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post #16 of 35
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Originally Posted by sf_esq View Post
Good points. At a higher pricepoint, there are more options, but agree that in the approximately $1,000 to 1,200 or less range, hard to beat Glaser. May I ask what you paid for an April in Paris bag? Does it include the bee logo? Was not familiar with her, but am intrigued.
Her bags start in the $2800 range. No bee logo, unless you want it. Fully bespoke and the sky's the limit in terms of what she can do. She believes her items speak for themselves, and I couldn't imagine her "requiring" anything that the customer didn't want. Huge range of colors, hides, etc., completely done by hand (no glue, no machines.) saddle stitching, and absolutely top-level leathers used. More pricey than glaser, for sure, but i was sort of speaking earlier in response to those who said glaser was worth several times its pricepoint, or close to Hermes/AiP. I don't think it is, but again, for $1000 or less, I don't think Glaser could be beat assuming you like the standard/relatively limited number of styles available (though, again, that damn logo issue would be a problem.) My hope would be perhaps they read this thread, and revise their policy about the logo.
post #17 of 35
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Originally Posted by rach2jlc View Post
Her bags start in the $2800 range. No bee logo, unless you want it. Fully bespoke and the sky's the limit in terms of what she can do. She believes her items speak for themselves, and I couldn't imagine her "requiring" anything that the customer didn't want.

Huge range of colors, hides, etc., completely done by hand (no glue, no machines.) saddle stitching, and absolutely top-level leathers used. More pricey than glaser, for sure, but i was sort of speaking earlier in response to those who said glaser was worth several times its pricepoint, or close to Hermes/AiP. I don't think it is, but again, for $1000 or less, I don't think Glaser could be beat assuming you like the standard/relatively limited number of styles available (though, again, that damn logo issue would be a problem.)

My hope would be perhaps they read this thread, and revise their policy about the logo.

Points well taken.
post #18 of 35
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Originally Posted by pebblegrain View Post
Glasers are nice but at the $1000-1500 level I would probably choose a lower-end SAB or Daines & Hathaway.

Glasers definitely have an American aesthetic.

The Glaser I was looking at was the duffel; it costs $715, so the price is reasonable.

The SAB holdalls look really nice, but at £1200 plus way too expensive!

Daines & Hathaway also looks interesting, though the only thing I could find on their website related to travel were dopp kits. Or did I miss something?
post #19 of 35
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Originally Posted by rach2jlc View Post
For example, I also think, comparably from what I've seen, it's also not in April in Paris territory (who also works out of San Fran) in terms of details, colors, manufacture, etc. That's who I chose ultimately for my bag, and I continue to be more thrilled with the item every time I use it.

I saw your bespoke AiP bag in another thread and it looked fantastic! Unfortunately, I am not quite at that point where I can commission a custom bag.
post #20 of 35
I have no experience with Hartmann, but regarding duffles, L&C uses a thicker leather than GD with pronounced "graining." GD likely would be more accommodating to customizing a standard model. Materials aside, workmanship on L&C and GD are comparable, but with a slight tip to GD for edge finishing. Customer service from both is outstanding. Visually, they are vastly different products, and that should have the greatest influence on your decision.
post #21 of 35
I am seriously considering to buy a black duffel bag from Glaser, but the Logo is also a deal breaker for me. It's been a long long time since I bought anything with a logo on it, and I'm not about to start again.

Also, the black leather looks to shiny I like it to look more natural. Has anyone had the oportunity to take a closer look? or even better, could somebody post a picture with greater detail than the one in their website.
post #22 of 35
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Originally Posted by Madrileno View Post
I am seriously considering to buy a black duffel bag from Glaser, but the Logo is also a deal breaker for me. It's been a long long time since I bought anything with a logo on it, and I'm not about to start again.

Also, the black leather looks to shiny I like it to look more natural. Has anyone had the oportunity to take a closer look? or even better, could somebody post a picture with greater detail than the one in their website.

Get the hand colored version which is a bit more expensive and much nicer looking. Unique to Glaser and they will put the logo on the inside for that model. Tell Myron I told you.
post #23 of 35

I've got nothing but bad things to say about Lotuff and Clegg customer service. To the point where I decided not to purchase from them. Bought the Glaser instead.

post #24 of 35
My Hartman belting leather roll aboard is about 10 years old now. It is just getting better with time.

I did break the handle on it once (but the case was full of marble samples so I don't really blame Hartman). But all Hartman bags come with LIFETIME free repairs so all I had to pay for to have it repaired was shipping back to Hartman.

I am however bummed to hear that they have moved manufacturing to China. I would rather buy upper end products that are made in the good old US of A if at all possible.
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Any details?
post #26 of 35
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Originally Posted by ramgoat View Post

I've got nothing but bad things to say about Lotuff and Clegg customer service. To the point where I decided not to purchase from them. Bought the Glaser instead.

Any details?
post #27 of 35

I've got a chocolate GD briefcase that I love and get many compliments on it. Their customer service is great and the family takes a lot of pride in their work, which I think is why they want to keep the logo on their bags. As mentioned above, I think Myron would put it inside for you. It's worth asking as for the money I think they are terrific bags. 

post #28 of 35
Got Myron to make me a duffel earlier this year with nickel hardware instead of the brass. I too can do without logos, but getting to know Myron over maybe 90 minutes of chat on a few calls somehow washed that over for me. Just got to like the guy.

Still don't find myself reaching for it when I travel. Prefer a few other bags which blend in better.
post #29 of 35
Well nothing too exciting regarding poor service from L&C. Called about 10 times over a few months with no reply, emailed about the same, again with no reply. Finally got a call back much later with no apology for the crazy delay in response and a fairly impolite tone. The whole issue was that each of my 4 different cards weren't working on their payment site. It was literally impossible for me to purchase the product for months. After the rude-ish reply I decided that wasn't the kind of company I wanted to give money to.

Glaser on the other hand was fantastic and I'm currently waiting for my A4 flaptop.
post #30 of 35

I have both the L & C and the Glaser Design, and I must say that I prefer the GD, so much so that I gave the L & C to my wife.  By the way, I also have the L & C toiletry bag, which takes up half the space in the L & C duffle, leave you room for maybe a pair of jeans and loafers.

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