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Daines and Hathaway top frame briefcase

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http://www.classicluggage.com/BUSINES....32.html I am referring to the Oxford top frame document case. I like its simple design and size. Some questions: - Does anyone have any experience with with this model? Would like to hear about durability and utility experiences. For example, is the single handle design durable? - Do you think that it can hold a laptop, although it is not designed for one? - Any idea if it would be more affordable to get one from England? It is expensive, but put in context with other things like hi-tech PDA phones that has a 2 year product life, this briefcase seems almost justifiable. Thanks in advance.
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Daines and Hathaway is a very highly regarded manufacturer of quality leather goods. http://www.dainesandhathaway.com/ I have two (small) items by this company, but no cases or luggage. I don't think there is any need to worry about the quality of the materials or products. The prices at "classic luggage" seem to me very reasonable and I would say, cheaper than here in the UK. For comparison check Pickett, probably the best independent leather merchants in London. They stock D&H, but I can't tell you which particular items in the collection are made by D&H and which ones by other firms: http://web14090.vs.netbenefit.co.uk/acatalog/index.html
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Daines and Hathaway is a very highly regarded manufacturer of quality leather goods. http://www.dainesandhathaway.com/ I have two (small) items by this company, but no cases or luggage. I don't think there is any need to worry about the quality of the materials or products. The prices at "classic luggage" seem to me very reasonable and I would say, cheaper than here in the UK. For comparison check Pickett, probably the best independent leather merchants in London. They stock D&H, but I can't tell you which particular items in the collection are made by D&H and which ones by other firms: http://web14090.vs.netbenefit.co.uk/acatalog/index.html
I found very difficult to find many retailers of D&H in the US. But when I looked seriously at the prices of the items, and asked around, I found classicluggage to be some of the best pricing available. They also appear to have the best inventory of an American stockist of D&H too. I think you might do better with them for price than with London. D&H have a double-strapped despatch case that I really like.
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At least for Swaine Adeney items ordered from classicluggage.com, it is cheaper to order from them than to order directly from SA. At least this was the case about a year ago.
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Sad, really. When I bought my travel umbrella and my doc case, classicluggage seemed exorbitant next to the prices at ukstuff or englishhall. Now, with the exchange rate, it's a bargain.
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I wonder if the D&H bridle hide is as tough as the Atlas belting leather. Does anyone know the difference in these two types of leather?
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My old Swaine bridle hide wallets were grained while surface of the belting leather trim on my old Hartmann luggage is far smoother. I still use the Hartmann luggage. Here's a website that discusses bridle hide (this line can be obtained from Classic Luggage): http://www.glenroyal.com/glenroyal/html/faq.htm If this is your first purchase of a bridle hide product, and before you spend $775, you might want to purchase a less expensive "test" item. Bridle hide discolors with age-it is not for all tastes. BTW, was watching an auction for a new Swaine bridle hide envelope (will hold one file). Thought I'd bid in at $200 at the end of the auction- incredibly sold for $336.
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I like leather that ages naturally. The discoloration only adds to it beauty, IMHO. The issues for me are if this type of briefcase is suitable for travel (to be wheeled on top of a carry-on), and whether it can hold a laptop (12" x 10").
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I just got a reply from D&H regarding the briefcase I like. They don't make it anymore
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