It's been quite a week for Brooks in the German capital, and today marks our final session in the halls of Bread and Butter, at the iconic surrounds of what was formerly Tempelhof Airport.
Everybody on the stand has been hit for six by the reaction from the floor to the new items we've added to our 2011 catalogue, and our presence here has also served to give one or two of us an opportunity to meet for the first time some people who Brooks will be working closely with in the near future. More about that next week, though.
But back to the reception that we've had for the new bags. Readers of the blog will perhaps already be aware of some of the pieces we have unveiled this week, to wit, the Hampstead
, the Islington
and the Soho
So today is perhaps as good a day as any to show another one we're particularly happy with.
Since it's introduction a couple of years ago, The Barbican
has become a familiar sight on the shoulders of cyclists the world over. Riders seem to value its understated look, its tough yet pliable materials, its respectable storage capacity and above all, perhaps, its beautiful lines.
The Americans have a saying to the effect that an object's intactness renders repairing it unnecessary, but when we saw the prototypes of the Soho, we were convinced that a new model of the Barbican
using saddle-grade leather had to be a project worth investigating.
Behold the fruit of those investigations.
Shape-wise we have changed nothing, given that the original Barbican, partly on account of the way it sat and spread weight, quickly became the default bag for many at Brooks.
The new leather Barbican, unlike the "ready broken"-looking original, but much like our saddles, arrives immaculate. A jot of Proofide might not be amiss; and a short, certainly not uncomfortable breaking-in period of a couple of weeks, say, might result in the new Barbican sitting even better on a new owner's back after a month or so . Expect it to be with you for some time.