I would be in for a weekender for sure. Much more so than a briefcase as that I really need to handle in person to see pocket sizing and layout. Didn't you show a weekend bag on IG a few months back that was boss as hell, maybe suede?
Second the suggestion on CXL or natural veg tanned.
Apart from agreeing with most of the sentiments regarding quality vs price point that I associate w/ Epaulet, I'd also add the following. I've been in the market for a while now and for the most part, I'm finding that the options tend to look a bit too formal or a bit too informal. I work in a casual field so something that looks like a briefcase a lawyer would carry might be a bit too much for me, but I'm also not a 25 year old bike messenger so I don't want something as conspicuous as most of the more informal options I've found. Maybe it's just me, but I feel like there's a middle ground between the two that isn't really being filled.
I like this one from Frank Clegg, but it seems like it sacrifices quite a bit of functionality for form (no fixed interior pockets and no zippered external pockets either) and is a bit more than I'd like to pay:
I'm close to pulling the trigger on a La Portegna Fat Carter (the interior lay out on this one would be great for me - a separate compartment for a laptop and then smaller pockets for odds and ends), but while it's certainly an attractive bag, it's not quite the vibe I'm looking for. I guess I'm looking for the bag equivalent of an unstructured blazer - casual, but refined and I'm not finding much that feels like it fits with that.
Hmmm. rydenfan mentioning cargo pockets on his herringbone made me think. I ordered a pair of the End 80 Navy Houndstooth flannel.
Should I add cargo pockets to them? I've never bought pants with cargo pockets before. I guess they take the trousers from potentially a dress pair to a straight casual pair?