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An effortlessly stylish daily companion for those on the go - wear it your way, short strap, long strap or cross-body. We are thrilled to introduce the India Hicks + Tusting Rex Bag.  Meticulously crafted from luxurious caramel suede and trimmed with our Chocolate Montanasoft full-grain leather, the Rex is appropriately adorned with a rich royal purple lining - perfect in this coronation year when the founder of The Prince's Trust became King. Created to benefit The Prince's Trust, recently renamed The King's Trust and of which India is a Patron, £25 from the sale of each bag will be donated straight to the Trust.

From: £495


Personalise with Embossed Initials

Personalise with a message on the leather

Key Features

The Rex has a single main compartment which will happily swallow your daily essentials, A5 notebook, diary, iPad etc and had two internal pockets, one slip, one zipped, to aid organisation. Made from premium Italian suede with a soft, full-grain leather strap and rich purple cotton twill lining. Fittings are brass whose colour will soften and patina with wear.

The long, cross-body strap is cleverly designed so that it can be adjusted short, to wrap right around the bag and be secured by a harness stud and keeper, thus giving a short-strap shoulder bag perfect for grab-and-go wear by hand or over one shoulder.

Each bag is individually numbered in numerals created from India’s own handwriting – so that every piece is unique.

W x H x D:  28 x 18 x 12 (11” x 7” x 5”)
Handle drop: from short up to 71 cm (28″)
Approx weight: < 0.6kg / 1½ lb

Women Supporting Women

The mission of Women Supporting Women is simple: to nurture, empower and inspire young women to build a better future for themselves.

Women Supporting Women was established at The Prince’s Trust in 2018 to help young women who face issues such as long-term unemployment, mental health problems and challenges at home or at school to transform their lives. The collective is committed to raising funds so more young women can build their confidence and receive support to get into jobs, self-employment, education or training.

As India is a proud patron of Women Supporting Women, we are delighted to support the initiative by donating a portion of the proceeds from every Rex bag sold. £25 from the sale of each Tusting x India Hicks handbag to The Prince’s Trust to help transform young lives. The Prince’s Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales (1079675) and Scotland (SC041198).

The Leathers

The luxurious suede in the Rex is a premium leather made in a gold-certified tannery in Italy. A rich caramel shade, perfect in all seasons, it is complemented by the dark brown Montanasoft leather seen in our previous collections with India. This also is created in a gold-certified tannery, meaning that both of these leathers have created the minimum impact on the environment during their upcycling from being waste hides. Contrary to common belief, suede is a very robust leather, though it does benefit from a coating of suede protector which you can find in most shoe stores (our favourite is from Renapur, available widely and on Amazon).

The Buckle

In 1989, in the process of retrieving some unpaid-for leather from a nearby small leather goods firm that had gone into receivership, John Tusting (now aged 90 and still regularly visiting the Tusting offices!) could not bear to think of the loss of skills that might result in the closure of that business. He returned with the leather, but also an idea – could this be the diversification he and his young sons had been looking for in their leather supply business? In no time at all, they were agreed, and soon afterwards two skilled leatherworkers, a couple of sewing machines and some boxes of bits and bobs made their way to join the family at Tusting HQ in Lavendon.

When designing the Rex, we needed a BIG buckle. That old box of bits and bobs has since become a great reference pot and sure enough, it yielded a few big, beautiful, solid brass harness buckles. One of these was chosen as ‘the one’ and we commissioned a British foundry to recreate a limited number of them for us for this project. It’s truly a buckle with a story.

Bespoke & Personalisation

All Tusting bags are hand-crafted in our Lavendon workshop which gives us great flexibility and we can make your bag even more special by personalising it. When you choose personal initials for your Rex, we’ll pop small initials in gold foil on the inside, just above the brand emboss in the interior zip pocket. If you prefer another method, we may be able to assist – please just get in touch to discuss.

 So whether it is embossed initials, a personalised message engraved into the leather inside the bag, or even a special colour combination that would make your bag even more unique, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Find out more about Bespoke & Personalisation

Behind the Collaboration

We are delighted to continue our collaboration with India Hicks, whose enthusiasm for our team’s talents is so encouraging and whose eye for lasting style is so on-point.

As ever, India has been deeply involved in the whole process of development, and this time she also enlisted the help of her great friend and cousin Isabella Knatchbull, another globetrotting adventurer and tireless fundraiser. Together, we have created the perfect bag for busy women and action-filled days, which will also benefit the young women supported by The Princes Trust.

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Thomas L
I recent years I have purchased several Tusting products.
I love the quality and design. In addition, the service is superb.
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Perfect gift for a discerning gentleman …
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Handmade in England
Handmade in England, family business and great service! And so nice handbags! I love my mini holly!!

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Sarah S

Beautiful handbags – amazing quality
Customer service is the best – nothing is too much trouble. I now have at least 15 Tusting products from a couple of work bags to handbags and small leather goods and would not hesitate to recommend them.

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Great Quality & Customer Service
I recently purchased Tusting Mini Holly in Taupe. The customer service is exceptional. Unlike those big-name brands, Tusting cares about the customer and also follows up with me to make sure I am happy with the bag. The bag is well-made. I love it.

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Jo A

The Holly Handbag is the perfect retro bag!
I have been looking for years and years for a 1950’s style handbag that holds more than a lipstick! The Holly handbag is such a high quality bag with perfect styling…I love it! I want it in another color! I am located in the U.S. and my handbag arrived in a matter of a few days, perfectly packed…so beautiful! I really appreciate it that Tusting makes their products in the UK. The care and craftsmanship really shines when it comes from their home country. Thank you Tusting!

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Pictures cannot do justice to the products
Pictures cannot do justice to the products and overall experience of receiving your own Tusting bag.
The leather is exquisite (kissable!) and their customer service is prompt and extremely human (as opposed to robotic responses from other companies). The quality of their bags is on par with major luxury brands – you have to get one for yourself to understand. Their bespoke services are unlike any other brand that I have come across: I was able to get my late father’s handwriting debossed in gold in the bag I gifted to my mother. Tusting has become a family heritage piece.

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Dee D

The service was quick and professional.
Love my mini holly, the quality is exceptional. Definitely, ordering another one. Taupe and the Cerise next on my list.

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Steve Vradenburg

You have to handle one of these pieces to understand the quality.
They are not cheaply made fashion goods. These are pieces your great grand kids will squabble over. I get approached by strangers to ask who made my bags and hotel bell hops tell me they have never handled anything like them. A flight attendant gave one a seat because it was going to be scuffed in an overhead bin. I can go on but I can only say to try something small and experience them for your self.

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Pretty purse
The website is so easy to navigate. I found the purse I wanted and the color is gorgeous. The size of the purse is perfect for me. Absolutely love the quality of the purse and will definitely purchase again.

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Amazing Quality and service
Amazing Quality and service; always lovely to support local British companies.

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Ulrich Lautenschlaeger

Awesome products & awesome service!
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Susan G

Beautiful product
Tusting is an exemplary company. Their product is beautiful and well made. I love my Holly bag. The customer service is wonderful…eager to answer questions with a high level of courtesy and professionalism. I look forward to my next purchase!

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I have now made 2 purchases from Tusting
…and I am more than happy with each item. The quality of the materials used is excellent and the workmanship for each item is superb. I called the company for information on a couple of occasions and was impressed by the friendly and helpful people I spoke with. Quality goods from a quality company in my opinion!

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Recently bought the Cardington bag
…(my third purchase from Tusting), and I’m so so pleased. Beautiful quality leather, wonderfully made, feels like it will be a piece that will be with me forever as it will age so well and is an understated design. Love the fact that there is a repair service – by the same craftspeople who make the bags – so really is the opposite of fast fashion. Also love the fact that this is a 5th generation family business, and the bags are made here in the UK in their own factory. The personalisation option (either with initials or with a message inside the bag) is also a really classy option – particularly great as a gift. I know I wiil be back for a fourth bag at some point…..!

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I purchased a full set
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Tusting provided fantastic customer service in the run up to Christmas to ensure that my purchase was delivered on time. They kept me updated on a regular basis and provided reassurance! The Tusting’s handbag is absolutely gorgeous and has been very well used by my wife since Christmas Day! Tusting have been a pleasure to buy from.

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Northumberland customer

Sensational Mini Holly handbag.
Although i was told the mini holly bag was out of stock and i’d need to wait a few weeks( it was over Christmas holidays so was expecting a delay) to my surprise it arrived tracked, signed for and was beautifully packaged with its dust bag way sooner than expected. It’s elegant, petite, beautiful and stylish, surprisingly spacious and definitely an heirloom for the future, well worth the wait! Quality is stupendous.
Service was friendly and excellent- informing me of delay and follow up emails to check i was pleased with purchase. It’s a fabulous bag and it really feels like a bespoke service you get from an understated but excellent British family business. Highly recommend.

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Cannot recommend Tusting enough!
Tusting’s bags are so chic and timeless. Outstanding quality, traditional British design but with a cool twist. Love their partnership with India Hicks too…on my third bag and counting!
But the best thing by far is Tusting’s customer service which is next level. In this day and age when everything feels so transactional and impersonal, when even “luxury” brands make you queue up outside their stores as if waiting to buy a loaf of bread, the Tusting family and their team make you feel like one in a million every single time you reach out to them. This is true luxury to me, thank you Tusting!

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Michael Mcgough

What a wonderful British company…
What a wonderful British company producing exquisite hand made products from superior leathers and other materials. Most are sold under their own name but they have also produced for Church’s Shoes and for M & S Best of British range. I recently made many purchases at their annual sample sale. A laptop bag was missing the shoulder strap. No problem as one was swiftly provided to complete a Christmas present. I cannot speak more highly for the company AND its products.

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Natalie Aris Jones

I absolutely recommend Tusting
Firstly, the items I now have are beautiful, fit for purpose and personalised. It was a considered purchase and every time I pick up the bag it makes me feel happy. Secondly, to get the personalised message plus some other requests I had, there was a bit of to and fro which were handled so politely and well. This is a family business and I felt as if I was being welcomed. I absolutely recommend Tusting as an ethical and trusted brand.

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Overseas online purchase
Purchased two bags online to be sent to Hong Kong. Both bags arrived timely and in perfect condition. Very happy with the quality. The colours of the bags were exactly as shown on the website.

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Shana Kong

Great customer service!
I have bought a few bags, one (regular Holly) was exceptional quality, the other (greta) had an issue with the magnetic closure, however, it was it still beautifully crafted. The leather quality is outstanding and the prices are fair. Only reason I go back to them, even though one bag had an issue, is their amazing customer service and leather quality. I highly recommend. Reason for 4 stars is due to the greta bag having an issue with the magnetic closure; it wasn’t strong enough and would cause the bag to easily open up. I had to return but they made the return process easy.

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Weekender Bag (Medium)
A few months ago I purchased the Weekender bag in Sundance and finally had a chance to break it out. Amazing leather quality and color and construction. It fits in airplane overhead bins and never broke a sweat for a 1 week trip. It will definitely age well.

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Sue H

Beautiful leather
I have looked at your handbags and decided on Mini Holly in Pecan . Contacted customer services with a query whether in stock, length of strap and despatch as nearing Christmas. Reply was quickly received and order made. Bag arrived, day after order placed, with a little extra, a Ladybird flew out of the packing tissue. Beautiful leather and design. Sits nicely in the hand and a light cross-body. Perhaps a nice addition to the collection would be a small purse to fit inside with wallet, space for cards and coins.

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Simply Stunning
Simply stunning handbags with the utmost ATD The whole experience at Tusting has been brilliant My bags are soft, supple and beautiful so, so well made.

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I have just purchased 2 bags from this wonderful company
The personal service from Lucy and Gillian was so kind and helpful. This is my 3rd purchase from this company and am so pleased with each bag, quality and finish more than competes with some of my way more expensive Designer bags. The packaging was just so exquisite, I cannot contemplate chucking the beautiful box delivered in. Delivery was so rapid , delivery to Ireland a day after posting .. not something I am familiar with. Certainly worthy of 5 stars and maybe an outing to the Coronation. Many thanks, Tustings.

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