Gladstone London
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ENGLISH STYLE AND ITALIAN CRAFTSMANSHIP

The Gladstone London range is inspired by the design and lost crafting practice from the ‘London Made’ 1920s and 30s era, fusing them with contemporary aesthetics and function. The brand embodies its work-hard, play-hard urbanite audience with the style and exceptional craftsmanship that endures. 

Gladstone’s founder, John O’Sullivan has gained over 30 years of experience; most of which he spent at Chanel, and his starting career at Harrods before moving onto MCM. It was in 2015 when he decided to leverage his in depth knowledge of, and strong network in the fashion and leather goods industry to create Gladstone London; a brand where quality comes first.

PROCESS

CRAFTSMANSHIP

All of their products are handcrafted in a small Italian factory near Lake Como to a level of quality only matched by the most renowned superbrands.

The leathers used by Gladstone London are still cut by hand; by the master cutter, known in the factory as ‘the clicker’. Before being cut with a scalpel each skin is laid out under bright lights so that the cutter can evaluate the best position for the pattern placement, only then will cutting begin. Open reared at the top of the mountain, time and tested methods passed down through centuries.

John personally sources and hand selects only the softest calf skins. Six months of research is required to ensure the colour and finish is unique and perfectly balanced. Exotic and other premium skins are also available on request. First selection vegetable tanned leather of the highest grade is sourced from Northern Europe.

CUSTOMISATION

YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH

Personal touches can also be added to any Gladstone piece allowing a s stamp of distinction and elegance. They use London’s finest and longest serving master hand gilder and can add a touch at your request. This can be anything from your initials to a family coat of arms or the gilding of monograms or hand painted stripes, these all being available in a variety of colours and finishes to transform your Gladstone piece into a more modern art form. You can even choose hand painted bespoke designs to complement and interact with your environment.

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Book an appointment and enjoy a free consultation at their store in London.

You'll be able to see all the leather and customization options.

SERVICES

BESPOKE BAGS

For those who seek only the very best and demand total exclusivity, there can be no more treasured a possession than a unique masterpiece created by them from an original idea or concept. Much careful research and great dedication are needed to develop the design and to unearth the finest materials at your request.

Also, their in-house designers can help you to re-imagine designs from their extensive archive of collectables designed by long lost brands of the famed “London Made” period of the early 20th century.

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Book an appointment and enjoy a free consultation at their store in London.

You'll be able to see all the leather and customization options and have a quotation for your next luxury gift.

STYLE DETAILS

THE ICONIC CUT LOCK

The iconic Gladstone London diamond cut lock is handcrafted by a jeweller in Florence, famed for their meticulous eye for detail, the hardware will only by used if it is up to the jeweller’s perfectionist eye.

 

STYLE DETAILS

CUTTING

The artisans working on Gladstone London’s products are required to train as an apprentice for 6 years until they achieve the level of competency necessary to reach their exacting standards of craftsmanship start working on stitching. This competency is highlighted in the contrast stitching used on all their double handles and zip pullers in their Stud Collection.

STYLE DETAILS

A LUXURIUS INSIDE

Gladstone London believes the inside of the bag is just as important as the outside, all their bags are lined with Alcantara; which is cleanable and stain resistant as it is resin backed. Used in the Art Deco period of glamour by many famed artists and architects, whilst also used on dining room furniture and to this day two of the most prestigious car brands use it to line their interiors. This material truly does stand the test of time.

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