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post #1471 of 1932
Beautiful....
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my SAB finally arrived over the weekend and its out on its maiden voyage

i made some modifications like switching out the lock for the circle one, having the padded center gusset for my laptop, adding the newspaper long-width back pocket, pen holders and card holder on first gusset

this thing just exudes quality and got several stares and a few compliments at sbux already

very happy with how it turned out. communication was on and off via email but susan at SAB came through for me at the end. as long as you arent in a rush, ordering direct from SAB is definitely the way to go if you have specific requests
post #1472 of 1932
Question: Has anybody used renovateur, or other saphir products to polish, or condition their briefcase? I ask because there are tons of oils in those products and I worry about them migrating onto my clothes while holding the case, like oil spots and such on lighter clothes. Any experience?
post #1473 of 1932
Yesterday I placed an order for a bespoke briefcase with George Cleverley to be made from their 1786 Russian tanned leather. They estimated a 2-3 month time frame to make the piece. Now I just need to practice patience!! biggrin.gif
post #1474 of 1932
I have seen so many shoes, gadgets, and accessories made with that leather that I have doubts that any of it is the real thing anymore.
post #1475 of 1932
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I have seen so many shoes, gadgets, and accessories made with that leather that I have doubts that any of it is the real thing anymore.

Really? You think Cleverley is defrauding its customers? I find that almost unfathomable.
post #1476 of 1932
I didn't say that. But who knows maybe their sources are suspect. I know Cleverly was the original buyer of the stuff, yes? I still have my doubts about the abundance of this prized and highly limited commodity.
post #1477 of 1932
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I didn't say that. But who knows maybe their sources are suspect. I know Cleverly was the original buyer of the stuff, yes? I still have my doubts about the abundance of this prized and highly limited commodity.

You think their leather is fake? Shit I'm goingto call them right now! I don't want to pay that kind of money for a faked commodity!
post #1478 of 1932
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Question: Has anybody used renovateur, or other saphir products to polish, or condition their briefcase? I ask because there are tons of oils in those products and I worry about them migrating onto my clothes while holding the case, like oil spots and such on lighter clothes. Any experience?

I haven't used any saphir products, but I have used Obenauf's LP on a veg-tanned briefcase I got made by Unlucky, and I didn't realize that some stuff rubs off onto my pants until I wore a light-coloured trousers in the summer.

It came off with Oxy-Clean though, but yeah, it was noticeable.
post #1479 of 1932
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I didn't say that. But who knows maybe their sources are suspect. I know Cleverly was the original buyer of the stuff, yes? I still have my doubts about the abundance of this prized and highly limited commodity.

My understanding is that there is still a significant amount of leather left in the wreck. However, there is no one to dive for it. Recovering the leather requires consent from Prince Charles and the only diver who had that consent no longer dives. The russian leather has a fairly distinct odor. I'm not sure it could be faked.
post #1480 of 1932
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My understanding is that there is still a significant amount of leather left in the wreck. However, there is no one to dive for it. Recovering the leather requires consent from Prince Charles and the only diver who had that consent no longer dives. The russian leather has a fairly distinct odor. I'm not sure it could be faked.

I called Cleverley's earlier today and told them there was some question as to the authenticity of their Russian leather, and that I was concerned considering the cost of the briefcase I ordered. I was told that their leather supply from the wreck of the Metta Catherina was harvested from the wreck, and currently they are the only firm with a stock of the hides. In the past they had sold lots to other firms (ie. New & Lingwood), but since the salvager of the hides has retired, and no more are currently being salvaged, they have stopped that practice. GC said that while they do have a supply currently in stock, as it is used up the leather will become rarer and more expensive, unless someone starts to salvage it again.

They said they would not risk their 50+ year reputation by selling fake product, and that they guarantee the authenticity of the same.

That's good enough for me.
post #1481 of 1932
I'm not even sure that there is really a question as to authenticity. There is a single post on an anonymous internet bulletin board that is based on nothing other than pure speculation. But their answer sounds completely appropriate. I have a pair of Cleverley shoes in Russian leather and I have no doubts as to authenticity and before today, I'd never heard anyone suggest that there were authenticity issues.
post #1482 of 1932
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Question: Has anybody used renovateur, or other saphir products to polish, or condition their briefcase? I ask because there are tons of oils in those products and I worry about them migrating onto my clothes while holding the case, like oil spots and such on lighter clothes. Any experience?

 

PB - i recently gave my ghurka express a good saddle soap bath, followed by dubbin, followed by renovateur and then a lot of brushing.  nothing has come off on me.

post #1483 of 1932
How does anyone feel about wooden briefcases? I am thinking of the ones with the metal trim.
post #1484 of 1932
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I have seen so many shoes, gadgets, and accessories made with that leather that I have doubts that any of it is the real thing anymore.

I had a very interesting conversation with the guy who salvaged the leather a year or two ago. I wont go into the details, but the upshot was a) its potentially very fragile and b) there was much more of it on the market than had ever been salvaged - he wondered if things that were being sold as "Made with 1786 blah blah" should more accurately be described as " Containing a little bit of the 1786 blah blah". Not pointing fingers at a specific company by any means and Im sure the reputable people are doing what they say, but makes you think...

Charlie
post #1485 of 1932
Exactly, that is what I am saying. We hear about the stuff then all of a sudden there are a million key fobs, wallets, bracelets, shoes, watch bands, briefcases. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of it out there was bullshit. I never said Cleverly was duping people. I just said there might be potential for a lot of fakes either on purpose or by accident. I think it is fishy.
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