Making of an "Ultimate Briefcase"

In early January, we received a phone call from our friend Rich. He had been searching for quite some time for a unique and extraordinary briefcase for himself and two of his friends. Luckily, Rich found us in a recent issue of Rolls Royce magazine. 

Rich called us with what he was looking for and after some discussion and consultation, we decided on the Francis Briefcase, Braided in English Bridle.  

So, we got to work on the briefcases for Rich and his friends and the first step, begin with the leather.

Because of all of the rain we’ve been having in January, some of the leather tanning needed to be done inside.

Because of all of the rain we’ve been having in January, some of the leather tanning needed to be done inside.

Two weeks into the Tanning and Distressing process, we saw nice development in each of the pieces of the leather we chose. This was our first attempt at making three identical bags at once and Rich made a request to pair the leather of each briefcase with the level of tanning. Pairing the leather turned out to be a lot of fun for us!

The sun & oil we use working its magic and each leather has been assigned for its specific briefcase.

The sun & oil we use working its magic and each leather has been assigned for its specific briefcase.

With the tanning and distressing of the leather completed, the assembly of each bag was ready to be assembled and to be braided.

Handmade in Sandast Studio, Los Angeles.

Handmade in Sandast Studio, Los Angeles.

When it comes to “Braiding” leather, there are a number of different techniques and methods used to do it ranging from a very simple technique to something requiring special talent and extreme precision. The method we use for “Braiding” is perhaps one of the most sophisticated methods out there and we happen to have the best technician in the world to achieve it. Allow us to show you some of the steps included:

Each hole is punched into the leather by hand.

Each hole is punched into the leather by hand.

Once all of the holes have been punched, the leather is then glued together with precision, ensuring each hole is connected on both sides.

Once all of the holes have been punched, the leather is then glued together with precision, ensuring each hole is connected on both sides.

Now here is the fun part; For each “Braiding” track to be completed correctly, a needle has to go through the hole, swivel out to another hole and then once more to lock in each track. All of this needs to be done while making sure the six to seven foot long braid leather stays on the same side throughout.

Now here is the fun part; For each “Braiding” track to be completed correctly, a needle has to go through the hole, swivel out to another hole and then once more to lock in each track. All of this needs to be done while making sure the six to seven foot long braid leather stays on the same side throughout.

What an experience and absolute pleasure it was for us to witness each briefcase being born. Admiring all three of the briefcases side-by-side, we took the photo below to show all of you.

We found ourselves admiring the view.

We found ourselves admiring the view.

We thank Rich for his business and for allowing us the opportunity to serve him and his friends but more importantly, Rich had inspired us to add the final piece of the puzzle to the Francis Briefcase.

American Quality in Leather restored….

American Quality in Leather restored….

Of course, we’re very proud of the design of the Francis Briefcase and we believe we’ve done an excellent job creating a briefcase with Classic American Design combined with Modern Functionality. Still, I couldn’t help but to have the feeling the briefcase was somewhat “incomplete” & We weren’t sure what that missing piece was…..

Having another discussion regarding the interior options, Rich said he wanted a divider to store his laptop. Of course, being the exquisite gentleman that he is, he asked if there was a better option than what we had been offering….. Then, we finally figured out what that missing piece was.

Introducing the 1st of its kind, Francis Briefcase with the Leather Divider

Introducing the 1st of its kind, Francis Briefcase with the Leather Divider

Dear Rich,

It was an absolute pleasure & thank you very much for allowing us an opportunity to serve you.
We are delighted to hear that your friends were just as happy as you were upon receiving your gifts.

We hope your Francis Briefcase accompanies to many wonderful journeys & legacies.

Thank you.

Dear Chris,  The Finished product turned out to be a true work of art. But so often, works of art have little functionality. These cases are the embodiment of that place where beautiful form coincides with perfect function. The “Personalization” that was done inside the case provided the piece of resistance. I could not have asked for a better designed, better constructed or a briefcase with better utility than the ones you created. It is easy to understand why your cases are the only ones featured in the Rolls Royce Book, (Strive for Perfection), as clearly that is exactly what you do.  One Very happy customer  Richard. W - Suburb , Pennsylvania.

Dear Chris,

The Finished product turned out to be a true work of art. But so often, works of art have little functionality. These cases are the embodiment of that place where beautiful form coincides with perfect function. The “Personalization” that was done inside the case provided the piece of resistance. I could not have asked for a better designed, better constructed or a briefcase with better utility than the ones you created. It is easy to understand why your cases are the only ones featured in the Rolls Royce Book, (Strive for Perfection), as clearly that is exactly what you do.

One Very happy customer

Richard. W - Suburb , Pennsylvania.