We're not normally ones to gush but with three globally exclusive styles from much loved Brit brand Chapman Bags, we're ready to shout from the riverside. Pick from the canvas Fly Fisher holdall in navy with chocolate trim, the khaki canvas double front pocketed messenger or the olive canvas iPad case. Expect premium materials, expert construction and, as with all Chapman Bags, each one is hand signed before it leaves the workshop.
And while the colourways are new, the handcrafted construction has a much longer history, remaining faithful to the processes that make the Cumbrian company a leader in its field. Set in a workshop on a three
hundred year old site, the masterminds at Chapman use a controlled and individual process to make these bags. Eschewing the heavy machinery of a mass marketing age and joyously bereft of computer software, the hand that cuts the fabric for each bag is a real human one, guided by nothing more sophisticated than a pair of scissors. And after hand cutting the material, traditional patterns are used to offer the template for the bonded cotton canvas bags, which are multi-layered, waterproof and long-lasting. Add in the solid brass hardware, strong double stitched construction, English bridle leather and parachute grade shuttle loomed cotton webbing and you have a product that outlasts the vicissitudes of fashion for historic usage.