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William Scott Forshaw | The Man behind the Brand

When William started selling briefcases to businessmen on his lunch break in London, he never knew that it would lead to Maxwell-Scott – one of Great Britain’s leading leather bag makers to honour Italy’s century-old leather industry.

Founded in 2002, Maxwell-Scott 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 to realise its potential and expand its collections into travel and leisure.

“William is still the spearhead of all Maxwell-Scott creations.”

William’s Journey

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 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.

The Future

Our founding philosophy lives on and the brand’s development has evolved to include handbags, luggage and small accessories. William continues to supervise the creative direction of all the collections whilst growing the brand. This includes cultivating a brand culture that encourages research and development allowing Maxwell-Scott 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 warranty. Our unique brand of discreet luxury follows this dedication to excellence.