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I've been on the hunt to find a carry-all for a while when I found this vintage Bugatti briefcase at Goodwill for $10 (high roller, I am). At first, I thought it was a bit too bulky, boxy, and...schlumpy-looking? but once I tested out my fairly standard commuting load in the bag, I was convinced that it was a good, functional size for me. The leather feels nice and soft, as well. I'm one of those people who brings my padded-sleeved laptop and tupperwares of leftovers from home every day and then takes transit or bikes to work; therefore, I just can't hang with 4" depth bags as much as I believe they look and feel superior. I also think it's large enough for weekend travel, or at least an overnighter. I have no details about this bag because the company's website is nothing but an online catalog and no one on the web seems to really talk about this brand.

 

What do you think about how it looks? I don't think it will win any style contents, especially here, but I came to this bag from using a black Duluth Scout Pack or black Rickshaw Zero messenger, so I think it's still a step up for my 27-year old self. I also work in a nonprofit where backpacks are the norm and denim is the dress code (my executive director uses an orange timbuk2 messenger bag), and so even this is a fair oddity. I have an otter green Filson zippered tote on the way, and it's pretty much the same volume as this bag, but maybe I'll miss the organization and shorter handles? I'll find out soon.

 

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post #2312 of 2806

Here's a this or that question.

 

At $350 the Jack Spade Waxed 18oz. Canvas Shell Case tote is a little on the expensive side; but at its current sale price of $228, less an additional 25%, it's a more compelling product.

 

http://www.jackspade.com/messenger-bags/messenger-bags-for-men/waxed-18oz-canvas-shell-case/NYRU1066-1,default,pd.html?dwvar_NYRU1066-1_color=308&start=34&cgid=sale
 

At its full price of $140, the Filson Zippered Tote is still less expensive. The JS appears to have been loosely modeled on the Filson, though with some extra touches.

 

http://www.filson.com/products/zippered-tote-bag.70261.html?fromCat=true&fvalsProduct=luggage/totes&fmetaProduct=1019

 

It gains a second exterior pocket (one on each side), but neither can be zippered, buttoned, or otherwise fastened closed. It has no interior pockets, compared to one on the JS.

 

So it's the $171 Jack Spade vs. the $140 Filson. Which do you choose and why? The bag will be used for occasional over-night trips.

post #2313 of 2806

Any thoughts on this Tumi: http://www.tumi.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11122039&prodFindSrc=search

The one I am looking at is in dark brown leather.

The website indicates that it is made of full-grain leather, which is promising. Does anyone know anything about the construction quality or have any feedback on the styling? I would be carrying it while wearing suits mostly.

 

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Edited by msulinski - 7/8/12 at 11:18am
post #2314 of 2806

I've handled the Tumi in-store, it's their standard nappa leather, which is decent enough. Construction is also good. The brown version is very dark, though, and I'm not sure it makes sense over black. The main issue people on this thread have with Tumi is that they often have a very staid look and feel like a corporate uniform of sorts. They tried to make this one more racy with the top zipper. Keep in mind this is the slim briefcase, which is perfectly fine for a thin laptop like a MacBook Air or an Ultrabook, but is going to be tighter for a full-size laptop.

post #2315 of 2806
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Originally Posted by CaptainApathy View Post

Here's a this or that question.

At $350 the Jack Spade Waxed 18oz. Canvas Shell Case tote is a little on the expensive side; but at its current sale price of $228, less an additional 25%, it's a more compelling product.

http://www.jackspade.com/messenger-bags/messenger-bags-for-men/waxed-18oz-canvas-shell-case/NYRU1066-1,default,pd.html?dwvar_NYRU1066-1_color=308&start=34&cgid=sale

 
At its full price of $140, the Filson Zippered Tote is still less expensive. The JS appears to have been loosely modeled on the Filson, though with some extra touches.

http://www.filson.com/products/zippered-tote-bag.70261.html?fromCat=true&fvalsProduct=luggage/totes&fmetaProduct=1019

It gains a second exterior pocket (one on each side), but neither can be zippered, buttoned, or otherwise fastened closed. It has no interior pockets, compared to one on the JS.

So it's the $171 Jack Spade vs. the $140 Filson. Which do you choose and why? The bag will be used for occasional over-night trips.

This bag whore (me) hasn't been that active on the forum, and it seems this thread has also been quiet! Wake up people!

To address the above (probably too late now). I'd go for the Filson - it's better made and would last you longer. I have seen that Jack Spade shell case before - the handles are a wee bit too long for my liking. Styling wise, JS usually has that more "modern" edge but their designs could be hit or miss, too. Definitely wait for the sale (or their usual extra % off off sale items).

If you are looking for a bag for overnight trips, why not consider a duffle? Disclaimer: I am not a tote person. I have recently come across more tote/duffle hybrids which have potential....
post #2316 of 2806
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Originally Posted by illiterateabc View Post

I've been on the hunt to find a carry-all for a while when I found this vintage Bugatti briefcase at Goodwill for $10 (high roller, I am). At first, I thought it was a bit too bulky, boxy, and...schlumpy-looking? but once I tested out my fairly standard commuting load in the bag, I was convinced that it was a good, functional size for me. The leather feels nice and soft, as well. I'm one of those people who brings my padded-sleeved laptop and tupperwares of leftovers from home every day and then takes transit or bikes to work; therefore, I just can't hang with 4" depth bags as much as I believe they look and feel superior. I also think it's large enough for weekend travel, or at least an overnighter. I have no details about this bag because the company's website is nothing but an online catalog and no one on the web seems to really talk about this brand.

What do you think about how it looks? I don't think it will win any style contents, especially here, but I came to this bag from using a black Duluth Scout Pack or black Rickshaw Zero messenger, so I think it's still a step up for my 27-year old self. I also work in a nonprofit where backpacks are the norm and denim is the dress code (my executive director uses an orange timbuk2 messenger bag), and so even this is a fair oddity. I have an otter green Filson zippered tote on the way, and it's pretty much the same volume as this bag, but maybe I'll miss the organization and shorter handles? I'll find out soon.

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Again, another v late contribution so I hope you're still around smile.gif

For $10 it's totally fine! smile.gif How has the bag served you? Like you, I also carry a bunch of stuff to work (lunch, snacks, water bottle, paper, and iPad) so I need a big bag as well. Given that you are in NorCal - do you take the BART? Has the lack of shoulder strap been inconvenient?
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+1 on Glaser; I posted on the thread a little while back when mine arrived. I've now done lots of travelling with it, and it is very well thought out. After a lot of so-so (irrespective of price) bags, it's almost odd having a bag where everything is very well thought-out and highly functional. The more I use it, the more I appreciate it.

Yep, +100000 on Glaser and Frank Clegg (not Lotuff please - go for the real thing for less).

Re Glaser - get in touch with Myron and discuss your needs. He's a great guy. Frank also has good customer service.

Re a previous post - Saddleback leather bags is hard wearing (assuming you like that look) but they are quite heavy even when they are empty!
post #2318 of 2806
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Originally Posted by msulinski View Post

Any thoughts on this Tumi: http://www.tumi.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11122039&prodFindSrc=search
The one I am looking at is in dark brown leather.
The website indicates that it is made of full-grain leather, which is promising. Does anyone know anything about the construction quality or have any feedback on the styling? I would be carrying it while wearing suits mostly.

350x263px-LL-0845bca6_tumi-front.jpeg350x263px-LL-3a89fda7_tumi-back.jpeg

Tumi is fine. Quality and construction are usually decent - they last a long time and have relatively good resale value on eBay. This bag would go well with a suit, but a bunch of other suit wearers would also do the same. I think Tumi is just a bit dull in their styling. They have tried to spice things up a bit but the results have been rather arrrgh. It's a brand in serious need of a great creative director and due for a total makeover.
post #2319 of 2806

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Originally Posted by pdsf View Post


Tumi is fine. Quality and construction are usually decent - they last a long time and have relatively good resale value on eBay. This bag would go well with a suit, but a bunch of other suit wearers would also do the same. I think Tumi is just a bit dull in their styling. They have tried to spice things up a bit but the results have been rather arrrgh. It's a brand in serious need of a great creative director and due for a total makeover.

 

I am not convinced of that. There is clearly a market for camouflage - decent quality bags that don't stand out too much in conformist Corporate America. A brand can't be ll things to all people. If they want to break out, they would be better off creating a new brand altogether.

post #2320 of 2806
Im going to Paris for one week and am looking for a nice overnight duffle.

Im leaning towards either the filson small duffle:
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Or

Acne Everest tan
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I think Im going to go with the acne bag since I already have a filson 256, the bags are roughly the same size . However the Acne bag is 100 bucks more expensive (328 USD)
post #2321 of 2806
I ordered a WANT Les Essentiels De La Vie HARTSFIELD TRAVEL TOTE from Oki Ni a few days ago, it was about 60% off retail. I just saw the same on sale on ebay.



I am a big fan of Mismo, a bit more expensive, but good investment, worth it if you can afford it.
post #2322 of 2806

I've been considering picking up the Coach Transatlantic Carry-on and I just saw this thread. I read through a little bit and saw a lot of bad talk on Coach earlier on but opinions seems to have changed for the better. Can anyone speak to the quality of this or suggest of similar style but better value?

 

post #2323 of 2806
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Originally Posted by fazalmajid View Post

I am not convinced of that. There is clearly a market for camouflage - decent quality bags that don't stand out too much in conformist Corporate America. A brand can't be ll things to all people. If they want to break out, they would be better off creating a new brand altogether.

I was only referring to their new offerings. Their classic stuff is okay. I don't think they need to change much of those models because there will always be a market.
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Originally Posted by clausc View Post

I ordered a WANT Les Essentiels De La Vie HARTSFIELD TRAVEL TOTE from Oki Ni a few days ago, it was about 60% off retail. I just saw the same on sale on ebay.

I am a big fan of Mismo, a bit more expensive, but good investment, worth it if you can afford it.

Yeah, am a big fan of the Mismo bags, too! Too bad they are so pricey...
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Originally Posted by mike1445 View Post

I've been considering picking up the Coach Transatlantic Carry-on and I just saw this thread. I read through a little bit and saw a lot of bad talk on Coach earlier on but opinions seems to have changed for the better. Can anyone speak to the quality of this or suggest of similar style but better value?


Rach is the more authoritative voice on this but Coach seems to be poorly made with subpar materials. How much is that carry-on?
post #2324 of 2806
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Rach is the more authoritative voice on this but Coach seems to be poorly made with subpar materials. How much is that carry-on?[/quote]
$700, 25% coups can be found too, big fan of the brown and silver details not attached to the brand by any means.
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