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post #10036 of 10357

i don't know about N&F these days, but my old red wefts were 100% cotton, no stretch.

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Originally Posted by bbconair View Post
 

i don't know about N&F these days, but my old red wefts were 100% cotton, no stretch.

 

Mine as well.

post #10038 of 10357
N&F actually had 2 variants of the red weft denim in the last season or two AFAIK -- one was 100% cotton and the other was stretch (both indigo w/red weft). this season's offering is a black stretch denim with red weft.
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N&F actually had 2 variants of the red weft denim in the last season or two AFAIK -- one was 100% cotton and the other was stretch (both indigo w/red weft). this season's offering is a black stretch denim with red weft.

 

Do you think any denim with poly weft is "stretch"?  I have a large inventory of jeans and maybe 5 of them are stretchy.  All of these stretchy versions have 2-10% percent poly or elastine and all of the rest which are 100% cotton are not stretchy.  So I figured the two things went together on jeans:  cotton/synthetic blend = stretchy, and that was the purpose for why companies introduced the synthetic mix.

 

I wish Gustin would be more clear on the fabric compositions, especially when they depart from typical which for jeans would be 100% cotton.

 

If the entire red weft is poly, would that mean the jeans are 50% cotton / 50% poly because there's an equal amount of warp and weft yarn in a denim?

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Do you think any denim with poly weft is "stretch"?  I have a large inventory of jeans and maybe 5 of them are stretchy.  All of these stretchy versions have 2-10% percent poly or elastine and all of the rest which are 100% cotton are not stretchy.  So I figured the two things went together on jeans:  cotton/synthetic blend = stretchy, and that was the purpose for why companies introduced the synthetic mix.

I wish Gustin would be more clear on the fabric compositions, especially when they depart from typical which for jeans would be 100% cotton.

If the entire red weft is poly, would that mean the jeans are 50% cotton / 50% poly because there's an equal amount of warp and weft yarn in a denim?

I honestly don't know. I'd reach out to G and see what they say
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Do you think any denim with poly weft is "stretch"?  I have a large inventory of jeans and maybe 5 of them are stretchy.  All of these stretchy versions have 2-10% percent poly or elastine and all of the rest which are 100% cotton are not stretchy.  So I figured the two things went together on jeans:  cotton/synthetic blend = stretchy, and that was the purpose for why companies introduced the synthetic mix.

 

I wish Gustin would be more clear on the fabric compositions, especially when they depart from typical which for jeans would be 100% cotton.

 

If the entire red weft is poly, would that mean the jeans are 50% cotton / 50% poly because there's an equal amount of warp and weft yarn in a denim?

 

it's a good question, but if something is 50% poly then i don't think it can be "jeans"? 

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Originally Posted by mountainman3520 View Post
 

 

Do you think any denim with poly weft is "stretch"?  I have a large inventory of jeans and maybe 5 of them are stretchy.  All of these stretchy versions have 2-10% percent poly or elastine and all of the rest which are 100% cotton are not stretchy.  So I figured the two things went together on jeans:  cotton/synthetic blend = stretchy, and that was the purpose for why companies introduced the synthetic mix.

 

I wish Gustin would be more clear on the fabric compositions, especially when they depart from typical which for jeans would be 100% cotton.

 

If the entire red weft is poly, would that mean the jeans are 50% cotton / 50% poly because there's an equal amount of warp and weft yarn in a denim?


If I'm not mistaken, its poly-core yarn.  Cotton threads are wrapped around a synthetic core, so not 50%/50%. 

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It's an interesting material. Feels somewhat heavy and stiff, but I imagine it's going to soften nicely. Will be a good winter shirt.

 

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I backed the #213 CONE INDIGO JACQUARD this morning and it already ran through its entire run by 5:30. I don't think I have ever seen something fund in what is basically 8 hours! It was so popular I see they just opened up another complete run, that is pretty crazy.

 

That also leads me to question I have for everyone here. Has anyone ever missed out on an item and emailed Gustin right after it closed to see if you could sneak in afterwards? I mean if they havn't ordered all of the material it is possible they could add another order, just wondering if anyone was ever successful at doing this?

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I was wondering about the description as it had it at 8.75oz which seemed quite heavy. Usually at that weight they talk about it in the fabric description but there was no mention. The heavier the better IMO for a fabric like this. I am really looking forward to it.

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I was wondering about the description as it had it at 8.75oz which seemed quite heavy. Usually at that weight they talk about it in the fabric description but there was no mention. The heavier the better IMO for a fabric like this. I am really looking forward to it.

 

I almost ordered that shirt when it posted last year but decided it was too heavy for an oxford shirt.  Seems like it might be good for a workshirt?

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#213 CONE INDIGO JACQUARD
 
 
anybody going in on this one? looks nice, but a bit "clubb-ish". not that that is a bad thing, but not as casual or easy to wear as one would expect?
post #10047 of 10357
Got my Gustin beanie this afternoon. It is nice. I like it. Terrific $9 buy!

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What size is your noggin? Do they fit small or large? Always have a tough time finding small enough beanies. Size 7 - 7-1/8 here.
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I received my Gustin Horween Briefcase in CXL#8.

 

I'll start with exterior observations and the positives.

 

I love the color and feel of the leather.  Horween CXL#8 is simply awesome, almost mind blowingly awesome.  I would love to own and use the right bag in this leather.  The two photos below show the bag in more and less light.  Crazy beautiful.  Also the strap color looks good to me in real life while in a prior photo from another owner it looked too brown compared to the reddish #8.  I withdraw that prior negative observation as it looks great on this bag.

 

And I really like the overall design and style of this bag for an "upscale casual" bag that can look good with a diverse range of clothing formalities from a business suit to jeans and t-shirt.

 

Also I love the strap leather, the removable strap construction, and the aged brass hardware which is perfect for the bag and feels very nice and solid.  The straps are the perfect thickness and width so they don't seem overpowering and yet also feel and look completely solid and not flimsy cheap or like they might someday snap.  Bravo.

 

Also I think the zipper is great.  It feels rugged, strong, and high quality.  Looks nice.  Not a smooth easy zip but might loosen up and feels solid so I like it.

 

 

 

 

But there is a problem with the exterior of my zipper construction, and also with the overall attachment.  See the following two photos.  When I was unzipping my bag I heard a sorta weird gooey sound.  Upon inspection I found the sound was coming from a rubber adhesive used to glue the zipper to the bag leather.  The adhesive extends the full length up to the edge of the zipper, which might be okay except the stitches are ~1/8" from the edge of the leather so there is a significant edge of the leather held to the zipper body by only the adhesive.  It repeatedly attaches and detaches as I handle to use the zipper and repeatedly makes the gooey sound.  You can see the stretching rubber adhesive in the below photos.  This issue is present over the full length of the zipper.  I think I'd have to return the bag if this was the only defect as it feels and looks cheap in a place where I'd be reminded every time I open or close the bag and that would ruin my enjoyment.  Hopefully most people don't have this issue with their Gustin bag but I encourage you to take a look.

 

I further investigated why and how the zipper was glued to the body from the inside and the interior seam is shown in next photo below.  I noted that the zipper is attached with only one fairly loose and weak looking stitch.  That seems unusual to me but maybe its common.  I should look at my other leather goods to see how they are built.  I would have expected to see a more robust attachment, multiple stitches, something that looks like it can survive years of rough pulling and stretching as this is probably the most stressed part of the whole bag.  Maybe that's why the glue was also used?  If so, its sloppy application and the wrong glue because I can easily pull back the glued edge with one finger.

 

You can also see some of the interior construction in this photo.  I'm pretty happy with the interior which is mostly unlined leather backside, with canvas dividers and one set of leather pockets.  I think I prefer this exposed leather backside instead of an additional sewn in lining as found on many bags because the lining is often a less nice fabric and is probably the first thing in the bag to fail or get destroyed.

 

 

 

The next photo shows some "pre broken in" leather areas that I'm not thrilled about.  There were wrinkled areas in multiple places on both front and back.  In the long run I would expect to see various wrinkled areas appear and that's fine.  I'll earn that patina, but on a new bag or jacket I don't want to see this.  I'd like it to be basically without sections of wrinkles when new.  I'm not sure what caused this.  Damage during shipping due to the strap being crushed down or insufficient interior packing material?  Rough handling prior to shipping?  A flaw in the leather that might cause this section to have other problems later?  No idea, but Gustin should work to make sure that both the jackets and bags don't accumulate this sort of flaw prior to the customer initially opening the package.

 

 

This next photo shows a serious design problem for me, one so serious that I would probably not be able to use this bag for my intended purpose.  Note the 4 exposed metal handle attachment rivets within the laptop sleeve.  These metal rivets would scratch the heck out of my aluminum macbook pro 15" retina laptop if I were to carry it in this bag without a layer of protection such as a secondary laptop sleeve.  But it's a deal breaker to use a secondary laptop sleeve because it wouldn't fit with a 15" laptop and it's too much of a hassle anyway.  Some people don't care if their laptop gets scratched and that's rational but unfortunately I'm of the more nit picky sort so all my possessions look brand new and I worry about such things.

 

 

The Gustin description says "Each of these dividers / laptop sleeves is large enough to fit a 15" macbook pro."  I was very happy to read this and it was fundamental to my purchase because I planned to use this to carry my MBP 15" retina to work on a daily basis.  But the next two photos show another big issue.  I was able to carefully wedge my MBP 15" into this bag using multiple hands, precise angling, and some stretching.  But it wasn't easy.  It was basically impossible to get it into or out of the bag without scratching the aluminum body against the zippers, which made a horrible sound and caused me to cringe and worry per my OCD scratch issue described above.  Even if I blocked out the zipper scratch worry it was still difficult to maneuver a 15" laptop in and out of the sleeves because they are simply too tight in the width direction.  The bag needs to be ~1" wider at both the zipper top and also in the pocket to comfortably use with a 15" MBP.  I'll bet it would be perfect with a 13" MBP.  But the description says it fits 15" and while technically this is correct, I don't think it's a good user experience.

 

 

 

So there it is.  A mix of very good aspects and a few very bad ones for me.  I think some people will decide this is an awesome bag for them because their particular computer fits better and they are less picky about it.  And even with the quality issues its still a great value at the price point, ie the competing bags at this price point are nowhere nearly as nice.  I'd rather pay $100 more and have the problems corrected.

 

I could probably get a replacement bag from Gustin if they do another build that won't have the manufacturing defect with the zipper adhesive or the wrinkled leather.  And I could have a leather crafter glue a layer of protective leather lining over the back of the rivets to protect my MBP from scratches.  I love enough about this bag that I'd go to the bother to fix these things.  But there's nothing I can do about the bag being slightly too narrow to comfortably fit a 15" MBP.  That's a deal breaker without a major design change to increase the bag width.

post #10050 of 10357
^ I feel for you - sorry it didn't work out. I was fortunate with no construction flaws and rarely need to carry my laptop (which is pretty scratched already). Love the bag but understand your issues with it.
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