LRD Heritage Collection ‘Leather Art’ Holdall

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The first LRD Heritage Holdall  001/2020 was conceived after a telephone conversation with Simon de Burton, the UK-based journalist and author whose work is published in luxury, automotive and lifestyle magazines around the world.

While discussing an article for an early 2020 issue of Motor Sport magazine about one of my other bespoke leather designs, we spoke of Simon’s lifelong love of cars, and early Land Rovers in particular.

lrd heritage art strapThe conversation  inspired the idea to make a Jordan Bespoke holdall based on the profile of a Land Rover front wing, a familiar shape seen on every classic Land Rover from the Series One of 1948 right up to the last, old-style Defender that left the production line in 2016.

The idea quickly grew, and I suggested several options for what would become the 001/2020 Holdall: We could incorporate the paint colour of Simon’s Marine Blue Land Rover, which our tannery in Tuscany would through-dye the leather, while handles and shoulder straps could be made from dark blue, 1960s-style seat belt webbing, both for practicality and to provide a strong colour contrast.

To introduce a ‘surprise’ element,  I suggested that Simon emailed me some favourite photographs of his two Land Rovers. These were used to produce a montage for the holdall’s bespoke and unique lining, meaning it would always provide a reminder of home while travelling.

To further link the holdall with Simon’s favourite Land Rover, a decidedly ‘patinated’ Series IIA model, I asked him to email me a close-up shot of its distinctive front registration plate showing the number ‘AKM 100B’.

This was scaled down to create an exact replica in black leather with the numbers and letters stitched on using an ‘alloy’ shade embroidery thread, with the result being positioned on the offside front of the bag to replicate the position of the plate on the actual car.

As a finishing touch, Jordan Bespoke hot-stamped Simon’s initials onto a replica of the Land Rover’s front grille panel made from dark blue leather.

The result, says Simon, was way beyond expectations.

“Having written about luxury goods for more than 20 years, I have seen numerous examples of high-end leather luggage – and I can honestly say that the fit, finish, hardware and attention to detail evident on my bespoke Land Rover holdall is second to none. Simon Jordan fully explained the process in advance and supplied a detailed design sheet for sign-off before manufacturing started  , both to ensure the specification was absolutely accurate and to give me the opportunity to make any last-minute changes.

“This bag really is a delight, and its sensible dimensions, supple, top-grade, leather and detachable shoulder strap make it a really practical and versatile piece of luggage.

“The holdall’s exceptional quality means it will fit right in when pitching-up at the swankiest of hotels for a luxury car launch – but it’s also so robust that I’ll use it for everything from camping trips in the Land Rover to airport runs on my motorcycle. In fact, the stitching, zips and hardware are guaranteed for life. According to Simon, it will actually improve with age so I fully expect to pass it on to my children (along with the burden of my Land Rovers).

“One thing’s for sure –  however much anyone else wants Heritage Holdall, no one will be able to claim it’s theirs at the airport carousel.”

Click here to view the LRD Heritage Collection ‘Leather Art’ Holdall

Benjafields Racing Club – Weekend Duffle Bag

It was my honour and pleasure to design and manufacture this first of many Weekend Duffle Bags for the members. Inspiration came from the style and design of the pre-war Bentleys, famous for the beautiful British Racing Green paintwork and leather bonnet straps. Personalised BRC logo printed lining and embroidered outer Club badge with the members initials. Fitted with Palladium metal zips.

Jordan Bespoke celebrates iconic motorsport legends with the launch of two luxury leather duffle bags for charity

Jordan Bespoke celebrates iconic motorsport legends with the launch of two luxury leather duffle bags for charity

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  • Jordan Bespoke unveils Champions of Monaco and Jim Clark luxury leather bags
  • Each bag represents one of two Formula One legends, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE and Jim Clark OBE
  • Every bag sold raises funds for Sir Jackie Stewart’s Race Against Dementia and The Jim Clark Trust charities
  • Both bags crafted using the highest quality hides from Bridge of Weir Scottish Leather Group, one of Europe’s oldest tanneries and world renowned in the automotive industry
  • Beautiful design, exceptional detail and unique features celebrate the heritage and inspiration of Jackie Stewart and Jim Clark

Simon Jordan has created and designed fine leather goods for over 15 years, designing luxury leather products and accessories for private clients, including many of the heroes of motorsport. His company, Jordan Bespoke, also supplies several corporate clients including Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar, McLaren and Sunseeker yachts. 

Since 2005 Simon has forged an admirable client base which includes many of the world’s most famous racing drivers, the most prominent classic car collectors and some of the most sought-after luxury brands. Famous for his leather travel bags, the Jordan trademark is a striking interior lining, genuine automotive seatbelt webbing for handles and adjustable shoulder straps matched with a high quality, automotive leather exterior manufactured to the very highest quality. 

To coincide with the British Grand Prix double header on 2nd and 9th August, Jordan Bespoke is delighted to celebrate two British motorsport legends, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE and Jim Clark OBE, with the unveiling of two luxury leather duffle bags to help raise funds for Race Against Dementia and The Jim Clark Trust. 

Benjafields Racing Club – Classic Wooden Suitcase

Thrilled to finish these beautiful Classic – Wooden leather covered Suitcases for one of the members of the Benjafields Racing Club. These are lovingly Hand Made to Order in our Tuscan factory to any size, using either your leather from your coach trimmers or our leather hides from our selected tannery’s. You can choose the stitching, lining and strap colours. The corners can be protected with either nickel or brass or leather as per this finish. The linings can be a personalised print. We have the option of fitting metal badges or hot stamping of logo’s or initials.

Coming Soon: ‘Champions of Monaco’ 70th Anniversary 1950 – 2020 Duffle Bag

This beautiful detailed holdall and Bespoke Lining has been designed to pay tribute to the following drivers that have won at Monaco since 1950, considered as the most technical, complex, highly glamorous motor racing street circuit in the world offering the ultimate grand prix atmosphere you can experience.    

  1. 1950 Juan Manuel Fangio – Alfa Romeo
  2. 1961 Sir Stirling Moss – Lotus
  3. 1969 Graham Hill – Lotus
  4. 1973 Sir Jackie Stewart – Tyrrell
  5. 1976 Niki Lauda – Ferrari
  6. 1979 Jody Scheckter – Ferrari
  7. 1983 Keke Rosberg – Williams
  8. 1988 Alain Prost – McLaren
  9. 1992 Ayrton Senna – McLaren
  10. 1998 Mika Hakkinen  – McLaren
  11. 1999 Michael Schumacher – Ferrari
  12. 2002 David Coulthard – McLaren
  13. 2009 Jenson Button – Brawn
  14. 2015 Nico Rosberg – Mercedes
  15. 2017 Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari
  16. 2018 Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull
  17. 2019 Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes

Weekend Holdall  ‘Our New 2020 – 2nd generation’      

Style name: GTO
Colour: Dark Blue Leather
Handles and Shoulder Strap: Dark Blue
Bespoke Printed Lining

Image Source – Photographs used for the Bespoke Printed Lining

  • Juan Manuel Fangio – Alfa Romeo 158 – 1950. Thank you to:  ‘Centro Documentazione Alfa Romeo – Arese’
  • All other photographs. Thank you to: Paul – Henri Cahier