Doctor Style WideMouth Grip
We’ve been working toward this design for decades, no joke. Back in 97, a customer approached us with an antique which had been made in 1932, and that he had been using since 1968 when he had found it second hand in a little shop in Vancouver. The unique character that we wished to include in the redefinition of this original, was the Doctor’s Bag hardware with hinges and a frame, that when open, held it’s shape, and allowed full sight and access to the internals. We searched our suppliers catalogues, referenced historic samples of this concept from vintage stores, and consulted tool and die manufacturers to no avail.
As our Travel Bag had evolved to having fold out triangles, like a wrapper on a present, so that when opened it achieves full sight and access, it further inspired two new approaches to solving the question of how to close the lid. Our Toiletries Kit received the first, adding steel rods, utilizing the leather as the hinge, allowing for a formed, fully open, mouth. Then, secondly our new Hybrid Pack repeats the double triangles, folding down as opposed to up like the Travel Bag (this is done on the Travel for the simple reason that it allows for a Shoulder Strap anchor).
Our new Grip combines these in adding a much stouter steel rod to hold shape and say “ahhhhhhhh”. This allows the bag to pop open, and hold its form. It also adds to the appearance and structure when the zipper has been zipped. There is no hinge to fail, or wear through the leather, as commonly happened on some other historic versions of this concept.
So finally, the very handsome, WideMouth Grip
Body and Soul, of English Bridle Leather
This Grip can be ordered in either Black or Chestnut, English Bridle Leather, or a combination. Solid Brass hardware with a stout #10 Brass YKK zipper and a choice of thread colour. Consult the Belts page. The base is a thicker and stiffer 8-10 oz weight with the body being 5 oz which will soften to a buttery suppleness (see the photo’s of our 22 yr old Travel Bag below).
For years we did not offer linings knowing that they were problematic. Premature failure, inability to be cleaned, fixing the little hole in the bottom corner was a dreadful task and expensive to have fixed properly. We set about to solve these issues, and we have. Wait for it… BUTTONS!! All of our linings are removable for washing, repairing, updating, etc. We have a few different fabrics on hand that are carefully chosen for washability and durability, and of course handsomeness. Inside you will find one large zippered and two leather trimmed pockets.
Pictured directly above, is our personal use Travel Bag, in Chestnut English Bridle Leather. At the young age of 22 years old, this one was made and put into service in 1998 and displays the body and suppleness of a broken in piece. We typically use this as our “carry-on” luggage.
Pictured directly to the Left in all Chestnut, and also above Right in a Balck Chestnut combo, is the brand new, slightly stiffer, look and feel as it comes off the work bench on it’s way to a new home.
Above is a version of mixing it up, color-wise, with the classic combination of Black body and Chestnut trim. You can see that this brand new one is still stiff. More like butter from the fridge, just warm it up, put a few miles on it and it will soften up nicely.