A native New Yorker, I am quite used to having the best brands abundantly available at better prices than anywhere else. As the joke goes, “Someone’s got to pay retail!” Having spent a great deal of time in London, I have discovered some exclusive British luxury brands that should not be overlooked. Tanner Krolle was founded in 1856 to produce bespoke (i.e. custom-made) luxury travel bags and accessories for the wealthy landed classes of London. In the 1990’s the house was owned by Chanel, but was reacquired by British owners who were determined to bring the brand the attention of the luxury goods market. Tanner Krolle uses absolutely top quality leather and exotic skins that are treated and finished to exacting specifications. Tanner Krolle has a limited distribution network and therefore limited production of bags and shoes. The result is TRUE exclusivity and an attention to detail and workmanship not found in more well-known lines.
I am mad about the Sam Brown line, which is produced in different leathers every season. The three-button version rivals Mulberry’s Bayswater as the choice of satchel-swinging sweater gals of London. The Sam Browns all feature a classic shape with shiny button hardware concealing magnetic closures, a fold-over top and handles that can easily slip over the shoulder. The Tanner Krolle Mini Sam Brown Handbag in silver Scratch Leather has a trouble-free surface and a lady-like appearance. It’s $795 at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, about to be marked down 30%. Contact your nearest Saks or order via Tanner Krolle online.
The Tanner Krolle Big Ben Evening Handbag (right), a limited edition piece, is an homage to the big clock on the Thames. The cognac colored Karung snakeskin has a smaller scale than more common python, and give a sleeker appearance. The rose gold hardware and chains and a white silk satin lining add to the subtle glamour of this prize. At Â£550 ($1000) via Tanner Krolle, it’s quite reasonable for such a beautifully crafted exotic-skin bag. You know I’ll be waiting in line at the door for the post-Christmas sale on this. I have python Tanner Krolle sandals, and the skins are the best I have ever owned. You won’t find lots of Tanner Krolle in the United States, but if you are in London, do visit one of the stores – Sloane Street in Knightsbridge, or Burlington Place just off Bond Street – and learn about this very exclusive and luxurious line. And don’t miss their sales – devastating!
Written by guest blogger: Pointie.
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