Holdall & Co: fine English folios for town and country
Bags are one of the things I covet most, along with shoes. Whilst a shirt or trousers can eventually become mostly functional, there’s something more enduring about the pleasure of having something fancy to cart your stuff around in, as with owning a great pair of shoes. Maybe it’s also the likelihood they’ll be constructed from a fine hide that makes them the items I’m most likely to catch myself admiring whenever a reflection presents itself. The folio I recently reviewed for Holdall & Co definitely invoked my enthusiasm for fine leather goods (perhaps ironically, having just turned vegetarian and, aspirationally, vegan). Raimonda Navickaite scoured the UK looking for quality leather and manufacturers to produce her line of folio cases and the research shows. The deep tan of the folio case (appropriately titled London Tan) and the sturdy feel of the leather suggests it will age to a perfect, infinitely personal patina with time.
Large enough to fit my iPad (I tested ‘The Organised’, at 12″ the smaller of two folios available) with space for a notepad or two, the folio probably says ‘business wear’ to most of you, but given that I don’t have to travel to an office every day, and instead have the freedom to work wherever creativity strikes, my test runs involved a rural idyll in deepest Kent and a tea tasting at Beagle, a new cafe on my doorstep. The other thing to say about the folio, aside from the crunchy leather and deep colour, is the clasp. Navickaite says her label was inspired by her own collection of vintage bags and cases, and the quick release lock on the shiny folio buckle has a pleasing ‘clunk-click’ quality suggesting the mechanics of a fine vintage piece. I’ll let the photos do the talking from now on, but just to add that the shorts in the first pics are my recent purchase from Omar Kashoura, and probably deserving of a write up all on their own, for now though it’s all about the shiny, shiny leather.