I'm looking for input as I try to choose a new briefcase/satchel for around $500. I'm looking at the following choices, primarily from handmade, small U.S. makers. (Ignore the colors - I'll finalize the color once I've chosen the style.)
(I've looked into the Saddleback Thin Briefcase, but they seem kind of rugged for taking to work downtown - with all the D-rings and rivets.)
I'd appreciate input or opinions from anyone, particular people who have bought bags from one of these brands.
1) Joseph P. Marcellino - Darwin 1136 - 16x12x3 - $350
2) Sawyer Cabinet Company - No. 2 Briefcase - 16x12x5 - $600
3) McKinley American LeatherCrafters - Briefcase Portfolio - 16x12x4.5 - $335
4) Tanner's Alley - Satchel - 16x12x5 - $325
As you can see, they're kind of all of the same type, so while I'm looking for aesthetic opinions, I'm looking more particularly for anyone's experience with these companies/bags. Because they're mostly small, make-to-order companies, I'm also interested in anyone's experience with customization. Thanks.
Edited by Septimus - 1/14/13 at 5:56pm