Rapport x Johnston’s Of Elgin: Heritage, Craftsmanship and Family
You would be hard-pressed to find two companies more suited to collaboration than Rapport London and Johnston’s Of Elgin. For generations, the family businesses have dedicated themselves wholly to the perfection and furtherment of their craft.
Since 1898, Rapport has been marrying the dual passions of leatherwork and horology with absolute success, earning itself a name of worldwide renown. Johnston’s Of Elgin has been applying similar dedication to cashmere and fabrics science since 1797. With unparalleled knowledge earned from three centuries of tradition, its fabrics are of the highest order.
With comparable authenticity, heritage and craftsmanship, the two family institutions have joined forces to create two exquisite pieces: the Rapport X Johnston’s Of Elgin Portfolio Case and the Rapport X Johnston’s Of Elgin Watch Roll.
The result of such a considered collaboration and choice of materials is that, though the products sit at the apex of style, they are highly functional. The Portfolio Case lends itself wonderfully to both work and travel, carrying essential items to the boardroom as comfortably as it does an aeroplane. And, as anyone familiar with Rapport will know, the Watch Roll is crucial for watch collectors, whether they are home or away.
Rapport’s contribution to the collaboration is, as you would expect, in the fine leatherwork. The finest black premium leather encases the products, with precise, modest detailing coming through chromium closures and initialled emblem. The interiors of the pieces are where Johnston’s Of Elgin works its magic, with 100% Lambswool fabric being used throughout. Though incredibly soft, this Lambswool fabric is notable for its robustness and ability to maintain its shape.
The Rapport X Johnston’s Of Elgin Portfolio Case is a gorgeous accessory for any business professional, suitable for carrying paperwork or laptops and tablets up to 13-inches in diameter. Made
from a premium black grained leather that sings with Rapport finesse, the silver zip opens to reveal a stunning tartan Lambswool interior. This monochromatic tartan is finished with a pattern known as Ceilidh, a subtle and charismatic design from the Johnston’s Of Elgin archive.
The Rapport X Johnston’s Of Elgin Watch Roll receives just as much care and attention from the two historical names. Trading on the horological prestige and knowledge of Rapport, the Watch Roll is a haven for up to three timepieces. The watches sit upon a cushion that can adjust for a perfect fit. This roll and the rest of the interior is, like the Portfolio Case, upholstered in Lambswool. Here, Johnston’s Of Elgin has opted for a traditional houndstooth patterning, known as Ettrick.
The fine craftsmanship of the leather, brought by Rapport, grounds and unites the two pieces, as does the monochromatic colour palette of the Lambswool interiors. Meanwhile, Johnston’s Of Elgin’s knowing pattern choice draws a clear distinction between the two. Both the Portfolio Case and Watch Roll share a distinctive and confident aesthetic perfect for work, home and travel, and the robust and solid build will see them last long into the future.