It’s been 150 years since John Boultbee founded Brooks England. It’s been a tumultuous one-and-a-half centuries, but to celebrate their production of the world’s most iconic saddles, Brooks has released a special edition range in black and copper.
With a history that includes fires, financial troubles, takeovers, brand restructuring and the introduction of a slew of lifestyle products and the groundbreaking Cambium, a return to the classics is fitting.
From the press release: 150 years ago, John Boultbee discovered the bicycle after the death of his beloved horse and main source of transport. He went on to create the saddle, growing his business to be the world’s largest until the 1960s.
To commemorate his achievement, Brooks England has released a collection of their most iconic saddles and a limited edition of the popular Pickwick Rucksack. These limited edition products will be available online and at the B1866 store in London.
The saddles have copper plated frames with hand-hammered copper rivets and black leather, which displays their commitment to excellence and quality craftsmanship.
The available models are the classic best-seller B17, the Flyer, B67 for city bikes, B33 for heavy duty, and the Swallow for racing — all delivered with Special Edition packaging.
The popular Pickwick Rucksack has been re-imagined in all-black, water-resistant cotton canvas and vegetable-tanned leather details with copper plated buckles and clips.
Brooks’ range of bags are handmade in Italy using the highest quality materials by craftsmen with a lifetime of experience.
It’s a little disappointing to not see the Cambium included in this celebratory range. A touch of copper atop the black canvas of the C13 would look very retro GP. Nevertheless, each piece in the range is a worthy salute to Brooks’ legacy.