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 I've always thought Oppermann was an attempt to typosquat on the much more storied brand Offermann Berlin.http://www.offermann1842.com/
 They are comparing to cheap Chinese-made knockoffs, but there are certainly other quality brands like RiRi or Eclair-Prym.
 My absolute favorite design in terms of function is this discontinued bag by Tumi. I regret not having purchased it in nappa leather when it was still available:https://www.flickr.com/photos/fazalmajid/7282905360/in/set-72157607139545715 Here is why:It has a separate waterproofed pocket for a water bottle, with a drainage doohickey It has a small collapsible pocket inside for a small umbrella, e.g. Fulton ultralite No space is wasted on a permanent laptop compartment,...
 Weekender: 1. Relatively few: one waterproof compartment to segregate toiletries (ideally with a spout to drain any leaks), some sort of arrangement to separate dirty laundry from clean clothes, and in the larger bag some way to separate shoes from clothes.2. I don't know who actually uses a bag's phone pocket as such, since keeping it in your trousers, jacket or belt is so much more convenient.3. Twill is nicer than canvas, but leather or suede lining is best. Light...
 Not too surprising. It's very tough and abrasion resistant, yet lightweight, which is why it's used in motorcycle jackets and sports shoes, but it doesn't have the luxurious hand feel of calf. I'll bring my kangaroo leather hunter-green jacket to the meetup whenever you eventually have it.
 Google Image Search is your friend:http://www.styleforum.net/t/115841/the-definitive-manbag-thread-part-i-2009-2014/1875#post_4841705
 They make the raised and lined belt (their top of the line) in calf as well. I think the formalness or lack thereof comes more from the stitching on the edges, or lack thereof. The raised and line belt is perfectly fine for formal wear.  It's a Tumi Townhouse Esmond, and a little too small for a 2-3 day weekend.  Finding on that's decently made. Most name brands are completely useless, and fall apart (e.g. lining glued and detaching after a while). Also, on most belts,...
Ideally a scratch-resistant leather, like saffiano or togoIt needs to hold a weekend's worth of clothes: 2 pants, 2 shirts, underwear, pyjamas, toiletry kit, elecronics kit (chargers, bluetooth speaker, that sort of thing), a sweater, a jacket and a spare pair of shoes. Ghurka has a nice design with a separate compartment to hold the shoe.It should be easy to pack, thus ideally be able to open wide for loading.Design-wise, I like the Ghurka Cavalier II, or the Want...
 I have 4 belts from Equus (black raised and lined with green leather & thread 1 1/4in, hunter green 1 1/2in, medium brown 1in, hazel (like Horween No. 8) 1in. Also a Filson 1 1/2 in dark brown, an Alden in medium brown shell cordovan 1 1/4in, a Montblanc black calf 1 1/4in (wedding present from my in-laws). I think 1 1/4in is optimal. I prefer simple buckles, brass or nickel tone for brown or burgundy, silver tone for anything else. I wouldn't pay $80 for Uniqlo or J....
Have a look at EDC (every day carry) sites like: http://everyday-carry.com/ http://www.edcforums.com/ https://www.flickr.com/groups/whats_in_your_bag/   Most of the solutions offered (e.g. Maxpedition, Skinth) are derived from tactical gear as used by the military or law enforcement, and butt-ugly. There's nothing really good looking in leather for people who like carrying a bunch of gadgets around with them, but not in a full bag. Think of a thin bag the size of a...
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