In Focus: The Holly
A huge favourite in the Tusting portfolio and one that never gets tired, the Holly is inspired by the 1950s top-handled styles made famous by icons like Grace Kelly and Jackie Onassis – this is the ultimate piece of arm candy.
Curvy, pretty and unashamedly feminine, the Holly leather handbag is handcrafted from premium, full-grain leathers and comes in a rainbow of colours perfect for every occasion. We have made this bag for several years now, introducing new shades to the collection every season.
With the exception of our tan Holly, which comes in smooth Atlantic leather, the bags are made in Pebblestone leather. Pebblestone creates a tumbled effect that offers up flexibility and strength, whilst also lending the bags an extra hint of vintage charm.
What Holly owners say
“I love that my Holly changes the look of what I am wearing, to something with a little character and cheekiness. It’s small enough for a girly profile (can I say feminine?) but deceptively large that I’m not struggling to squeeze in essentials and making it bulky.”
“Carrying the Holly makes me feel a little bit like Audrey Hepburn! Its petit, chic, modern and classic. The magical part is that it’s so neat and seemingly small but yet can take so much stuff… a big purse, phone, lippy and still room for keys tickets etc! Genius. I’d actually like a few more in different colours…”
Our Hollys have the curves and glamour of a 1950s starlet, the top-handle bringing some old school glam. If it feels too dainty, you can sporty things up a little with the detachable cross-body shoulder strap. The turn-lock fastening is discreet and simple and reassuringly secure. With their flap top and curved shape, the bags are surprisingly spacious with enough room for your keys, wallet, phone, notepad/diary (some of us still carry them, right?), lippy and mascara, but should you need a touch of extra room, you can release a little extra space by undoing the side poppers.
Holly recently had a revamp on the inside, with the super smooth Alcantara micro–suede lining bringing a tactile sense of lux when rummaging inside. Having said that, the design and details are neat and the size of both our mini and regular versions is such that you can keep things tidy. The internal slip and zip pockets mean that you can keep essential bits like your bank card or driver’s license nice and secure, a real bonus if you prefer to head out wallet-free, and a detachable key fob spares you frustration if the larger size still manages to hide your keys.
Without actually holding a Holly in your hand, it can be tricky to fully appreciate her curves, construction and the satisfying curves of the leather in your hand. Worry not though, Gillian Tusting gives a little video-tour of the Holly in the video below.
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A huge favourite in the Tusting portfolio and one that never gets tired the Holly is inspired by the 1950s top-handled styles made famous by icons like Grace Kelly and Jackie Onassis – this is the ultimate piece of arm candy.
In Focus: The Marston Briefcase
An exercise in stylish simplicity, the Marston briefcase is one of our long-standing best-selling styles.
Understated, sleek and quiet in design yet highly functional, this is a true workhorse.
Like many of our designs, the Marston evolved in response to customer demand, in this case, from discerning businessmen in Japan who asked for a more formal outline than our satchel cases. Over the years that we’ve been making it, the Marston has become one of our best-selling bags and has been featured in many an article featuring the best leather briefcases, ranging from serious functional matters discussed by Business Insider to more stylistic concerns addressed by GQ Magazine.
What Marston owners say:
“This case is absolutely beautiful and professional looking. Upon using it the first day I began receiving compliments on the quality and the look of the case.”
“I started a new job and this was a present from my partner. A fantastic piece of workmanship, high quality and looks great in Black.”
Last year, we gave our Marston a full design upgrade on the inside to make sure it was delivering all the functionality needed for today’s business lifestyle.
A fully padded sleeve pocket cares for up to a 15-inch laptop in the regular-sized case and 13-inch device in the smaller bag. That leaves the main compartment clear, but with a padded floor in case you need to carry extra shock-sensitive stuff. There are two generous slip-pockets sized to hold smaller items – phones, passports, wallets or cables etc and a further small leather slip-pocket that will do the same. Then we also have a large zipped pocket on the inside wall of the bag for things that must stay extra secure.
The outside of the bag has two full-width slip pockets that take papers, newspapers or anything else you might need quick access to.
The main body of the bag is secured by a strong swiss zip (we only use Riri zips – the Rolls Royce of zippers) with tabs that can be snapped down onto the bag for a nice clean finish. And everything is stitched down strongly to withstand a very busy life. Further, our construction method for the Marston is such that the parts most likely to show wear through a busy life can be repaired – the handles, binding, zip and metal fittings can all be replaced if a Marston needs an overhaul down the line.
(For more on our repair service, click here.)
As with all our bags, only premium, full-grain leathers are used, which means they are as naturally robust as possible. Any scratches acquired can usually be polished out but, in any case, will mellow into the leather’s patina that will build as the bag ages and softens into life with its owner.
Without actually getting one of these beauties in your hands to turn it over, breathe in the gorgeous leather smell and inspect the craftsmanship for yourself, the next best thing you can do is watch this little story to see a film of Alistair Tusting giving his personal tour of the Marston.
The Tusting Marston Leather Briefcase – get deep into the detail in this article.
Tusting Spring Sample Sale
Saturday 14th March 2020, 10am to 4pm
Come along to our exclusive sample sale here at the Tusting factory. There will be brilliant bargains on all sorts of bags, including overstocks, end of lines and samples not seen on our website at any time. We will also be offering 10% off standard stock on the day to those who attend!
The address is:
The Tannery Warehouse
29-31 Olney Road
We look forward to seeing you between 10am and 4pm on SATURDAY ONLY.