I have now accepted orders for all my remaining stocks of raw materials and intend to retire when I have completed and delivered them. So I have removed all the order buttons. I still have the equipment and premises and am happy to do any repair work.

I would like to express my boundless appreciation to all my customers – particularly the ‘returning’ ones – for allowing me to make a living from such a pleasurable activity.

But there is every possibility that later next year I will want to make a few articles for my more persistent customers so have decided to start a ‘reserve list’ for customers who might want me to contact them in this event.

I really enjoy making leather bags and am still able to do that well enough. It’s keeping all the small business plates spinning that I feel too old to do anymore.

If you would like to go on that reserve list then please email me.

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The Grip Bag


20″x13″x6″(average)/510mm x 330mm x 150mm (average)

A spacious, handmade leather bag with a very long zip, making it possible to open it wide for easy access and packing. The tough cotton drill lining has elasticated pockets on both faces. The body of the bag is made of pliable leather so that, when it is empty, it collapses in on itself, making it easy to store in the cupboard under the stairs between trips.

The handles and load-bearing straps, however, are either made from stiff, substantial cowhide or a double layer of leather for a secure, comfortable grip in the hand. The shoulder strap is detachable to enable you to place it inside the bag if you need to put it in the hold of an aeroplane. The long zip has two runners which are lockable with a tiny padlock (not included). A flat zipped sleeve on one outside face is handy for maps and travel documents.

If you would prefer to have one made without the detachable shoulder strap (£45 less) or the flat zipped sleeve (£30 less) then please specify in the requests/queries box that is part of the order form. Henry will confirm price changes by personal email.

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Price: £260