Originally Posted by md2010
Most hand made/ artisan products will have few defects. This is the character of the product. That differentiate them form the mass market machine made products. I have a sab and I can tell you there are few small defects(character) on it as well. I also have a coach briefcase. Which don’t have any defects. If you want a top notch product with no defects then you will have to spend some serious money $1.5k to 2.5k++. Or under 1k-1.5k you can pickup some Salvatore Ferragamo, Dunhill, Bally or LV or even under $500 you can get a Coach. All of them should be defect free.
I may be misinterpreting what you've written, but this doesn't sound right to me. The 'scratch/damaged' section jwong6590 posted isn't from a mess-up by the maker during the bag's production; it appears to be a scarred/damaged section of the hide. This is not
to be confused with 'character'. Character can come from natural markings and wrinkles of the animal, like those found in the shoulder of cowhide.
For example, imagine two identical goods: one made by machine with a top grade alligator hide, versus one made by an 'artisan' with a grade 4 hide with scars and bites. The latter would not have 'character' just because an artisan made it. It would just be made with a lower grade hide. Many companies are including these scarred and typically unusable areas of the hide in their products to save money, and passing it off as adding character or individuality to the piece. It's nonsense. While the workmanship (stitching, excess glue) may be written off as simply being in line with the price of the goods, I don't for a second believe the scarred area of the hide is excusable. It's clearly visible to the maker before any
piece/section is cut out of the hide, and it's inclusion is 100% intentional, and should be not a feature of any bag at any price range.Edited by dibadiba - 5/5/13 at 12:50pm