Bags for men

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gregory, Jun 19, 2004.

  1. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Hi Joe,

    Nice to see you back. It's a John Varvatos bag, and looks a lot (in shape and design, lile the bap case you described. It is perfect for a laptop (has a separate compartment I'm pretty sure was designed for that.) Great bag, about $600 retail stateside.
     


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    because my bad is for traveling.
     


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    kabert Senior member

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    I think I'd probably agree with your friend about the knapsack. Generalizing somewhat, but knapsacks should be for students and backpackers, with a few other exceptions (diaper bags, etc.), in my opinion. The worst, worst, worst is for a businessman to completely ruin a suit/jacket, etc. by toting a knapsack that he uses instead of a briefcase or messenger bag. I read a great article about a year ago that grown men who still carry knapsacks for business use are generally caught in their youth; lacking confidence; less successful; and not attactive to women.

    As for messenger bags: preppy? Jeez, here in the DC area, they're more grunge than preppy. But in any case, there's a very wide variety of them. I have had for 10 years now a great, jet black Patagonia messenger bag; it is incredibly versatile, is not "formal" or "preppy," and is basically bulletproof in its construction. I also have a canvas "briefcase" (hard to call it that) made by Filson that is made of dark green canvas. I suppose that may be too preppy though for you.... But I highly recommend Filson's too.
     


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    faustian bargain Senior member

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    how about one of these 'despatch' bags by Hidesign? Dunno much about the brand, but I carry one. at least carry leather. nylon makes one look like a hitchhiker, IMO. (or, if you add a 'pikachu' keyfob: an asian schoolgirl.) /andrew - does not think about asian schoolgirls, much. [​IMG]
     


  5. Super Fly

    Super Fly Well-Known Member

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    Barbour makes some nice bags, also Ghurka. The original messenger bag is:http://www.danishbookbag.com, (from the defunct Chocolate Soup store in NYC). I'm looking for something like the Filson laptop bag but with canvas and preferably a bridle hide bottom. Any ideas?
     


  6. Joe G

    Joe G Senior member

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    I love Powerbooks. I'm on my second now, third if you count my wife's. I replaced my old one on a lark because I saw the 17" "Big Al" in a duty free shop and just had to have it. There was (and is) nothing wrong with my older 15" Titanium. Often, I still carry the Titanium (I keep my mailbox and documents sync'ed between them over the Airport) instead of Big Al because it's slightly narrower and works better on plane tray-tables.

    What do I like about them? Well, to start they're much, much lighter than Windows notebooks. Big Al only weighs about as much as a typical Windows notebook with a 14" screen. The thin form-factor also contributes to the ease of carrying, without any loss of rigidity.
    Also, as I wrote earlier I'm allergic (figuratively, at least) to plastic, so my natural bias is towards a metal case over a petrochemical one. OSX is also a wonder. It just never crashes, and it's beautiful to behold. Beautiful too are the Apple-only programs such as iPhoto.

    As far as my usage, it is as basic as modern computer usage gets: writing, maintaining and sync'ing contacts between Palm/phone/puter, internet, listening to music, watching DVDs, and storing photos is the extent of what I do on it. Nothing I do ties me down to any platform, allowing aesthetic and design elements to guide my decision.

    Peace,

    JG
     


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    Joe G Senior member

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    Is it a current-season (or better yet, standing-collection) piece? Varvatos is hard to find over here (there's a place in Antwerp that carries them, or I could jump across the Channel to Harvey Nichols) so that's why I've probably not seen it.

    Peace,

    JG
     


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    I myself am going to be making a PowerBook purchase relatively soon, as well as taking advantage of a student-store offer that gives me a $200 rebate on an iPod.

    I'm going to be getting the 15" 1.33 GHZ PowerBook, with a RAM upgrade to 512, a HD upgrade to the 80GB 5400 rpm model, and the backlit keyboard update. All this with the 20GB iPod is going to run me $2400 because of student prices. I cannot tell you how excited I have been to get this new toy. I love Macs. Posting about a computer on an internet forum, and I promise, I am not a nerd.
     


  9. LA Guy

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    I got it last summer. I got it at Stonestreets in Cambridge MA, and honestly, I've never before or since seen the same bag at any retailer, not even at the NY and LA flagship stores - but as you know, John Varvatos makes a huge number of different models of bags. I kept the tag (kept it just in case I ever wanted a repalcement) and the Style number is: G03C3-77 in colour 204 (dark (pebbled) brown). I would recommend you phoning John Varvatos directly to find out more information. Hoe this helps.
     


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    I have had my bag for three years, I have used it for travel, camping, fishing, and as my day to day briefcase. Â It is looking extremely natty now that it is all worn in. Â It is quite simply the best bag I have ever owned. Â And pretty preppy to boot. Go to this website: Tusting Then click on "business" and check out the "clipper" in sundance leather. Â It has a leather shoulder strap too. Â As soon as I get a battery for my e-camera, I will post a picture of its nice worn in patina. -Tom
     


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    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That's funny - I pulled up this thread to recommend the Tusting Clipper as well. I have one and I like it very much. I also have one of these from Mulholland Brothers: [​IMG] They call it a 4-bottle wine carrier, although I've never used it for that. Comes with a good shoulder strap. Mulholland also make an excellent anglers bag. In fact all their stuff is good - there are lots of great bag options from them. Tusting Clipper: [​IMG] They look better once they have gotten softer and more beat up. I like Joe's map case idea as well. I'll have to keep my eye out for one of those.
     


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    I am not sure that it is so much the style of the bag that was so much the problem, but the colour. I would have thought that a black backpack with the outfit that you describe would not have looked so bad. Having said that, I think a messenger bag/satchel in black or tan leather would look best.
     


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    Just bought this up at a camera store in Palo Alto. It is the Billingham "Eventer". It's padded (for cameras) but my laptop fits in it. It comes with various partitions so you can use it for camera gear if you like. I'll use it as a bag with one long padded partiotion for papers, etc. I think it will hold up well. Made of canvas and leather. It also comes in tan or green canvas with the same leather. [​IMG][/IMG]
     


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