Gladstone bag

A Gladstone bag, named after William Ewart Galdstone, was created by J G Beard in the late 19th Century. It is a bag that was originally designed as a portmanteau suitcase which means that it has two parts for storage but today it is normally produced with flat sides, associating it to a suitcase design.

Normally a Gladstone bag is made in firm leather with a solid frame in the interior, often being deeper in proportion than in length. It also has two smaller handles allowing the wearer to carry them by hand or to rest on the forearm.

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Written by Hollyann Prince

Hollyann Prince, graduating in International Fashion Business at Nottingham Trent University next year, currently writing the Silhouette & Looks and Accessories section of the Dictionary for Catwalk Yourself. A lover of fashion history and everything unique.

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