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