Excess Baggage by Williams-British Handmade

Sarah Williams’ amazing designs re-imagine classic british luggage for her budding label, Williams-British Handmade.

William’s admiration of traditional crafts is echoed in the brands she most admires: Mulberry and Smythson. Williams-British Handmade uses British talent using hand tools as much as possible.  The brass frames are produced by Joe MacNeil, a specialist metalworker in Buckinghamshire; the bridle leather is hand stitched.

Williams believes that good-quality craft depends on curiosity about the material at hand, and she cites three attributes, identified by Richard Sennett in his book “The Craftsman,” in her work: Metamorphosis, Anthropomorphism and Presence. Metamorphosis refers to the evolution of a form, evident in the altered shapes of her luggage designs. Anthropomorphism invests inanimate things with human qualities; Williams’s hand-craftsmanship lends the items a sense of integrity and honesty. Presence was applied through MacNeil’s immaculate brass plaques and the individually numbered leather stamps inside each piece.

The luggage is currently only available on Williams’s Web site;  designs are bespoke or numbered limited edition.


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Courtney Watkins is a wardrobe + prop stylist based in Atlanta with 14 years of print and film production experience in advertising, editorial, corporate, and scripted entertainment. Courtney comes to styling with a passion for design and a background in fine arts and commercial photography. It is her strong respect for concept, her wit and her creativity that set her work apart. Those qualities have earned her a broad range of advertising, editorial, and broadcast clients, from Nike, Coca Cola, AT&T, Marriott, Coors Light, to Southern Living, People Magazine, Shape, TBS, and Discovery Channel among others.


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