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Lifestyle: Luxury Leather Goods for Men

by Joanne Ward
16 May, 2013
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Joanne juggles a demanding job as a mum of two with a challenging job as a writer of articles for Click Tempus. Appropriately taking time out to raise a family, she was formerly an Editorial Assistant with Time Out magazine. Joanne can turn her talents to writing about ladies watches, men's bags and woozy whiskey cocktails all while entertaining the kids with soothing lullabies.

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Without a doubt, leather spells luxury – but only when carefully treated and skilfully crafted. Low quality products are currently widespread across the market, with poor appearance and tactility giving the real-deal goods a bad name. Opting for a low-cost, artificial article will certainly save money, but this throwaway culture amounts to waste and a blasé attitude towards the fine craftsmanship of the leather goods industry. Far better instead to invest your money – and your trust – in a slightly more costly addition to your wardrobe or accessory collection, and to do this you need look no further than the recognised and highly reputed retailers of top-quality luxury leather items that will stand the test of time.

Daines & Hathaway Black Lizard Bell Key Case

Daines & Hathaway – founded by leather specialists William Daines and Charles Hathaway in Walsall in 1922 – is still amongst the most prestigious traditional leather goods makers today, and the quality is there to behold even in the smallest of their creations. The Black Lizard Bell Key Case, measuring 70mm x 98mm, is perfect for avoiding key-tangling conundrums at the bottom of a bag or pocket, and hails from a collection of other matching leather items. In Black Lizard printed leather, it proves itself as a classy, not to mention practical, accessory, and is graciously presented in a Daines & Hathaway-branded gift box.

Maxwell Scott Tan 14 inch Bovino Laptop Bag

Laptops are pretty much a requirement nowadays, for professionals and techies alike, and what better way to store and transport your faithful companion than a sturdy yet sophisticated leather pouch. Do away with the standard chunky, superfluously-pocketed and multi-handled bags and instead treat your laptop to a luxuriously smooth sleeve, such as the Maxwell Scott Tan 14 inch Bovino. Handcrafted from the finest Italian leather – and measuring 38w x 28h x 3.5d cm – it comes complete with a lightly padded interior to put your mind at rest and reassure you about its ability to keep your prized possession safe and secure. As well as ample room for 14 inch laptops, there is an external front pocket for carrying documents, and each compartment is fastened with hard-wearing zips made by the all-powerful and environmentally aware YKK company. There are two options here; either place into a larger bag for further protection, or tuck under your arm for a trendy, minimalist look.

Ettinger London Heritage Dark Brown Westminster Flap-Over Briefcase


Those looking to completely spoil themselves could consider pushing the boat out – and then some – with a hand made, traditional-style briefcase in the form of Ettinger’s London Heritage Dark Brown Westminster Flap-Over. This incredibly sturdy yet elegant offering from the 1934-founded company uses only the best English Bridle Hide that guarantees a unique patina with age, and will last a lifetime, with the pig suede lining inside continuing the animal theme. Proportioned just right at 40.5w x 29h x 8.5d cm, it features two internal compartments, three pen slots and a large card slip pocket. The shoulder strap, leather key chain and Ettinger-branded brass locks provide the final flourishes that set this bag firmly in a league of its own.

Montblanc Meisterstück Wallet 8CC


The luxury goods market just wouldn’t be the same without the omnipresent Montblanc, those purveyors of cool, understated chic whose wares encompass watches, pens, fragrance and so much more. Their signature motif is world renowned, and therefore goods emblazoned with the small, rounded white star are highly coveted and viewed as a testament to style and sophistication. Their Meisterstück Wallet 8CC is not too small but not too imposing, at 10.5 x 9.5 cm, and is stunningly simple in black European full-grain cowhide with a deep shine, jacquard lining. This wallet is for those who like to travel light, money-wise, and who don’t possess a shed-load of various store or credit cards; it has a perfectly sufficient eight card pockets, two banknote compartments, and two additional just-in-case pockets.

Smythson Crocodile-Embossed Multi-Currency Wallet


Smythson has become synonymous with fine British craftsmanship, and some of the fine leather goods it has been producing over the past 125 years can be found on many a professional and celebrity. For globe-trotting types, the Crocodile-Embossed Multi-Currency Wallet – 15 x 22cm – provides a stylish, plentifully-pocketed addition to any suitcase, with each of the four zipped compartments being colour-coded to keep multiple currencies in check. The dark brown leather is smart and also interesting, with its multi-sized scales, and bears the distinct Smythson emblem embossed in gold on the back.

 

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Date Self-Winding

A perfect companion to the Smythson has to be the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Date Self-Winding watch, elegantly simple in 18 carat gold and dark brown alligator strap that matches the colour scheme of the wallet. At a standard but not overbearing 40mm diameter, the splintered hour indices, unimposing date window and transparent sapphire case back are all features that deserve the Hallmark of Geneva, which certifies its status as a luxury Swiss watch.

Cartier Reversible Cowhide and Palladium Belt

Cartier is perhaps best known for its jewellery and watches, but the leather goods they offer are certainly on a par with their more sparkly pieces. This elegant reversible cowhide and palladium belt is crafted from only the best leather, which is selected personally by the craftsmen involved and then further embellished with the simply curved palladium ardillon buckle, engraved with the Cartier motif. There is a certain simplicity about this belt that shows it has been made with only the highest quality in mind, and two wearing options are available, depending on the occasion; choose from the standard black, or flip it over for dark brown.

Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Double Tourbillon

Why choose anything other than a Cartier watch to compliment the sleek, sophisticated form of this belt? The Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Double Tourbillon is a conundrum of a watch, with its mechanism appearing to float freely at the heart of the slate-grey guilloché, galvanised dial. Its 45mm platinum case and black alligator skin strap echoes the belt’s colourway, and the sapphire case back allows a view of the movement, revealing its components and the respected Hallmark of Geneva.

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Joanne juggles a demanding job as a mum of two with a challenging job as a writer of articles for Click Tempus. Appropriately taking time out to raise a family, she was formerly an Editorial Assistant with Time Out magazine. Joanne can turn her talents to writing about ladies watches, men's bags and woozy whiskey cocktails all while entertaining the kids with soothing lullabies.

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