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post #1 of 30
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So I've been lurking around reading a bunch of the threads discussing leather briefcases. Im getting ready for my first job and my parents have agreed to buy me a nice leather briefcase. I am trying to keep it under $500 and would like an item that would last me for 15+ years and age well (EDIT: maybe 15 years is to much to expect in my price range, but I would like something that in 5 years won't look beat up or worn out). I will be returning as a graduate student part-time next Spring, so the bag has to handle work and textbooks, etc. I have a credit remaining on the Dooney website (mom returned gift) and was looking at some of their briefcases. I liked the look and prices were a little more than I wanted to spend but I digress. 

 

I have read topics about SBL, SAB, Custom Hide, and other small shops making briefcases. I would like to find a bag that uses well made leather that's not to heavy. I like the look of SBL's bags but as I am a small guy (5'6") I feel as though the bag may be to heavy  or large for me. I was looking at their thin briefcase, but was put off by the random threads discussing stitching problems and general quality control issues. I am very attentive to small details and stuff like that would bother me when spending a large amount of money. 

 

These are the two bags I am looking at and generally like their style and would like to find something like these. I don't know if these styles are made for women only though..

 

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Thanks for your suggestions or recommendations.

 


Edited by trlhtn - 4/23/12 at 9:22am
post #2 of 30
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any help?

post #3 of 30
I don't know what field you're going into, but if you want to fit in, and look some what respectable, a tumi leather briefcase is the way to go. Probably not what you're looking for though.
post #4 of 30
Thread Starter 

Could you recommend any companies that would make similar styles as pictured in my first post?

post #5 of 30

Look on the right side of your screen and click "Saddleback Leather" - its supposedly good stuff

 

 

 

 

 

 

edit - Literally right here on my screen ------>

post #6 of 30

Try M&W Traveler. I got mine a few weeks ago, and I am very happy with it.

post #7 of 30
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Originally Posted by Off My Rack View Post

Look on the right side of your screen and click "Saddleback Leather" - its supposedly good stuff






edit - Literally right here on my screen
>

Though I do like the thin briefcase from saddleback, I'm unsure if it maybe to big and heavy. I like the style of the thin, and the first briefcase in my first post. I'm looking for more suggestions that maybe overlooked.
post #8 of 30
Try looking into Frank Clegg bags, although it may be out of your price range.
At the $500 mark you won't really find anything except Saddle Back Leather that will last +15 years and age well at the same time.
That's retail of course and you might get something good on Ebay for the price.
I too dislike SBL for various reasons and got my self a Frank Clegg briefcase. It's a very good briefcase isn't quite as good as an SAB, but
isn't too far off from SABs quality.

Hope that helps...
post #9 of 30
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions , I will definitely check them out. Does anyone have any experience with Dooney briefcases?
post #10 of 30
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Originally Posted by trlhtn View Post

Thanks for the suggestions , I will definitely check them out. Does anyone have any experience with Dooney briefcases?

Utter Garbage.....
post #11 of 30
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Originally Posted by rsuhandy View Post

Utter Garbage.....

I'm guessing over priced brand name? Could you recommend any companies other than Sab that make something similar to the first briefcase I posted?

Thanks
post #12 of 30
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Originally Posted by trlhtn View Post

I'm guessing over priced brand name? Could you recommend any companies other than Sab that make something similar to the first briefcase I posted?
Thanks

Glaser Designs
Lotuff Leather
Frank Clegg Leather Works
Filson
Muholland Brothers
Ralph Lauren Mainline/Purple Label
Brooks Brothers (Though Only Select Stuff)

I'm sure there are others but like I said, if you really want a high quality briefcase
Saddle Back is probably entry price point. Then you're looking at $750 and up.
Try getting something high quality but preowned. That's what I did with my first briefcase.
It's been 9 years and it still looks awesome...just with patina now wink.gif
post #13 of 30

Maxwell Scott makes brief cases from full grain Italian leather, the hardware is durable, and it's reasonable priced.

 

https://www.maxwellscottbags.com/business/leather-briefcases.html

 

The Jesolo is probably the closest to what you posted above.

post #14 of 30
As you are seeing so much is personal preference and views hence you will get conflicting opinions which leave you none the wiser.

Why not go on your own and make a choice? When you start work you will not be able to ask about decisions on web boards...
post #15 of 30
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Originally Posted by GBR View Post

As you are seeing so much is personal preference and views hence you will get conflicting opinions which leave you none the wiser.
Why not go on your own and make a choice? When you start work you will not be able to ask about decisions on web boards...

Because I am about to spend a lot of money ( to me at least) and I am not as familiar with brands of briefcases as others here. Are you comparing briefcases to a job? Haha. It's better to see all these different brands and make a decision from there.
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