Eric Musgrave

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Holdall & Co’s handsome folio

Holdall & Co is a new Made-in-England brand that sells only online. Smart bridle leather folios are the offer from this company, which has been set up by an enterprising 24-year-old called Raimonda Navickaite, who is based in east Northamptonshire. Rai kindly sent me an example to test drive.

Holdall & Co 1

I am not a fan of internet shopping – I never used to buy anything in the days when it was called mail order – but I was impressed by Holdall’s packaging. The printed straps on the box are a witty touch.

Holdall & Co 2

I can’t fault the inner presentation either. Very neat indeed.

Holdall & Co 3

So here we have the 14-inch folio itself. In Rai’s words: “I have designed and have had made a 30’s -inspired under-arm leather folio bag, a product for the Modern Professional, who wants a robust and durable under-arm bag that is both stylish and professional. The folios are made from 100% leather (high-quality top grain bridle) and are manufactured in England by highly skilled case makers who have decades of experience.”

Holdall & Co 4

This is the London Tan option; the alternative is in Chestnut. I really like the simplicity of the design. There is a loop at the back that acts as a handle, or a loop for a newspaper or umbrella. Note the arrowhead that goes into the snap lock.

Holdall & Co 5

This is so much nicer than a black nylon carrying case. It accommodates my laptop very well, although I can’t get much more in besides the computer. I am looking forward to using it very much. The 14-inch folio retails for a very reasonable £210.

I’ll leave Rai to conclude this post: “This is a new business that I have launched from my home, with no business experience (apart from a recent Princess Trust Enterprise programme). I don’t have an investor or a business partner and have funded the whole thing myself, but I am very passionate and driven to see this work because I want to see these skills around for the next generation.”

Well done, Rai, I am very impressed.


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