Because there are few better paternal bonding exercises than cutting up parts of dead animals, the father-son behind newly launched Ashdown have teamed up with a leatherworker who's been making saddles since the '70s, occasionally even for the Royal Family, though Charles maybe got back into his a little too quickly. Just a few of the beautifully hand-hewn goods, all made with antique tools and literally zero machinery:
Premium iPad Case
Slickly showcasing the range's minimalist aesthetic, this tablet-keeper closes with a simple strap pulled snugly into a tab, and's made from soft vegetable-tanned "cashew nut" leather designed to gradually patina and darken, thus uniquely "ageing throughout its life", as opposed to whatever it is that Michelle Pfeiffer does.
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Made from the same stuff, the largest of their wallets packs six card slots that'll hold up to 18 credits, and a note-pocket "big enough to fit a 50" (yes a 50. Let's not go crazy).
Standard Belt (but still pretty premium)
Make that standard-setting belt. This trouser/dignity saver's made from dark Salgado belting leather, comes with either brass or nickel hardware, and has an antique, exchangeable buckle that you can swap out for "an old favourite", hopefully one that will Bowles everyone over.
Published: May 21, 2012 at 2:00am EDT
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