If you’re heading to the Big Apple in the near future, or are reading this from across the pond, we bring you some exciting news from New York City.
Bennett Winch, the British makers of some of the finest bags and accessories on the market, have proudly announced the opening of their first retail space in the USA. As of this April, when you venture into the famed Turnbull & Asser Townhouse on Manhattan’s 57th Street, you’ll find their full collection of holdalls, briefcases, backpacks, totes and more.
In the five years since friends Robin Bennett and Robin Winch first sketched The Weekender on a bar napkin, Bennett Winch has built a reputation as the luggage brand for the discerning gentleman. Whether you’re packing for a weekend getaway or looking for something to hold your everyday essentials, their range of luxury bags, cases and holdalls are as functional and long-lasting as they are beautifully designed and manufactured.
What’s more, the whole production process takes place in Britain, from the Farringdon design studios all the way through to the Carlisle factories. The founders then personally test the goods themselves for six months before they’re released.
But we’re not alone. Quite rightly, Bennett Winch has gone beyond these British Isles (and we don’t just mean via airport conveyer belts and overhead storage lockers.)
“As New York has developed into our second biggest market, the time was right to open a shop here,” says Winch. “Our customer has a genuine appreciation for the unique design, craft and function of our products, and they compliment the metropolitan lifestyle here really well.”
And you’ll find this reflected in the space itself, specifically designed to give the fullest representation of the brand. From the moment you walk into the space, immediately greeted by their best-selling signature Suit Carrier Holdall, it feels as if Bennett Winch has always been there.
The wood finishing and darker tones of the Townhouse compliment the leather and canvas materials of the products on display. Meanwhile, more industrial fixtures and materials like concrete displays do a fine job of showcasing their contemporary products.
Knowing Bennett Winch as we do, it comes as no surprise that such consideration has gone into the build of the space.
“We’ve designed the shop to reflect our modern aesthetic with one of England’s most established and respected brands,” says Bennett, showing us the original sketch above. “Our goal with this space was to introduce the clean industrial style of our flagship Mayfair store into a world-class address here in New York City.”
So the next time you’re taking a bite out of the Big Apple, why not bag yourself some new Bennett Winch too?
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