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I rode the train next to the former Ghurka store manager for SF who updated me on the company. When she was there it was still owned by the original owner and everything was made in USA. About 2004 new owners bought the company and started making things in China but most of all tried to make it into a fashion and women's handbag company. The good news is that there are now new owners who are dedicated to making everything once again in the USA and with a return to quality travel and men's accessories.

If you go to their website and sign up with your email address you will receive $100 off a $600 purchase right now.

http://www.ghurka.com

I own several Ghurka bags from the 80's-2003. I get tons of compliments on them.

 

I used to work right around the corner from that store, and regret not having bought one of their satchels (paying $700 for a bag was a big deal for me at the time).

 

VentePrivee.com had a sale on Ghurka bags a few months ago, with significant discounts, unfortunately they had all sold out by the time I found out about it (curse you, time difference!).

 

I have one of their folding valet trays, and one of the snap rivets fell off. I sent it to them and they fixed it free of charge in their Connecticut workshop, so at least you know it's a company that stands behind its products (that was during the dark made-in-China days, BTW).

 

Nordstrom carries a selection of Ghurka bags in some of their stores.

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Here is a Ghurka I bought in the early 80's. The handles fell off after years of use and the company replaced them at no charge. I've been carry this around SF the last month or so after brining it our of retirement and everyone wants to know where I got it.

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Any chance you could take a picture of your self to the side, holding the bag by the handles? Thinking of getting the one on Tres bien, but I can't make out exactly how long the handles are. 

Totally missed this. Will try to do tomorrow.
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One of two bags from Bexar Goods that I own! Other is the Land Carry.
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Kickstarter is filled with a ton of bag makers, but looks like this one is gaining some steam. I like the backpack and some of the design decisions make sense. The briefcase bag doesn't really fit any of my needs, but others might dig it. Not sure if this fits here, maybe not manbaggy enough.



http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1027467437/jbird-collective-reinventing-mens-carry-goods
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I agree. I have always liked Bleu de Chauffe but that one does look too much like the Mismo Day Pack. I say go for Bleu de Chauffe's leather bags - their waxed cotton offerings haven't been as interesting. You could also wait for sale time - I have seen Mismo stuff on sale by retailers but you will have to be quick.

 

thanks for your input ! I will follow your advice :)

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That's very nice, and the company looks like they produce high qual stuffs.
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One of two bags from Bexar Goods that I own! Other is the Land Carry.
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That's very nice, and the company looks like they produce high qual stuffs.
Yeahh thanks, it's really rugged and hefty haha
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Looking for a good quality backpack (daypack). I know toj made a good one but I'm wondering what else has been talked about in this thread.
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Looking for a good quality backpack (daypack). I know toj made a good one but I'm wondering what else has been talked about in this thread.

 

I've a Timbuk2 Lex backpack. Top notch quality and loads of space!

 

The genuises at Timbuk2 in their infinite wisdom, discontinued it! Today, I still feel like I won the lottery.

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Recommendations for a bag to carry my stuff to school?

It shouldn't be too big because most of the time I will just cary my laptop (13" vaio pro) and a few papers.

I don't really like the look of a messenger bag and a briefcase will look stupid because I'm still a student.

I quiet liked the look of this but it's rather expensive and noone else in my family liked it so I'm not sure about it.

http://www.farfetch.com/shopping/men/mismo-contrast-strap-briefcase-item-10547843.aspx?storeid=9498

 

Forgot: When walking around I want to carry it in my hand (prefer 2 handles) but I also need to take the bike to the train station so it should also have a shoulder strap.

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Totally missed this. Will try to do tomorrow.

Haven't been in here for a while, but if your still gonna do it, I can't wait! 

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Recommendations for a bag to carry my stuff to school?

It shouldn't be too big because most of the time I will just cary my laptop (13" vaio pro) and a few papers.

I don't really like the look of a messenger bag and a briefcase will look stupid because I'm still a student.

I quiet liked the look of this but it's rather expensive and noone else in my family liked it so I'm not sure about it.

http://www.farfetch.com/shopping/men/mismo-contrast-strap-briefcase-item-10547843.aspx?storeid=9498

 

Forgot: When walking around I want to carry it in my hand (prefer 2 handles) but I also need to take the bike to the train station so it should also have a shoulder strap.

I don't like it either. At that price, you might as well just buy their Utility bag. It's got more space, adjustable spacing at the sides, can be held at both the handles and it's got a strap. 
http://www.mismo.dk/products/utility-black

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Originally Posted by joachim1 View Post
 

Recommendations for a bag to carry my stuff to school?

It shouldn't be too big because most of the time I will just cary my laptop (13" vaio pro) and a few papers.

I don't really like the look of a messenger bag and a briefcase will look stupid because I'm still a student.

I quiet liked the look of this but it's rather expensive and noone else in my family liked it so I'm not sure about it.

http://www.farfetch.com/shopping/men/mismo-contrast-strap-briefcase-item-10547843.aspx?storeid=9498

 

Forgot: When walking around I want to carry it in my hand (prefer 2 handles) but I also need to take the bike to the train station so it should also have a shoulder strap.

I don't like it either. At that price, you might as well just buy their Utility bag. It's got more space, adjustable spacing at the sides, can be held at both the handles and it's got a strap. 
http://www.mismo.dk/products/utility-black

 

I decided to postpone buying a bag as I currently don't have enough money to buy a nice one that I will really like. And I don't want to get something cheap that I won't really like.

I am going to buy this: https://www.etsy.com/listing/62855574/pack-smooch-macbook-13-air-sleeve so I can carry all the things I need for the moment (laptop, few sheets of paper, pen) and when I have enough money I can buy a nice bag and I will still be able to use this as a sleeve to protect my laptop in that bag.

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Guys, I picked up this bridle leather tote from Jack Spade during a recent 30% off sale:

http://www.jackspade.com/bridle-leather-tote/NYRU1753.html?dwvar_NYRU1753_color=200&cgid=bags#start=39&cgid=bags

The look of the tote is nice, as is the weight, but it is completely unlined. The construction is minimal, as you can see from the images.

I'd be using it for work to bring papers back and forth, and the occasional laptop. Any thoughts on the price/quality or Jack Spade in general? I've got to return it soon if it's a no go...




Edited by Cornellian - 11/1/13 at 8:59am
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I had ordered the briefcase in that line (Jack Spade will take 20% off your first order if you just fill out a survey with them). I can't stand unlined leather and in this case it was not even smoothed by cutting the back side with a blade so it has that powdery texture that will shed and ultimately get leather dust into the nooks and crannies of your laptop. The organizer pockets are held with rivets in two points, not sewn, which means things can slip in between or get stuck. I found the quality so disappointing I returned it immediately. Andy Spade (Kate Spade's husband, there is no such person as Jack Spade) must be delusional: for that price, you can get significantly better, like Ghurka, Frank Clegg, Hard Graft and so on.

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