The Fabric of London
Introducing a range of Brompton bags made with Liberty Fabric
Shortly after opening on Regent Street London in 1875, Arthur Liberty became renowned for his silks. By the 1890s Liberty Fabrics was a by-word for the very best of avant-garde textile design. Today, every bolt of Liberty fabric is the product of a bespoke production process: hand drawn or painted by the in-house design team in Soho, London.
The Brompton bike was always designed with day to day city use in mind, and integral to that is robust luggage. When Brompton got in touch with Liberty, it just so happened that their team had recently began working on exactly the type of fabric needed to ensure the required performance for everyday city cycling could be achieved.
Luggage fabrics need to be very strong and durable, Polyester or Nylon are often chosen as they can also be finished with two types of coating to keep belongings dry inside; one on the reverse side to make them highly water resistant (1500mm PU), and the other on the face side which causes water to bead and run off the surface rather than soak in. For this exclusive range of bags, a 600 Denier Polyester fabric was selected. Highly durable and made in an Oxford weave, the fabric is printed in Italy to the highest quality and print execution of the Liberty Design studio. This is the first development using Liberty Fabrics’ Oxford Forest quality, a unique innovation for both Liberty and Brompton.
Three popular Brompton bags; the Tote, Basket and Zip Pouch have been given a bold new look with the Thorpe design, first created for Tana Lawn in 1968 - 7 years before the original Brompton bike was designed by Andrew Ritchie in 1975.
Named after artist John Hall Thorpe, the Thorpe pattern was inspired by his paintings from the early 1900s. The small dense flowers are reminiscent of Liberty’s 1930’s floral print.
The frame included with every bag connects seamlessly onto the front carrier block of your Brompton, bringing style and function to every ride.
The Tote features a zipper-secured main compartment and two external pockets to keep your essentials safe while you ride. Finished with soft webbing for the shoulder straps (which tuck neatly in the front pocket whilst riding), this classic style is perfect for everyday trips into town or a day trip adventure.
A true all-rounder, the Basket bag is ideal for carrying your shopping or packing up for a weekend away.
The Basket even features a folding brace system, making it exceptionally compact when not in use (perfect for storing in small spaces!), a padded carry handle and a zipped internal pocket to keep your valuables safe.
The Zip Pouch
Designed to sit on the handlebars or saddle of your Brompton, the Zip Pouch has just enough space for your phone, wallet and spare inner tube. A lovely riding companion on its own or paired alongside another piece of front luggage.