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Commissioning my First Briefcase

post #1 of 71
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I decided to find a custom maker for a briefcase after months of fruitless searching in shops and online.

What I'm shooting for is a classic case with a double gusset and I wanted the leather to be extremely durable. So I settled on this as my starting point:

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I'm having some changes done to this:

1) Double gusset instead of single
2) Brass hardware instead of nickle
3) Slightly larger (the one pictured is 15" in length)

The leather is full grain American steerhide, cut from the shoulder I believe.

I should be receiving my case sometime in the first week of June so I'll be sure to post a review.
Edited by furo - 6/2/12 at 6:46pm
post #2 of 71
That looks boss. Couple nitpicks:

- The shoulder pad looks flimsy. Much prefer the chunky piece of dead animal (many layers?) that Filson uses.

- The straps look a bit too far apart for my tastes. But that is purely subjective.

Approximate price?

Stuart
post #3 of 71
Looks good.
post #4 of 71
Fine but how much?
post #5 of 71
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Originally Posted by furo View Post

I decided to find a custom maker for a briefcase after months of fruitless searching in shops and online.

 

Congrats on the great briefcase. Love it, especially after those small tweaks.  

 

Just curious, did you consider Mitchell out of Wisconsin? Their leather is top notch and I'm guessing you're in their price range. I am considering them for my next briefcase and am curious if anything steered you away. Thanks.

post #6 of 71
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Originally Posted by ferguscan View Post

That looks boss. Couple nitpicks:
- The shoulder pad looks flimsy. Much prefer the chunky piece of dead animal (many layers?) that Filson uses.
- The straps look a bit too far apart for my tastes. But that is purely subjective.
Approximate price?
Stuart

between $350-$450
post #7 of 71
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Originally Posted by MRMan View Post

Congrats on the great briefcase. Love it, especially after those small tweaks.  

Just curious, did you consider Mitchell out of Wisconsin? Their leather is top notch and I'm guessing you're in their price range. I am considering them for my next briefcase and am curious if anything steered you away. Thanks.

I looked at them but didn't like their choice of leathers (they don't work with english bridle and refuse to do so) and their prices were too high considering the lack of hand stitching (they use machine). I'm getting a hand stitched case made
post #8 of 71
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Originally Posted by furo View Post


I looked at them but didn't like their choice of leathers (they don't work with english bridle and refuse to do so) and their prices were too high considering the lack of hand stitching (they use machine). I'm getting a hand stitched case made

 

Good to know. Thanks!

post #9 of 71
Where can I get me one of those?
post #10 of 71
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Originally Posted by Tropicalist View Post

Where can I get me one of those?

Will post a review once I have a finished product in hand.
post #11 of 71
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Case came in today on time and within budget, and I'm quite pleased upon initial inspection. I'll be posting a review after I get it broken in a bit, with details on price/where to buy, etc

So here it is:

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post #12 of 71
pretty dang snazzy bro!
post #13 of 71
Looks good. Can I ask what the source was for the original picture in the 1st post?
post #14 of 71
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Originally Posted by sonvolt10 View Post

Looks good. Can I ask what the source was for the original picture in the 1st post?

I'll send you a pm. Hesitant to disclose much without trying out the bag for awhile and seeing how it holds up to the daily stress of laptop, binder, etc
post #15 of 71
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Pics in natural light:

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