At H.J. Cave & Sons, we take pride in everything we produce. Although our industry has changed immensely over time, there are some things that remain constant such as our attention to detail, the quality of our goods and our care for those who use our products. Please browse our site to get a better idea of who we are and what we do.
We have a new range coming in May 2020. Please contact us, if you would you be informed of the new launch. 
Our ultra high-end luggage and handbags continue to be bespoke and require you to contact us. Please contact us if you have specific requirements via the contact us page. 



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Girl with brown wallet


Our History

The Original Company was established in 1839 as a sole trader, the company is famous for making the Osilite trunk, a strong and light trunk used on the 1933 Everest Expedition and several other adventures. The case won several major prizes in the 19th Century including first prize in Paris in 1867, beating rivals Asprey. The trunk was popular as an early flight case. It is also thought that Cave was tbr earliest pioneers of the modern purse or handbag. It is known that an industrialist, purchased a handbag in the mid to late 1800s, made of the same leather as the luggage for his wife to use on the train. This is the first record of a designer handbag or purse as in modern use.

It is known that Cave inspired both Louis Vuitton (1857) and a young Guccio Gucci (circa 1910).

Gucci, as an immigrant in London, was impressed with the luxurious luggage he saw hotel guests brought with them and Louis Vuitton had observed that the HJ Cave Osilite trunk could be easily stacked.

The original H.J. Cave tote was large enough to hold a baby, thus conferring one of theatre's all-time classic lines on Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest.

The company held a British Royal Warrant of appointment until the 1940s and counted among its customers Ruth VincentT. E. Lawrence and Sir Winston Churchill