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Originally Posted by lonestarteacher View Post

Never been a fan of Fossil, but I've been perusing leather to try to find something that appeals to me.


Definitely keep looking. As DV said, KC Reaction is really abysmal and won't hold up. Styling, quality, materials, etc. are completely, completely sub par. It's about one step above stuff they give away free with cologne.

If you read around SF longer, you'll see that around here KC is the codeword for bad styling and low quality. Not to say that he's never made a decent item, but quality-to-price and also design of his items is usually very bad.
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Definitely keep looking. As DV said, KC Reaction is really abysmal and won't hold up. Styling, quality, materials, etc. are completely, completely sub par. It's about one step above stuff they give away free with cologne.
If you read around SF longer, you'll see that around here KC is the codeword for bad styling and low quality. Not to say that he's never made a decent item, but quality-to-price and also design of his items is usually very bad.


TOO FUNNY.   Yeah I've kinda noticed that he is very simplistic and monotoned.

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TOO FUNNY.   Yeah I've kinda noticed that he is very simplistic and monotoned.


It's not that he's simplistic/monotoned... many of us here like minimal designers (even Hermes, really, is a "minimal" designer in terms of the simplicity of its bags.) Jil Sander, Valextra, etc. are "simplistic and monotoned."

The problem with KC is terrible design manufacture, sub-par materials that fall apart quickly, and icky design with typically garish logo-ing. And at prices that are really surprisingly high for as poorly made as they are. As well, they are typically designed with no mind toward longevity, whether in design or manufacture.

Archaeologists of the future will be able to date a random trend to the week by KC's designs.
post #1939 of 2806
I'm going to be spending about a month in Paris from mid-November to mid-December and need a bag to carry around on a daily basis. The trip is a combination of leisure and business and I'll frequently carry the following items: rain shell, umbrella, SLR w/ large lens, an iPad or book (but rarely both), a bottle of water, and some small items.

Budget: up to $400
Style: Typically, I wear a RO leather, APCs, black boots, and a t-shirt or knit. I'm thinking black waxed canvas would be a good fit considering what I'm wearing and the budget.

The closest I've found is this waxed briefcase from Epaulet - http://www.epauletshop.com/servlet/the-1154/Waxed-Canvas-Briefcase/Detail. It's nice but it's more structured than what I'm looking for. Something that looks like a waxed canvas Guidi Q15 would be great.
post #1940 of 2806
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If I were you, I'd wait and get one in Paris. Low euro exchange, no VAT, and every brand you could ever want that fits that style.

Enjoy Paris!
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I'm working on the first of my two styles presently and will post some progress pictures on my new blog soon. www.worcestershireleathercompany.com/blog. When all the initial problems are sorted I will make up both and put them on my site for all of SF members appraisal. All subscribers to the site will get news first. Hope my efforts 'hit the spot'
Best,
Tim Hardy
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i love this thread! It's so hard to get knowlegdeable discussion of bags amid all the disinformation and marketing hyperbole.
 

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I'm going to be spending about a month in Paris from mid-November to mid-December and need a bag to carry around on a daily basis. The trip is a combination of leisure and business and I'll frequently carry the following items: rain shell, umbrella, SLR w/ large lens, an iPad or book (but rarely both), a bottle of water, and some small items.

 

Paris weather can be miserable in winter. I've been eyeing this Parisian bag, which is above your budget, but looks like quite a lovely piece:

http://www.meilleuramiparis.com/maroquinerie.php

I usually carry an iPad and a Leica M9 around in a messenger bag rather than a camera bag, but a SLR with a large lens would require a fairly large bag.

 

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post #1944 of 2806
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I don't know why, but I really like this bag; it's beautiful:
http://www.mrporter.com/product/300405
Grievances about bags:
So few bags come with a leather strap. Even expensive bags often come with a canvas or nylon shoulder strap. I
Most bags would strongly benefit from having a few feet. I don't know if that's the correct term, but you know, those little metal stubs on the bottom. They increase the longevity of the bag so much.

Love Bottega's leather weave styled bags.
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Originally Posted by rach2jlc View Post

I've mentioned this before, but many bags have textile/non-leather straps for a reason... and that reason isn't just to save money. That is the thing that often cracks, warps, or breaks first with leather. Some types of leather are fine for straps, but others don't hold up well. A textile/nylon/canvas strap is easily bent, twisted, etc. without breaking.
LV used to have a leather strap on its Bastille messenger, but it cracked terribly and didn't hold up well matched to the leather on the bag, and so they switched it and its now textile.
I agree a leather strap is (at first) initially more aesthetically pleasing, but it isn't necessarily a longer-lasting option (again, depending on the type of leather of the bag/strap.)
Just my two cents, having had more bags than most people have pairs of socks (haha).
As for metal feet on the bottom, again this is a question of stylistics and longevity. Depending on the type of leather/style of the bag, leather feet are not a universally applicable thing (same as leather straps).

Very true, this usually occurs when a garment weight or similar leather is used for strapping. As I continue to work with different types of leather I find some that concern me when looking at design options.
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Wow, just spent a long time reading through everything in this thread. I am a big Bally fan, and find their stuff to be pretty fairly priced in relation to LV and the rest of those kind of brands. I just got this messenger bag from them. I remember someone posted a Metode way back in this thread - did you ever buy it?

 

Messenger:

 

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Metode:

 

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post #1946 of 2806
hello...
i want to buy my girlfriend a purse or wallet for christmas. i live in london but travelling to NY next week - for LV or Chanel (would like to buy her a Chanel but will have to see how budget looks!) - can anyone advise if will be cheaper in London or NY (or Paris an option but probably not heading there soon). thanks all..

i know its a manbag thread but i think the questino is valid for men who buy LV as well (struggling for an angle here hope its not too off topic gents)

ps: my girlfriends housemate claims a classic Chanel bag will appreciate in value and hold its resale, is this true? thats kind of appealing for me to know she could sell the bag if she ever tired of it..we will keep receipts etc on it
thanks
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Originally Posted by lovelux2010 View Post

hello...
i want to buy my girlfriend a purse or wallet for christmas. i live in london but travelling to NY next week - for LV or Chanel (would like to buy her a Chanel but will have to see how budget looks!) - can anyone advise if will be cheaper in London or NY (or Paris an option but probably not heading there soon). thanks all..
i know its a manbag thread but i think the questino is valid for men who buy LV as well (struggling for an angle here hope its not too off topic gents)
ps: my girlfriends housemate claims a classic Chanel bag will appreciate in value and hold its resale, is this true? thats kind of appealing for me to know she could sell the bag if she ever tired of it..we will keep receipts etc on it
thanks

 

Buy it from an authorized Chanel boutique. Do not buy a luxury brand item on the Internet. The authentic bag will never go on sale anywhere.

 

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Originally Posted by NormanF View Post


Buy it from an authorized Chanel boutique. Do not buy a luxury brand item on the Internet. The authentic bag will never go on sale anywhere.

hello..thanks. was planning to buy from Chanel boutique - just would like to know where is cheapest for a UK citezen to buy - London, NY or Paris? and is there much price difference? if not i'll just buy in london
post #1949 of 2806
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Originally Posted by lovelux2010 View Post


hello..thanks. was planning to buy from Chanel boutique - just would like to know where is cheapest for a UK citezen to buy - London, NY or Paris? and is there much price difference? if not i'll just buy in london


With a luxury brand, you buy it at the retail price.

 

If its too much, buy a mall brand on sale!

post #1950 of 2806
not what he is asking.

Lovelux: If it was up to me I would call or visit the boutiques nearest where I live to get the starting price and then call and email the shops across the pond. They might not want to tell you through an email or phone conversation so just make mention that you are looking for *so and so style, that so and so wears* or their most popular clutch. Convert expenses as necessary.

You could also just post the question in the corresponding threads on thefashionspot.com or purseforum.
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