“Handmade in England” – has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Seldom written these days, unfortunately, so it’s with great pleasure that I introduce to you Norton, MacCullough & Locke_
Messrs Laurelli, Gn and Manchée joined forces a year or so ago to create a brand in the vein of 1920s bespoke luxury. Dominic Laurelli headed design at Saville Row’s Swaine, Adeney & Brigg after a stint at Alexander McQueen. Lester Gn’s masters graduation collection featured impeccable tailoring and umbrellas. David Manchée spent many years at Swaine, Adeney & Brigg hand crafting trunks and custom made briefcases for the company and a roster of top level clients that included Hermes. These guys know their stuff. These guys know luxury.
The Devil is in the details. What I find refreshing about the brand is it’s subtlety. There isn’t a monogram in sight. Leave that to Louis Vuitton and Goyard. The pieces scream “collectables”. They are for keeps. Every little detail is so beautifully considered and brilliantly executed. From the super-soft skins, expensively muted palette, luxe components and perfect proportions. For a young brand it feels like it has been around for ages and that’s the clever thing about Norton, MacCullough & Locke – classic but contemporary at the same time. Ageless + cool.
They have already garnered an impressive client list including the Berkley Hotel in Knightsbridge, London and their services are in demand everywhere and in between Hong Kong and Scandinavia. I can see big things happening for these guys. Very big things.
An accessories trunk a group of friends and I commissioned for a very dear friend’s birthday.