G.J. Cleverley Crafts Goods From Rare Leather Salvaged From Shipwreck

Ever heard of G.J. Cleverley? We ae sure that Londoners are quite familiar with that name as they oft have associated with high quality that has been following from a glorious past. As for the us in the rest of the world, it is high time we familiarised ourselves with the brand who has had Winston Churchill, Gary Cooper, Clak Gable and Humphrey Bogart among its esteemed list of clients.

G.J. Cleverley is known for the bags it makes and its latest limited edition line if already out there. This time the craftsmen have made use of Russian reindeer leather that was salvaged from a ship that sunk some 200 years ago. The precious and subsequently rare hides have been preserved pretty well ever since they were recovered by divers from the Danish brigantine ‘Metta Catharina von Flensburg’ that sank during a storm in Plymouth Sound way back in 1786.

The Russian reindeer leather skin in question has been tanned by using a very elaborate 18th century willow bark and birch oil process. The skins have been used to craft a great collection of handmade men’s accessories like belts, wallets, a wine carrier, show kit and Gladstone bag, which is shown above and will cost you $7,200. We liked the bag so much because it reminds one of the satchel that was used by well-heeled British hunters long ago.

Via official website

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