Hello. I’m Richard, Chief Bag Carrier
Two decades of global travel means I’ve had to carry my life in many different bags! Yet, I was never quite satisfied with the bags I had. Spending far too much time in airport lounges, I started to search for bags that would complement my style choices perfectly. I wanted to find something beautiful, admired for its understated elegance and colour, whilst being functional and stylish, not just for business trips or holidays but to be shared for all journeys.
I decided to swap the boardrooms for my kitchen table, immersing myself in the creative process to develop a collection of bags perfect for the journeys we take. My pursuit of style and quality came from my late mother, who I named our first limited edition bag after. Angela Stanley was a determined and stylish lady who I was so lucky to have as a positive role model in my life. She remains a continual inspiration for me as I grow the Gladstn London brand.
This inspiration and the pursuit of perfect bags led me to follow my dream. Being hands-on, creatively, and commercially is something I love. And it’s a privilege to work with craftsmen and women whose mission is to preserve the past and protect the future. It’s so rewarding personally when I see our bags being shared on their journeys, complementing our customer’s style choices and becoming their friends, just as my bags are to me. Being asked, “where did you get that beautiful bag?” will for me always be a real compliment in life.