Designed to look like a classic handbag, the Hill & Ellis Dorothy bike bag would have been Audrey Hepburn's cycling bag of choice in the film classic Roman Holiday. The Dorothy is perfect if you cycle with less than your full wardrobe, though there's still plenty of space for a laptop, work books, a change of top and a lady's essentials.
Made from 100% rich dark brown leather, the Dorothy is lined with custom-printed stripe cotton and exudes that heady smell of leather. Its cycling specific features are subtly integrated - bike key hook, internal zip pocket and a protective laptop sleeve (11"). Also included are Hill & Ellis' standard crafty features like a metal leather protector to stop the bag chaffing on the pannier rack and reversible reflective strips for increased visibility.
The Dorothy is designed to fit in the London Boris Bike front basket. There's even a separate leather pouch containing a reflective waterproof rain cover for really wet days - the leather is durable but this will ensure it doesn't weather too fast on wet days.
Dimensions: 41.5 cm (W), 33.5cm (H) x 12cm (D)
Capacity: 12.5 litres
- Top quality, ethically sourced leather from India/Bangladesh
- Custom printed cotton twill lining
- Internal bike key hook
- Internal zip pocket
- Protective laptop sleeve (11")
- Small external pocket for quick access
- Metal leather protector to stop chafing on pannier rack
- Reversible reflective strips
- Separate elasticated reflective yellow rain cover in leather pouch
- Pannier hooks designed for standard pannier rack only (6-10mm in diameter) - do not fit onto a Brompton bike
- Dimensions: (at its biggest) 41.5cm (W) x 33.5cm (H) x 12cm (D)
- Capacity: 12.5 litres
Hill & Ellis was created in 2012 by Catherine Ellis. Catherine is a fanatical cyclist but one who prefers not to look like an Olympic track cyclist when she arrives at work on her bike! This extended to her choice of bag - she became fed up with the many cycling bags that fail to combine practicality with style.
So she decided to design and produce them herself. All her bags are designed with the particular needs of the cyclist in mind, but you don't need to be a cyclist to fall in love with them.
Hill & Ellis bags are conceived and made in conjunction with a workshop full of highly skilled bag makers in Delhi. Catherine has spent time in the workshop and has seen personally their intricate skills and happy working conditions. And the finished products are testament to both things.
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