Ghurka makes luxury leather bags that celebrities love


Grab the bag that LeBron James, Meghan Markle and other stars love to wear.

The Clevelanders know quality. So when the opportunity presented itself in 2018, Cleveland-hailed Anna, Steve Latkovic and Glenn Pollock jumped at the chance to bring the headquarters of luxury leather goods brand Ghurka to Cleveland. “What really made me fall in love with Ghurka were the stories we get every day from customers about how they’ve had their products for 20 years, for 30 years,” says Anna Latkovic, Marketing Director of the company, “the places the bags have gone and lived with them all of their lives or how they passed them on to the next generation.” Here are three things to know about the luxury business.

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Original owner Marley Hodgson established relationships with artisans and factories in Norwalk, Connecticut in the 1970s. Today, many of Ghurka’s items are still made in Connecticut, with each bag including a clapboard. eye to the original design. A stamp inside reveals the name of the bag, an individual number and a code registered with the company. “We know the exact year it was produced, who was in play, who sewed it,” says Latkovic.

Play favorites Ghurka makes a variety of bags that will stand the test of time (and many thefts). The Cavalier II No. 97 ($ 1,295) looks sleek in leather for the overnight business traveler. Another popular option, the Express No. 2 ($ 1,895) has an outdoor arrangement ideal for weekend trips. “Our products are intended for travel enthusiasts, adventurers,” says Latkovic. “They’re the ones looking for that next trip.”

Historical moments Notables such as LeBron James, Meghan Markle, Cameron Diaz, Pierce Brosnan and Bill Gates have been spotted carrying bags from the company. Latkovic remembers a particular conversation she had with a customer who carried Ghurka’s Stadium handbag with her for most of her life. “She was holding this bag as she watched the Berlin Wall fall and told me all the other places her bag had been in the world,” she said. “These are the best 45 minutes of a conversation I have ever had.”


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