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About

Get London cool with our exciting black leather convertible cage bag and stunning interchangeable Italian leather inner bag to mix & match with your unique sense of style and individuality.

 

MIX & MATCH TO SUIT YOUR STYLE

What’s your look today?

The Portcullis Bag is a quickly interchangeable bag that allows you to mix & match inner bags to suit your style.


The Portcullis Bag is comprised of an outer cage bag in black saddlery leather which is used to hold a luxury leather inner bag, visible through the apertures in the outer bag.


You choose from 3 colours of nubuck or from one of 3 stunning Italian leathers including a bronze python effect, a black stingray effect and a metallic red with lace overlay to suit your style for work or play.

With further colours of inner bags to be introduced in the near future you could have a different look every day of the week.

 


Inner Bag Leather Options

Style 1: Stone Nubuck
European nubuck leather



Style 2: Aubergine Nubuck

European nubuck leather



Style 3: Black Nubuck

European nubuck leather



Style 4: Black Stingray

Italian leather with embossed stingray effect



Style 5: Black Lace

Italian leather with red metallic finish & black lace overlay



Style 6: Bronze Python 

Italian leather with embossed bronze metallic python effect

 

 

 

 

 

This unique bag can be worn as a shoulder bag, a cross body messenger bag and can be easily converted into a clutch bag with the fast release of the adjustable leather & chain shoulder strap. 

This is a bag that's as unique as you are. It's a cutting-edge statement bag, with a strong design-led graphic look and it's exquisitely hand crafted in England.

Wear as a shoulder bag

  

Wear as a cross-body messenger bag 

  

Wear as a clutch bag


 

 

 

 

 

Imagine a dangerous medieval London with the imposing Bloody Tower built to strike fear and submission into the unruly citizens of London and foreign invaders.  

Intrigued by this imagery, the strong grid lines of the Tower's medieval portcullises became our design inspiration for the Portcullis Cage Bag. 

When we set out to design the first product to be launched under the Assassin London brand, we were clear in our desire for it to be both edgy and visually different to anything else. 

The stunning Portcullis Bag is the result of many months of research, design & prototyping and is totally unique, stylish, functional, adaptable and exquisitely hand made here in England from the finest quality leathers.

 

 

 

At Assassin London we don't believe in retail markups & middle-men.
  
We source most of our leathers direct from the tanneries and the metalware direct from the manufacturers.
  
Our bags are only offered at wholesale prices.

In addition, for our early supporters, we are offering earlybird discounted prices representing up to 50% off our planned post-Kickstarter pricing.
 

  

 

 

Bag dimensions:   

Width: 32.5cm / 12.7in
Height: 15.0cm / 6.0in
Depth: 8cm / 3.1in
Weight: 1.1kg / 2.4 lbs.
Volume: 3.8 litres

Outer Cage Bag:
Full-grain European veg-tanned bridle (saddlery) leather in black.
Magnetic closure.

Interchangeable Inner Bag:
Portuguese nubuck or exotic Italian leathers in a total of 6 colourways.

Inner bags have an outer zip closure and are lined with heavyweight cotton drill fabric in black. Three internal pockets - two are left as open slip-pockets for easy access & one has a zipped closure for privacy & security.
Both internal and external zippers are of the highest quality from leading manufacturers.

Shoulder Strap:
Matching black bridle leather with steel chains.
Shoulder straps feature our unique adjustment system which gives a full 25cm / 10.0in range in 2.5cm / 1.0in increments with no unsightly buckles or flapping strap ends.
Shoulder straps may be also be detached in seconds, allowing the bag to be carried as a clutch bag if desired.

 

  

It holds a lot more than you might think!

 

  

 

Unique shoulder strap & adjustment system

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A note on the leather we use and leather in general.  

We only use full grain leather, nothing else will do. 

Leather goods manufacturers use a bewildering range of terms to describe the type of leather your items are made from. As high quality leather is an expensive commodity they usually do this to hide the fact that they're using cheap & inferior materials. 

NOTE: We only use leathers that are from hides produced as a by-product of the food industry. We don't use or agree with the use of leathers from animals that have been killed solely for their 'exotic' skins such as crocodile, snake, lizard etc.

Here’s a quick leather terminology code-breaker, in order from best to worst:  

FULL GRAIN LEATHER This is the leather we use for The Portcullis Cage Bag.
The absolute best part of a hide is right at the top – the surface layer that has the hair follicles in it. This is the strongest and most durable part of the hide. It will often show signs of things that have happened to the animal during its life – scratches, stretch marks and mosquito bites etc. These are natural, they’re a part of life and they simply impart more character to the leather.

NUBUCK This is full-grain cattle leather that has been lightly sanded or buffed on the grain side/outside, to give a slight nap, producing a refined velvet-like surface.
Nubuck is similar to suede, but is created from the outer side of a hide, giving it more strength and thickness and a fine grain. It is generally more expensive than suede, which is produced from the underside of the skin.

TOP GRAIN LEATHER The second-best part of a hide is known as Top Grain leather. This is leather from near the top layer but it has had the surface sanded away to remove the layer that has the signs of life – the scratches, bite marks etc. It’s good, but it’s not as good as Full Grain because some of the strength (and most of the character) has been removed,

GENUINE LEATHER This comes from the weaker, bottom half of the hide. It can have a shiny surface added by painting & polishing, it might even have a texture embossed on it (to make it resemble full grain leather) or it can be left with a suede finish. Much cheaper than Full Grain but it has nowhere near the same character, feel or longevity.

BONDED LEATHER Imagine sweeping up all the leather dust and shavings in the leather works, grinding them all up and then mixing with glue & pressing into a sheet before painting the surface. This Frankenstein is known as Bonded Leather! It’s not dissimilar to attempting to pass off MDF as real wood.

FAUX LEATHER or VEGAN LEATHER These are simply misleading terms for various types of plastic!

 

 

 

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Assassin London is our new, audacious brand, designing and making luxury cutting-edge leather accessories by hand in England using the finest of materials.  

The world is awash with cheap, boring, plastic handbags which are mass produced and eventually end up polluting the earth in landfill sites, taking hundreds of years to break down.  

We use full-grain leathers from the same tanneries used by Europe's most prestigious fashion houses but selling direct to the end-user rather than using the traditional route of factory/wholesaler/retailer means that our products are around 80% less expensive than other luxury brands.

We have an uncompromising approach to quality of materials / craftsmanship and firmly believe in the elegance of simplicity and in making products that will last for generations.  

Unlike most other brands, we prefer to manufacture in limited numbers right here in the UK rather than contract-out production and quality control to some far-eastern or South American sweatshop.  

As a small, independent business, we will always be more exclusive than the big luxury design houses who need to sell thousands upon thousands of their ‘classic’ designs.  

We love our rich English heritage and draw design inspiration from the amazing architecture & history that surrounds us on a daily basis. As style assassins, we will disrupt this cycle of crass ‘buy and throw away’ consumerism and bring you exciting, innovative and beautifully crafted products which you will cherish for many years.  

Become a Style Assassin!

Click here to read more about the project creators - Jude & Pete

Risks and challenges

Having successfully run two previous Kickstarter campaigns for handmade leather items under my previous trading name of Victory Leathercraft and delivered the rewards on time, I feel confident in saying that we foresee no problems in meeting the manufacturing & delivery dates projected for the rewards in this campaign.

As we are to make the bags in-house we don't run the risk so often cited by other creators - that of outsourced manufacturers not keeping to production schedules and sometimes even failing to deliver at all.

That said, if anything unforseen should happen we believe that communication is key so will always keep our backers informed.

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