The Ruitertassen collection of leather satchels and briefcases lay claim to being the leading brand in this field. Estabished in Belgium in 1927, this range has been a favourite for generations of buyers throughout Europe. The products are famous for their durability. The life time use often exceeds twenty years. Many have been handed down the family over time, and now there are various internet auctions you’ll often see Ruitertassen bags getting sold on as cherished antiques. Those old leather satchels and cases really can have another time around when the quality is there. In the past the satchel design has always been popular for school use.
Recently the Cambridge Satchel Company has re-created the look into the “must-have” accessory item of the past few years. Choose from a myriad of colours and sizes in every fashion outlet you pass. They’re even on sale in Tate Modern! Ruitertassen has enjoyed it’s own resurgence with this trend, but when the craze moves on, this brand will carry on as before.
What makes them so special?
First and foremost the leather is sourced from one of Belgium’s leading tanneries, using local hides. These are a minimum 2.5 mm gauge, which is thick but supple. All the zips and components are selected for their quality and that durability factor.
Secondly the designs have not really changed over time. If you get it right in the first place, then that’s what you maintain. The result is an exceptionally well-engineered product. The market for these classic briefcases and satchels is primarily teachers and students, and they are much favoured by doctors and lawyers, and generally any professional who carries a cargo of their work with them. With the arrival of computers many styles in the range were re-specified to include sturdy protection sleeves for laptops.
Also a number of items have the option of attaching straps to make a briefcase or satchel into a backpack. This is a very useful feature as commuting by cycle is becoming increasingly popular. Ruitertassen is unique in producing a complete range of spares for the brand. Having used a bag for years, customers can come back for replacement straps or buckles when the need eventually arises. With prices for adult styles in the £130 to £250 band [ US $ 200 – $400 ] these products offer great value as a product investment, and remember, you can always sell them on or hand them down!