Swaine Adeney Brigg Document Case

Words by: Andrew Hodges


My lovely and generous wife gave me this beautiful Swaine Adeney Brigg document case for my 40th birthday. After much anticipation, it finally arrived last week (my birthday was in December).


London’s Swaine Adeney Brigg has been a celebrated maker of equestrian and leather goods since 1750. The company is a Royal Warrant Holder appointed as “Whip and Glovemakers” to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and “Suppliers of Umbrellas” to HRH The Prince of Wales. My Dark London Tan document case was ordered through Sterling & Burke in Washington, DC.


When my document case arrived last week via FedEx, I opened the box and began to peel back the layers. The entire contents of the box were nicely wrapped in white tissue paper. Below that was a thick layer of bubble wrap. The case itself was inside a burgundy fleece bag that was wrapped in a clear plastic bag. Inside the box I also found a leather name tag, two brass keys, and a tub of SAB leather feed with a soft cloth applicator.


The document case is an exquisite piece of craftsmanship. The brass three-position lock is thick and sturdy. The beautifully tanned leather exudes a heady aroma that fills a room.


I opted for the machine-stitched document case that is about half as expensive as the hand-stitched model; the machine-stitched case is $1,025.00 and the hand-stitched version is $1,975.00. These document cases are also customizable (interior pockets, shoulder strap, hand-stitched handle, etc.) for an additional fee. The case interior has three open sections; I had pockets added for business cards and my fountain pens (that’s a Pelikan pen in the photograph). That custom option added $165.00 to the price tag.

I have wanted a really nice briefcase for a long time, and I am thrilled with this document case. It is a piece that should last the rest of my career and still be worthy of passing down to my son.