The Bridge tie up with Pininfarina

World famous Pininfarina Design Agency Collaborate with The Bridge

Link to Pininfarina Press release below:

http://www.pininfarina.it/media/files/comunicati_stampa/2014/pr_the_bridge_by_pininfarina_collection.pdf

Cementing the Italian style of the Bridge leathergoods with the well established roots of the classic design agency of Pininfarina, the new designs have the classic attention to detail that both brands have been doing over the many years of their existance.

At Milan’s fashion week dancers presented a choreographed display between the leathergoods and cars on display, The designer collection consists of satchels, messenger bags, totes, trolley bags and small leather goods, designed for the man, the new collection should be available from the autumn 2014.

 

The Bridge Brand

The Bridge Brand

For those who are not familiar with the Bridge brand, let us start by introducing you to a piece from their extensive collection.

We have chosen one of the bridge handbags as it is an excellent example of the quality and design produced by this company, which began production in 1969. The home of The Bridge Brand is in the region of Florence, Italy and remains an independent manufacturing business.

The beauty of the leather comes firstly from the quality of the leather used. The high grade leather is from Italian bull hide and the method of tanning plays a key part in the development of the colour and character which the Bridge products are recognised for.

The tanning of the hide is done by a traditional process of ageing and dying in tree bark and as a result the leather is given a stiffer and less flexible form.  The tree bark and leaves impart their organic colour to the hide which is further enhanced by the finishing process and a unique method of amber rolling.

At its heart, the style has a rustic look given by the thick leather, the prominent stitch detail and the warm conker-like colour.

the bridge shoulder bag 044152

the bridge shoulder bag 044152

You will see from the colour that it looks like a classic old style handbag – the colour gives it the classic aged look – the natural dye that is used allows the grain and any imperfections to shine through and provide a characterful finish.

Grain – what is grain? – we will go into that in another article and try to demonstrate it to you.

Leather Grain is a personal thing, some people like the texture and tactile feel that it gives, some people prefer the smooth flatter look that can be produced, either way the classic conker colour is something that sets the Bridge Brand apart from many leathergoods producers out in the market place today.

The Bridge Shoulder Bag 044152 is a classic shoulder bag that has been in their range since the early days back in the late 1960’s.

The overall design has been stable with slight design modifications to the bridge handbag logo, the zipper pulls, and colour of the leather inside the handbag.

This picture of the bridge handbag 044152 shows the internal colour of the raw finished leather to be a dark chocolate brown colour, traditionally it used to be just the natural beige colour – but as recently as 2013 this finish was introduced. The polished Brass plaque Logo inside the bag is also a relatively new addition, 2014 is the first time we have seen this in the range.

the bridge 044152 inside pocket

the bridge 044152 inside pocket

This is just a little of what the Bridge Brand produces – we will be back with more reviews and information.

Thanks you for reading.

 

 

 

the bridge ipad case sleeve

The Bridge Ipad Case – Sleeve

The Bridge ipad case sleeve is one of the neatest simplest pieces of kit to come out of Florence.

The Ipad Sleeve is simple – made of two pieces of leather – stitched together around the seam using the traditional saddle stitch method that the Bridge are famous for.

They are using the classic conker leather – that is the one they have always used since 1969, handling this leather over time will produce a lovely patina and the leather will darken and take on a much softer texture.

Sleeve Dimensions: W 21 x H 25 x D 0.5 cm

The Ipad Sleeve can be purchased here on our website – just click the link to view the product

http://www.leathergoods-online.com/product/the-bridge-tablet-pc-sleeve-in-brown-leather-019162/

 

 

the bridge ipad sleeve 019162

the bridge ipad sleeve 019162

the bridge ipad sleeve

the bridge ipad sleeve

the bridge ipad case

the bridge ipad case