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post #1426 of 1895
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Originally Posted by JP Marcellino View Post

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I think all the makers mentioned on this forum are excellent and some of the best in the world that i have seen and like shoes and suits multiple bags have room in any fashion collection.

 

Remember, these fashion items we make with our hands should be considered "artistic pieces" and in so doing it is hard to compare them as such.  If you are looking for a "bag" to carry your stuff than paying hundreds of dollars for bridle leather or any leather that you have to maintain is not the way to go.  Like pat said, you buy into the heritage, the artists expression, the name, his "blood sweat and tears", the local area and so on.  You are correct at these price points the quality of raw material is comparable and it all comes down to the attention to detail and artists original expressions.

 

You are not just buying a "bag" you are buying a part of that artist and you add your experiences to that art form that now pushes the original expression. Like any great painting or sculpture, which fashion art is more valuable in my opinion, because the user now enters into the art form, it becomes a work of art that is revered and talked about though out the years.  It is art that also has a function. 

 

I believe the wrong way to look at "us" is to say, which one of these artists can best replicate this "art piece," because it devalues what you are buying.  it turns it into a cheap replica.  And this specifically talks to my pricing, if i as the artist devalues my work so i can mass produce more, it undoubtedly will show in the art work and in 10 or 20 years from now ill be a distant memory. Another skilled worker who replicated for a living. --- i am working very hard for this not to happen, for my sake and the work i put out there. 

 

When you buy my bag, you are buying an original work of art and you can be fully assured, not only will it never be massed produced with foreign low paid workers, it will not be massed produced with low paid workers right here in NY.  In fact, i can not even find any skilled craftsman to produce at my level of requirement, so i am personally working on each bag.  They take 1 to 3 days to build and i have to schedule them into a waiting list sometimes over a month.

 

ok, that's my 2 cents this morning, i love talking about art but now back to work. Pat, i appreciate the kind words.

 

 

 

That 'product as art form' actually characterizes what many of us feel when purchasing and bespeaking products. There's smth alluring about being able to choose specific designs and know that it's dissimilar from other pieces that were produced.

 

I did write many pages back that when one buys a bag, (I used SAB as an example), one buys not only  the product, but also its pedigree, and into its heritage and tradition. One 'attempts' to buy into a lifestyle.

post #1427 of 1895
Ortus, from The Armoury:

post #1428 of 1895
A 20 year old Smythson of London bridle attache.

Here's how London Tan looks after it has acquired a patina over 20 years.

It's been flung around a lot, and hasn't been treated with much care. It does, however, look WAY better in the flesh leather.

It's hand-stitched almost entirely.

Not sure if Smythson made the bag, or if it was made by another.








Edited by bboysdontcryy - 5/23/13 at 12:07pm
post #1429 of 1895
Quote:
Originally Posted by bboysdontcryy View Post

A 20 year old Smythson of London bridle attache.

Here's how London Tan looks after it has acquired a patina over 20 years.

It's been flung around a lot, and hasn't been treated with much care. It does, however, look WAY better in the flesh leather.

It's hand-stitched almost entirely.

Not sure if Smythson made the bag, or if it was made by another.

Very nice indeed..
post #1430 of 1895
love the patina icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #1431 of 1895
Well, Ive gotten my choice down to either the Saddleback thin in Tobacco Brown, or Frank Clegg American Briefcase in Tan. The Clegg is classier looking, whereas the Saddleback is more rugged. Im sure they are both constructed nicely so durability isn't a concern of mine, Im also leaving price out of it entirely and still cannot decide. I wish I could see both in person.


Not that I need to post them, but:



post #1432 of 1895
If it's between them, I prefer the first.
post #1433 of 1895
If it's between them, I prefer the first.
post #1434 of 1895
+1
post #1435 of 1895
The first is the Clegg. The saddleback picture isn't the greatest, here's another one:


Edited by slappy - 5/26/13 at 3:59pm
post #1436 of 1895
I picked up this Delvaux Newspaper Bag in February. It was the last one left at the Madison Avenue Barneys Store.

I've been using it everyday now. It's great. Deserves more than an iPhone photograph, but it's the best I can do right now.

post #1437 of 1895
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Originally Posted by slappy View Post

Well, Ive gotten my choice down to either the Saddleback thin in Tobacco Brown, or Frank Clegg American Briefcase in Tan. The Clegg is classier looking, whereas the Saddleback is more rugged. Im sure they are both constructed nicely so durability isn't a concern of mine, Im also leaving price out of it entirely and still cannot decide. I wish I could see both in person.

It comes down to what goes better with your style.

I have a Saddleback Thin Briefcase that I use every day. I beat it up, and don't worry about it. I especially like it as a travel briefcase. When I originally got it, I found I really disliked all of the metal hardware hanging off of it, so I took a bolt cutter to most of the D-rings and the giant metal O-ring under the handle. I think it looks much better that way.

If I wore more suits, I would have gotten something similar to Clegg's offerings, instead.
post #1438 of 1895
Fair point, I just graduated law school (stereotype here Im sure) and am going to start working as a patent lawyer in the Bay Area. Suits are not required; Im leaning towards the Saddleback also. Can you post a picture of the modifications you made to yours?
post #1439 of 1895

 

dope.

post #1440 of 1895
I don't know much about briefcases and was hoping you guys could give me your opinion on one. I work in a mostly business casual environment. I don't wear suits often but would like something that wouldn't look out of place when I do. I think this one from Context would patina nicely but am hoping to get some feedback on perceived price/quality, versatility, etc.

http://www.contextclothing.com/item.php?id=3740
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