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Those buckles on the bottom worry me; scratching surfaces, needless catching on stuff. Unless there's a functional reason for them, they would rule it out for me.
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Originally Posted by riton View Post

Hi guys, 

I kind of have a bag crush on this Bleu de Chauffe in royal blue color. I like the originality, yet classic look. Should I pull the trigger ? 
The material is waxed twill and vegetable tanned leather. 



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Originally Posted by riton View Post

Hi guys, 

I kind of have a bag crush on this Bleu de Chauffe in royal blue color. I like the originality, yet classic look. Should I pull the trigger ? 
The material is waxed twill and vegetable tanned leather. 










Looks too much like a cheap mismo knockoff imo.
post #2538 of 2776
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Originally Posted by razl View Post

Those buckles on the bottom worry me; scratching surfaces, needless catching on stuff. Unless there's a functional reason for them, they would rule it out for me.

 

Interesting razl, you did see what I have never thought of ! Maybe the buckles are there to shorten or lengthen the handles ?!? But then it is not like it can be expanded to be carried on shoulder.

 

If you look at the other bags from the same brand on their website, buckles are always present. I need to investigate more before deciding to pull the trigger. 

 

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Originally Posted by quuz View Post


Looks too much like a cheap mismo knockoff imo.

 

lol that was brutal !

 

I like Mismo bag especially the Soft Work Nylon Dark Blue but come on 475€ or $643 that's insane for nylon and a bit of leather !

 

That Bleu de Chauffe bag is 295€ but I can get it for 195€ or $265, which is more reasonable for my budget. 

 

Bleu de Chauffe bags are made in France and by any means are not cheap, they are well made and of quality. They have quite a good reputation.

 

you can check them out at www.bleu-de-chauffe.com/en   Let me know what you think. 

 

 

 

Anyways, thanks for your honest opinion, both of you :)

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I owe quite a lot to similar exchanges with other senior forum members who pointed out all sorts of things I missed back when I first joined; happy to assist and help pay back some of my karma debt smile.gif
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Originally Posted by riton View Post

Interesting razl, you did see what I have never thought of !
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Anyways, thanks for your honest opinion, both of you smile.gif
post #2540 of 2776
Anybody have experience with Mystery Ranch bags? Their 3 way zip is quite interesting and they seem pretty sturdy too
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Originally Posted by quuz View Post

Looks too much like a cheap mismo knockoff imo.

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.
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Originally Posted by RuffyD View Post

Anybody have experience with Mystery Ranch bags? Their 3 way zip is quite interesting and they seem pretty sturdy too

No personal experience here. Is this their site? http://www.mysteryranch.com Which bag were you referring to? They seem sturdy. Not my kind of bags though.


That site is interesting - a cross between Farfetch and Etsy?
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Originally Posted by RuffyD View Post

Yep, this is the bag I was talking about:

http://www.mysteryranch.com/military/assault-patrol-packs/3-day-assault-pack

Looks to be sturdy!
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Originally Posted by ceoceo View Post

What is the consensus on Gurkha brand? Are they worth their 1k price tag?

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.
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Originally Posted by razl View Post

Those buckles on the bottom worry me; scratching surfaces, needless catching on stuff. Unless there's a functional reason for them, they would rule it out for me.

I hate exposed buckles like that. They look like trouble.
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post

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.

Thanks for this! Good to know. I wish they'd use leather shoulder straps with their leather bags. To me, a full leather bag with a canvas strap just looks argh - cutting costs, cutting quality and looks.
post #2549 of 2776
They have always used canvas with lether tab ends. Canvas has the advantage of being a bit lighter and flexible. Leather also usually requires heavier and bulkier hardware for attachment.

By the way, the Ghurka website shows a lot of their vintage 80's pieces that are very cool and now go for lots of $$$$$
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Originally Posted by pdsf View Post

I wish they'd use leather shoulder straps with their leather bags. To me, a full leather bag with a canvas strap just looks argh - cutting costs, cutting quality and looks.

One reason for a fabric strap is practicality: more comfortable on the shoulder and better weight distribution. I don't mind it on leather bags if they're casual, as Ghurka tends to be.
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