IT ALL BEGAN IN THE SUMMER of 2011, when we were in search of an elegant iPad carrying case, and amazingly, there were none available anywhere that suited our design aesthetic—simple yet chic, practical yet impossibly stylish—and that is when P suggested that we might design our own. What followed would be a two-year adventure across three countries, in search of the perfect materials—the finest leather, hand-forged and polished brass hardware from France,

and most importantly, someone who could bring our designs to life, a craftsman who created using the traditional, age-old techniques from times gone by. The search for craftsmen would prove to be the most difficult, and we are very fortunate to be working with some of the best in the West Midlands, the heart of where it all began and the centre of leather manufacturing in Britain for the past two hundred years.

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"To be alive is to totally and openly participate in the simplicity and elegance of here and now." —Donald Altman

"To be alive is to totally and openly participate in the simplicity and elegance of here and now."

Donald Altman

The Belgrave Crescent Balmoral Satchel in British Tan
soigné (adj.) possessing an aura of sophistication in dress, manner, or design; presented or prepared with an elegance attained through care for the finer details

Belgrave Crescent Skyfall Lookbook, The Scottish Highlands

Belgrave Crescent Skyfall Lookbook, The Scottish Highlands

What began as one iPad satchel would evolve to include two different designs in two different types of leather and three colours, as well as the addition of tablet sleeves, over the course of two years of design and research.  The original design would go through three prototypes before we were completely satisfied with the final result, and would include work with the one of the oldest and best equestrian houses in Britain for leather, as well as one of the oldest and most prestigious 

saddlery houses in France, to create the most beautiful intermingling of design, materials and craftsmanship. 

And during this time, there were losses and delays, moving houses and cities, and through it all, we were always in love, both with one another, and with this, our latest and greatest adventure.

And in the end, there would be a wealth of knowledge about the design process, about manufacturing, different types of leather, the tanning process, sourcing the best materials and hardware from Italy, France, and the UK, about patience and determination, and that love is indeed in the details—but most of all, we would learn much about ourselves.

 

But perhaps this is only the beginning, and we are ecstatic to finally share with you, at long last, the full realisation of the plans and dreams from that fateful summer day . . . 

From us to you,
P&R, January 2014