Those are just frame/zipper companies. Not sure of the bag maker. Looks like a fairly standard black vege-tanned bovine leather, though. Probably not a hidden gem, but still maybe a decent bag for your own use.
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He'll be in creative control of the whole company; it'll be interesting to see how he unifies everything together. Ulrich Grimm (sp?) was the old creative director of accessories at CK Collection and I think he did a great job... though admittedly he kept the minimal aesthetic each season without having an "IT" bag (which the bean counters would want).
I continue to respect Raf's work for other designers, but admittedly I have found myself purchasing very, very few of the things he did for them. I have enjoyed CK Collection as a sort of "hidden" brand churning out great stuff each season... but I agree that as a strategy for a global powerhouse what it did never worked. It tended to have very limited distribution (at least for the runway items), a fairly severe aesthetic without key defining pieces each season, and little change from season to season. This is good for purists (like me), but bad for a label wanting to be huge.
In the whole CK empire, Collection made no money; IIRC it was called a "marketing expense" on the account sheets.
Does anyone have an opinion on a decent discount level to pick up a Saint Laurent Classic Toile Monogrammed Flat Briefcase at?
+1. Those popular, "it" bags from major designers aren't really going to be found with much discount. Seasonal runway stuff will go on sale before the new stuff arrives, but the standards won't.
@LA Guy knows. He once recommended a brand (that Gilt cleared out a bunch of inventory for too), but he noted that the quality had gotten worse. I forgot what the bags were called.
I have that, on its first iteration. Found it at Barney's. Great bag, and I use it all the time on trips. It's from The Madly. The store appears to be down. Who knows.
Thank you for the kind words!
Usually, simple bags take a week or so. When they surpass a week's time, I usually measure the time they take in days. 100 hours is definitely not out of the question.
I think that the first briefcase I ever made took about 3 weeks.
- Dedicated slot for laptop/charger
- Ability to stow one change of clothes - dress shirt, underwear, socks, undershirt (I usually just wear the same pants I have on...)
- Additional pockets for odds and ends, such as: travel toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, razor, business cards, pens, calculator, etc.
I know this is an odd request. Bonus points for techy fabrics. Should be well made. Any $$$ range is fine.