The Frenchman's Gladstone
The Essential Details.
When I was 10 years old, Dr. Rémy was the French house-call doctor in our neighborhood. Yes, this was when doctors made house calls that didn’t force you to cash in your bonds.
He carried with him the most astounding gladstone. It wasn’t a bag as much as it was an identity. Beautifully patinated leather held together with clasps, hinges, and antique hardware.
As a child with an overactive imagination, I was convinced Dr. Rémy was a spy or hitman. His bag surely contained items appropriate to the clandestine services such as an earpiece, truth serum, and a modelé 1935S with a parkerized finish.
One day he left the bag behind.
A surprisingly careless move, I thought.
The weathered chestnut beckoned under the glow of my mother’s prized hurricane lamp. I approached it slowly and clicked open the brass clasps. The internal hinges creaked open like an accordion. Somewhere, Hitchcock was filming this. I stood on my toes to peer inside. That’s when I knew there were eyes on me. The good doctor had returned.
Thankfully, I’d seen it long enough to file away the essential details.
The Frenchman’s Gladstone (No. 5685). We’ve made this bag a bit bigger and removed the myriad of compartments. The result is a full-grain Italian leather travel bag for men and women. Incredibly light and easy to carry. Cotton-lined. Hinge opening with brass hardware (so the bag won’t close on you). Internal zip pocket. Underside protected by brass-colored floor-rests. Truth serum not included. Made in Italy.
Dimensions: 18" L x 9" W x 8.5" H.