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post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
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I work in finance (operations / audit) and am needing a new man bag to carry my corporate laptop and training materials. Having my eye on a tan Filson 257, would that be too casual?

Monday/Tues/Fri are my formal days and have my Brooks Brothers suits and business casual (slacks/button down dress shirt) on other two days. Is this bag able to pull it off ok?
post #2 of 28
i think its too casual but this gentleman seems to pull it off well
post #3 of 28
I think leather bags generally looks better with suits.
post #4 of 28
I think it depends on the overall style and how you carry yourself ... I actually believe that not only it can be pulled off but I can see it as a personal touch ... think a beat up tan filson 257, lots of character
post #5 of 28
Thread Starter 
I do mostly operational items and laptop is the primary resource with the exception of my personal Ipad or folios I might throw in. Found the Filson thread and agree the older more "used" bags look great, but didnt know if canvas would be too casual. Not working on wall street yet, but just need a good looking bag that can look good and put up a battle.

And then I saw the brown Filson and the tan....maybe I need two
post #6 of 28
check this thread, http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=242671 Moo got a case made for him and i believe there are prices on the website, here is website where he had his custom made http://www.narragansettleathers.com/ on website price says 290 but if its custom it may be a bit more, anyways also moo has an SAB case on his FS thread good luck
post #7 of 28
I have the jack spade work twill haversack in gray and love it. Even better, it is on sale at Nordstrom right now.
post #8 of 28
I have this


and this


both by RL. I get a lot of comments on them.
post #9 of 28
The Filson looks good. One person at my school has one and it looks good with a sport coat.

However, if you're interested in leather, there is only one option for a true manbag...


LL
post #10 of 28
^^^looks way to heavy and clunky. I don't get the appeal of a heavy leather bag like that at all.
post #11 of 28
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^^^looks way to heavy and clunky. I don't get the appeal of a heavy leather bag like that at all.

He asked about a manbag, not a purse or a briefcase.

Edit - said partly in jest. It is bulky and heavy. I guess you have to be a certain size to pull it off.
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by Zach View Post
He asked about a manbag, not a purse or a briefcase.


The "purse" you refer to is based upon a classic British field bag.
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post
The "purse" you refer to is based upon a classic British field bag.

I've seen that explanation often in the SW&D forum. It's like you're trying to convince me of something.

The bag you posted doesn't look too bad. More importantly, it's your money and you don't have to convince me of anything to begin with.

Anyway, the OP asked and I suggested Saddleback.
post #14 of 28
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^^^looks way to heavy and clunky. I don't get the appeal of a heavy leather bag like that at all.
It is. But all the same, I really, really, really love my Saddleback bag. I literally packed it in my checked roller bag on my trip to SF for my camera gear (it also did yeoman's service when called upon to pack out my haul from D&M). It does have a real heaviness which is its cache.
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The "purse" you refer to is based upon a classic British field bag.
Indeed. Filson stuff is very beautiful, but I, too, agree that with a suit, all leather is better -- though there is an extent to which in the most professional environments, I wouldn't actually want a Saddleback -- they are a little rougher than that. ~ H
post #15 of 28
Saddleback is rugged, no doubt. Probably not appropriate for a financial-type job. But sales or tech support? Stick a laptop or two in there with a three-ring binder full of technical notes and a wad of brochures, a flashlight, some tools, etc. It's a definitely a MANbag. And looks a helluvalot nicer than ballistic nylon.
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