I've seen a few IRL and the quality is amazing. I like the "you will make your son proud when you pass this bag on to him in 20 years" bag. Thinking about picking one up next time I have to make a trip to Asia: http://item.rakuten.co.jp/porco-rosso/herz-b-16/
^I'm traveling all summer, including Japan for two months, so when I'm there I'll do an official "BAG TOUR" and report back with lots of brands that most of us have probably never heard of, but will probably wish we could afford in large numbers. Masterpiece JapanYoshida/Porter (various lines) Others... Julius Viridienne Dresscamp Whereabouts Sophnet Ato Does 45rpm make bags? I wonder... I'll search around... I use this Tod's bag as a Laptop carrier: Tod's "Iconic Series" Messenger (I use one like this as a laptop bag). $875 retail or so:
Has anybody had any Rick Owens about which they'd like to comment? The bags look lovely, but I've never seen one in person. Also, what about 3.1 Philip Lim? Burberry (London, Prorsum, etc.), Paul Smith?
I have two Martin Margiela bags. One is a smaller multi-pouch bag that (canvas) and one is my primary weekender. I think they're both great quality and relatively well priced. Really, they're my favorite bags that I own.
MCM FTW! Yep, hideous yet campy. I see this stuff at recycle shops in Japan ALL the time. If you ever are looking for anything in particular, let me know and I'll bring you back something. it's all cheap, hideous, yet wonderful (that awful ochre yellow/brown with the black pattern).
The re-vamp tried to take the pattern and put Goyard-esque stripes on it. Didn't work!
am amused by MCM. kinda liked that briefcase.
anymore pics? and what price range are we talking?
am amused by MCM. kinda liked that briefcase. anymore pics? and what price range are we talking?
It's quite expensive... bags in the $700-1000 range for new stuff. Not quite LV pricing, but definitely "top tier" in terms of their target. Old stuff can be found VERY cheaply. I don't know if they still are doing much, but 3-4 years ago they hired a new Creative Director (forget his name... I think he was German, though) to revamp the brand. It didn't work very well. Do a general google search for MCM Michael Croemer Munchen and you'll find lotsa stuff. Here's their webpage: http://www.mcmworldwide.com/
Some other possible reviews: Pauric Sweeney ($800-2500) PROS: Interesting styling, unique colors and leather treatments, quality appears good at first glance. CONS: Styling is sometimes too "trendy" and will appear dated quickly. A good manbag is about versatility; you want one that in five years will still be useful. Sweeney may not be that bag. Overall Assessment: My experience with this brand is limited, but I'd certainly consider one as a "fun/extra" bag, but not for a daily use staple. TustingCorsia $500-800 Limited experience but what I've seen has had interesting, simple styling but rather lackluster construction, hardware, and details. I'd probably NOT purchase, unless I just found the exact bag I loved. Corto Moltedo Same as Corsia, overall. Nevertheless, this one was started by the twenty-something y.o. son of the people who started Bottega Veneta. Something tells me he banked on his famous parents to start this line, which isn't BAD, but is hardly thrilling.
Thanks for the additions. I agree that for MOST of the Japanese brands, the US prices are insane. Seeing Yohji prices in japan was very refreshing. Same for most of the others.
Sure, if I run across something MCM like that, I'll PM you and we can go from there. All you'd need to cover extra would be the shipping from Japan, because I'd rather not lug that thing in my suitcase!
sounds great, thanks
i definitely empathize; seeing prices at the yohji boutique in ny is kind of frightening.
speaking of yohji, dude knows how to make some nice bags.