The Art of the Attaché: Making the Monroe
The Korchmar Monroe attaché, which is handcrafted using full grain American leather, has been on our production lines since the 1950s. As illustrated below, in an image taken in our Cincinnati, OH workshop in 1961, producing the Monroe requires our team to employ precise techniques, while paying thorough attention to detail.
Artfully crafted using age-old methods that have withstood the test of time, this classic briefcase is made using the same ‘dovetail’ or ‘tongue and grove’ process that has been used for over 100 years to produce the world's finest furniture -- premium white ponderosa pine wood is notched out, fitted together, then permanently glued for maximum strength and longevity.
As seen in the image above, a strip of rubber saturated insole material is fused to the edge of the pine wood box to provide an impact absorbing “bumper edge,” which helps make the Monroe extremely durable. The box is then covered with leather and sewn together using multi-ply cotton thread on giant saddle stitching machines that were designed in the US at the turn of the nineteenth century. It's an intricate, artful process. And it's one that has proven to produce the finest attachés on the market today.