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post #76 of 97
May I know what's the cost for such a masterpiece?
post #77 of 97
A briefcase like Patek's is in the region of a wraparound by Swaine Adeney Brigg (before VAT deduction), unless his prices have changed recently.
post #78 of 97

I commissioned a couple of cases from Simon and he is wonderful to work with, very responsive and let me into the creative process (as much as someone with my limited creative skills should be allowed smile.gif). I've used one of the cases almost daily for over a year and it's amazingly durable despite the bumps and dings I put it through. I fully expect it to outlive me and be carried by my grandchildren.

post #79 of 97
Sounds nice. Do you have pictures?
post #80 of 97
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Originally Posted by jburch View Post

I commissioned a couple of cases from Simon and he is wonderful to work with, very responsive and let me into the creative process (as much as someone with my limited creative skills should be allowed smile.gif
). I've used one of the cases almost daily for over a year and it's amazingly durable despite the bumps and dings I put it through. I fully expect it to outlive me and be carried by my grandchildren.

Now if only he'd be as wonderful to interview. I've waited several months for his answers with little success. Judging by photos alone, he is a master of his craft and I feel his story would be an interesting one.
post #81 of 97

 

 

I've been using this one every day for over a year and that includes a Seattle rain or two. With a little leather dressing the thing still looks new so I think it's going to take some time for the "patina" to develop. The hand stitching is as tight as the day I received it and the leather almost bullet-proof. I love it.

post #82 of 97

Jburch, 

 

That is an exquisite case. 

 

Do you find it to be heavy whilst walking or carrying?

post #83 of 97

I don't find it heavy at all and I carry it to work. I suppose it's all relative and depends on what you want your case to do. It is heavier than a synthetic canvas bag but it really depends what you put into it and how heavy your laptop and other gadgets are. Also, I asked Simon to design mine a little larger than most, so my main compartment can expand significantly to accommodate a jumper in addition to the various books and technology accessories that I always have. I'm sure it would weigh less in a more streamlined form.

post #84 of 97

That's a beautiful bag!

post #85 of 97
My briefcase is now in-process. Very excited to finally be rolling on this.
post #86 of 97
Thread Starter 
I have been off the forum for a while but have received a few PMs about how the bad is holding up.

Bag is as awesome as the day I received it. Leather has darkened a little and the brass loops have also taken some color.
The leather is just starting to break in and is very still still. I have put the shoulder strap in storage as I don't use it and it was darkening the leather a bit.
There are a couple of water spots from getting caught in the rain but they rub out quite easily--I just haven't bothered.

Overall, I am very happy with the bag and will attempt to snap some pictures this weekend.
post #87 of 97
Thread Starter 
So, a couple Monday morning pictures after almost a year of use and abuse. Natural light



Office shot under florescent lighting.







And my dog decided to pose for one.



There are a few bumps and scrapes but nothing major. As you can see, it has darkened a shade or two.
Edited by Patek - 9/23/13 at 8:09am
post #88 of 97
That looks awesome, Patek. Congrats.
post #89 of 97
Thread Starter 
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That looks awesome, Patek. Congrats.

Thanks! Now I am ordering the matching notebook cover that was my plan all along but was nixed for budget reasons and because I was not really sure what I wanted.
post #90 of 97
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jburch View Post







I've been using this one every day for over a year and that includes a Seattle rain or two. With a little leather dressing the thing still looks new so I think it's going to take some time for the "patina" to develop. The hand stitching is as tight as the day I received it and the leather almost bullet-proof. I love it.

What kind of leather dressing are you using? Lexol?
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