Our esteemed Chairman, John Tusting (who is father to the three brothers who currently run the company), recently went to visit his Grandaughter Lucy at her university residence.

Taking her out to lunch, he left behind in her room his briefcase, one of our earliest Melchbournes, made in Aztec Crazyhorse leather.

On his return, he found a charming note propped up against it, left by Lucy’s room mate, which read:

“I think I have fallen in love with your satchel. I want to marry it, it is so beautiful. Yours, with apologies in advance for stealing it one day, Emily XXX”

Now that’s how to make an old man happy!

The image here is the bag (and note) in question – and shows just how fab it still looks after almost 20 years of hard labour.

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