22 Apr 2015

Classic english briefcase

So I wanted to make a new bag.

I really liked this one from brooks brothers made by Swaine Adeney Brigg:

Based on that and from looking in Al Stohlman books I decided on all the details.

The leather used for the main part was 3-3,5mm. I bought a complete side from www.laederiet.dk I was not too happy about the quality of the hide. For the gusset I used 1-1,2 mm also from læderiet. This shoulder was much nicer that the side. I later found out that the shoulder came from italy and the side was from brazil.

The lock is from www.abbeyengland.com and the D-rings, chicago screw and buckles are from læderiet. 

The tread used was white Fil Au Chinois 432.

The dye was a mixture of 90/10 brown and red brown from ROC.

I did not take that many construction pictures but here are the ones that I did take:

And the finished bag:


  1. Thankyou for taking the time to detail all your steps. I have just made the briefcase, my first major project beyond belts and pouches, only made possible by your instructions. I followed your steps closely, but used Kangaroo leather for the gusset and pockets. I also used the square Liston lock.
    This project has re ignited my leather work, so will be thinking of new projects to make for family and friends.

    Thanks again!

  2. hello Mr. Andersen , I really like your posts , can i post them in other social media ?
    I want more people c see it , and learning more from your wisidom and generous.
    Thank you

    1. Hi,
      I'm glad you like them. Feel free to post them anywhere you like. Just give me credit :)

      Also please give me link to the site when you are finish :)