Maxwell-Scott was founded by Harrogate-born William Scott Forshaw in 2002. His focus was to create pieces which were crafted in order to last an entire career with his passion for Italian leather a result of his mother’s travels. His aim has always been to act as an antidote to the fast fashion industry as the epitome of fine Italian artistry combined with timeless British design.

William searched tirelessly for the right factory, finally settling on a family-run factory in the heart of Tuscany. Here, in Italy’s traditional leather industry, the Maxwell-Scott artisans now handcraft each briefcase, handbag, holdall and smaller accessory. Their knowledge and workmanship form the crucial foundation to Maxwell-Scott. In fact, each piece has a 25-year guarantee – an absolute imperative for William as he designs accessories to last a lifetime and a testament to slow consumerism.

A significant factor in this is the choice of premium materials. Maxwell-Scott only sources the very best full-grain, vegetable-tanned leather. As a member of the Genuine Italian Vegetable-Tanned Leather Consortium, each western cowhide is dyed using antique recipes with the tannins derived from tree bark rather than any toxic substances. This means that there is a respectful and natural finish to all Maxwell-Scott leather which only improves with age as it develops a unique patina over time. This quality leather is then translated into classic pieces for the modern consumer in a family-run factory.

Due to this commitment to only the very best quality, Maxwell-Scott has evolved into an international brand with websites in the UK, US, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria and Australia. This York Press award now marks another chapter in the Maxwell-Scott journey – a lot of time, hard work and dedication has gone into reaching this point.

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