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I'm a noob when it comes to briefcases, but it seems like Valextra is pricey, like multiple thousands of dollars pricey? So it's possible to get that quality (whatever that may be, I'm not familiar), at the $500 price point?

 

fwiw, I have a veg-tanned full-grain leather briefcase for less than $500, minimal styling, made in china, and it suits my needs.  

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Likewise for me if we get Valextra styling with Epaulet's heart and ethos.

I have a Frank Clegg duffel that I love which is probably the next level up with so much hand work included there.

But Epaulet could crush the market with a classy weekender that is refined with Mike's attention to detail.

 

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I'm a noob when it comes to briefcases, but it seems like Valextra is pricey, like multiple thousands of dollars pricey? So it's possible to get that quality (whatever that may be, I'm not familiar), at the $500 price point?

 

fwiw, I have a veg-tanned full-grain leather briefcase for less than $500, minimal styling, made in china, and it suits my needs.  

 

@dalevy @CHRK33 

 

Valextra is beautiful, but honestly, I couldn't tell you why it's so freaking expensive. They may have something going on that I can't see, but our guys are finishing bags with really fine leathers and a lot of precision. There may be something that we can't do, but it will be very close. Let's say that it will deliver much of the feeling of Valextra. We'd certainly be looking for that sleek European design. 

 

Most Clegg bags that I've seen use really thick bridle leather and have a firm hand. Similar to the Croots bags that we ran. The idea for this line would be softer and finer - just a different vibe all around. 

 

Great to know on the weekender bags. Honestly, do you guys use briefcases? Would you prefer a messenger more? 

post #51063 of 57860

I'd definitely prefer a messenger so long as it had some sort of structure inside - a compartment for a laptop (some minimal padding would be 3xdope) and then one other open space w/ some pockets for pens, a phone, etc. 

post #51064 of 57860
Oh, Valextra has an $8,000 briefcase.

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Maybe the brand name stands for the EXTRA $$$ they're charging...
post #51065 of 57860

I've heard fantastic things about kangaroo leather - extremely abrasion resistant while being very light weight 

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I've heard fantastic things about kangaroo leather - extremely abrasion resistant while being very light weight 

Material of choice for soccer cleats for these very reasons. K-leather is fantastic.
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I've heard fantastic things about kangaroo leather - extremely abrasion resistant while being very light weight 

 

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Material of choice for soccer cleats for these very reasons. K-leather is fantastic.

 

It's definitely very cool, I'll talk to the factory about it. I'm actually not sure if we can do a weekender bag out of it - the skin may be too light. Thinking about it, I've only really seen kangaroo in wallets and small leather goods. 


But I'll get an overview of the skins that they have and post up some findings. Not sure if you guys like Saffiano leather, but they do quite a bit in that. You see it in Prada bags: 

 

The leather is like scotchgrain. It has a tough finish, wears hard as hell, and it water & stain resistant. It's more common in women's bags, but would make up (IMO) really dope as a mens weekender piece. It would be a really high quality bag that offers a lot of use. And it's something distinctive that the other guys aren't offering. 


Edited by Epaulet - 2/16/16 at 3:19pm
post #51068 of 57860
Yup. Good stuff. My wife has a bag it in and has help up quite well. Same with the Epi leather from LV but that is much more textured
post #51069 of 57860

Roo tennis low's FTW

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There's always stingray wink.gif
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Any chance you'll be bringing back the combat boot?  I missed out on the black one, and I've been kicking myself ever since.

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Any chance you'll be bringing back the combat boot?  I missed out on the black one, and I've been kicking myself ever since.

 

@youtubs absolutely, but it's going to be the Early Fall. I wanted to reorder, but the earliest delivery was going to be May, and that's just too late for a stock boot. 

 

THAT said, stay tuned for next week. I've got a new special order opportunity on Epaulet footwear which will include the Combat boot as an option. And its going to make up potentially the greatest Combat Boot imaginable. 

 

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Roo tennis low's FTW

 

@CanadaCal already on the drawing board my friend! 

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Honestly, I would just like to see Epaulet keep more staple items in stock rather than go into the leather business.

 

@mp906 you and me both! Thanks for the call-out. 

 

You're entirely right that we're often sold out of our crucial stock items - especially Rivet Chinos. That's going to change. We're identifying a series of "Epaulet Basics" that we'll endeavor to keep in stock all of the time. We're going to reign in the amount of seasonal stock items a bit as well. Overall you'll see three directions going forward: 

 

1) Robust basic items that fill a common and universal need. Things like white calf Tennis Trainers, Hopsack Walts, khaki Chinos, duck canvas field jackets, blue OCBD's. We'll look to put together a little editorial feature that shows how all these things jive together. And we'll expand upon the existing collection of these things, with a focus on opening price points. 

 

2) Seasonal stock items from our major vendors and factories. We'll keep the stock levels under control and focus more on special things. These will be more exciting and fluctuate from lower to higher end. Here you'll see Gitman shirts, Hertling pants, Luigi Bianchi Jackets, new sneakers, Aldens, etc. 

 

3) MTO items in every possible iteration. If you like our shirts, pants, or jackets - you can design your own from a much wider available selection of fabrics. 

 

We've finally got some new stock merchandise too! On deck this week are three awesome Gitman Epaulet shirts and our new Cramerton Rivet Chinos. I'll beat you guys over the head about those in a day or so, but rest assured - they are freaking unstoppable. Cramerton cloth is the toughest khaki twill in town and it fades beautifully over time. Opening $135 price point too. 

post #51074 of 57860
Just received my Southwick EFF suit today. The Oxford grey flannel turned out very nice and what a value. However, I now have some perspective on the Flannel Mantova suit I received a few weeks ago. That Mantova is SICK.

Mike -- are you still planning on doing a run of trousers from the Southwick EFF?
post #51075 of 57860
Mike,

I was specifically interested if the cognac low trainers are getting restocked? Thanks.
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