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Shears handmade in Sheffield for CHERCHBI stand

Another piece for the CHERCHBI show stand. The same design has been used to shear sheep for hundreds of years. This pair are old but they’re still hand-made in Sheffield by Burgon & Ball to an unchanged design – one single peice of hardened steel is bent, formed and sharpened by hand. I like the … Continue reading Shears handmade in Sheffield for CHERCHBI stand

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New CHERCHBI Herdwick tweed tests

What’s this? Random pic showing the state of my desk? No. These are the test results of the latest three Herdwick tweed trials showing that finally, after 3 years of trying, we’ve got a cloth that has got a great feel and aesthetic, but also performs fantastically well in abrasion, pilling and other tests. Best … Continue reading New CHERCHBI Herdwick tweed tests

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New Herdwick cloth

A few weeks ago I finally received three trial weaves of a new Herdwick tweed. This particular trial [there have been many before this..] has taken almost a year, and a lot of patience, frustration, time, money and effort. But, we’ve now developed an incredible quality of cloth for CHERCHBI bags. Herdwick tweed bags is … Continue reading New Herdwick cloth

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Blackwell Arts & Crafts house, Windermere

The Arts & Crafts movement has had a significant underlying influence on CHERCHBI from the start. Blackwell [8 miles up the road from CHERCHBI in Windermere] is Britain’s finest surviving Arts & Crafts house. Don’t take my word for it, if you’re in the Lakes and have any interest in interior or architectural design then … Continue reading Blackwell Arts & Crafts house, Windermere

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Vintage Bergans Rucksack, 1934

The latest addition to the CHERCHBI bag archive is this excellent vintage rucksack, given to me by a friend of my parents who bought it from Lillywhites in 1934 (many thanks to Walt Dennison). Its by Bergans of Norway, a truly innovative outdoor brand who are still going strong today. Maybe I’ve gone a little … Continue reading Vintage Bergans Rucksack, 1934

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Vintage Globe-Trotter Original

I found this small vintage case in a local junk market for a few pounds. It’s a Globe-Trotter Original. It’s rare to find a second-hand one, and if you do they’re generally quite expensive. The company has been making it’s vulcanised fibre luggage since 1897. I was working with the licensee for Globe-Trotter in 1997, … Continue reading Vintage Globe-Trotter Original

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CHERCHBI in English Oak

Our first (and only) set of CHERCHBI BRITISH MADE oak signage is now being installed in one of our customers showrooms. I’ve just received replacement letters which I’ll be beeswaxing and polishing soon; laborious but worth the effort. The letters and carved oak blocks (below) sum up what Cherchbi is about; they’re made locally, just … Continue reading CHERCHBI in English Oak

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1571 Herdwick Cap

Here’s a sneak preview of the newest item in the collection- the 1571 Herdwick Cap. Named after a 1571 Act of Parliament which stated that common men over six years of age must wear English-made woollen caps on Sundays and holidays or face a fine of three farthings a day. It’s widely thought that this … Continue reading 1571 Herdwick Cap

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British Leather Bags

We’re starting the new Cherchbi Blog with a behind the scenes look at the first batch production of our British Leather bag range. Here are the Rochester, Correspondent and Parish Bags during cutting and initial construction. When you see a finished bag displayed beautifully in store it’s difficult to imagine the hundreds of individual processes … Continue reading British Leather Bags

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