- Beautifully Crafted
- Excellent for the Busy Student or Office Worker
- A Lifelong Gift
- Stylish and Rustic Design
- Fits a 15” MacBook
Length: 17 Inches
Height: 12 Inches
Width: 4 Inches
Tough Full Grain Leather, Rugged Brass Metal, Water-Resistant Canvas
USE & CARE
Over time and with use, the leather will assume a unique patina. If desired, condition with mineral oil or beeswax leather conditioner.
PRODUCTION & DESIGN
This is a beautifully designed and wonderfully handcrafted Leather Briefcase. It perfectly fits a 15" MacBook and any accessories. The water resistant canvas interior lining makes for a long and durable life, and the full-grain leather exterior shouts class and style and looks even better with age and use. The comfortable shoulder strap is adjustable in length and can be easily removed if desired. This item is perfect for students, business, travel and everything in between, and with a handy internal key strap it prevents the daily fumble for your keys, a pain that everyone shares.
The briefcase has been around as far back as the Roman times, but back then it was more commonly known as the Loculus. The Roman Loculus was about 17 by 20 inches, usually made of goat or leather and cut from one piece. The bag was reinforced with two leather straps that created a large x on the side, wrapping around a large bronze ring in the middle. A shoulder strap was even used back then, supported by two more bronze rings. These bags were used by Roman soldiers to contain all of their belongings and has served its purpose perfectly for centuries.
The flesh side of the soft leather is first stained with natural drab tone and finished with our proprietary beeswax conditioner. Our unique treatment not only helps the leather to retain its shape without the aid synthetic stabilizers, it also eliminates the need for a lining (often the first to tear) offering a natural and durable look.
The leather we use, originating from our well-established supplier Compiel, is nothing but Full Grain Leather, and if you don't know what that is, then make sure you're sitting comfortably. There are 4 types of leather, and they differ in quality. You have Full Grain Leather, Top Grain Leather, Genuine Leather and Bonded Leather.
We'll start with Bonded Leather. It's more of an insult to call Bonded Leather a leather. It's basically lots of different parts of leather glued and pressed together to make one piece. It's cheap, not at all durable and it will fall apart within weeks. In short, it's no good and we are completely against it.
Genuine Leather is in third place in the running and is the layer of the hide that remains after the top is taken off for the better quality leathers. This surface can often be given a makeover with a finish, sometimes a spray paint that can give it the look of a better quality. Not something that happens in our house. Don't settle for this, you can do better.
Top Grain Leather is the second highest grade that you'll find. A leather taken from the top layer of the hide that is treated, sanded and refined. It's a good quality leather, but not good enough for Hide and Drink. You can still do better, though, go one more step higher.
Full Grain Leather is the best you can get when it comes to leather, there's no competition here, and Hide and Drink is its biggest fan. Full Grain Leather comes from the top layer of the hide, and has all of the grain, hence its name. It's the best leather than you can buy, and the only leather that we use. You can stop looking now, you've found the cream of the crop.
The tanning process is something that we take pride in. Our rustic leather is created through removing the hair, extracting the moisture, taking out the oils and, of course, the natural preservatives. The leather is placed in a large container filled with new oils, coloring, and preservatives, and there it takes on its new color and thus its new personality. The finishing process consists of pressing the leather with heated plates, hung up to dry and sprayed and finished with a sealer. Finally, it is pressed once more and then ready for its transformation, in which it is carefully handcrafted by the diligent locals of Pastores, Guatemala, where our workshop is located.