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Leather Satchel gift to Prince William

20th June, 2018

In the Dock’s second Royal seal of approval this fortnight, tenant Leather Satchel Company has gained three new fans, in the shape of Royals Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Master craftsman Keith Hanshaw and his wife Gail, who works alongside him in their Britannia Pavilion showroom, met the Duke of Cambridge on his visit to Liverpool this week.

The Hanshaws presented the Duke with a bag for each of his children; Prince George’s has been designed in his school’s navy and burgundy colours, Prince Louis’ is a classic London tan while Princess Charlotte’s is pink, her favourite colour. She will be ‘obsessed’ with it, said her dad, smiling. ‘I’ll never be able to get it off her.’ Each of the backpacks – called a Mini Windsor – is also embossed with its owner’s name.

Before the Royal arrival the bag style had already been christened the Mini Windsor, ‘so we produced three bags for the children – Mini Windsors for the mini-Windsors,’ says Gail.

Each of the Leather Satchel Company’s bags are handmade in its Liverpool-based workshop, which means that every part of the range can be customised and personalised. The young Royals’ Mini Windsors all feature contrasting buckles and straps, and are monogrammed with their name.

'The response we’ve had to the Mini Windsors has been huge,’ says Keith. ‘People are asking us for them, so we’ve named them and are putting them on the website in those colourways – the Charlotte is pink; the George blue and red, and the Louis is London tan.

‘People love getting their bags personalised, so we’re giving customers the opportunity to build their own colourway, and then name it. They can pick the main body colour, choose the trims, and then – unless someone else has already baggsied it – they can choose the name for it.'

Keith Hanshaw, The Leather Satchel Company Co

Windsor bags © Windsor bags

The Hanshaws team mixes and matches a wealth of customised features, from monogramming and bespoke monogramming – like Liverpool’s famous liver bird. Strap lengths, shoulder pads; the depth of each bag and the colour of its hardware – the metal bits – can be customised and combined, creating unique, one-of-a-kind bags for their customers.

The Duke of Cambridge was in Liverpool to speak at the International Business Festival, of which he is patron. Harking back to Liverpool’s trading heritage – and, of course, the Dock’s original purpose – he said: ‘Britain has always been a champion of trade and a hub for commerce and exchange between our nations. There is perhaps nowhere in the country that embodies this more than Liverpool’.

But are the young Royals the Hanshaws’ youngest customers? ‘What we do here spans generations,’ said Keith when we caught up with him recently. ‘Our customers range from six years old to people in their 70s and 80s. They know they’re getting something that will last a lifetime…’

The Leather Satchel Company sells a wide range of hand-crafted bags, wallets, belts and accessories – alongside courses and classes – from its workshop on the Dock’s Britannia Pavilion.

Leather Satchel gift to Prince William
Leather Satchel gift to Prince William
Leather Satchel gift to Prince William
Leather Satchel gift to Prince William
Leather Satchel gift to Prince William
Leather Satchel gift to Prince William