New SS14 collection from Antler
Designed to inspire wanderlust and combining 100 years of tradition and craftsmanship with modernity, creativity and innovation, Antler's new SS14 contemporary luggage collection strikes the perfect balance between style and function.
The company is proud of its long lineage and heritage which it can trace back over a hundred years, to its origins as a leather goods company in the Midlands. The company founder J.Boultbee Brooks was an early adopter of the safety bicycle in the 1870s and developed a new type of saddle - the Brooks saddle - which became hugely popular and achieved worldwide success.
Saddlebags and paniers soon followed and by the early part of the twentieth century the company had started producing leather wardrobe trunks for ocean voyages and motor trunks which were attached to cars. The timeline on the company website makes for an interesting read and I published a history of the company's early development as Brooks on Obsessionistas a couple of years ago as part of a project exploring the design archives and heritage of a number of well known British brands. (You can read it here if you're interested in finding out more.)
Fast forward to 2014 and the technical finesse and legacy the brand has become known for is now accented by a strong fashion sensibility and a modernist aesthetic. The latest collection includes large, lightweight suitcases with spacious interiors in fashion forward colours and a range of faceted and sculpted shapes that nod to the latest design trends.
This season also sees the addition of Antler’s Handbag and Weekender collection. Designed to complement the suitcase line, the collection consists of styles in Italian leather, calf hair and luxurious ostrich embossed leather, each piece holding within it the promise of escape.
Design Hunter readers can receive 20% off all full price products on antler.co.uk with code - DHD (expires 31st March 2014).