Made in Italy.
"Made in Italy"
Yes, some French wine rubs shoulders with the best in the world, but I’ve also had a bottle that tasted like it was strained through a cat.
Full grain leather is the leather that “lasts a lifetime”.
Personally however, I would not be best pleased if I spent £1000 on a bag that started to look like Mrs Doubtfire with a few drinks on board.
Basically, a brand famed for workmanship using Full Grain Leather will give you a great bag.
The design and how it is finished all comes down to personal preference really, so that’s up to you to choose what you like.
As anyone who has an old Bridge will attest, that these bags lifespans are measured in decades and generations.
They really do last and, thanks to the tanning process that The Bridge uses, they get better with each passing year. For those unsure, 'tanning' is the process whereby the hide is treated to make it stronger and longer lasting. It is basically where the hide is turned into what we commonly know as leather.
“I hope this parachute was made quickly and cheaply!!”
There is a big difference between a bag looking "worn in" and a bag looking "worn out".
To cut to the chase, it is this natural tanning process that makes The Bridge so special and distinctive. It takes a long time, is labour intensive and requires a huge amount of skill. Ultimately though, it produces infinity more beautiful leather that will last a lifetime. The higher price of the leather is unquestionably worth it.
To really get a sense of how good The Bridge are you need to see them in the flesh. Photographs on the internet simply don't do justice to the look and the feel of the quality.
There are no slogans and no gimmicks with a Bridge bag. There is simply a beautiful piece of leather and an impeccable display of craftsmanship.
Bringing this piece back to my sentiments at the start of this blog, the obvious question would be "where are the Bridge made??". As it happens, The Bridge are in fact "Made in Italy", starting in Florence in 1969. The Bridge though, are not fantastic bags simply because they are Italian. The Bridge are fantastic bags because they use only the best materials and the best workmanship from start to finish.The next time you're thinking of a investing in a proper bag, come in and try a few Bridge on for size. You won't be disappointed.