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italian leather travel bag collection Our Story
Maxwell Scott Bags is an English luxury brand. Fusing modern design with traditional Italian leather craftsmanship, it epitomises individuality, luxury, style and ambition. With its creations now sold globally, the brand is embarking on the most exciting chapter in its development since its debut more than a decade ago.
Where it all started
Founded in 2002, Maxwell Scott Bags reinterprets the art of leather craftsmanship for the modern day.  The brand’s beginnings can be traced back to a recreational tour of Italy by William's mother Jacqueline. The discovery of leather goods on family travels combined with strong entrepreneurial instincts saw the potential for a new breed of bag maker.  

Drawing on the rich Italian heritage of leather goods, founder William Scott Forshaw began to conceive an antidote to the throwaway fashion culture he observed elsewhere. In its place would be a dedication to the finest materials and a design philosophy influenced by innovative yet understated British design. And so the original favourite the Paolo briefcase was born.  

Initially tailored towards corporate clientele, the transition from boardrooms to online allowed Maxwell Scott Bags to realise its potential and expand its collections.


William Forshaw Maxwell Scott Bags Founder


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italian leather briefcase
In search of the best
The quest for the brand’s first tannery had begun.
A desire to honour traditional manufacturing methods and to source only the finest full-grain leather led William to the heart of the Italian leather industry in Tuscany. From that moment, every creation from Maxwell Scott Bags would be handcrafted by the region’s highly skilled craftsmen and craftswomen. Their craft complemented by our British design team who are responsible for the iconic shapes, styles and detailing of our bags.

Our company HQ is located in York and now sells across the world from its directly-operated online boutique.


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Maxwell Scott Bags leather tote


Where we are now
Our founding philosophy lives on and the brand’s development has evolved to include handbags, luggage and accessories.

William continues to supervise the creative direction of all the collections across the brand whilst growing the business. This includes cultivating a brand culture that encourages research and development allowing Maxwell Scott Bags to pass on advances in its technology throughout the manufacturing process. Today, each and every one of our authentic and timeless masterpieces comes with a 25-year guarantee.

Our unique brand of discreet luxury follows this dedication to excellence.


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leather travel accessories collection


A true investment
To this day Maxwell Scott Bags remains true to its original principles: individuality, luxury, style and ambition.

Our recent rebrand marks the coming of age of the brand and recognises the promises kept since 2002.

Instantly recognisable in its own right, the Maxwell Scott Bags monogram is our guarantee of this unwavering quality, now and in the future.


Lifestyle leather bag in cabriolet


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Maxwell Scott Bags Logo


"The next chapter"
Reimagined as a destination for leather goods and the style-conscious we bring you the new maxwellscottbags.com

Discover our latest collections in more detail and follow our point of view and the wider cultural landscape the brand inhabits in The Journal. Our editors will be bringing you regular observations on up-and-coming trends, design inspirations and expert advice from our team of stylists bringing you closer to the brand.

Whatever our next chapter brings Maxwell Scott Bags remains proudly independent and we are committed to continuing the legacy of leather craftsmanship we inherited from our unique Anglo-Italian roots.

To learn more about our brand and vision then please click here


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