Craft / May 2018

The Secret To Crease-free Travel: Bennett Winch x Simon Crompton Suit Carrier Holdall

Why, in a world of very few limitations on where and how we travel, has no-one invented a practical way to get our suits from A to B without creasing…
Bennett Winch has heard the call of the frequent traveller, creating a suit carrier holdall that is at once practical, functional and decidedly sophisticated.

When one considers that there are approximately 480 million business trips made every year, one wonders in what state these intrepid corporate travellers arrive at their meetings in. Given that even the most diligently folded clothes emerge looking crumpled after shuttling about from hub to hub in an aluminium tube at 36,000ft, travelling with a suit in a bag really isn't acceptable, particularly when busy business schedules won't allow for pressing of said suit on arrival.  The increasing prevalence of travel-specific suits with high-twist yarns that spring back to shape is at least one saving grace for capitalism’s sartorial day-trippers, but for those with a proclivity for finer cloths and further fields, the only option is a cumbersome suit carrier.  That is until British handmade luggage maker Bennett Winch put its collective design heads together with Simon Crompton, the founder of Permanentstyle.com and renowned arbiter of all things sartorial. Together they fashioned a solution to this perennial problem: a waterproof canvas holdall as novel and effective as it is elegant thanks to a suit carrier which neatly wraps around the central, cylindrical bag, attaching to it with magnets and straps. Since both are made from canvas and have minimal structure, they can be carried as one bag without being too heavy, while also being used separately, such as at one’s destination when the suit carrier becomes surplus to requirements.

“Hard, tight folds are what cause creases in tailoring,” explains Crompton, who originally went to Bennett Winch with the idea of making a suit carrier with more structure than what has gone before. “It’s why folding a jacket around something, such as shirts or knitwear, is a good idea when packing a suitcase. But even better is not folding the jacket or suit at all, such as wrapping it around the case instead.”

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Ryan Thompson