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Bags for men

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jetLab, Jun 17, 2002.

  1. jetLab

    jetLab Well-Known Member

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    What kind of bags do you guys carry? Im 18 now and I'm looking for an all purpose bag I can use for school, work and the weekend. I'm considering the Prada Sport Gore-Tex bags like this one: http://www.brownsfashion.com/menfashion9.html I've looked at Tumi but I prefer the simpler look of Prada.
     
  2. pstoller

    pstoller Senior member

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    I carry an old East German military issue leather map case, which is perfect for my wallet, cell phone, Palm V, pen, keys, and whatever other sundries I need on a particular day. It's too small for toting books and papers, though.

    My only thought on the Prada bags is that, at this point, everyone and his mother-in-law seems to have one (authentic or otherwise). To spend £215 plus int'l shipping for a plain nylon tote seems over the top to me. I'd want something either more distinctive or less expensive, if not both.
     
  3. jetLab

    jetLab Well-Known Member

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    But I don't see too many people with Prada Sport bags. Prada Sport bags use different fabric and are treated with Teflon or Gore-Tex. They also use the red stripe instead of the silver triangle.
     
  4. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Have you looked at less known companies like Rafe New York or Rugby USA? More distinctive and less ostentatious looks, in my opinion. John Varvatos also makes great leather messenger and saddle type bags.

    Most of the time I use a tan corduroy (and increasingly beat-up) Rafe messenger bag with leather trim and a brown and light blue canvas strap. Lots of people have asked me where I got the thing (Saks on sale).
     
  5. Joe G

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    Really? Excellent taste, sir.

    My current bag is an Austrian Bundesheer surplus map case in olive drab. It's perfect for what I carry (wallet, Siemens S40 worldphone, Palm Vx in Coach case, Archos MP3 player, waterbottle -- no fountains in Europe. -- magazines, and occasionally my little Minolta digicam.). It's a bit bigger than your DDR version, big enough to carry a normal-format magazine such as the Economist, New Yorker, or Atlantic.

    Totally concur on the rip-off Prada bags.

    Peace,

    JG
     
  6. jetLab

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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Hey, that IS my bag, except in Navy Blue rather than tan. I liked the navy blue one as well - I just like the retro vibe of tan corduroy. It actually just went on sale at Barneys about a month ago, but I got it for under $150 at Christmas at Sak's. The MRSP was $295, though, and not $375. I would take most Ebay sellers' listed retail prices with a grain of salt.

    I actually compiled a list of good sellers (quite short) and a much longer list of sellers who seem to exaggerate the MRSPs (sometimes by 3 or 4 times.) and engage in otherwise dubious practices. Because of legal concerns, I don't want to post them here. But if you want some private advice about buying something on Ebay, please feel free to email me.

    In general, I wouldn't encourage buying designer stuff off eBay.
     
  8. jetLab

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    Well, again, it's not something for which I'd shell out $275. Surely someone makes just as good a plain ballistic nylon computer/travel bag for less, just without a red rubber strip on it. (Personally, I'd buy one of those, then put on a strip of rubber in another color"”say, green"”and etch in the letters, "NADA.")

    I've had mostly good luck buying (and selling) designer stuff on eBay, but I have a decent eye for the fake stuff, and I'm not very interested in items that are easily faked, anyway. (Prada, Gucci, and D&G accessories are amongst the most common bootleg items. If it's that nondescript to start with, why would I even want the original?) I also never bid terribly high, figuring that, at worst, I'll have gotten what I paid for. On a few occasions, I've purchased items that were not properly measured, but in every such case I've had my money refunded by the seller.

    Have you really been badly burned by eBay dealers?
     
  10. jetLab

    jetLab Well-Known Member

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    I've been frauded $200 on eBay (long story) when I tried to buy a Pocket PC, but eBay still sent me a $175 insurance check 9 months later. I can get a black version of the bag for $250. I think its worth it just because I could resale it on eBay in the future for a higher price [​IMG]
     
  11. Ambulance Chaser

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    pstoller, Joe G:

    Where did you buy your map case?
     
  12. Joe G

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    I bought mine at the Naschmarkt, Vienna's big open-air flea market (is that the right translation? Since my gf & I switched over to German, my English has gone to hell. The German is "flohmarkt".) Mine was really cheap. When I saw it I was really, really glad I didn't buy Prada's copy from F 2001/W 2002, because the real thing is better made and was a tenth the price. (Prada's was black, though...) Mil-surplus stores in the US should have some, though. If not the Austrian, then the slightly smaller but brown rather than olive drab Warchauer Pakt version. I also saw one in the display window at Burberry on Ku'damm (Olivierplatz) in Berlin about two months ago. It was the DDR one Mr Stoller carries. That's how I know what the differences are. [​IMG] Peace, JG
     
  13. pstoller

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    I bought mine on eBay, inexpensively. And, yes, it's "flea market." [​IMG]
     

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