The G1 Icon Tote takes inspiration from an old Victorian laundry bag, handcrafted in the softest dyed through calfskin leather and maintaining the original double decked handle bases – a long lost craft. We kept the beautiful 8mm wide brass zip and added a pewter finish to match the Gladstone hardware. The hand stitching across the top enhances the level of artisan detail.
This Gladstone bag is lined in a cleanable Alcantara and is fitted with three multi-functional pockets on one side and a push back pocket for clean clothing, paperwork and a laptop. The design is fully lockable with a removable shoulder strap. The G1 City Bag is a well-crafted practical bag that maintains a cool and classic yet elegant appearance, for the fashion forward.
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In centuries gone past, wealthy families would set off on a seasonal European tour every year, taking with them all manner of luggage. We came across a particularly unusual piece that was an essential part of this luggage set, but that we struggled to identify.
We found ourselves intrigued by the rigid base and soft body of the bag, there was also a button in lining that sparked our curiosity. This journey of discovery led us to retired English artisans, who were able to identify it as a pre-WWI laundry bag. Captivated, this became the original and first sleeping beauty to be revived by Gladstone and the G1 has rightly earned its place as the centerpiece to the collection.