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post #31 of 51
Most photographers I know swear by Billingham build quality. I've been planning to get a Hadley Large for a while - house my Contax lenses during weekends, and take my laptop to work during the week. Just keep putting it off - my Lands End canvas bag is holding up pretty well. Another variation on the Billingham theme is Fogg. They seem a little more elegant, but I really don't know anyone who uses them in the field. Palo Alto - would that be Keeble & Shuchat?
post #32 of 51
Ok, I hate to admit this but there is a man bag out there that: A. Holds all yer crap B. Attracts women C. Makes women think that you are THE man. It's called a diaper bag. Yes my brothers... the diaper bag. When my daughter was around 18 months we started venturing out together into the world with regularity. If you don't have an infant, no big deal - just borrow one from a neighbor who has 6-8 of them. See, I'm a planner. When my darling daughter was 2 we had a summer here with 100 straight days over 100 degrees and most were 110-120. I was a single parent with a munchkin who was willing to let my inability to breastfeed slide as long as I got her out of the house and kept her cool. The salvation? yes folks, the diaper bag. I found we could get an annual membership to the large waterpark down the road and voila - a well packed diaper bag solves every problem. Restaurants, parks, the States of Florida, California and Texas - all were feasible with a well packed diaper bag. Picture the scene: 2:00 PM, temp is hitting 120 at the water aprk and all the 'moms' and I retire to the umbrellas/misters to let the kids nap while we chat. Without fail, everyone starts looking for stuff the kid needs - diapers, 3.7 million SPF sunblock for the redheaded kids, Rubbing alcohol for the clogged ears, baby wipes for 756,234.8 documented reasons, powder, a magazine, CD's, snacks, drinks, change. Yes fellas - I packed a diaper bag that would make an Eagle Scout bow and admit that he was nowhere near prepared. Remember, it doesn't have to be masculine here to win the women and make you feel masculine. i went with a 'borderline bitch' model with Winnie the Pooh and his crew in a nice pink and blue. Think I'm kidding? Brad Pitt could be signing autographs 3 tables away and the hero is the guy who says "allow me" and deftly removes the greenish baby waste with a single wipe and rediapers junior in a single motion. Really want to turn on the charm for an especially hot poolside babe? Throw a quick frenchbraid into her daughters hair WITHOUT waking her while discussing fashion. Now the kicker - casually mention an hour later that you are straight and then play 'collect the phone numbers'. Trust me fellas - Kid is optional, learn to pack a fluffy pink diaper bag and there is not a woman alive who will not think you are the coolest man around. Check www.rentacutebaby.com if you need a prop but it really isn't required. One good diaper bag filled with essentials and the world is yours.
post #33 of 51
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Barbour makes some nice bags, also Ghurka. The original messenger bag is:http://www.danishbookbag.com, (from the defunct Chocolate Soup store in NYC). I'm looking for something like the Filson laptop bag but with canvas and preferably a bridle hide bottom. Any ideas?
Barbour does make some nice bags. http://www.saddler.co.uk/acatalog/Barbour_Bags.html And good choice on the bag you bought. It looks like a take on the classic angler bag. How big is it? I got my Tusting on ebay for cheap so I'm not complaining, but ideally I probably would have bought a canvas/leather version that is a bit smaller.
post #34 of 51
Hunting World also makes a fine bag. I personally use a YSL, Ferragamo, and a Bally. The Bally is for travel since it has the ability to lock.
post #35 of 51
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Mulholland also make an excellent anglers bag. In fact all their stuff is good - there are lots of great bag options from them.
With regard to small leather goods, such as wallets, how would you compare Mulholland quality (leather and handwork) to the British makers such as Swaine Adeney and Papworth? How about Ghurka? Where is Ghurka made now? Still made in the U.S? I see Mulholland and Ghurka goods on Ebay frequently, at great prices, but rarely see the British makers.
post #36 of 51
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I have had my bag for three years, I have used it for travel, camping, fishing, and as my day to day briefcase.  It is looking extremely natty now that it is all worn in.  It is quite simply the best bag I have ever owned.  And pretty preppy to boot. Go to this website: Tusting Then click on "business" and check out the "clipper" in sundance leather.  It has a leather shoulder strap too.  As soon as I get a battery for my e-camera, I will post a picture of its nice worn in patina. -Tom
If you like the Tusting line, you should know that they are very often available at reasonable prices at www.sierratradingpost.com
post #37 of 51
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Ok, I hate to admit this but there is a man bag out there that: A.  Holds all yer crap B.  Attracts women C.  Makes women think that you are THE man. It's called a diaper bag.  Yes my brothers... the diaper bag.
Chuck, you ARE the man. I carried the soft green model with the Disney Babies on it, until we discovered the amazing Kelty diaper bag.
post #38 of 51
I'm amazed that some men manage without a messenger bag or a bag of some sorts. Between documents for work, water, wallet (I hate the look and feel of anything in my pockets), 3 building ID access cards, and other random items, I don't know how I'd lug it all around without a bag. Check out Bottega Veneta. They have some very nice bags. I second the Mulholland Bros recommendation also. Bric's makes some decent bags as well, but I don't know if they have messenger bags. LongChamp and Lambertson Truex also make some very nice bags, although Lambertson carries a lot of the man totes, which some men will shy away from.
post #39 of 51
I did get it at Keeble & Shuchat, couldn't find it in stock anywhere else. It holds a standard laptop (I have a Dell Precision). External Dimensions:W 15 " x D 7" X H 12" Weight: 3.7 lbs. It does resemble an anglers bag. I have an old Barbour that's similar in design. I did think this Tusting bag on Sierra Trading was temptinghttp://www.sierratradingpost.com/xq/...qx/product.htm), but it's not padded for a laptop. Some other great non-laptop bags are by Il Bisonte and Ghurka: My Webpage. The Ghurka products used to be made on the East Coast (like Coach). Don't know if the production has been shipped off to India or China (like Coach). Mulholland is OK. British leather quality is excellent. Billingham, Swaine, Papworth, (and Filson) all use bridle hide which wears very well. I have an old Peal & Co. document case that is seemingly indestructible. Bridle hide wallets are also great. The leather gets better looking with time.
post #40 of 51
What does 'overstock leather' mean? I went to Sierra Trading post to check out the Tusting bags and the description mentions that they're made from 'overstock leather'. Does anyone have an explanation?
post #41 of 51
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With regard to small leather goods, such as wallets, how would you compare Mulholland quality (leather and handwork) to the British makers such as Swaine Adeney and Papworth? How about Ghurka? Where is Ghurka made now? Still made in the U.S? I see Mulholland and Ghurka goods on Ebay frequently, at great prices, but rarely see the British makers.
To qualify my response, I have owned and sold a lot of top-end leather goods in the last few years - Swaine, Tanner Krolle, Mulholland Brothers, Goldpfeil, Valextra, Schedoni, Tramontano etc, but I am still by no means a leather expert. In my amatuer opinion, Mulholland Brothers leather-goods are as good as anything else out there. More rustic-looking than the European brands, cetainly, but that's more of a style issue. Plus, I love their look. I have a Mulholland Brothers wallet (shell cordovan) that is probably the best looking wallet I have ever seen. I highly recommend their stuff. As for Ghurka, I cannot comment. I've never had any Ghurka items.
post #42 of 51
Thanks for the response, Mr. Harris. Ii's useful.
post #43 of 51
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What does 'overstock leather' mean? I went to Sierra Trading post to check out the Tusting bags and the description mentions that they're made from 'overstock leather'. Does anyone have an explanation?
When companies finish making their production runs for a season, they have leftover leather. They make stuff out of this "overstock leather." It isn't in quantities to supply all their customers, so they remainder it to discount houses.
post #44 of 51
Thanks for the response. So does that mean that the leather is of a lesser quality, or is mismatched? I'm assuming that there is some difference.
post #45 of 51
Here's a photo of my Tusting clipper (compare to the above picture of the same bag new). It holds a laptop if you so desire. -Tom
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