You can read a review of the Winchester briefcase by Winston Chesterfield on Mensflair.com
And one from Olof Nithenius in Sweden: Manolo.se
Product reviews and customer emails:
Finally opened the package today. The bag is quite beautiful! I’m so excited to start using. Roth, you do some amazing work. Thanks so much for working with me on making this beautiful bag. All the best! Paul Kim, New York
Dear Roth, I’ve now had the chance, and privilege, to make myself acquainted to my new case, and I must say I like it very much! I’m very happy with the look, and I really appreciate the craftsmanship and effort you’ve put in. Joakim, Sweden
I first discovered Roth’s work three years ago after scouring the internet for a new bag. I found his website with the Ashton bag and fell immediately in love. I ordered the bag and used it every day for three years, loving every day with it. However my life began to require me to carry larger items with me, which made me very sad to think that my wonderful bag would not function as well. So I emailed Roth and asked him if he was able to make a larger version of the bag and being the incredible gentleman and craftsman that he is, he worked with me repeatedly through numerous emails and requests to create an incredibly unique and perfect bag for me, which I will treasure for years to come! The bag is truly spectacular, unique, stunning, and truly practical! And I have enjoyed “chatting” with Roth through all of our many exchanges and hope to meet him one day when we make it to the UK! Victoria, USA
Dear Roth, I got the case today. It sure is a beauty. It will bring me lots of joy. Thanks for your craftmanship – it sure is a unique piece! All the best, Knut. Knut’s Case, Sweden
The case just arrived and it’s perfect. Thank you for your incredible work and commitment to things made the right way. Your craftsmanship, care and the extremely high quality of your work shines through everywhere I look. I’ll be using this briefcase daily into the foreseeable future and am looking forward to watching it age. Thank you again for making this such an enjoyable process. I’ll definitely be referring people your way soon. All the best, Matthew. Matthew’s Case, California
Dear Roth, I am very happy to say that I received the briefcase today. It is absolutely stunning! Beautifully made, wonderfully minimalist, and it looks spectacular both inside and out and from every angle. The interior pockets fit my phone and wallet perfectly, and the handle is a joy to hold. So, too, is the beautiful stitching. I cannot thank you enough for making such a fine briefcase, which is truly unique both in terms of craftsmanship and design. Also, I wish to thank you for your patience during the process and for your tremendous customer service. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you (although you did by far most of the work!), and I will treasure the briefcase for many years to come. Again, my deepest thanks to you. What a joy to know that such excellent craftsmanship still exists! Best regards, Simon
Hi Roth! Just arrived back today to find the shoulder bag waiting for me. Oh my, it is beautiful, a really lovely bit of craftmanship. Wonderful, am really delighted. Many thanks. Dawn. Clifton Shoulder Bag
The briefcase was to be a present for my brother, a distinguished professor, for his 60th birthday, so it had to be very special. I chose Hrothgar’s original design, the Winchester, but wanted to customise it further. Roth was very helpful and very patient as it took me a long time to decide on all bespoke aspects. Extra gusset, special handle, cast brass lock, external pocket, initials, you name it. Roth took special care to make sure it got to the States in time for the presentation. When it was unwrapped I could not believe how stunning it was. This bag has quite a presence! Attention to detail, elegant yet sturdy, exquisite leather (vegetable-tanned for more than a year!) with wonderfully warm colour (hazel) and a soothing smell. Now I need to start saving for mine. Bespoke Winchester, Phoebus Rosakis
Dear Hrothgar, I’d like to say that I am absolutely thrilled with the bag. It’s even better than I imagined and, as you said, the red leather is stunning. So many superlatives come to mind this e-mail would go on for a very long time if I listed them all!
Thank you so much. Kind regards, Janice
Roth, I received the bag today- its absolutely beautiful.
Thank you so much- its of superior make and quality to bags I’ve paid much more for in the past.
I love the leather, and all the little things you did to make it bespoke. Thank you, I will be telling everyone about your craftmanship and look forward to continued purchases in the future. Thanks again- Sunjay Sharma, Bespoke Salisbury
Dear Roth! I finally can speak. The case is just stunning. Everybody I know make compliments (even though they don’t know anything about quality bags). I just want to say thank you one more time. I frankly expected something of a less quality for that money but then I saw it for myself I can’t see anything to improve. Great job. Would recommend you to everybody.
kindest regards, Nikolay Vlasov, Winchester Briefcase
I am absolutely delighted with the belt which arrived 26th April, just in time for my birthday. It is a rare and precious delight when something far exceeds expectations: this is EXACTLY the belt I’ve been looking for, made to last using quality materials; made with skill and pride and packaged/delivered in a way which made me feel like a valued customer.
You’ve made me very happy indeed, please keep up the good work. Thank you, Rob Watts
Roth, The bag and belt arrived in beautiful condition. The bag really is everything I had hoped for. Thank you again for the time and trouble you took to work out its design and to execute it perfectly. I’ve already received compliments on its quality and craftsmanship. Warm wishes from rainy Utah,
I purchased one of these at the same time as a leather business rucksack, nearly a year ago.
A local man who has worked with leather for many years told me that this was the best he had seen.
I agree with him !
It is very well made and the leather is strong yet elegant.
Highly recommended !
Underarm Folio, Neil Bullen Feb 2013
The bags arrived yesterday and are WONDERFUL. Love the smell, the craftsmanship, the packaging. I think I am going to keep them both for me and Em can have one another time ! Many thanks. Judy
Funky Satchel and Executive Handbag, Judy Haslam-Jones
Happy to provide a review although it was not obvious to me how I do this.
Please feel free to add the following on your website: I purchased a Winchester briefcase and am very happy with it. From the substantial bridle handle to the leather closure straps with genuine brass buckles, the craftsmanship and attention to detail are outstanding. To be sure,
I will enjoy this case for many years to come. An added bonus: communication and delivery were timely and very effective. Thank you!
Geoff, February 5, 2015
Hi I want to say a huge thank you for the belt it’s superb even better than I expected and I have already taken it to the engravers. I will definitely want more of these the next order will be at least 10 and probably another 10 after these are superb quality, fantastic value and a true sample of quality craftsmanship. Please keep in touch and I will send you a photo of the finished product engraved for your records and again a massive thank you for the brilliant speedy service I wish everyone was as straight and honest as you.
Two-pin roller buckle in nickel, Roger, PHX Security
I diligently looked for months to find a briefcase that was well-made from quality materials. If you have been wanting such a bag, you should look no further, trust me. My Salisbury Briefcase is wonderful. The details and construction are top notch, and the leather is of the utmost quality. The beauty of this briefcase was apparent from sight, feel and smell (the leather smells fantastic) from the moment I opened the package upon arrival. Having had it for a few months, I like it all the more. To top it all off, the proprietor, Mr. Stibbon, is a wonderful fellow to deal with. andrewbennett84
My wife has just started an M.A and I wanted to get her something she would cherish and would last the six years of her course !!
Having scoured the internet I found numerous writing cases of varying standards…. and prices !!!
Price was a real consideration with two young children and a wife that is studying we are really having to watch the pennies !
My other choice was allegedly handmade and half the price.
I spoke to Hrothgar on the phone and he said I was welcome to visit his workshop and select the hide, lining etc to make something totally bespoke.
When I met him I felt I had made the right decision.
When I got the case I certainly had !!
The quality and detailed workmanship that has gone into it not to mention the hours it must take him, make it a real bargain but it is beyond just a bargain it is such a beautiful object.
When she opened it on her birthday my wife was overjoyed, in use it is not only practical but stunning and tactile, she absolutely loves it !!!!
As far as lasting the six years of her course it will probably be passed down the generations !!
Thank you ! [email protected]
Hrothgar is great. Quickly sends things. Beautiful quality craftsmanship. Great communication about the sale. Wonderful! Thank you!
Saddle Handbag, George Schuler
What an amazing experience ordering this bag! Roth was a pleasure to work with and helped me make the briefcase i spent months looking for. The closest i had found was a Swayne Adney bag [Swaine, Aidney and Brigg, London], but upon reciept i realized that it was too big, being made for legal sized documents. I must say that Roth’s work is on par, if not better, then the bag i saw from SA. Anyone looking for a traditional English Bridle Leather Brief, look no further. It doesn’t get better then Hrothgar Stibbon! Thanks Roth!
Jason’s Bespoke Case, GBXSport
Outstanding. Stunningly beautiful belts (I bought several!), extremely friendly, helpful seller, lightning delivery. Thank you very much
Gorgeous bag of heirloom quality my daughter will cherish this gift for many years to come. Thank you for the delivery right on time for Christmas!
Saddle Handbag, Karen Hodges