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Custom Hand-Sewn Bag from Simon Baker and Full Review

post #1 of 97
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I have been considering a "good" bag for a while and I really like the SAB full wrap type bag. However, they are not that rare and I kind of wanted something a little more unique.

I saw some pictures of Simon Baker's bags on this forum I started talking with him and I like what I heard. Simon hand sews all of his bags himself and his personal standards are above SAB both in craftmanship, attention to detail and leathers. A few weeks ago, I sent him a down payment for a three compartment wrap-around case in British Tan similiar to the one shown below:







Backside will be different as I will have a newspaper pocket.



Interior pockets and pen loops in the front like so:



Adding a passport and valuable holder which will attach to the a D-ring:

post #2 of 97
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Actual pictures of the process:

Leather arrival and inspection:





post #3 of 97
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Embossing machine:





Embossing sample:



Decided to go this route:

post #4 of 97
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Partition board and gusset:



That's it for now. More to come.
post #5 of 97
Amazing. Is he based in the UK?
post #6 of 97
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Originally Posted by teddieriley View Post

Amazing. Is he based in the UK?

But of course

(read in a snooty British accent)
post #7 of 97
Very nice. Great photos.
post #8 of 97
I am about to commission something like this. Can't find the perfect bag, so make your own makes total sense.
post #9 of 97
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Some more progress on the interior pockets and pen loops:



post #10 of 97
Looking great. That's not my personal favorite style, but I'd rock it.
post #11 of 97
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Looking great. That's not my personal favorite style, but I'd rock it.

I'm glad its not as it is my style and the less people that have it the better. smile.gif
post #12 of 97
Changed my mind. Please provide the contact info so I can commission the exact same bag. wink.gif
post #13 of 97
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Originally Posted by Jr Mouse View Post

Changed my mind. Please provide the contact info so I can commission the exact same bag. wink.gif

Damn it! Now Texas will be full of them!
post #14 of 97
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Originally Posted by Patek View Post

Damn it! Now Texas will be full of them!



As it should be. nod[1].gif
post #15 of 97
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Gussets being stitched and glued:



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