It’s nice to have friends in high places.
When Robin Bennett and Robin Winch of the Bennett Winch accessories brand were looking for the right spot to test the U.S. market, Jonathan Baker, managing director of Turnbull & Asser, offered them a prime location right inside the entrance of the brand’s town house on 57th Street.
They jumped at the chance, and last Thursday night, they invited some 100-plus customers and friends to the location between Madison and Park Avenues for cocktails to celebrate their arrival.
“We sold four bags [at the event],” Bennett said, “so it looks like there’s an appetite for it.”
He said New York is the brand’s second-best market outside the U.K. and eventually they’d like to open a permanent space in the city. But for now, they’re happy to just settle in for 10 weeks at Turnbull & Asser.
Bennett Winch launched in 2015 and offers weekenders, totes, briefcases, backpacks and a unique garment bag/holdall in canvas or leather. The best-selling item is the weekender, the brand’s first and now signature product that is handmade in England using bonded canvas, military-grade cotton webbing, leather detailing and an interior with pockets for a laptop as well as a separate compartment for wet clothes. A canvas version retails for $950 and a leather model is $2,100.
Bennett Winch is primarily direct to consumer but has a flagship on Duke Street in London and also sells at retailers including Mr Porter, Fortnum & Mason and Portland Dry Goods in the U.S.