Brooks_Victoria Saddle Bag

A handbag with roots in the bicycle saddle

Hermes & Brooks

The Brooks, Victoria Saddle Handbag project was initially designed for the Prix Emile Hermes competition and then later acquired by Brooks. Now produced by Brooks and functions as a handbag only.

Connecting accoutrements

The project started out playing with the idea of taking the bicycle bag and seeing if it could become a more integrated part of the bicycle?
From looking at traditional leather saddle bags and their placement behind the saddle, we looked at connecting both the bag and the leather saddle to make something new. What evolved was a leather saddle cover with an integrated saddle bag. This integrated part can be removed and then fold together to become a handbag away from the bicycle — a fun, smart and stylish thing.

Creating a character

We wanted a bag look while mounted on the saddle. We attempted to achieve this through making the bag lid and connected seat part from one continuous unbroken single piece of leather. We also made the handle strap for the bag a prominent detail, so you can recognise it as a handbag handle while on the saddle.
When removed and taken away from the bicycle, it transforms by folding into a clutch-sized handbag. The handbag has the form of a bicycle saddle, creating a unique character and communicates a cycling story away from the bicycle.

Quality and care

By removing the leather part, leaving only a skeleton saddle base, a protected premium leather solution could be made. Hermes was in mind with the original design, so we wanted the bag protected from the natural elements and possible theft, hence the ability to remove the bag and take it with you like a handbag.



Book: Velo 2nd Gear, Bicycle Culture and Style by Gestalten, 2013.


25 March to 23 October 2016, Bike to the FutureDesign Museum Gent, Belgium, IMF Foundation Co production

Prix Emile Hermes Exhibitions

17 September to 11 November 2008, Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris
3 December 2008 to 8 February 200, MUDAC in Lausanne
15 February to 12 April 2009, Grand Hornu in Hornu
April 2009, Triennale di Milano
May 2009, DDC in Copenhagen
September 2009, Benaki Museum in Athens
2nd semester 2009, Vitra Design Museum in Berlin
2nd semester 2009, Barcelona Centre de Disseny in Barcelona

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