bag or Touring Bag.

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He wears Double-faced Cashmere T in grey/ivory with Capri Lace Boot and Document Bag.

Photography by Francois Dischinger

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