I recently received a parcel from Maxwell Scott Bags. I have wanted some of their leather luggage for some time and so when their new range of Flero medium men’s holdalls was released, I could not wait to get my hands on one to review. It looks to be the perfect weekend luggage for the modern gentleman, let’s see if it stood up to the test.
Even when removing the bag from its wonderful branded packaging you are acutely aware of how much care and attention has gone into ensuring this moment is very special. Once in front of you, it is hard to resist spending a few moments just savouring the delicious aroma of the finest Italian leather. Initial thoughts were this bag was just too beautiful to use on a regular basis, but the quality of both the materials and construction reassure you this product is more than capable of standing up to its generous lifetime guarantee.
To open – you are faced with two purposeful looking leather straps with proper buckles; this is welcome respite from the magnetic fake buckles which seem to be in vogue with other luxury brands. The zip slider has a thankfully large pull tab on a chunky slider making opening easy; it sounds silly but I do get annoyed when luggage vendors use delicate zips with small pull tabs, this is a high quality item in every detail. The zip opens to the base of the holdall on both sides allowing great access; when I pack a weekend bag, I like to keep my clothes neat and folded, great access stops your clothes getting creased as you put them in your bag.
It is this attention to detail that is prevalent throughout the Flero’s construction. Every stitch and every seam is flawless, the pictures will not do them justice. Maxwell Scott pride themselves on using genuine Artisan craftsmen in the construction of their leather bags. Inside is a similar story, the lining feels reassuringly expensive and is extremely durable with a zipped compartment for keeping your valuables separate.
Living with it
The Flero is perfectly proportioned for a weekend bag, it’s almost tardis like, as its sleek look camouflage the 38L capacity. I have managed to get a weekend’s clothing, pair of shoes and a wash-bag packed with little fuss. From the outside it is compact enough to be used as a luxury sports bag or gentleman’s day bag. It comes with a shoulder strap to add to its practicality. The inside pocket is ideal for your passport, wallet, keys and travel documents. The dimensions also make it perfect as hand luggage when flying, but always check with your airline as allowances do vary and are subject to change.
There will be those who buy the Flero as an investment piece and only use it on the rarest of special occasions, and for you, Maxwell Scott have included a cotton storage bag to keep the bag protected and dust free when not in use. It’s just another one of the little details that make all the difference. Having said that, it seems a shame to not get as much use out of it as you can. What better excuse to go on ‘another weekend in Paris’?
Could do better..
It has been really tough finding things that I would honestly change. I want to give you a balanced view so here are my thoughts. I would have loved another compartment so I could separate out my packing, but in reality trying to make it fit would ruin the Flero. Add it to the end and you make it too long for airplane hand luggage. Place it inside and you wouldn’t fit a weekends clothes in it. I have to say it really is a perfect bag and any attempts to improve it would probably spoil it.
The Maxwell Scott Flero holdall is an exquisite addition to your luggage collection. It is stylish, practical and long-lasting. It will get you noticed and will last a lifetime with proper care. Its classic look means it could be used in almost any situation. The Flero reiterates Maxwell Scott’s reputation as producing the very finest in luxury leather.
- Timelessly stylish
- Finest Italian leather
- Artisan made to the highest standard
- SIZE: W 52 cm H 34 cm D 27 cm
- 38L Capacity
- Lifetime guarantee
- Hand luggage ready
9/10 – It is hard to imagine luxury luggage getting any better than this! Beautiful, practical and hard wearing, the Maxwell Scott Flero leather holdall has it all and is the perfect weekend bag for the modern gentleman.
It’s available in Tan, Brown or Black for only £389.99 from Maxwell Scott. For more information on Maxwell Scott Bags visit www.maxwellscottbags.com