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Experience from Swaine Adeney Brigg Gladstone bag?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Bartholomeus, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. Bartholomeus

    Bartholomeus Member

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    Hello, everyone!

    I just joined this forum to ask if anyone has any experience from the Swaine Adeney Brigg Gladstone bag?

    (http://www.swaineadeney.co.uk/produc...d_h/index.html)

    £2460 is a lot of money so before I invest I'd like to know if anyone has anything negative to say about it [​IMG]
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  2. SirGrotius

    SirGrotius Well-Known Member

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    Looks like a movie prop from Indiana Jones.
     
  3. MalfordOfLondon

    MalfordOfLondon Well-Known Member

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    Looks like a movie prop from Indiana Jones.

    Haven't got one myself. There's a canvas / leather version on eBay for considerably less if you're interested...
     
  4. HEPennypacker

    HEPennypacker Well-Known Member

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    I was considering purchasing one at one point, and I probably still will eventually. Most of the reviews I found mentioned that, while the bag was certainly magnificent to behold, it was also heavy, cumbersome, and too large to be suited for carry-on luggage (what I wanted at the time). I imagine it's best used for train or car trips. I suppose one could check the bag, but I prefer to use something more properly suited for the demands of checked luggage, especially at that price point.
     
  5. GusW

    GusW Well-Known Member

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    I considered buying one on several occasions but always passed on it because it was just too heavy. Even a version that they had that was leather and canvas was too heavy.

    It is beautiful to look at but it should come with a full time porter to carry it.

    I would never check it on an airline. You would never see it again.
     
  6. ndw

    ndw Well-Known Member

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    Really a beautiful bag, but I wouldn't buy it. I had a similar (but less structured) Cucinelli bag that was quite possibly the coolest bag I'd ever seen, but, like the bag in the OP, it didn't have a shoulder strap. I took it on exactly 3 weekend trips and then sold it because it was too heavy and a pain to carry by a handle.
     
  7. Metlin

    Metlin Well-Known Member

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    Really a beautiful bag, but I wouldn't buy it. I had a similar (but less structured) Cucinelli bag that was quite possibly the coolest bag I'd ever seen, but, like the bag in the OP, it didn't have a shoulder strap. I took it on exactly 3 weekend trips and then sold it because it was too heavy and a pain to carry by a handle.

    Plebe. Clearly, such bags are meant to be carried by your footman.
     
  8. ndw

    ndw Well-Known Member

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    Plebe. Clearly, such bags are meant to be carried by your footman.

    [​IMG] I should have clarified. It was too much of a pain for my footmen to carry me and the bag at the same time without the shoulder strap. My feet never touch the ground and therefore the soles of my shoes stay pristine. Never any creases or scuffs.
     
  9. Metlin

    Metlin Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG] I should have clarified. It was too much of a pain for my footmen to carry me and the bag at the same time without the shoulder strap. My feet never touch the ground and therefore the soles of my shoes stay pristine. Never any creases or scuffs.

    Pictures, please! [​IMG]
     
  10. Bartholomeus

    Bartholomeus Member

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    Thanks everyone.

    However, weight is not a problem. I am a strong man, and can carry a heavy bag. Rather: it's worth a little deltoid-pain to be the coolest cat in town [​IMG]

    And I agree with pocketsquareguy, I'd never let the bag be thrown around as when checked in for flight.

    So, if there are no cons except for the weight and ones inability to fly with it I'll buy it. Ok?
     
  11. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Well-Known Member

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    so despite being told that carrying such a bag is impractical and anachronistic, and likely will mark you as a tool/cad/douche who should be robbed, you are still going to buy it. [​IMG]

    Then why the hell did you ask in the first place?
     
  12. SimonC

    SimonC Well-Known Member

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    I recently brought myself a Gladstone (not the SAB) and find it great - a bit bigger than a briefcase and hence more versatile, and the frame design makes loading and unloading really easy. Mine doesn't have straps; I think they'd drive me a bit nuts.

    Oh, and the weight doesn't bother me, though someone else picked it up and commented on it...
     
  13. brax

    brax Well-Known Member

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    I have this SAB bag in chestnut. It is heavy but, like you, that is not a problem for me. It is too big to be an airline carryon and should not be checked baggage but then I did not buy it for airline travel. If you don't intend to use it on planes, then by all means go ahead and buy it. I have no idea how Lee reaches his conclusions by reading the posts in this thread.

    The only other piece of advice that has not been mentioned is that its capacity is smaller than may appear at first blush. Because of the sharp angles at the top of the bag, the capacity is not height X width X length. From my measurements, the usable capacity is about 2300 square inches.
     
  14. forex

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    so despite being told that carrying such a bag is impractical and anachronistic, and likely will mark you as a tool/cad/douche who should be robbed, you are still going to buy it. [​IMG]

    Then why the hell did you ask in the first place?


    Dude,your rage full posts are good sometimes but it gets old quickly,chill out,take a pill and get laid. Are you this angry in real life too?

    Nice bag by the way,I'd buy it if I actually had need for it and could afford it.
     
  15. Bartholomeus

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    Thanks a lot brax.

    No need to get hostile, lee.

    Brax, for how long have you had it? Any remarks on the quality of the hardware or the stitching? If I buy this one, I want it to last for (at least) my lifetime.
     
  16. metalphysical

    metalphysical New Member

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    by any chance are you still looking for this bag? I have this exact bag with keys and and it is in perfect condition and never used to my knowledge.
    I live in Canada and I would be willing to sell it to you with a full guarantee of satisfaction.
    you can email me if your interested and I will send you some pictures and we can discuss a price.
    cheers Candis Militere
    http://metalphysicaldesign.com
     
  17. brax

    brax Well-Known Member

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    The Gladstone on a road trip to Memphis this weekend:
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  18. GusW

    GusW Well-Known Member

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    Tied on the the trunk of your vintage Jag I hope ^^^:)
     
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  19. skijbstyle

    skijbstyle New Member

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    Do you (or does anyone have a used Swaine Adeney Traditional Gladstone Bag for sale?
    Please let me know or direct me to someone who might.
    Much appreciated; thanks.

    Skijb
     
  20. colemanjaro

    colemanjaro New Member

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    Re the comment that it looks like a prop from Indiana Jones: funny, cause Indiana Jones' hat was actually designed and made by this same company.
     

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