Billingham unveils premium travel and leisure bag collection
July 28, 2017
Billingham – Spacious bags made from strong, weather-proof canvas and finest top-grain leather to last a lifetime of travelling.
Recognised worldwide for its precision-made, tough and weather-proof camera bags, rucksacks and laptop cases, Billingham has ventured into the leisure market with the introduction of a new range of elegant travel bags. As with all Billingham products, they are designed and made in England.
The Billingham Leisure Collection includes:
Billingham Weekender bag – £225
Billingham Overnighter bag – £185
Billingham Thomas briefcase/laptop bag – £225
Billingham Hadley One all-purpose bag – £265
Carrying the signature Billingham logo embossed into leather on the front, these premium bags are built by the company’s expert in-house team from weather-resistant FibreNyte canvas for exceptional durability, colour fastness and protection from the elements. The distinctive, contoured top-grain leather handles are laser-cut, stitched and meticulously hand-finished using unique equipment invented by Billingham’s own engineers.
Thanks to its special composition, the hard-wearing yet lightweight FibreNyte material never requires reproofing, remaining water and heat-resistant for its entire life, providing outstanding protection for the contents inside, making these bags ideal for frequent travelling on business or on vacation.
Each bag features solid brass fittings and is offered in a selection of classic colours with complementary leather tones, including Sage & Chocolate, Black & Tan, Khaki & Chocolate and All-Black.
A family business, Billingham carefully sources and thoroughly tests all textiles and materials, ensuring that every bag is created for maximum strength and reliability, using the most innovative, robust and authentic components. Manufacturing is carried out to painstaking standards of technical precision, and only when the product passes stringent quality checks is it furnished with its own laser-engraved label containing an individual serial number. This represents the Billingham seal of excellence, and allows the bag to be registered, identified and tracked throughout its life. Each model comes with a five year guarantee.
An array of contemporary accessories is available for all Billingham bags, including fine leather luggage tallies and shoulder pads that harmonise perfectly with the design and colour combinations of the range.
Weekender and Overnighter
Perfect for one or two nights away, or as complementary hand luggage for longer trips, the spacious Weekender meets airline hand baggage requirements with dimensions of (W) 550mm x (D) 350mm x (H) 250mm. Designed for fast and efficient packing, the Weekender can be fully unzipped through its entire length using the strong double pullers, and the clever turnover top allows the sides to be peeled backwards completely to create the widest possible opening.
Its reinforced leather handles are stitched, laser-cut, stained and polished by hand for a beautifully smooth finish, and are contoured for exceptional comfort, particularly in prolonged use. Each bag is strengthened with matching leather on all four corners, protecting the bag from wear and tear, however regularly the owner travels.
The comfortable, detachable shoulder sling is manufactured from Billingham’s shuttle woven spun polyester and solid brass fittings for additional durability, and can be completely removed if checking the bag in as hold luggage. For quick and convenient retrieval of smaller, essential items, an open net pocket with leather edging detail can be found inside, in addition to an interior clip for keys, fobs or lanyards.
Available as an optional accessory, a high-strength foam base pad constructed with a wooden centre plinth adds structure and support along the length of the Weekender, while still allowing the body to flex around its width, keeping it comfortable to carry.
Slightly smaller than the Weekender, and ideal for a short break or even as a smart gym or work bag, the compact Overnighter provides generous capacity for everyday essentials. Build to the exacting standards of every Billingham bag, this sophisticated yet rugged overnight holdall offers all the benefits of the Weekender, with shorter external dimensions of (W) 400mm x (D) 300mm x (H) 300mm and a light 0.79kg weight.
The perfect companion for business travellers, the supremely padded Thomas briefcase features multiple interior pockets to organise a host of accessories, and has been designed to accommodate most 15” laptops or MacBooks. Practical and convenient, handy leather umbrella straps have been incorporated into the front, safeguarding valuable contents against damage from a damp or wet umbrella. These can be removed if not required on a particular day.
The versatile Thomas has been reinforced with genuine top-grain leather hide along the base for increased strength and defence against knocks or drops, while the ‘ClogBalls’ securing the front pockets and shoulder sling are built from durable solid brass.
Three deep pockets can be found in the main interior compartment, with the front two open to drop in small items such as maps, diaries or sunglasses for easy access. The integrated rear pocket runs for the whole length of the bag and is secured with a zip to safeguard critical items such as passports, travel insurance documents and keys. Billingham has covered the full-length internal pocket zip with a material flap, protecting the enclosed laptop from the zip and enhancing the overall look of the bag’s interior.
Further storage is provided by three external pockets, for items such as plug adaptors or a mouse. The open, full-length exterior pocket on the back supplies a handy place for stowing a newspaper or magazine. Mindful of protecting laptops from possible scratches, Billingham has incorporated a nylon zip into the top of the bag, while the long brass zip pulls help the traveller to find the puller when in a hurry.
The purpose-built Hadley One combines the numerous advantages of a classic roomy holdall with all the special protective elements of a modern Billingham camera bag.
Building on the success and reputation of the Hadley Pro camera bag, which is recognised and favoured by photographers globally, the Hadley One has been created to protect a mid-sized DSLR body and lens, or a compact system camera kit, along with a small laptop or tablet. Its removable, full-height padded insert can be positioned within the bag to divide the interior and provide optimum space for all items, and a second optional insert can also be added, if required. A bespoke, padded laptop sleeve has been stitched into the back of the main compartment, to safely hold a tablet, 13” MacBook Pro or similar device.
A high-strength top handle allows the Hadley One to be grabbed quickly on the go. The re-engineered leather grip makes it exceptionally comfortable and secure to carry, and the adjustable shoulder sling can be removed as required, transforming the bag into a spacious briefcase.
The rear, side and bottom faces of the bag are superbly padded to protect the heavy equipment within, as well as items carried in the outside pockets. External holders can be fitted for valuable accessories. The shoulder sling attachment has been riveted through the leather to form a core structure of the bag.
Following feedback from Hadley Pro owners, Billingham has introduced a durable luggage trolley strap, enabling the owner to hook the bag securely over the handle of a trolley suitcase. Its thoughtful design allows the traveller to access the rear zipped pocket when mounted, while a weather-proof zip closure keeps all contents dry in wet conditions.
The Hadley One is available in three FibreNyte and leather colour combinations.
Harry Billingham, director, said, “Here at Billingham, we have always believed that the beauty is in the detail. With almost 45 years of experience in designing and precision-making the highest quality camera bags, we have gained the trust of photographers around the world. Having successfully created the Weekender bag for our own family’s use when away on business or holidays, we decided to extend our expertise into the travel sector for the first time.
“Our no-compromise approach to manufacturing and service means that customers will benefit from the same superior quality, with full support from our team. Many customers have written to tell us about incredible stories of durability, with photographic equipment surviving extraordinary scenarios. With our new leisure range, we have applied the same rigorous principles and standards, with a choice of bags specifically created for frequent travellers looking for a strong, secure yet stylish way to protect their possessions while on the move.”
All bags are available now from Billingham and authorised Billingham stockists. Prices shown above include VAT.