The history of the illustrious London luxury goods maker known today as Swaine Adeney Brigg
goes back over 250 years. They've been supplying various items to Britain's Royal Family for 200 of them, and as those monarchs tend to be a traditional lot, the firm has basically remained unchanged in all that time. However, even this storied, not to say stodgy, company has decided it's time to freshen things up a bit. They recently brought in Alexander McQueen
's former accessories chief Dominic Laurelli as design director to give SAB a much needed facelift.
Laurelli's first creation is the new St. James
luggage collection. Laurelli tells us he drew on the understated elegance of 1920s luxury travel and the great Coco Chanel
for inspiration, and says the St. James line is intended to be "synonymous with both traditional English leather goods and contemporary, modern style" (two words seldom heard around SAB). The collection is made from a durable anthracite tweed-like fabric with a water resistant backing and bridle leather detailing.