Historic luggage brand John Pound returns to the carousel
Tuesday 26 August 2014
One of the oldest luggage brands in the world is to be relaunched in the UK after it was purchased from John Lewis.
John Pound was founded in London in 1823 and made trunks and luggage for the upper classes. It is older than the French luxury luggage brands Louis Vuitton and Moynat and now designer Stuart Eggleton plans to relaunch it as a luxury menswear label.
Mr Eggleton, a design consultant who has worked for British brands including Hackett and Aquascutum, bought the rights to the name last year from John Lewis.
He is now in talks with retailers to sell the collection with retail prices starting at £750 for a briefcase. The products will also be available online from the new year.
The leather brand had been bought by John Lewis after the Second World War and was sold within the group for a number of years. At its peak in the late 1800s it had three factories in London. Sir John Pound, the son of the founder, took over the business in the 1860s and was a famous philanthropist. He became Lord Mayor of London in 1904. Mr Eggleton has made contact with Sir John’s descendants and plans to remember his contribution to society by donating 10 per cent of profits to educational charities.
Mr Eggleton, who is funding the launch with his own money, is using a specialist leather factory in Turkey that has produced goods for Prada and Mulberry to make the products, with leather from Italy and fabric from Britain.
Jo from Northern Ireland was less than impressed by Russell Brand's attempt to stage a publicity stunt
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
iJobs Money & Business
£Neg. (DOE) + Excellent Benefits: Guru Careers: A Finance Account Manager with...
£40000 - £470000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: Java Developer / J2EE Devel...
£45000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: An exciting opportunity h...
$125 - $175 per annum: Carlton Senior Appointments: Senior Wealth Manager In...