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Excellent! Please feel free to update this thread with some pics and your opinion of the results. Hope you enjoy it! BUT, when you get your first taste of bespoke... be warned... you never go back. It makes it really tough to go shopping after that!
It's essential to care for your expensive leather bags and always keep them moisturized and protected. This is true of any brand that uses "real" leather that isn't heavily coated/treated. You have no idea how many generations of first-time LV buyers paraded their vachetta bags around to friends only to be horrified at what happened when it sprinkled. Likewise how many dropped a fortune on an Hermes box calf bag and then set it down on the ground, touched it with...
I did... but before I take any bag outside I treat it with both a Collonil moisturizer and spray it with the rain/moisture protector. So, mine ended up fine but definitely I wouldn't risk it unless you treat it first. Also, I have black and navy in the "smooth" leather, not cognac, so the lighter shades might also wear differently in the rain.Definitely treat it first, though, just to keep yourself safe. I say that for basically any leather bag, not just Linjer. You...
Nice to see Steve making an appearance on this thread. re: Zipper stiffness... it's an interesting discussion; for me moreso than stiffness/smoothness the mechanics of the head and the components of the teeth and material that attaches it to the bag are the biggest considerations. For example, I find that my RIRI are often extraordinarily stiff and often stay that way. However, they are built like tanks and I've never had one break. They remind me of the old Mercedes...
Just curious if anybody has bought or commissioned anything from Bea lately? Unfortunately I haven't, though I always have a few "wishlist" bags in mind.
Yes, I had the same issue with my Givenchy. It's good to send a bag off to a good home rather than just keep it in the closet HOPING you'll use it. In my experience, if you don't use a bag within six months, you ought to just admit it's not a great fit and move on. In any case, I'm sure somebody here will take it off your hands.Cheers!
Several members asked me to try out AZZURAA, another recent SF affiliate offering leather bags. I did and wrote up a review, attached below. Take a look if interested: http://www.styleforum.net/t/476764/the-rachford-files-vol-2-azzuraa-leather-bag-test-drive/0_100 Here is the bag I tried out; I know it's probably not everybody's style... but that's the point of bespoke. You get something you've always wanted to try, but couldn't get (or afford) elsewhere. It's a...
^Maybe we posted at the same time, but I asked the exact same thing above. In other news, lately we've been trying to talk about what constitutes "value," but specific examples that are good comparisons for what we mean by "bang for buck" have been hard to show. Hermes doesn't make sense; they aren't good "bang for buck," but then again the quality is outstanding. Even a top-line Prada model is expensive, but still a pretty well done bag. Brands like Etro or Missoni...
Now I know what really killed Robert Palmer.
A little more about the design of the bag. More than 20 years ago, LV did a very fun Tri-color Noe bag in Epi. It was too small, too "purselike," and was only made for a limited time. BUT, I wanted the "feel" and fun of that bag, but in a different style and leather type (don't get me started on why I hate the EPI printed leather style). I wanted the SHAPE of the Gianfranco Ferre AW09 "tall" duffle (see bottom right bag). This exact bag is not made anywhere... hence...
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