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post #61 of 2021
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Originally Posted by fazalmajid View Post

Cheers, there is a crying need for quality bags that are not overpriced. New brands like Want les Essentiels start that way, but after they establish a reputation, either jack up the prices or lower the quality (or both). There are a great many bag makers here in San Francisco (Waterfield Designs, Chrome, Timbuk2, Rickshaw Bagworks, Acme Made, Peasants &

Travelers, Mission Workshop, DSPTCH, Archive, TAD, Zugster, Basil Racuk, Mulholland, April in Paris, Glaser Designs), but few work with leather (only the last 4, and Hlaska went out of business).

Good call on the briefcase. I tend to prefer that style with more of the sides zippered, so it opens wider, almost like a portfolio. The pocket on the outside is a bit small. Who reads newspapers any more? Ideally it would be sized for an iPad Mini or iPad Air. As fot the smartphone pocket inside, I never understand why anyone would keep a phone there, it would take a while to fish it out if a call comes in and answer. Realistically, what do people carry in a briefcase?
  • laptops
  • iPads
  • some papers
  • pens and other miscellaneous stationery
  • books or magazines
  • cameras
Internal organization is a vexing question for any bag. Too much, and it wastes space, adds weight and may not be suited to the customer's needs. Too little, and things just rattle inside the bag. The Cocoon Grid-It system is one solution, but it is quite bulky and heavy. One option would be to make a removable carrier/organizer that attaches with snaps or zippers, and offer options there.

You mention charcoal or blue twill linings. May I suggest a light-colored lining instead, which makes it easier to find things?


Agree that a larger pocket on the outside makes sense, but not sure I would ever put an iPad in it. Not enough protection. Better off putting it inside the brief.

If we are giving suggestions for future bags, i'd love to see some slide flaps like this bag has. I'd never put a newspaper in them, but they are perfect for an umbrella on a possibly rainy day.

post #62 of 2021
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Originally Posted by Jr Mouse View Post


Agree that a larger pocket on the outside makes sense, but not sure I would ever put an iPad in it. Not enough protection. Better off putting it inside the brief.

 

 

I don't think so, 1-2mm thick leather should be plenty to protect it, as long as the glass is facing inwards.

 

 

 

 



If we are giving suggestions for future bags, i'd love to see some slide flaps like this bag has. I'd never put a newspaper in them, but they are perfect for an umbrella on a possibly rainy day.



Careful, that design may be patented by Delvaux.
post #63 of 2021
That bag isn't from Delvaux...
post #64 of 2021
Good points above, Fazilmajid.
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That bag isn't from Delvaux...

+1. As well, I don't think you can patent a bag DESIGN, so long as it doesn't infringe on a trademark. Virtually every brand has something close to the Hermes Birkin, Plume, or Victoria only with a different label and tweaks.

Delvaux didn't originate that style, too; I think they just managed to get the most publicity for it recently. Old photos from the 20's/30's/40's or some of the vintage Hermes bespoke auctions will find various bags with loops for storage. I remember Prada did one that came with an accompanying umbrella back in the 1990's.

IMHO, using it for anything but an umbrella looks better in a stylist's photograph than in reality. First, how many people even still read physical newspapers these days... or at least enough to justify having the loops? And magazines (unless very slim like Newsweek) don't roll up well. Beyond that if there is any hint of humidity/moisture OR over time as the loops gets broken in... the newspaper slides out, the magazine gets wet, the ink rubs off onto the leather and stains it, etc.

FTR, Delvaux has never impressed me that much when I saw them in person given how $$$ they were.
post #65 of 2021
Patent design aside, I believe a lot of men would love that functional side loops, form & fuction at the same time, we have 2 suggestions here already. You can slide many things there besides newspapers, documents that need instant access, jacket, ipad, etc.

As for me, I'd slide a newspapers for just the looks, classy & stylish without looking ostentatious (like when carrying expensive bags). And I bet others will be wondering where did he get that bag.
post #66 of 2021
Thread Starter 

We definitely will be coming up with new colour variations and different styles. One baby step at a time! :) Thanks for the feedback on our website. If we have a successful Kickstarter campaign, we'll invest heavily into a proper website. 

 

@Jr Mouse @NDND2012 @LouisXIV @taxgenius @razorweb @jorijori

Thanks for your feedback and suggestions! We will definitely expand our assortment if we have a great Kickstarter campaign, and we'll do a poll here on Styleforum on what to add next. Stay tuned :) 

 

@rach2jlc @cbfn @Jr Mouse @PipersSon We will post pictures (as promised) later today or tomorrow!

post #67 of 2021
i'm very intrigued by all this. somewhat late to the party but your products look like they are of high quality and that price gets you in the conversation for sure.

this has been hinted at in previous posts, but i wonder if you guys would be interested in sending one of your bags to a respected member like rach for a review? i have a feeling that you could sell out an entire run directly to the styleforums if that review was favorable. just a thought.
post #68 of 2021
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Good points above, Fazilmajid.
+1. As well, I don't think you can patent a bag DESIGN, so long as it doesn't infringe on a trademark.

 

In the US you can, that's the difference between design patents and utility patents. The iPhone is covered by design patents, as Samsung found to its chagrin. Of course, design patents are subject to prior art like any other.

 

Putting an umbrella there does seem like the most likely use in this era of post-newsprint digital media. I tend to favor full-length umbrellas when it actually rains, and a tiny folding one when it isn't, but that one would go inside the bag (I have some Tumi bags with very well-designed collapsible internal pockets for precisely such an umbrella). A full-size umbrella would put too much strain on side loops, though. small snap-button loops at the top might make more sense as in this Ghurka bag:

post #69 of 2021
Thread Starter 

As promised, more photos=). We just received our first soft briefcase in navy blue, you are the first to see it. We love this color and hope to reach our stretch goal so that it can become a part of the collection!

 

More pictures to follow as promised @rach2jlc @Jr Mouse

 

  • @cbfn - the black portfolio in natural sunlight.

 

 

@PipersSon Our soft briefcase in navy color. We will be able to introduce this color if we raise $ 100 000 (TBC). Adding @jorijori

 

post #70 of 2021

Looks good. Could you share photos of the inside as well?

post #71 of 2021
Thread Starter 

@fazalmajid Thank you for the kind words and for taking interest in Linjer! Lots of valuable feedback. 

 

In regards to photos of the inside: we will upload photos over the coming days

 

In regards to the pocket:

We actually designed the pocket to hold our cellphone, or passport when travelling, it's just an easy pocket to access when your hands are occupied e.g opening a door or dragging your heavy Rimowa around with you at the airport. It's a function I(Roman) could not live without after having used the bag for 1+ year.

post #72 of 2021
The navy looks great. Will you ship to Europe?
post #73 of 2021
Soft brief looks really good

Any chance of a dark racing green option added if kickstarter is super successful?

Something like this color: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
post #74 of 2021
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[*] @cbfn
 - the black portfolio in natural sunlight.

Thank you! I will probably go for the soft briefcase instead as I need a little more room. But, as I understand, they are made form the same leather, which was what I wanted to look at in the pictures. However, a dark racing green portfolio later would be awesome. Dark racing green leather >>>>>>> Navy.
post #75 of 2021
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Agree that a larger pocket on the outside makes sense, but not sure I would ever put an iPad in it. Not enough protection. Better off putting it inside the brief.

If we are giving suggestions for future bags, i'd love to see some slide flaps like this bag has. I'd never put a newspaper in them, but they are perfect for an umbrella on a possibly rainy day.

 

This bag is by RO bags, who has since sold her company to someone in Hong Kong, I think.

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