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?
- some papers
- pens and other miscellaneous stationery
- books or magazines
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.