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post #91 of 197
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Originally Posted by Ich_Dien View Post

Taking down the shop fronts in the windows at SAB when I walked past last week...

This saddens me. I need to pay a visit to Sterling & Burke to see how this is affecting our ability to get things stateside. I've been eyeing an umbrella...
post #92 of 197
Are you certain it is closing? I just purchased a duffel from the shop a few weeks ago.
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Taking down the shop fronts in the windows at SAB when I walked past last week...
post #93 of 197
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Originally Posted by dreamtripper View Post

Are you certain it is closing? I just purchased a duffel from the shop a few weeks ago.

Unless Christmas finished last Wednesday or their calendars are all wrong...they were taking down the christmas decorations.
post #94 of 197
I'll pop down there on Tuesday and report back.
post #95 of 197
I spoke with the someone at the shop about a custom order I made a little while ago. Best I can tell, things are still clicking along although they do seem to be a little low on inventory.
post #96 of 197
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Originally Posted by MalfordOfLondon View Post

I'll pop down there on Tuesday and report back.

Malford,

Been following this thread a bit as I was interested in ordering a slightly modified wedge holdall.. but holding off as I'm a lil concerned with all the news that they're shutting up their showroom... Any news on what the situation is? Thanks.
post #97 of 197
I went down there on Weds - all seemed to be normal....
post #98 of 197
Ah, then the rumours of SAB's death have been greatly exaggerated.
post #99 of 197
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Here are some pics immediately following and one day after the feeding:

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post #100 of 197
So, based on the lead times, I need to order a bag now if I want to see it this week. I'm a little torn on what/where to order.

Last year I ordered a SAB POW from classic luggage--this was my first foray into SAB products. I know I want one of their hand-stiched bags for daily use. I will be carrying this bag from board meetings, construction sites located in corn fields and on top of mountains and everywhere in between.

Model:
I carry a laptop daily for work and I travel by air about every other week (read I have to pull my laptop out when going through security). I really like the look of the Westminister 3 as the straps have an oldworld charm to me. I'm a little concerned with the lack of a proper laptop holder and with the straps becoming an issue when going through security. Does anyone have any experience with this?

The Lombard is also a beautiful bag and it has a nice laptop compartment and easy access for pulling out the laptop.

Color:
I love the London tan but I also think chestnut is beautiful. I'm probably leaning slightly more towards the London tan.

Where to KOP:
I'm in no hurry. I have purchased from Classic Luggage before, but it seems that buying directly from SAB is slightly cheaper. I am interested in supporting local retailers and being out-of state from Classic Luggage saves me sales tax.

Anyone with thoughts or opinions?

Also, the Westminister 3 comes to $2175 while the Lombard is almost $400 cheaper at $1790 at Classic Luggage.
post #101 of 197
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I'm a lawyer, so I've had to take the bag through security a number of times. It's pretty annoying. Often, you have to hold up the line to unbuckle the bag, unless you're able to do so in advance. Then you have to put the bag on the dirty conveyor belt. Then you have to put the computer back in and rebuckle the bag. If the prospect of doing that every time you fly doesn't faze you, then I think you'll be fine with the Westminster 3. I just keep a laptop sleeve in my middle gusset, and it protects the computer just fine.

I'd go with Classic Luggage to purchase. SAB seems cheaper, and technically is by a few dollars, but they're much harder to deal with, and the customs charges are annoying. Plus, you get to support a local retailer.
post #102 of 197
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Originally Posted by HEPennypacker View Post

I'm a lawyer, so I've had to take the bag through security a number of times. It's pretty annoying. Often, you have to hold up the line to unbuckle the bag, unless you're able to do so in advance. Then you have to put the bag on the dirty conveyor belt. Then you have to put the computer back in and rebuckle the bag. If the prospect of doing that every time you fly doesn't faze you, then I think you'll be fine with the Westminster 3. I just keep a laptop sleeve in my middle gusset, and it protects the computer just fine.
I'd go with Classic Luggage to purchase. SAB seems cheaper, and technically is by a few dollars, but they're much harder to deal with, and the customs charges are annoying. Plus, you get to support a local retailer.

Yeah, I like supporting my local retailers--especially since all of the ones in NY seem to have shut down! Based on your review, I think I will go with the Lombard through classic luggage. Now the question is the color...

You mentioning the conveyer belt made me think of all the filthy airports, taxi's and planes that this bag will get dragged through so maybe London Tan is not the best color. I'm starting to lean towards chestnut. Anyone have any pictures of this color with patina?
post #103 of 197
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Originally Posted by Patek View Post

Yeah, I like supporting my local retailers--especially since all of the ones in NY seem to have shut down! Based on your review, I think I will go with the Lombard through classic luggage. Now the question is the color...
You mentioning the conveyer belt made me think of all the filthy airports, taxi's and planes that this bag will get dragged through so maybe London Tan is not the best color. I'm starting to lean towards chestnut. Anyone have any pictures of this color with patina?

I love my London Tan SAB, but if I planned to do any traveling with it, I would have picked a different color. I think they have a "Dark London Tan" now, which is similar but, well, darker. I also really like the Havana color.
post #104 of 197
how do these (soft) briefcases age, I seem some similar styles of briefcases at a thift store and I have to say when they get old they get pretty beat up. it kind puts me off getting a soft briefcase, perhaps if the leather was substantially thick and heavy is will mantain its shape even when the briefcase gets soft after being gets broken in. on the other hand if it is packed with a laptop and papers then i guess it doesn't matter if it gets soft it will still have form because of the stuff inside. but the leather still needs to be pretty thick, like a belt, even a thick belt gets soft with use so what chance does a briefcase have. another solution woudl be a hard briefcase but i am not too fond of hard briefcases either.
post #105 of 197
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Originally Posted by Joenobody0 View Post

I love my London Tan SAB, but if I planned to do any traveling with it, I would have picked a different color. I think they have a "Dark London Tan" now, which is similar but, well, darker. I also really like the Havana color.

Havana seems a little bland to me. Maybe the pictures don't do it justice. Havana would match better with most of my shoes, but it seems to "fit in" a bit more and look like every other bag.

I did not realize that London tan and dark London tan were different colors.
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