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I'm looking at Oppermann London's bags, which use Cordura nylon as its lining. Has anyone experience with a bag with this kind of lining or an Oppermann bag specifically? How does the nylon hold up? 

 

 

 

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I really like this look and have only seen this design a few times. Keeping the hand made and stitched part with the sleek handle bar design should catch attention from anyone who loves briefcase satchels 

Thanks SoleGarb!

 

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I've liked this design ever since I saw Cambridge Satchel's version of it. I like this version better in that its edges are finished but I do wish that the thread were also in a dark brown.

Cheers for the commentary. I'll have to take a look at the Cambridge Satchel, don't know that company. I agree with you, the completely contrasted stitching is a bold look here. I used it to highlight those hand stitch slants, as well as the fineness of the stitching that I think the Music Case really calls for. It would certainly be interesting to produce this in a more subtle thread though.

 

In my opinion this style of case is informal and elegant, not at all rugged, any can even be playful in certain combinations - but I think such casualness and play requires a step up in refinement - interior lining, hard polished edges, tight stitches.

 

Here's a couple more:

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers,

Shane Trudell

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Lovely leather - and the colour!

 

I myself particularily like this vintage piece. I have recently ordered a similar one to be handcrafted for me by a fellow leatherworker:

 

http://bentleyslondon.com/shop/vintage-luggage/f-c-m-leather-briefcase/

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Just wanted to share my latest build. A pretty standard briefcase with an accordion gusset. You might like to take a look at is how its made. I took over 500 pictures along the way showing every single step.

 

http://andersenleather.blogspot.com/2015/10/classic-english-briefcase-with.html

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by AndersenLeather View Post

Just wanted to share my latest build. A pretty standard briefcase with an accordion gusset. You might like to take a look at is how its made. I took over 500 pictures along the way showing every single step.

http://andersenleather.blogspot.com/2015/10/classic-english-briefcase-with.html

thumbs-up.gif That came out really nice. And the best part is you made it yourself.... congrats! an awesome accomplishment!

I wish I some talent in that direction.
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Originally Posted by shanetrudell View Post

Thanks SoleGarb!

Cheers for the commentary. I'll have to take a look at the Cambridge Satchel, don't know that company. I agree with you, the completely contrasted stitching is a bold look here. I used it to highlight those hand stitch slants, as well as the fineness of the stitching that I think the Music Case really calls for. It would certainly be interesting to produce this in a more subtle thread though.

In my opinion this style of case is informal and elegant, not at all rugged, any can even be playful in certain combinations - but I think such casualness and play requires a step up in refinement - interior lining, hard polished edges, tight stitches.

Here's a couple more:











Cheers,
Shane Trudell

I like the lining Shane. Goat I assume?

Charlie
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I want to thank this forum for providing a pointer to Henry Tomkins. I just received my briefcase handcrafted by him. It is a fairly modified "The Essentials" case.  The modifications were: Envelope shaped flap, 2x3" internal compartments, tablet sleeve, newspaper pocket on the back, and buckle instead of lock. The beauty of custom is that it fits my needs perfectly.

 

His craftsmanship is phenomenal and I cannot imagine better value for the dollar (or pound :-)) even after you add the shipping cost from England to the midwest. The leather is of great quality and weight, stitching very well done, and it is sturdy without being heavy. The classy, simple design was exactly what I was looking for.

 

The discussion with him about modifications was a pleasure as I found him to be a man more interested in listening and meeting the needs of the customer than anything else. The whole process was great. I did have to wait 8 weeks since he has a bit of a backlog, but it was worth the wait.  I am very, very happy. 

 

Again, if I would not read this forum, I would have never heard of him so thank you again.

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What do you all think of Venque from Canada? I bought their "Hamptons" in grey/tan a few months ago as my daily bag for work. I'm really pleased with it - great size, looks, and quality. However they just released a new "black" collection and the "Milano" black/grey is really catching my eye.

Www.venque.com

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I like the lining Shane. Goat I assume?

Charlie

Sure looks like goat in this shot, but for this project I found a great colour-match in calf so we went with it over the goat. 

 

Shane

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Any ideas for a no-frills canvas briefcase? I have one of these which was swag from a conference. It has had light duty for the last 10 years or so and would be OK if the cheap leather handles weren't cracking to pieces. Of course, for $308.09, I could get another one-- along with 11 backups for the garage. But I was wondering if there weren't anything else that was modest, unpretentious, slim, but durable and capable of carrying a laptop and maybe two slim notebooks. Plus the passport, house keys, other travel stuff in an outside pocket.

I do have one about the same size from Hulme, which I don't love. Finding something lighter in weight and even more relaxed about taking abuse would be good. Filson is supposedly well-made, but looks to be too much of a big deal to be invisible.

Anyone know if Ernest Alexander is wildly overpriced?
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Guys need some help. Love this forum as so many like minded people who don't resort to trolling nd nasty comments.
I working in banking nd want a briefcase that I will be in love with.

I like the LV President but it's but ostentatious and I like the StyleForum leather makers like Linjer.

What I want is something bit different not boring. Cn be hard case or leather. Any suggestions?
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Can anyone comment on the durability of Berluti's Deux Jour bag? I like the antiquing but I've heard their shoes are rather delicate, just wanted to know how people find the bag is. 

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Can anyone comment on the durability of Berluti's Deux Jour bag? I like the antiquing but I've heard their shoes are rather delicate, just wanted to know how people find the bag is. 

 

I have had one for about five years and haven't had a problem with it.

 

I would not call it rugged though.

 

If you look after it you shouldn't have any problems. 

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Is it better to get a custom made briefcase or buy a good one?

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Is it better to get a custom made briefcase or buy a good one?

Hopefully a custom made one will also be 'good'?

Depends on your motivations. Do you value a recognisable brand? Do you want to carry specific things / cannot find something off-the-shelf that meets your needs? Would you like to work with a single person / small company to go through the experience of designing and waiting for something, or would you prefer to have it quickly and with no effort?
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