What was the catalyst in you starting Hylton
I wanted to offer value in luxury accessories. I love creating, I
love designing and similar to how the Rake came into being; I
wanted to reignite our classic British elegance, to highlight the
value and beauty in genuine luxury. Too often today’s luxury brands
are focused on trends and marketing their products as symbols of
wealth. Hylton Goods is here to produce discerning, elegant
classics in a gentlemen’s arsenal.
What would you say are the core characteristics of
Style over fashion, longevity over hyped excitement. I distrust
trends with a passion and dislike the idea that if you buy
something now, it may not be in 'fashion' in two years’ time. What
does that even mean?! I want my bags to be by your side for as long
as you need them. So classic shapes, beautiful silhouettes and
quality craftsmanship are at the core of the Hylton Goods' DNA.
What was it that made you focus on
After my studies at Central St Martins, I had a range of designs
for Hylton Goods but I was most confident about the briefcase. I
felt it offered something new to the market. It has a great harmony
between function and form, practicality and beauty. It has an old
school, British charm that I love. For me, it’s the perfect work
How does your briefcase fit in with modern day sartorial
They are definitely tailored for a smarter style. I think if you
favour suede loafers over Nike Air Max during the week, or
double-breasted jackets over a Moncler, a Hylton briefcase should
fit in rather well. If you want logos and admiration from across
the street, look elsewhere, but If you want that knowing nod from
the fellow gentleman passing you by, take a look at our
Why should a modern man purchase a briefcase over, say a
It’s not one or the other in my mind. For my clients and I, it’s
the image we want to portray. It’s that classic silhouette they
want. It’s the power and confidence a briefcase by your side gives
you compared to other bags.
How would you describe your design process?
We are all about slow fashion; we’re not here to churn out a
spring/summer, Autumn/Winter collection every year. We’re building
our brand one perfect product at a time. Only after countless
samples, tests and redesigns will we release a product to our
clients and our lovely stockists like The Rake.
What makes your bags different to others?
The shapes, the materials, the silhouettes and the value. The brand
vision has always focused on making luxury products attainable.
Creating timeless pieces that work for the gentlemen of today. So
many tertiary customers of the global brands are fed up with
inflated prices and trend focused products, Hylton Goods are there
to defy trends, to give value in luxury items, and to produce
classics that never go out of date.
What are you most proud of to date?
Our London Piccadilly Pop Up shop. We rented a beautiful shop in
Piccadilly Arcade, St James in the summer of 2018 and it was
fantastic. To stand with such illustrious neighbours like Deakin
and Francis, Favourbrook and New and Lingwood was a great test of
our merit. It definitely gave us a taste of what a Hylton
Goods’ store could be like and for us, a British Leather Goods
brand, Piccadilly Arcade would be the perfect place to call
What are your goals for the future?
To continue producing timeless accessories. We are currently
developing a weekend bag and smaller leather goods to hit the
market later this year. Longer term... to be a British leader in
Men’s accessories. We have the base, we have the ambition, we have
the style, all we need now is time, time to grow... one perfect
product at a time.