The horological expertise of family-run brand Rapport dates back to 1898. Known for its exquisitely made watch winders and collector boxes, the British house is increasingly making its name in fine leather goods – namely its bespoke travel trunks (from £5,000), which it can design to serve a host of unique and unusual functions.
Past creations to have emerged from Rapport’s Cardiff factory include a personalised shisha case – complete with compartments for tongs and coal – for a Middle Eastern client to take to his private club, as well as another trunk designed to hold watches, jewellery and a collection of precious enamel boxes. Intended for both the road and home, this tiered design featured stacked shelves and folding doors that opened at angles for display purposes. Like all of Rapport’s pieces, it was rigorously road-tested, with 15 people repeatedly opening and closing the drawers to ensure the materials stretched accordingly.
On materials, executive director and fourth-generation family member Katie Goldblatt says there is a “massive variety”, ranging from a classic, super-soft Italian grain calfskin to more exotic options such as a crocodile skin treated with a vibrant fluorescent hue. The interiors are typically made from suede or the suede-like synthetic Alcantara, while the fixtures are made in Geneva, sourced from Rapport’s black book of partners to meet each client’s specific needs.
“We don't order in mass quantities and hold them for later production,” says Goldblatt. “Each piece is bespoke from start to finish.” Delivery takes an average of three months.