The Art of Craftsmanship

– 19 May. 2016 –

Creating your own bespoke bag means you can put your special stamp on it; a design unique to you. We invited our Hong Kong customers to watch our master craftsman in action, building a bespoke bag from scratch at our Hong Kong gallery; home of the magical Bespoke experience.

The word bespoke literally means “made to a client’s specifications”, or more precisely “as spoken by the client”.  Exclusively available at our Gough Street gallery in Hong Kong, the Bespoke experience allows you to choose from our most classic bags and personal accessories, and give them your own unique touches. Choose your leather from our rich, supple and durable hand-finished hides, pick a lining from a playful range that includes blue and white Dicky Ticking, traditionally used in 19th century English suitcases, or the 1908 Tug of War Team lining, built up from an original old photograph. Choose your zipper, stitching and hardware – those little pieces of character that come together to create that individual piece, and of course the final touch – your personalised monogram.

It seemed like a regular afternoon in the bustle of Gough Street – but something special was happening inside the Timothy Oulton gallery, alluded to somewhat by our uniformed British guard standing outside, complete with his bearskin hat. Passers-by were intrigued, many stepped inside to join the crowd and watch Bongo, our talented master craftsman, as he cut, sewed, tacked and embossed the leather.  Some guests tried their own hand at embossing their initials with the help of Bongo, while others watched intently and asked questions. Leather and thread began to be strewn around, wonderfully nostalgic perhaps of a traditional old tailor’s shop. Guests explored the dedicated Bespoke corner – where rows of coloured yarns fill the shelves and drawers open to reveal haberdashery and traditional sewing tools.

As British cucumber sandwiches and Victoria sponge were being enjoyed and champagne glasses were filled, guests were busy touching, scrunching and opening the leather bags that fill the shelves around the ground floor of the gallery, choosing their favourite, ready to tailor it to their own individual style. Timothy Oulton’s dedicated Craftsmanship Ambassador, Bryan Cheng, was also on hand to give expert advice and discuss all the different Bespoke options available.

Timothy Oulton’s Bespoke bags and accessories are made and delivered within one month of order, just in time for that special Father’s day gift next month, or a unique idea for a friend’s birthday. Visit our Gough Street gallery to find out more or start designing your bag now on the Bespoke section of the website.

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