Working on the Louis Walton briefcase. It is a simple and classic shape with two gussets and a leather handle. The final case will not be this color but the direction I am going for the shape is here. The shape and structure of the bag comes from using different types of leather to build in strength and form, no cardboard or other products, just leather.
I especially like the creases/folds in the one piece gusset. The one piece gusset is not often found for a couple reasons. First, it is a really long narrow piece of leather, 36” in this bag, and depending on how much of a hide has already been cut, a strip that long can’t always be found. Also, if there is leather available for it, it isn’t the most cost effective way. Last, there are extra steps involved to get the gusset to fold correctly and this incurs extra time and expense. I think the benefits of the one piece gusset are worth it. On many cases I see, the stitch at the corner of the gusset comes apart with heavy use. And esthetically, I think the one piece gusset just looks better.
The final bag will be a big step forward. The inside will be finished with a soft light leather and a lockable zippered pocket will be added. Then hardware for the closure will be affixed. Last a space for cards, pens, and maybe a lightly padded pocket for a tablet.