01
The materials

The bag is constructed out of a fine natural grain cowhide from France, which has been vegetable tanned. Vegetable tanning is the longer, traditional method of tanning leather which uses vegetable stuffs, like tree bark, to give the colour. The bag's metal elements are solid brass, and it is fully lined with durable cotton twill.

02
The heritage

The premium leather used for the bag is crafted to the same high standards that Mr Alfred Dunhill himself introduced over 100 years ago. The company's experience in creating leather goods extends back more than 117 years.

03
The design

There is something rather masculine and elegant about a solid holdall; if you will forgive the pun, it shows that the owner has a grip on life, in a way that a wheeled case doesn't quite convey. The bag has a removable, adjustable shoulder strap, a leather luggage tag, two leather-covered padlocks and small feet on the bottom.

04
The name

The bag is named after Bladon, the village in Oxfordshire, England where Sir Winston Churchill, one of the brand's most iconic and loyal customers,
is buried.

05
The SIZE

The interior of the bag is spacious, perfect for weekends away. The main section contains elastic straps and a removable garment folder, while the second section has three slip pockets, ideal for a phone and an iPod. There are two further zipped compartments on the front and back of the bag; the front pocket has an organizer and pen holder inside.

Words by Mr Peter Henderson | Photography by Mr Will Thom
"The 48 Hour Bladon bag is the perfect size for a weekend away and is designed for business or pleasure. It features solid brass buckles and French full grain, vegetable-tanned leather which will develop a patina over time and age beautifully."
Mr Max Summerskill, head of leather, Alfred Dunhill

When Mr Alfred Dunhill took over his family's saddlery business in 1893, he dedicated himself to creating fine men's accessories and clothes, as well as motoring goods. In the days before cars were sold with accessories, Alfred Dunhill famously provided "everything but the motor," from dashboard clocks and horns to driving goggles and overcoats. In 1922 Mr Alfred Dunhill took out a patent for an interior light for bags, which he had developed to allow his wife to apply her lipstick with ease during ballet performances. Innovation, functionality and luxury have always been cornerstones of Alfred Dunhill, which has grown into a quintessentially British, men's luxury brand. The focus is squarely on timeless, masculine clothes and accessories, all created with great care and attention using only the best materials.

THE ALFRED DUNHILL STORY


MR ALFRED DUNHILL
Mr Alfred Dunhill, above, in 1897. He famously insisted, "It is not enough to expect a man to pay for the best, you must also give him the best."
THE FIRST SHOP
Alfred Dunhill's first shop was on Euston Road in London, seen here in 1904. Three years later a further shop opened on Jermyn Street, London, and openings in New York and Paris followed soon afterwards
THE ADVERTISING
An advert in elegant Art Nouveau style from the early 1900s, promoting Alfred Dunhill's motoring accessories
THE HOMES OF Alfred DUNHILL
The London 'Home of Alfred Dunhill' (located in the Duke of Westminster's former residence) contains a flagship store, bar, screening room and barber. The company has further 'homes' in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai
THE CRAFTSMANSHIP
Alfred Dunhill retains a workshop in London's East End, where leather goods are made by hand

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