Choose your Size and ColourFirstly, you need to work out what size bag is going to best for you. We have a number of standard sizes and bag shapes to choose from and dozens of different leathers in stock that you can select to have your bag made from.
If you’re really not certain which type of leather you’d prefer, we can send you swatches so you can see them in real-life, as the colours can differ quite significantly depending upon the monitor you are using. You can choose up-to 10 different leathers to receive cuttings off and we currently offer this service for FREE!
Simply contact us with a list of leathers you’d like to receive, along with the name and address of where you’d like them sending to. However, please bare in mind that this will slow down the ordering process a little as our swatches are sent in with Royal Mail First Class & Royal Mail International Economy.
Once you’ve chosen your ideal size and the leather that you want your satchel crafting from, you need to decide if you would like your bag customising!
Customisation is the one of the main benefits to ordering directly from our workshop. We have listed below some of the customisation’s that our craftsmen regularly incorporate into our bags along with some example pricing.
Would you like your satchel embossed with your Monogram?
Monogramming is available in Silver-leaf, Gold-leaf or Blind (pressed into the leather) and now also in Black Indian Ink.
For the flat rate cost of £10 up-to four characters/letters can be embossed – with or without abbreviated periods. Each additional character (above 4) simply costs £2 extra. There’s a maximum of 7-9 characters that can be embossed onto our bags using this simple pricing plan.
The character amount depends on the width of the letters (e.g. a ‘W’ is much wider than an ‘i’.) Please feel free to contact us if you want us to verify if something will fit using this option. Alternatively if something doesn’t fit or you’d like something completely different then consider our bespoke monogramming service.
We can emboss with uppercase, lowercase or a mix of cases, but we do not have superscript or subscript characters. We have punctuation marks and some special characters like ampersand (&) and hyphen (-) but very few characters with accents. The font we use for standard monogramming is ‘Edinburgh’ in point size 30. If you need a special font, or a mix of special characters special then consider our bespoke monogramming service.
Bespoke Monogramming Service
If you’d like more letters, different fonts, weird and wonderful characters (Sanscript, Cyrillic, etc.), your full name, a favourite quote or saying, or even want us to emboss a design, symbol or company logo on the satchel then we can cater for all of these options and more.
Our tool-makers can craft special brass tools with your exact design with very fine detail, approximately up to a resolution equivalent to 300dpi. This allows us to emboss the design (Logo, Custom text, Signature, etc.) on to the bag in either Gold-leaf, Silver-leaf, Blind or in Black Indian Ink. We can also offer laser engraving into the leather any design or text you require. Uniquely, laser engraving can also be applied to the reverse of the leather, enabling you to have a message or quote to read every time you open your bag. We can also digitally print any full-colour logo onto the bag in any location you want.
The price for our custom monogramming service is just £30.
What about the addition of a Handle?Many people find it convenient to have a handle added to the top of their bag. The handle allows you to pick up the bag from off the ground easily, without having to grasp it by the top flap and then crumpling /creasing unnecessarily therefore causing undue wear-and-tear along the top edge. The handle, when accompanied by a detachable shoulder strap, will allow you to create a makeshift set of backpack straps by simply detaching one end of the strap and looping it around the handle and reconnecting it. Therefore making two short backpack straps.
The briefcase handle customisation can be added to any satchel larger than 11″, although it’s normally added to satchels that are 14″ or larger satchels. The cost of this customisation is £20, but please be aware that when the briefcase handle customisation is added then the top of the satchel becomes flat instead of smooth curve and therefore reduces the height of the satchel slightly, usually by about 1 to 2cm depending upon the size of the satchel – this can be clearly seen in the example photos.
The bolt-on handle can be fitted to most bags, except a tote. It can also be retro-fitted, meaning we can add them to your bag even after they have been made, should you decide later on that you would like one fitting.
Normally when we fit a handle then it’s accompanied by a shoulder strap that has been made detachable by the addition of some trigger hooks. This enables a satchel to be used as a handle-only briefcase, or pixies and sporrans to be used like a clutch. If your are having a handle fitted afterwards, but you would like your fixed strap changing to a detachable strap then please ensure request it because it the work wont be undertaken as standard, and vice-versa, if you would prefer the bag to have a fixed strap instead of a detachable one then please let us know when you order your bag.
Should we extend the shoulder strap for you?Our shoulder straps are 4′ long (48″) on our standard satchels, and a smidgen over that on our wider satchels. A with most satchel makers our straps are designed to fit perfectly a person between the heights of 5’6″ to 6″ of average/medium build.
People of taller and broader stature often find a longer shoulder strap useful or if you want to wear it across the body, instead of off-the-shoulder as it’s usually worn.
On the other hand, if you are particularly small, or if the bag is for a child then we can also shorten the straps for you. Alternatively we can add extra holes in the strap, (we then add a special strap keeper to keep the longer strap in place.) All straps can be replaced at a later date if you think a child would like a longer strap later on.
For simplicity, all strap adjustments cost £10.
Would you like the gusset depth altering?
Our bags are crafted with generous gusset depths, but many students find they have to carry an awfully large amount of books, as well as their laptop and notebooks and office workers find they are carrying all manner of things in their bags. Sometimes it’s can be very useful to have an extra wide/deeper gusset. This effectively allows you to slide ‘more books’ in your bag – not bigger books.
We also offer a bespoke gusset size; the smallest gusset starts at just 3cm (nice and slim if you just want to slide in a laptop or a few notepads) up to a maximum 42% of the satchel width. But we recommend gussets generally measure one third of the bag width. For example a 15″ satchel would have a gusset measuring 5″.
A small fee of £15 allows you to boost the depth of the gusset by an inch.
If it’s going to be heavy, then you may need to spread the load!If you predict the contents of your satchel are going to be heavy then you may want to help spread the weight of the satchel on your shoulder by using a shoulder strap pad. For £8.50 we’ll craft you a matching shoulder pad (or contrasting, if that’s what you’d prefer!) The shoulder pad is removable and slips over the shoulder strap. It is lined with suede to help cushion the downward force on your shoulder.
We can also offer a wider strap too. Standard shoulder straps are either 3/4″ (19mm) or 1″ (25mm) depending upon the bag, but we can boost this up to a 1 5/8″ (37mm) which really helps in spreading the weight of the bag on your shoulder. Ideally suited to people who carry their bag a lot whilst commuting or travelling around town.
Buckles are nice and secure but magnetic fasteners are quick and easy!
The traditional satchel has always had double sided buckles to fasten it’s flap. There’s is an art to opening them, and a regular satchel user knows just how to get their satchel open in a couple of seconds. Buckles help as a deterrent to thieves also! But no matter how good traditional buckles can be, they are definitely slower for access. For £15 we can modify your satchel so it still looks like it has traditional buckles but it is actually fitted with discrete magnetic fasteners instead hidden underneath the traditional buckles.
Backpack straps allow the satchel to be worn on the back. When fitting backpack straps we usually still fit a shoulder strap but make it interchangeable with the backpack straps so you can choose what carrying method will suit you best at that moment. If you would prefer we didn’t do this then please ensure you request ‘Backpack Straps Only’, otherwise you will get both.
They’re ideal for cyclists and smaller children who carry a lot of heavy books to school, but may not have the strength or stamina to carry them on just one shoulder. It costs just £15 to upgrade the strapping to interchangeable backpack straps and shoulder straps, or just £6 if you’d just like to have backpack straps only.
Multi-colour optionsIf you can’t choose one colour, or if you feel like starting a new fashion trend then we can cut various parts of the satchel from different coloured leather hides to suite your taste and style.
You can either take a look at some of the designs other people have requested in the past and for £15 extra we’ll make it again for you.
Alternatively, you can download a blank pattern template and colour it in however you prefer, whilst marking each piece of the pattern template with the type of leather you would like it to be cut from. Once you’ve done that then simply take a photo using your smart phone and email it to us and we’ll make a digital mock-up for you to approve before we go ahead and make it for you. Designing your own bag costs an additional £30.
How do I place a bespoke order?This website has some examples of what we make – around 20% of the standard shapes and colours and you can order some standard customisations with those simply using the website – but if you can’t find what you are looking for then that doesn’t mean we can’t make it for you.
We can make anything you want.
Once you’ve decided upon what you want then all you have to do is send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org telling us the following:-
- Style and size of Bag (eg. 15″ Classic Satchel)
- Chosen Customisations (eg. Briefcase Handle, Interchangeable Straps, Magnetics)
- The colour(s) or the reference of your chosen design (eg. SS16-001), or a photo/scan of preferred custom colour design of your own choosing.
- Shipping Address (including name and phone number of addressee.)
- Optional: If required by a specific date, then please give us notice of that date.
Once you’ve sent your requirements to email@example.com and we’ve received your order we’ll then confirm your order by return email. We’ll also send you an electronic invoice that you can pay securely using your credit or debit card, if you don’t want to pay online using a credit card then we also accept payment by Bank Transfer or Cleared Cheque.
Most invoices are sent within 24 hours but please allow up-to 48 hours for us to check over your order and to send you the invoice for the custom satchel and a little longer at weekends.