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Luxury in Clerkenwell: Made in Global Bags


SEEN was attending Clerkenwell London to hear all about the forthcoming Clerkenwell Design Week in May, when I spotted a fabulous backpack adorning a fellow attendee and found myself sitting next to the same lady at the briefing. Happily, the fabulous backpack was part of a collection currently enjoying a pop-up outing until the end of March at Clerkenwell London, which if you haven’t visited it yet is a must-see concept store of fashion, art, food and drink, wine, wellness and design, not far from Farringdon Station.


So, Made In Global is an exciting new series of luxury accessories for men and women that embrace artisanal and material excellence at a feel-good price. The initial capsule collection of five bag designs embrace the finest leather and hand-polished hardware associated with the world’s leading luxury houses because Made In Global products are crafted in the same Florentine workshops. Meticulous attention has been paid: contemporary and bold silhouettes; refined, rich hues and, on closer inspection, exacting details and finishing that work as hard as you do. The backpacks can certainly hold your laptop or tablet comfortably without the weight of your worldly goods pulling the bag out of shape. I thought they were the perfect London accessory.

MADE IN GLOBAL Recoleta in Ice

The brainchild of a globetrotting couple who have lived and worked in Europe, the US and throughout Latin America, Made In Global is based in London. Its formation was borne out of the frustration that there were few sturdy and stylish bags out there that are as adaptable as our working and daily lives and which also blend seamlessly within the full spectrum of personal style. The launch has also stemmed from a passion for the traditions of the most sophisticated luxury houses but a reluctance to meet their price tags.

The inaugural Made In Global takes inspiration from Buenos Aires; each of the five designs have been named after a location in the Argentinian city. The full grain leather San Telmo and Palermo backpacks are incredibly comfortable to carry and offer multiple storage options. There are also classic bowling bags and a soft briefcase to choose from among this range of thoughtfully designed and engineered essentials. Colours from the collection range from dove grey, to rich claret, caramel, tan, chocolate and black. Prices start at £395 with next day delivery available in the UK. These are definitely investment pieces, but are so beautifully made they would last you a lifetime.

Clerkenwell London
155 Clerkenwell Road

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