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Scaramanga Jungalow Decor | by Scaramanga

Scaramanga Jungalow Decor | by Scaramanga

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Boho Jungalow Decor by Scaramanga

Jump into the exotic escapism of 2017’s hottest décor trend: Jungalow. With colours, prints and greenery being central themes, Jungalow is the ideal refresher for Spring, bringing warmth and texture together to create an eclectic boho vibe. This trend is an easy way to get on board with “Greenery” (Pantone’s Colour of the Year) and also incorporates other big decor trends named for this year such as mixed patterns, loads of texture and organic materials. Grab a couple of house plants and some bright patterned wallpaper and you are pretty much there!

See our top picks for creating your own Scaramanga Jungalow decor space easily and affordably.

Vintage Bottle Crates

Our rustic crates make storage easy and stylish. Stack ‘em up on the floor or use them as a shelf tidy. The vintage branding on our Citra crates adds a playful touch.

Teak Stool

We love our solid teak stools as breakfast bar seating, but the lower ones are also great as bedside or coffee tables. Add some colourful coasters or a cute potted plant and they tie right into the Jungalow trend.

Vintage Green Wooden Chest

We have a large selection of Vintage Chests and Boxes which are ideal as coffee tables come storage boxes – see our blog post on this here. They all have their own unique history and we have beautifully restored them so they are back to looking their best. Our colourful painted items make an excellent statement piece in any room. The Jungalow decor trend is all about colour and texture, so the more distressed looking the better!

Shabby Chic White Cabinet Scaramang

This solid teak white painted cabinet is ideal for any bedroom, kitchen or living area. Though it is a large statement piece, the colour is timeless and is a great base for adding lots of texture and pattern using smaller interior items.

Vintage Map Scaramanga

Combining the green tones with the texture of the relief detail, Scaramanga’s vintage maps are an original way to add colour and dimension to any wall space. Be inspired by the vibrancy and suggestion of adventure and get exotic with your interiors.

Vintage Kantha Blanket by Scaramanga Scaramanga’s vintage Kantha blankets are made from gorgeous bold layers of cotton, handstitched together to make colourful quilts. We’ve chosen the green-yellow hues to go with our Jungalow theme. They look beautiful thrown over a chair or bed, or even as a wall hanging to really bring colour to your space.

Vintage Brass Lassi Cups

The authentic motifs and patterns on our Lassi cups make them the ideal affordable Jungalow interior. They are authentic pieces and would have originally been used to drink Lassi – a spiced yoghurt drink. Having taken on a beautiful burnished patina, we would recommend them as candle holders, mini plant pots (for all those succulents!), pen pots, toothbrush holders…the list goes on.

Rustic Stone Bowls by Scaramanga

Scaramanga’s stone bowls are made from original marble, so have a beautiful natural finish. Organic materials are a big decor trend this year, so make sure to check out the various sizes of our bowls and get on board. They look so pretty as fruit bowls, candle holders, or catch all bowls for keys.

Vintage White Mirror

Hints of the original green paintwork can still be seen on this lovely distressed white mirror, bringing character and boho style. Scaramanga mirrors are all unique, so you can rest assured that your colourful furniture is one of a kind. Vintage Chest of Drawers

Originally, this striking chest of drawers would have been used as a Merchant’s Cabinet. The deep teak patina and rustic scalloped handles give this piece a charming quality, with the rich brown being the ideal companion to bright greens and prints. Your interiors can really be tied together by larger pieces, which can be styled to fit your current trend, in this case Jungalow decor.

Floral Handstitched Cushion Cover Our colourful handstitched cushion covers and bedcovers are an easy way to refresh your decor. These cushion covers feature tropical birds and exotic flowers, so they are perfect for the Jungalow trend. Mix and match the patterns and colours for maximum impact.

We are in love with this decor trend: the texture, colour and mixture of patterns are all themes that we hold dear as a company! Jungalow is about having fun with your interiors and expressing a vibe that is playful and eclectic.

 

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas | by Scaramanga

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas | by Scaramanga

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Does your mum deserve more than supermarket flowers and a hastily written card this year? Then look no further than Scaramanga for a unique, thoughtful gift that will definitely secure your position as favourite child! We’ve collated some of our favourite pieces to make Mother’s Day shopping simple!

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For the stylish mum

One of our beautiful, unique leather handbags will make any fashion conscious mum’s day! We would recommend our Leather Envelope Clutch Bag or our Leather Wristlet Clutch. Both bags are ideal gifts for a lady who doesn’t need to carry a large handbag. They are large enough to carry the essentials (phone, money, keys), but are compact enough to be easily carried. Both clutches work well for shopping or as an evening clutch.

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For the mum who loves to travel

Our Weekender Bags are perfect for the mum who loves to (or needs to) get away from it all! Big enough to carry all of your essentials for a long weekend, our bags also fit within most airline’s cabin baggage dimension allowance, making them the ideal companion for flying. Our current favourite travel bags are our Duffle Bag and our Antique Leather Weekender.

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For the gym bunny mum

When it comes to versatility, not many bags do it better than our Leather Tote Bags! Our new favourite is our beautifully soft Antique Leather Tote Bag. We listened to feedback from customers who mentioned stocking a tote with a zip, and we delivered! This spacious handbag will comfortably see any mum through the school run, the work day, a gym session and anything else that’s thrown at them!

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For the mum boss

For the mum who needs a practical yet stylish bag for work, our Leather Laptop Bags would make an ideal Mother’s Day gift! Our Laptop Bag for Women is a sleek, lightweight briefcase which will comfortably hold up to a 15″ laptop and A4 files and documents. It’s thoughtful design makes this bag easy to use and carry and it will get lots of compliments in any work place!

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For the new mum

Buying a Mother’s Day gift for a mum-to-be? Our Leather Flight Bag 2 make an excellent baby bag. In fact, many Scaramanga employees have used this bag as a baby bag themselves and can attest to how perfect it is! It’s great for all of the paraphernalia that goes along with becoming a new mum. If you would like to read more about using this bag as a baby bag, we interviewed Emma about using her Flight Bag 2 as a baby bag. You can read this interview here.

Mother's Day Leather Bag

Make it personal

All the above gifts can be personalised with our in-house embossing! We can emboss initials, a name or a date almost instantly, which makes any gift extra special! Please check the description of the product that you’re interested in to see if your embossing would be completed on the bag, or on a bag tag.

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The World Of Props Buying And Scaramanga Trunks, Chests, Suitcases and Padlocks

The World Of Props Buying And Scaramanga Trunks, Chests, Suitcases and Padlocks

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Although we are well-known for reviving the vintage leather satchel and sourcing unique vintage furniture we have been the go-to supplier for many props buyers over the years. Our first big film break came about  year six years ago. We had a call from a props buyer looking for eight  travel trunks and storage chests to be used in the Tim Burton film Dark Shadows starring: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Eva Green. The film was about an imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, who is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. In a big scene the storage trunks were to be stacked up on Liverpool docks in 1760. It was the first time we had worked with a props buyer and it was an exciting experience.

Tim Burton's Dark Shadows
Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

The buyer was very specific about what she needed: must look like they were from the 1700s, so a basic wooden construction, with irons; colour: dark browns and they needed to look as if they were from the 18th century. We had over 300 large chests and trunks to chose from and after many exchanges of photos and dimensions she selected 8 antique chests and trunks. We thought we had several days to get the trunks to the studio, but we had less than a day to get them to there so we had a arrange a same day pick-up and delivery to the film studio. When working with props buyers there’s a flurry of activity and then after filming things then go quiet for a while. Sometimes a year, often 2 years, then we start to see the trailers and promotional material. The really exciting part is then watching the film and spotting our trunks, suitcases, chests or padlocks in the scenes.

Around the same time we were contacted by a props buyer looking for 10 antique brass padlocks for the 2012 Lord of the Rings blockbuster The Hobbit – several of our locks could be seen on a chest in  Bilbo’s house in the first few minutes of the film. Sometimes our props are seen for a second or two, but somtimes they can be a key object in an important scene.

Bilbo's house. Our padlocks were used on chests and cabinets in his house.
Bilbo’s house. Our padlocks were used on chests and cabinets in his house.

 

Padlocks like these were used for the blockbuster Pan
Padlocks like these were used for the blockbuster Pan

Our funniest props story happened a few years ago. Jonny called us looking for a vintage leather messenger bag for a film he was working on. The bag was going to be worn by Tom Cruise in the action si-fi film Edge Of Tomorrow. We sent the bag off and called Jonny to check it arrived OK, unfortunately he had ordered a large bag and was too big for Tom! So it didn’t make it onto the big screen. In retrospect we should have offered him a smaller bag knowing Tom Cruise is 5’7″!

Somewhere in there were 6 Scaramanga Victoria travel trunks!
Somewhere in there were 6 Scaramanga Victorian travel trunks!

The nature of the film business means we often don’t get any notice. A while ago I got another call from Jonny, a regular buyer, at 3pm on Friday afternoon he urgently needed six plain black late Victorian travel trunks by the following Tuesday for a scene in a remake of the classic adventure film Tarzan. They had to be plain and priced as competitively as possible because they were to be destroyed in the scene! We had several, but most of our storage trunks are decorative and were not the price Jonny was looking for. I had to urgently phone round my sources. We then spent the weekend collecting them ready to be despatched 500 miles to London to arrive on Tuesday morning. If you saw Tarzan our trunks can be seen in at the start of the epic wildebeest stampede through the mining camp of the Belgian villains directed by Tarzan.

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We asked Rebecca, who bought from us for Disney’s 2014  Sleeping Beauty prequel Maleficent starring Angelia Jolie, what she felt were the biggest challenges of working as a props buyer?

Rebecca said: ‘The very last minute requests. There can be changes on set on the day that have us jumping off our seats to rush and find a prop. The other challenges involve detailed research you would have to do in order to try and make sure that you’re getting the correct items. This often links with period projects or props that involve a specialism – there is always someone out there who can spot a mistake and we do try to avoid these as much as we can. We do have to allow ourselves a little artistic licence sometimes as usually the final choice is made by the director who possibly prefers the look of an item which might not be 100% true to detail!!’

The brief from Rebecca was for medieval style chests and boxes with a good decorative finish and storage chests that could be carried. We thought several of our Shehkawati chests would work. They were used by affluent merchants 100 years ago as cash boxes and are always highly decorated with ornate carvings and brasswork. They were just what she was looking for and several, long with old wooden pots, vintage Indian quilted kanthas (blankets) and brass bowls were ordered and used in the film.

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An antique Shekhawati chest similar to the ones we supplied to Maelficent.

 

We have code: RED status at Scaramanga, which means: ‘drop what you are doing and help!’ a status often activated by props buyers.

We supplied antique iron padlocks for Pan
We supplied antique iron padlocks for Pan

The key to working with props buyers is to:

1.  understand what they are looking for, so we use our experience to ask as many relevant questions as we can. These can include: size, style, budget, condition and timescales. Often if a p[ropd buyer is looking for a special piece they will refer to it as a: ‘hero’ prop. That means it has a key role in a scene. Perhaps appearing several times. If it is something we cannot definitely help, we tell the buyer immediately, as there is no point in raising their expectations. Carl always tries to give a realistic probability of finding what they have asked for.

2. offer relevant choices, which means having a good description and knowledge of the items, this may mean knowing its history, provenance, size and construction and having more than five high res photos showing all the views of the piece.

3. act quickly, get back to the buyer as soon as you can and quick despatch quickly, as shooting schedules are often very tight. We cannot simply pop our props along to Pinewood Studios. We have to factor in a 500 miles journey from Scotland.

4. The props buying community is a small, but well connected group of dedicated people working directly with directors to source props for specific scenes. So if a supplier or contact has done a good job sourcing a hard to find prop or they find a specialist supplier they will often share their experiences and contacts with other props buyers. So it’s critical to do a good job. We have never let a props buyer down.

We recently supplied small antique spice pots and bowls for a period film about Queen Victoria: Victoria and Abdul and more antique travel trunks for a Disney film that is being kept secret!

storage trunks for a Disney film

Speaking about the firm’s latest blockbuster film, Carl Morenikeji said: “We’re incredibly proud and delighted to have our products appear in a fifth Hollywood movie in just four years.

“When I founded Scaramanga 10 years ago and named it after a Bond movie character (Christopher Lee’s assassin in The Man With The Golden Gun), I never imagined that by now our reputation for original vintage and antique items, as well as our own bags, would be so good that we’d become the first-choice supplier for so many Hollywood movie props buyers.

Of course not everything is destined for the big screen. We have seen our vintage furniture and interiors appear in TV period dramas in 2016 we supplied more iron padlocks for Jericho. Set in the Yorkshire Dales in the 1870s, the series focuses upon the shanty town of Jericho, home to a community that will live, thrive and die in the shadow of the viaduct they’ve been brought together to build. Jericho is a community of people with secrets to hide and those looking to start again.

Clarke Peters (The Wire) uses a Scaramanga vintage padlock in ITV1 drama Jericho. He plays ruthless railway manager Ralph Coates.
Clarke Peters (The Wire) uses a Scaramanga vintage padlock in ITV1 drama Jericho. He plays ruthless railway manager Ralph Coates.

 

5 million people tuned in to watch Michael Palin and Julia Salwalha in BBC1’s supernatural thriller Remember Me in December 2014. The Sunday night series tells the story of pensioner Tom Parfitt (Michael Palin) and the ghostly spirit that wreaks havoc around him and everyone who enters his world. At the end of the first episode there was a very scary scene in which a boy discovers an old wooden chest full of Indian mementos and old sepia photos in the upstairs rom of a haunted house. The chest in the dark moody room was a Scaramanga antique wedding chest. And is what props buyers call a ‘hero’ piece. It was a significant prop that was very noticable in the episode, when two boys discover the attic room. There were dark and moody shots of the chest and other parts of the room as a ghost makes itself felt, with flashes of a mysterious Indian women who is at the centre of the drama. One showing of our chest was not enough. Channel Four’s Gogglebox repeated the ‘Ghostly Indian Woman’ scene earlier this week.

 

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Antique wooden chest in BBC’s Remember Me 2014 starring Michael Palin

 

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Our biggest piece of work was to supply the Celebrity Big Brother House with 300 antique iron padlocks for the opening day of their 2016 series. Everything in the entire house was chained and padlocked away. Contestants had to win tasks and challenges to get their suitcses or even sleep on their beds.

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Darren Day, like all the other contestants, looking dazed and confused by the chains and padlocks locking absolutely everything down!

 

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Scaramanga Meets Edinburgh Illustrator Ryoko

Scaramanga Meets Edinburgh Illustrator Ryoko

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Scaramanga values original artists, authors, illustrators, creators and makers, so we were thrilled to meet up of Ryoko,  a Japanese illustrator based in Edinburgh.We’ve been fortunate to have collaborated with some real talents such as Jackie Morris & Celeste & The Hare. Our Grant Jeffery, a talented Edinburgh photographer, met up with Ryo to have a chat about living as an artist and her life in city.

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Edinburgh Illustrator + Scaramanga Bags

Tell us about your work and about yourself:

My work, without a doubt, has a lot of influences from what I have experienced from growing up in Japan. When I was younger I read a lot of manga and I enjoyed making my own cartoons, of which I still enjoy doing today. When I was a teenager I had the opportunity to travel, experiencing different countries and their cultures, until I finally moved to UK in 2000. I think you can see everything I have ever seen in different places, combined with my original Japanese roots shows through my work. Drawing is a fundamental part of who I am and have a sort of love hate relationship with it on a daily basis. I often express my thoughts and feelings through my drawings instead of words.

Apart from drawing I am passionate about cats, coffee, gin, collecting stationaries and Moomin mugs. I also have a diploma in Forensic Science/Profiling and am very fond of Lothian buses. I have just finished working on possibly the longest running exhibition that I have done to date, feels like it’s been going on forever. I displayed a different drawing everyday for 3 years at Summerhall in Edinburgh, which featured 2 of my characters Koko and Paw Paw. You can see their journey here: http://thefunchtime.tumblr.com.

http://www.ryokotamuraninjaillustration.com/

edinburgh artist

edinburgh artist

edinburgh artist

 

edinburgh artist My recent project is a corroboration with Edinburgh based Beer company Barney’s designing a label for their Japanese Sorachi hop. It literally has my face on it!

What draws you to Scaramanga (pun intended!)?

I have been using Scaramanga bags and pencil cases for years now, which I carry around with me all the time. It’s great for storing my essentials such as my sketchbook, pens and my laptop. I also like the company’s individuality and uniqueness. I love the fact the products are tough and in the typical Scottish weather, being leather makes them waterproof and durable with the bonus of the more you use them, more personal they become – which is ideal for someone who is very messy like myself. They have been the best travel companion, too, accompanying me from going home to Japan to trip of a life time to Mexico to my sister’s wedding in Hawaii. They carry my life stories so I am very attached to them.

womens leather bag scaramanga

womens leather bag scaramanga

womens leather bag scaramanga

womens leather bag scaramanga

womens leather bag scaramanga

I first moved to Edinburgh 13 years ago and fell in love with the city instantly. I Graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2008. Edinburgh is my second home. My favourite bit of Edinburgh is the beautiful silhouettes of the skyline and especially the sunset view you see from Royal Mile. The city is surrounded by full of historical features and sculptures. Just walking around, you notice different intricate and beautiful detailed stone curved work on every buildings and corner of the street.

Any recommendations for someone visiting Edinburgh?

My first flat was in Leith and I am still very fond of the area. The Shore in Leith is where I like to hang out. It’s full of great bars for drinking gin, cafes for a good coffee and restaurants for a good seafood. The Leith market is also good for buying yummy local produce.

You can see more of her work here: Ninjapen illustration http://www.ryokotamuraninjaillustration.com/ 

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womens leather bag scaramanga

womens leather bag scaramanga

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Need Storage For All Your Children’s Toys? | by Scaramanga

Need Storage For All Your Children’s Toys? | by Scaramanga

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If you’re looking for storage to keep all the children’s toys, games and stuffed animals in then look no further. We carry a large collection of wooden storage trunks, blanket boxes, wooden chests, and wooden boxes to keep all those things in one organised place.  If you’re like us, then you need to think about how to best utilise your small space; this is why a wooden chest is the best choice for storage because it can also double as a coffee table, side table or even extra seating. So don’t rush out to buy plastic containers that you need to hide away in the closet, shop Scaramanga’s range of vintage wooden storage trunks.

In addition to providing great storage that doubles as another piece of furniture, you can style a chest into any decor you’ve already got going on in your home. Our range of vintage interiors is pretty eclectic, so we’re certain you’ll find something that will suit your taste.

I’ll set a familiar scene for most families…the kids want to take all their toys out, like always, right?! So instead of thinking about how you have to clean up after them by bringing out the plastic tubs, opening closets, trying to get the plastic tubs back in the closet….you all can relate, can’t you? All you have to do is open your ‘coffee table’ and let the kids put their games and toys back conveniently and quickly and voila! It’s like the toys were never even there! Until 6am when it happens all over again…

wooden storage chests

You can see that our wooden chests range in style, this one below is a lovely example of a one that would suit many interior design themes. You could easily use it in a vintage, retro, shabby chic home, but even a contemporary or modern home.  It would easily complement a modern living room with say a chic grey sofa and white decoration.  We believe you buy what you love and make it work!

wooden storage boxes

There is nothing better, or bigger than a storage wardrobe to hold your kids toys and games. You could fill these with even more, like their craft supplies and art supplies.  These make a wonderful addition to any home, and any room for that matter, as they bring a truly classic interior design style. When it’s open the kids can easily take out their toys and crafts, then when they’re finished pile it all back in, close the doors, take a breath ’cause your space is magically spotless.  Imagine this kind of ease when preparing for guests to come over.

 

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old wooden chests

Another way to style our old wooden boxes is to just stack them, easy as that! A stack of old suitcases or chests is a real design statement and now we know it serves a purpose.  We stock a lot of boxes that are fairly light weight, so taking them down to take out they kids’ toys will be manageable. Our range is colourful and some boxes have brass hardware and detailed craftsmanship that you can only get when you buy original vintage.

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We even stock a lot of smaller boxes that will sit on table tops, dressers and well, other boxes!  If you’re like most parents, then your kids have a massive collection of coloured pencils, markers and crayons-where do they all come from?! But again, don’t worry, just set one of these smaller boxes on their desk or dresser and they can quickly and conveniently take their growing mass of markers in and out.

old wooden chests

Lastly, consider styling some of our vintage wooden crates, these obviously make great storage for games and toys and can be stacked in many different ways.  These are all very light weight, so you can be confident that your kids could push them around any room, whilst staying organised! These crates have a typically shabby chic look, which would make them a great addition to any room, but we find that they look fantastic in a kitchen.

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Need A Stylish & Practical Laptop Bag? | by Scaramanga

Need A Stylish & Practical Laptop Bag? | by Scaramanga

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We know everyone wants a stylish and practical laptop bag for work, you know the ones. The chic and smart ones that people show up to meetings with AND they can carry with them to drinks or dinner after work. Well, look no further because Scaramanga has a large range of laptop bags for men and women that are completely practical for the daily commute AND are a great companion for after work functions. We started by redesigning the classic leather school satchel, which makes a fresh and original briefcase, but we also have leather backpacks, vintage leather bags and slim lightweight laptop bags that we think you’ll love.

First up is our original vintage satchel. Who is this for? Well anyone who wants a fresh (but nostalgic) take on a work bag.  It will catch the eye of many as they remember their school days.  But more importantly, it’s pretty spacious, so you can carry your laptop, documents, books, water bottle, wallet and more. Not just for those who head to work in a hoodie and trainers, but a leather satchel is a classically smart casual accessory!

original leather satchel for men

leather bags for men

If you still want something different, but like the look of the distressed leather, then perhaps you’ll fall in love with our Citylander laptop bag.  This beauty is more ‘like’ a briefcase, with padded lining for securely holding your laptop, multiple compartments and adjustable/detachable straps. This bag says, retire the black laptop bag and update your look with a modern but vintage style briefcase. The rustic look is complemented with the modern style to give you a unique man bag.

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mens leather bags by scaramanga

If you only carry your laptop and essentials, then our compact and lightweight laptop bag is your next bag.  This chic and slim leather bag is what you want to show up to your next meeting in. Carry by the sturdy handles or simple hold under your arm if you’ve got coffee and or phone in your hands, because we see you, we know you do!

leather laptop bags for women

leather laptop bag

Another alternative to that perfect ‘during work and after work’ laptop bag would be our soft caramel leather weekend b. It’s not only a weekend bag! I have to admit that I am totally biased, because I actually use this bag everyday for work, with my laptop, cable, lunch, water bottle, yoga clothes and sometimes the odd old banana at the bottom (sorry!). The structure is ideal for a laptop, as it keep all my documents upright.  The large compartment can hold my water bottle and yoga clothes with no problem. I usually don’t use the cross body strap because I drive, but I imagine if I were taking the bus or train that would make commuting a breeze. I love that I can keep my phone, keys and purse in the front pocket, or else they would fall to the bottom to never be seen again.

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leather weekender bag for women

leather weekender bag

 

Looking After Vintage And Antique Trunks And Suitcases

Looking After Vintage And Antique Trunks And Suitcases

Carl, director and founder of antique and vintage luggage specialist Scaramanga, gives his expert tips for keeping and caring for old trunks and suitcases. Wonderfully displayed vintage luggage evokes memories of the golden age of travel: transatalntic cruise ships, river paddle boats exploring and steam trains crossing Europe.

Vintage luggage should look like it has been used and been to far off places, making it look new by using brown wax will loose some of their charm. Corners and edges will always show more wear and will show more distressing than other parts of a trunk or suitcase. Of course for serious collectors and dealers of vintage and antique trunks their condition is number one. For them the better the condition of rarer vintage luggage, the higher value and collectibility.

Before and after treating the leather
Before and after treating the leather

So avoid coloured waxes and polishes, they can be used sparingly where there has been a significant loss of colour on a surface. Otherwise use a clear wax, we recommend Celtic Leather Care a natural, non toxic bees wax based wax with balsam. A small quantity is simply applied with a sponge. Test a small area to see that you are happy with the results and then proceed if you are happy. The entire surface of the leather trunk or suitcase should be treated. Severasl applications may be needed. You will notice how the natural colour is restored, particularly when the piece looks dry.

Carl restoring a vintage leather suitcase
Carl restoring a vintage leather suitcase

Leather suitcases and trunks should be regularly treated to ensure they keep their suppleness and parts and areas that are prone to the most ‘stress': edges, seams, hinges and corners should be checked regularly.

We often acquire suitcases with loose or broken stitching along the seams and edges. This is usually caused by the cotton stitching perishing over time or as a result of scuffing. If there is just a few inches of loose stitching we generally leave it as it is. Depending on where it its and the value of the vintage leather suitcase or storage trunk we would only restitch it if the pieces was going to be used for storing heavy items and their weight could then make the sittchless area bigger.
You can restitch it yourself or use a reputable luggage repairer or saddler. Ask to see examples of their work and ask for an estimate before committing the repair. Should the original stitched holes become ripped or unsutable foe restitching them a leather strip or patch can be applied along the edges and stitched on. This is something that would have been done 100 years ago to extend the life of a leather suitcase or travel storage trunk, so if it’s done sympathetically will not look out of place.

A Revelation leather suitcase that had traveled to south east Africa
A Revelation leather suitcase that had traveled to south east Africa and India

Sometimes we buy vintage luggage from individuals and I have had several calls from people saying they have ‘given vintage suitcases and antique trunks a good scrub and removed the old labels’. Generally they should never be removed because they add colourful flashes of colour and can add a historical context to vintage luggage. They would have been added to luggage to show where luggage was to be sent. It also promoted resorts and hotels, so were often quite large and brightly coloured.

Old suitcase with travel stickers
Old suitcase with travel stickers

Look closely for dates, locations and ship names. Often ship names and destinations were painted on to travel trunks and suitcases and these add to the vintage luggage’s character and story. The painting should be kept becuase it’s part of the storage trunk’s history. Of course imitation labels are often to be found on old suitcases and trunks. These may be unnautually new looking, a placed ‘artisitcally’ in the centre of the luggage. Originally they would have been quickly and efficiently slapped on by luggage handlers and porters, who would have put them anywhere on a trunk.

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We discovered ”SS KENSINGTON’ on the top of this trunk. We were then able to find out that this trunk had sailed on the ship in 1896

Depending what you are using it for you may be happy to just vaccum a slightly tatty lining and freshen it with scented sachets. If you want to use it for storing clothes then you may want to have it relined by an upholser, or even try it do it yourself.

A few drops of lubricating oil will keep the locks and hinges free. A metal polish can be used on locks, but I think light corrosion or tarnishing is perfectly fine. Be careful not to get oil on the leather or wood as this may permanently stain it.

 

A suitcase use as a military case
A suitcase use as a military case

Carl’s Top Tips:

1. Wipe the surfaces down with a slightly damp cloth (do not use any water if there are labels on) to remove dust and dirt.
2. Use a clear natural wax or leather treatment.
3. Oil the hinges and locks
4. Avoid placing vintage luggage in bright sunlight or near radiators and heaters.
5. Style it with other travel inspired furniture and interiors like maps, globes, postcards and model ships.

Looking for inspiration:
Victora and Albert Museum: Cromwell Rd, London, SW7 2RL. wam.ac.uk
Walsall Leather Museum: Littleton St West, Walsall, WS2 8EW. cms.walsall.gov.uk/leathermuseum

Some of the many leather suitcases we have sold
Some of the many leather suitcases we have sold

Brands and makes to look for:

There were hundreds of vintage luggage makers dating as far back as the 1850s. Here are just a few to look out for:
Goyard – well known Paris maker, almost in the same league as Louis Vuitton.
Revelation – a British maker, that often used an innovative rachet mechanism to expand the size of their suitcases and trunks
Globetrotter – popular fibre and leather suitcase makers, about to make a comeback with modern versions of their 20th century suitcases.
Hartmann – USA travel trunk and wardrobe trunk makers
Osh Kosh – another USA travel trunk and wardrobe trunk makers
Cave and Co – Edinburgh trunk and suitcase retailers, we often come across these as they were local to us.

 

A Georgian leather travel trunk from around 1840
A Georgian leather travel trunk from around 1840
A fibre and wooden travel storage trunk
A fibre and wooden travel storage trunk

 

The interior of the SS KENSINGTON travel trunk
The interior of the SS KENSINGTON travel trunk

 

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Travel With A New Canvas Backpack or Rucksack | by Scaramanga

Travel With A New Canvas Backpack or Rucksack | by Scaramanga

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Whether your winter escape includes sun or snow, you should travel with a new canvas backpack or rucksack. Our utilitarian backpacks for men and women are handcrafted from waxed canvas, so they are a durable and practical weatherproof travel bag that can handle it. Each bag looks lovingly distressed with the combination of our original Hunter leather and washed waxed canvas. All our backpacks and rucksacks are thoughtfully designed for weekends and the daily commute, so rest assured a bag like the large canvas and leather backpack will fit your laptop, as well as essentials for a weekend away.  Find lot’s of weekend & short breaks in Scotland from the VisitScotland website.

canvas backpack rucksack bag

canvas backpack rucksack bag

canvas backpack rucksack bag

Is a backpack one of the most practical bags, ever? We kind of think so! There is something amazing about being able to comfortable carry all that you need while keeping your hands free.  This is true while out exploring nature or while your commuting, because you must carry your phone and coffee at all times.  If you are looking for a great day pack then our small leather and canvas backpack rucksack will do the trick and again for something that will get through the weekend, hands free, then our large canvas and leather backpack is the one for you.

canvas backpack rucksack bag

canvas backpack rucksack bag

canvas backpack rucksack bag

Included in our canvas and leather bag collection is our new holdall. This is an ideal option for people who seek a lightweight travel bag that is still large to hold a lot of travel essentials. This canvas holdall for men has the lovely worn-in look and only gets better with time and use.

holdall travel for men

canvas backpack rucksack bag

If you like to stay organised whilst traveling, then consider buying our canvas travel document holder. It can hold multiple passports for you and you family, documents, coins, money and there are numerous card slots for all your cards. This organiser is the perfect travel companion, it will keep it all together so you’re not scrambling at the gate looking for things-we’ve all been there, right?

canvas backpack rucksack bag

canvas backpack rucksack bag

canvas backpack rucksack bag

canvas backpack rucksack bag

We hope you’re able to find a little adventure this winter and if you do, shop our growing collection of travel bags and weekend bags.

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