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Getting a briefcase made by JP Marcellino

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I finally decided to take the plunge and get a "real" briefcase. After months of research, talking to makers and reading article after article and the reviews on here I went with JPM. Super happy thus far. He is really easy to work with and it keeping me updated with the process. 

 

Fresh cuts from the hide

 

 

 

 

Multiple steps to edge dressing this is the first where the fresh cuts are pasted and burned in on wood.

 

 

The natural lining is specially conditioned, pasted smooth and hand rubbed with smooth glass.

 

 

 

And so are all the front parts of the hide.

 

Edges are painted with a special seal in dye.

 

After the paint comes comes heat seal and hand wood polish.

 

 

 

 

The handle is a delicate process of forming, rivets and hand cross stitching.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More pictures as they come!

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Did you read my review? smile.gif
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I did yes. All reviews are helpful.

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It some more updates. Sorry it is taking me so long to post. 

 

 

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Joe Thought the case came out so well he did some studio shots. 

 

I'll post pictures of the case when I have it in my hands. 

 

Thus far, I can easily say working with Joe has been very easy and even fun. He responds very quickly to any questions and wants his customers to be happy. When I asked about some lines on the strap that I did not expect to be there (see first picture from two posts ago) he offered to make another strap for me without lines at no extra cost. 

 

Can't wait to use it.

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When I purchased a custom made briefcase from him I was not satisfied with the design, so he made me a complete new one without any extra cost. smile.gif
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I finally picked up the case, no fault to Joe, his turn around was about 2 weeks; and it is great. The colour is fantastic and the craftwork is excellent. You can definitely tell it is hand made. In a good way. If you are looking for an SAB bag this is something different. As Joe has said it is difficult to close the bag when it is empty but that does not bother me too much. It should break in. After using it a week I have received nothing but compliments from people. Joe's communication has been excellent and would definitely buy another case from Joe should I need one in the future. 

 

The bag is fairly heavy, as is to be expected from bridle leather and the should strap is breaking in to the contours of my shoulder nicely after only a week or so of use.  I look forward to the patina and history it acquires in the future.

post #10 of 12
this looks fantastic. thank you for the write up!

Handmade goods are great
post #11 of 12
I love the style, it looks great. Thanks for sharing the pics with us.
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How much is this?
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