Brooks_Victoria Saddle Handbag

Year: 2008

Client: Brooks

Recognition:

Exhibited

17 September to 11 November 2008
Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris

3 December 2008 to 8 February 2008
MUDAC in Lausanne

15 February to 12 April 2009
Grand Hornu in Hornu

April 2009
Triennale di Milano

May 2009
DDC in Copenhague

September 2009
Benaki Museum in Athens

2nd semester 2009
Vitra Design Museum in Berlin

3rd semester 2009
Barcelona Centre de Disseny in Barcelona

Brooks

Victoria Saddle Handbag

Connected around the bicycle

 

Hermes & Brooks

The Brooks, Victoria Saddle Handbag project was originally designed for the Prix Emile Hermes competition and then later acquired from us by Brooks. It is produced by Brooks and functions as a handbag only.
 

Connecting accoutrements

The project started out by thinking around bicycle bags and considering if the bicycle bag could become more integrated with the bicycle?
From looking at traditional leather saddle bags and their placement behind the saddle we played with connecting them both to make something new. Through turning the traditional leather saddle into a cover that could be removed as part of the bag, a new kind of transformable saddle and combined bag was created.
 

Creating character

We wanted the bag to express its integrated and transformable look while mounted on the bicycle. One key design detail that helped to achieve this is the continuous unbroken surface connecting bag lid and saddle, made from a single piece of leather in a mould. Further enhancing this we intentionally made a detail of the handle strap for the bag through not hiding or tucking it away, but exposing it and letting it hang behind the saddle. You can clearly recognise it as a handle from a handbag.
Away from the bicycle the clutch sized bag designed with the female cyclist in mind folds into a handbag with the form of a bicycle saddle, creating a lot of character, telling a cycling story away from the bicycle.
 

Quality and care

With the initial idea that the bag and saddle cover parts would be made from a high quality and hand stitched leather product from the Hermes brand we wanted it to be something that could be both protected from the natural elements and possible theft. By allowing the leather part to be fully removed leaving only a robust metal or polymer saddle base a protected solution was executed.