Ernest Alexander seems to make quality bags that rivals Filson for sure too.
I walked by their shop in SF, and it looked real legit.
Same for me. I am sitting on a $890 gift card from Filson and seeing the recent decline I have no interest of spending my money there. Will hopefully sell my gift card for around $750-800 on ebay and go after a Frank Clegg. I like my older 70252, but clearly the new ones aren't worth $890.
Rydude87, I had two of the Ernest Alexander bags. The briefcase and the weekender. They are excellent quality bags (US sourced waxed canvas and quality bridle leather, solid not plated brass etc) , and I think the company is still owned by the founder who seems to be stand-up guy with a nice back story in moving from an analyst type job to following his dream of being a mens clothing designer.
I did give away the weekender to a good friend without ever using it (I like to cull the collection to only what I use regularly) & I use the briefcase for business travel only (pack it in my checked bag to use at my destination).
If I find bags from Duluth Pack and Frost River well-built but too rustic or 'country' for my tastes then on the other end of the spectrum, I find the Ernest Alexander bags just a bit too refined and while well constructed, didn't quite lend themselves to that eventual beat-up, rugged look I like. To my mind, Filson has always seemed to capture that middle ground really well.
Hey guys. I need your help in choosing a bag. A LOT of my business travel is for one night only. I try to be an extra-light packer. I'm going to give you some of my specs, and please help me choose a bag (if you're willing):
- For my one night trips, I only pack an extra dress shirt (maybe two), a pair of jeans, socks, underwear. I usually pack that in an Eagle Creek folder which keeps everything compact. I also pack my toiletry bag and my electric razor.
- I wear my suit coat that I can wear both days (most times I end up throwing over the back of the chair in the meetings) and I wear the same pair of shoes both days.
- I really like the quality, history and story around the Filson bags. I'm a fan so I'd like to find something of theirs, if possible.
- I'd like to be able to pack my laptop, notepad and charger IN the same bag so I'm only carrying one bag in total. (I think it's ridiculous to see grown men with a roller bag AND a laptop bag for one night trips).
- This must be carry-on size of course.
- The bag will ideally look ok to carry into the meeting, although the bag will just be thrown into the corner during most meetings while I have my notepad and laptop out (if I'm presenting)
I've tried the Sportsman for these trips (great size wise, but my macbook pro doesn't necessarily "work" in there. It fits, but I alway thought it a bit awkward.
I've carried my FIlson 72 hour bag which is nice but it's a LITTLE BIT TOO cramped for this purpose. I just flew back from Philly today and it was tight.
I've carried my Medium Travel bag which is close but not cigar. It is just too big and boxy for one-night trips - although this may be my best option.
What do you say? Any recommendations?
I had posted mine up a couple weeks ago, and in the pic looks a lot lighter than it actually is. And agree it does look more brownish tan than a more yellow tan despite what this pic looks like.
About the buckles, back then I remember asking Filson through the phone about this and they said it was solid brass. I took a good look at my buckle on my Filson bag and I now I have doubts. How do you check if a piece of hardware is solid brass?
Tomorrow I will give Filson a call about this and lets see what they say.
I called Filson and they did confirm to me that it is not solid brass after I told them I did the 2 tests I found out from a google search and verified that parts of the buckle is magnetic (because solid brass is not magnetic). I just don't like the feeling of this. Now the 2 Filson bags I got just feel cheap because Filson got stingy and decided to use cheap plated brass instead of solid brass, all to save $5-10 worth of buckles (it would be even less for them if that buy them in bulk, which they do).
The CS representive said she would ask the product team about this but then it would take several weeks to get back to me because of the holidays. I don't really expect much of an answer anyways, the bags and buckle are in front of me and I can see and test the evidence myself, Filson really just cheaped out on the bags.
They said they offered to refund (even though I didn't buy the bags at Filson (I bought them at Brooks Brothers) , which was a nice gesture, but it would have to be a Filson store credit. But the problem is, I already have 2 bags from Filson and am not interested in any other their other product lines, which makes the store credit not really usable for me.
I definitely would not have bought the bags if I knew the hardware was not solid brass, it seems like such a silly thing to cut corners on. I am just really disappointed that Filson would resort to this just to save a tiny tiny bit of money.