– This is a collaboration with William & Son –
They say that youth is wasted on the young. They’re probably right, and hopefully old. So although only someone whose lived through youth and into the notion that they wasted it can have any authority on the matter, I’ve always thought that the life state coined ‘grown up’ must surely require having one – or a combination, if you’re good – of the following:
- A wife, a husband. Or both, do your thing.
- A calendar with colour coding. I’ll go head and use ouhlbhznwjkd for ‘the gym’.
- A bank of memories and opinions built in different countries, by different people.
- And an understanding that when it comes to fashion: buy less, but buy better.
About that last one. Maybe I’m being ambitious in attributing it to the emergence of my evolution into a proper, full grown adult, but upgrading my leather accessories game in consultation with the experts over at William & Son helped me buy better. Although maybe not less – there are always lessons to be learned.
THE LEATHER COLLECTION
Being a family run business, it’s clear why William & Son pride themselves on sourcing the best, most authentic products for what is a beautiful store. But when it comes to The Bruton Collection, they’ve taken the design in-house, producing a line of modern and timeless leather pieces. All materials are sourced directly from Tuscany, before The Collection is hand made in the UK. hard to flaw this beautiful range, but still, of a longer list of leatherwear all without fault, my favourites are the following:
- 48 Hour Bag
- Pencil case
- Document holder
Let me tell you about them.
THE 48 HOUR BAG
I’ve always felt a man’s weekend bag is an extension of how he wants to be viewed by the world. Nothing screams ‘I’m a real boy’ more than a well put together weekender in your hand as you strut towards gate 22 in Heathrow Terminal 3.
The Bruton 48 Hour bag is simply beautiful, and it’s clear the time has been taken to redesign the weekender based how we actually use a bag (front pocket for slick access to your passport, anyone!?). Having struggled in the past to find a weekend bag that’s not overly bulky and which maintains an element of understated style, The Bruton 48 Hour bag is now my go to.
Priced at £1,680.
THE DOCUMENT HOLDER
I don’t care what anyone says, first impressions count. Reflecting, in horror, on my first job interview, I distinctly remember showing up with my resume and cover letters in a clear plastic binder sleeve. Naturally, I was told they’d decided to give the position to someone ‘more qualified’. Only now I know ‘more qualified’ really means ‘the guy who rocked up with a clean as Document Holder’ – dam you, Richard.
You’ll be pleased to know that I’ve corrected my youthful wrongs with the purchase of William & Son’s simple yet elegant Document Holder, from the same Bruton Range. Made from super soft calfskin leather and touting everything you’d want and expect from a document holder – including a cheeky place for your iPhone (or Pixel, if you so wish). Oh to imagine the look on the interviewer’s face had I showed up with this sleek number under my arm. Match it with a fitted suit, and your new job.
Priced at £390.
Personally, I’ve never experienced anything like shopping at William & Son. Located in the very heart of Mayfair, it is truly beautiful. You get a real sense of the pride they take to not only source and create the finest collection of timepieces, menswear and leather goods, but the joy they receive in delivering first class customer service.
They even offer bespoke made to measure solutions should you find yourself wanting a specific colour or type of leather – it’s all part of the service.
THE FINAL WORD
For a fantastic collection of luxury items and a show stopping shopping experience, William & Son is a true gem. Consider it if, like me, you can always use a little help growing up.
Photo credit: Lydia Collins