CROOTS-England. Bringing back a classic.

In a special cooperation with Frans Boone Store, from Sluis, The Netherlands  Croots – England is bringing back a classic first introduced nearly 40 years ago: The Sportsman holdall. The first ever Canvas bag made by the founders John & Margaret Smith in 1978. Back then made from the original Royal Mail Bag canvas. Today Croots used a very densely woven canvas fabric made by Limonta in Italy. Leather trims are made from Chromexcel leather by Horween of Chicago. High quality swiss made polished zippers by RiRi. Solid brass metal ware made in the UK. Fully lined with red heavy cotton twill lining. Proudly made in Yorkshire. All photos courtesy of Frans Boone.

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the Original bag from 1978 owned by John Foster Gunsmith:





CROOTS – England: Sneak peek onto the new collection.

For 2014 Croots will introduce a small range of bags and leathergoods made in Horween’s iconic Chromexcel leather.

Chromexcel is the original pull-up leather; using time honored techniques and formulas that were developed nearly 100 years ago.  Chromexcel is still produced in the United States using a bark retannage from a proprietary recipe, and then genuine hot stuffed with our secret blend of natural oils and greases.

Chromexcel is characterized by a rich pull-up in full aniline, hand rubbed finishes.  Made to this day with old world craftsmanship, modern Chromexcel carries on a long history of superior comfort and durability.

The range includes a duffle bag in the right size for your weekend travels or the visit to the gym, a Tote bag as your ideal everyday carry companion or shopping aid, a shoulder bag  and a small range of handy and practical smaller items such as an Ipad and Ipad mini case, an Iphone case, a sunglass case, a credit card or business card holder, luggage tag and a key chain. Come and see these items first at PITTI, Florence, January 7th – 10th 2014, booth 7, PADIGLIONE CENTRALE – SALONE M P.INFERIORE. Or visit Bread&Butter, Berlin, January 14th- 16th, Fire Dept., stall FD14.


photo by Olli Breitwieser, Hamburg.

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CROOTS – England: a factory visit

CROOTS – England is a manufacturer of traditionally-made hand-crafted sporting accessories and high quality sporting luggage. The company was founded by John Smith and his wife Margaret in the 1970s. The Croots Factory is located in Malton, North Yorkshire. Croots uses only natural, vegetable tanned hides of european origin, heavy duty solid brass buckles and fittings, swiss made quality zippers and natural sewing threads. Handmade in England by dedicated craftsmen and women.


a Cartridge bag gets hand waxed.

English Bridle leather: wax is applied by hand.

half finished gun slips.

the final stitch on a gun slip, done by hand.

a vintage full leather gun slip sent in for repairs.

cutting tools.

leather binding.

vegetable tanned shoulders.