Usually when I think of Brooks, I think leather accessories. With this water resistant canvas bag, I’m going to have to retool my brain.
– brooks england :: since 1866
About the H. Laurie:
Good things take time, Mr. Laurie heard that we had a waiting list, and he wanted to get on that list with a deposit. You have a little time to pick out your colors, we explained. Presenting customers with a choice of 250+ colors can make settling on a color scheme tough, real tough in some cases. The good doctor could not decide on a color scheme for nearly a year. It was worth the wait, a vintage inspired colorway produced one of our classiest bikes to date.
What’s your background? What influences you?
I’m a Santa Monica native, the son of an eccentric architect father and a mother who was a teacher and photographer. I grew up riding motorcycles, riding mountain bikes in the Santa Monica mountains, and surfing. I was inspired to create Derringer by that twinge of fear you felt as a kid when you knew you are going just a little bit too fast on your bike. I love design in all its forms but my favorite things list is heavily populated with shiny wheeled objects.
How did you first find out about the motorbikes and motordrome of the 20s?
I grew up fascinated by motorcycles and when I saw my first image of a board track racer I was in love. They just look so pure and focused. I devoured anything I could find on them.
It was a fairly popular (and dangerous) sport back in the 20s — wasn’t it?
It was the most popular spectator sport in America, and the fact that it was all but outlawed at the height of its popularity is the most interesting part of the story to me. It’s like the James Dean of motorsports, it never got stale and boring and regulated to death, it went out in its purest form at its prime.