Sigh. I give up. Talk on. I'll clean this thread up like the janitor that I am and stick this all in CE at the end of the day. CE is private, btw, and the post counts are not updated there. Not sure if that is retroactive or not.
Just because you are of one social class doesn't mean that you can't sympathize with the plight of another. Politicians putting on Levis and a plaid shit is just theater. As for Manton himself, I'm not sure that he had a "Come to Jesus" moment. His views, with which I do not agree, and which we've discussed ad nauseum over the years, have been fairly consistent. Of course, I've "known" him for close to 15 years now, and I'd hope that anyone with a brain would change...
I had this made for me, in a slightly darker, slightly "cracked vegetal dyed leather:
Took about 3 weeks. Pretty happy with the results (mine will be used as a travel and gym bag.)
Just get the MA+. There's really nothing else quite like it. Otherwise, what about a Guidi model? http://theloit.com/product/productDetail?productNo=12093_5639 The Loit is also an affiliate. Don't recall off the top of my head if we don't have a small discount there.
They are fairly slim across the shoulders and tts around the trunk. I really liked the pattern that I tried on at l'Eclaireur, but it was too tight around the shoulders and a bit loose through the lower torso. ymmv, of course.