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A.G. Spalding & Bros. quality?

post #1 of 5
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How is the quality from this company? Bags and small leather goods (which I think may be all they really do) specifically.

Thanks,

Dan
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I realize this is an old thread, but those of us Yoox searchers are probably curious and see a number of items from this brand on markdown. Anyway, I ordered two leather portfolios/document holders for around $60 each (marked down from $105) , received them the other day, and am really quite impressed: http://www.yoox.com/item/YOOX/A.G.+S...s/searchResult ...and find them to be every bit as nice as my smaller leather goods from other top designers. Not as good as Valextra or Hermes, obviously, but the natural calf reminds me closest of the LV "Nomade" items I've had (though at 1/5 the price). With these portfolios, the stitching is excellent, the leather looks great, it uses fiocci snap closures, and the "edging" (something that is very hard to get right) is very well done comparatively. Apparently an Italian leathergoods company holds the license to the name and produces the items in Italy. I also like that they are very conservative with the branding (only a small heat-stamped "AG Spalding & Bros" is on my items). They have quite a few other Spalding & Bros. items currently on markdown and I think anybody looking for a nice brief without paying a fortune for a label might do well to check them out. Here's currently what they have on markdown on Yoox. A few nice briefcases/work bags for $250-300: http://www1.yoox.com/searchResult.as.../pg/1/areaid/8 Also, I read that Claudio Orciani has started using Yoox as his direct outlet resource. I like his items a lot; there are some bags/belts there that are quite reasonably priced (I saw this line a lot in Japan and the bags there run nearly $1000.) http://www1.yoox.com/searchResult.as...LV/16/areaid/7
post #3 of 5
I've never handled their leather goods, but this company makes some quality products. I've seen a wide selection of stationary/office goods in Korea from this brand that all seemed to be well made with simple/tasteful designs. $64 for the portfolio is very tempting... nice find!
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When we were in Italy about two years ago I kept running into the line in better stationery stores and really loved it. They did some simple, minimalist type briefcases and portfolios that IMO were miles ahead of what Tumi was doing at the time. But, now that Tumi just opened a new retail store near me, I see they have a similar look as well.

In addition to the bags, they also had a cool line of stationery and desk accessories but unfortunately only available in Italy (except for pens). I love the stuff. It is very well done. I wish I could buy it here. Does anyone know how or where to get it. Yoox.com didn't have much the last time I checked.
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^Check out the above link. It seems they put most of the better briefcases and such in the women's section, as the men's section only had a few items.
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