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Hartmann vs. Glaser Designs vs. Lotuff & Clegg

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dan'l, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. Madrileno

    Madrileno Well-Known Member

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    I am seriously considering to buy a black duffel bag from Glaser, but the Logo is also a deal breaker for me. It's been a long long time since I bought anything with a logo on it, and I'm not about to start again.

    Also, the black leather looks to shiny I like it to look more natural. Has anyone had the oportunity to take a closer look? or even better, could somebody post a picture with greater detail than the one in their website.
     
  2. Will

    Will Well-Known Member

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    I am seriously considering to buy a black duffel bag from Glaser, but the Logo is also a deal breaker for me. It's been a long long time since I bought anything with a logo on it, and I'm not about to start again.

    Also, the black leather looks to shiny I like it to look more natural. Has anyone had the oportunity to take a closer look? or even better, could somebody post a picture with greater detail than the one in their website.


    Get the hand colored version which is a bit more expensive and much nicer looking. Unique to Glaser and they will put the logo on the inside for that model. Tell Myron I told you.
     
  3. ramgoat

    ramgoat New Member

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    I've got nothing but bad things to say about Lotuff and Clegg customer service. To the point where I decided not to purchase from them. Bought the Glaser instead.
     
  4. Gdot

    Gdot Well-Known Member

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    My Hartman belting leather roll aboard is about 10 years old now. It is just getting better with time.

    I did break the handle on it once (but the case was full of marble samples so I don't really blame Hartman). But all Hartman bags come with LIFETIME free repairs so all I had to pay for to have it repaired was shipping back to Hartman.

    I am however bummed to hear that they have moved manufacturing to China. I would rather buy upper end products that are made in the good old US of A if at all possible.
     
  5. Lawfor

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    Any details?
     
  7. sidkane

    sidkane Active Member

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    I've got a chocolate GD briefcase that I love and get many compliments on it. Their customer service is great and the family takes a lot of pride in their work, which I think is why they want to keep the logo on their bags. As mentioned above, I think Myron would put it inside for you. It's worth asking as for the money I think they are terrific bags.
     
  8. gentpax

    gentpax Well-Known Member

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    Got Myron to make me a duffel earlier this year with nickel hardware instead of the brass. I too can do without logos, but getting to know Myron over maybe 90 minutes of chat on a few calls somehow washed that over for me. Just got to like the guy.

    Still don't find myself reaching for it when I travel. Prefer a few other bags which blend in better.
     
  9. ramgoat

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    Well nothing too exciting regarding poor service from L&C. Called about 10 times over a few months with no reply, emailed about the same, again with no reply. Finally got a call back much later with no apology for the crazy delay in response and a fairly impolite tone. The whole issue was that each of my 4 different cards weren't working on their payment site. It was literally impossible for me to purchase the product for months. After the rude-ish reply I decided that wasn't the kind of company I wanted to give money to.

    Glaser on the other hand was fantastic and I'm currently waiting for my A4 flaptop.
     
  10. Chiguy

    Chiguy New Member

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    I have both the L & C and the Glaser Design, and I must say that I prefer the GD, so much so that I gave the L & C to my wife. By the way, I also have the L & C toiletry bag, which takes up half the space in the L & C duffle, leave you room for maybe a pair of jeans and loafers.
     
  11. kixo

    kixo New Member

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    I respect your decision not to purchase a bag, but also Myron's decision to not sell you one without a logo. There are precious few products you can buy in which the manufacturer will not attach the logo upon request.

    To me, the blind debossed Glaser logo is small and hardly noticeable. There may be some trademark issues with having to keep it on the bag, so the design can remain under trademark protection. It is also the pride of the creator, which I will gladly give to the Glaser family.
     
  12. Concordia

    Concordia Well-Known Member

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    Sorry for the necro-post, but I was looking for something else, and...

    W/R/T Glaser, I can see bot points of view. Designs are practical and execution is very good. I have a 15-year-old deal bag that is still doing fine. On the other hand, it does have a very American look that isn't at all like the other firms mentioned.

    I've been thinking about a 4" deep briefcase, to bridge the gap between the Glaser deal bag (6"), which is sometimes a bit much to lug around, and the Hulme 3", which is a perfectly OK addition to a carry-on but can be pushed just a bit beyond its comfort with laptop, headphones, books, and documents. The Glaser day bag looks really practical for this, but leaves me cold aesthetically. If Lotuff made a slightly larger version of their Wells briefcase (http://www.lotuffleather.com/products/Mens-Wells-Briefcase.html), I'd go for that in no time.
     
  13. Pepero

    Pepero New Member

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    Does anyone have advice on caring for a Frank Clegg briefcase--specifically the harness-belting leather? I bought this single gusset zip top bag about six months ago:

    https://frankcleggleatherworks.com/index.php/product/view/Zip_Top_Single_Gusset_Briefcase

    I tried contacting Frank a couple times about how to care for it but heard nothing back. It's beautiful and cost about a grand, so I'd like to keep it in good condition. His site gives the following info about the leather:

    This exceptional vegetable tanned leather is a belting leather that develops a unique and cherished patina. Extra fat liqueurs are added during the conditioning process, rendering a wonderful touch and a beautiful look. Because the finest leathers do not have any surface finish to protect them, with care, these products age over time to become true heirlooms; think classic English saddles.

    Is there a moisturizer that might be good? Or maybe it doesn't need any care? Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  14. Brandeis

    Brandeis Active Member

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    Just ran across this post.

    Frank Clegg uses Apple. Leather care products, so on his recommendation that's what I now use on his pieces.
     
  15. Ian Clegg

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    Thank you for answering the question about leather care. If anyone has any questions about Frank Clegg products or leather care question pleas let me know!
     

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