Bill Amberg on creating the Bolin Webb wash bag

Collaborating with Bolin Webb, a design-led male grooming brand, Bill Amberg has created a distinctive and desirable wash bag that appeals to the discerning traveller.

We had a chat with Bill about where the design concept for the wash bag came from.

How did the conversation with Bolin Webb start? 

Bolin Webb wanted to bring a strong design theme into its new range of wash bags, the first of which has just launched.  Bolin Webb founder Derrick Webb was looking for a marriage of materials – leather and technical fabrics – to create a bag that is functional and at the same time attractive as a travel companion.

Derrick contacted me, and here at the Bill Amberg Studio we conceived form and detail, and brought different materials together, to create a distinctive design-led bag in a close dialogue with Derrick and his partner Marina Bolin.

What was the design process involved in creating the wash bag?

 The design process started with a close look at the bag’s intended use.  Size, shape and material choice were central parts of the discussion, one which brought leather and synthetic materials together.  Detailed design brought the final bag concept together to give a distinctive character and features the traveller can use and enjoy.

What choice of materials were used on the washbag and why?

The open-top design provides easy access to the bag’s contents, while being versatile and easy to keep clean. The leather is a polished calf skin, which is durable, waterproofed and strong. The nylon sidewall gusset is robust and waterproof, and the close-cell neoprene lining is just like a wetsuit – easy to clean and suitably water resistant, while providing a little bit of padding to keep your grooming accessories safe.

What makes the wash bag distinctive?

The bag is distinctive in many ways.  It is an unconventional yet practical shape. Premium materials and a quality finish keep this design-led wash bag true to Bolin Webb’s aim to make enduring and enjoyable grooming products. The mix of materials from leather to neoprene enhance performance in terms of strength, durability and practical day-to-day. An eye for design detail including the black synthetic zip, two-tone handle and reversible mat add interest and character to the bag.

The wash bag is available to buy from Harrods, Fortnum & Mason as well as online via

About Bolin Webb:

Visual appeal coupled with performance – is the central nerve of Bolin Webb and the products they bring to the world of male grooming. Design that is innovative, contemporary and admired. Bolin Webb’s vision is to bring properly conceived and aspirational grooming products to men. Bolin Webb aspires to leave a distinctive legacy in the important world of how men look after themselves today.

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