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Billy Reid "cordovan" briefcase

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MALTLIQUOR, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. MALTLIQUOR

    MALTLIQUOR Member

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    Searching I see that these guys have been a bit loose with the word 'cordovan' over the years. They're accepting pre-orders on their site now for a $295 briefcase "made in Tennessee from hand-cut horween [sic] cordovan leather." The pictures suggest fairly thin/flimsy stock, and the Volunteers didn't overstyle the thing, but anybody have any experience with their bags and/or items they've represented as Horweeen?
     
  2. rgweiser53

    rgweiser53 Well-Known Member

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    Interesting questions -- I've heard the same...
     
  3. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

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    I suspect when they say "cordovan leather" they mean cordovan the color, not horse ass. Horween does a lot more than just shell.
    I don't have any experience with those bags, but in general I've been pleased with the quality of Billy Reid stuff.
     
  4. lhuynh

    lhuynh Senior member

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    It's awful misleading if that's the case. I read it clearly as implying that it's shell cordovan vs just the color.
     
  5. UnnamedPlayer

    UnnamedPlayer Senior member

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    Unbelievably misleading.
    You can tell form the photos that is regular, good quality, leather.

    A bag that size made from real horse ass would run about $5,000
     
  6. Roger Everett

    Roger Everett Senior member

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    Look rather cheaply made to me. I have had leather goods made with those rivets before ( utilitarian ). They have sharp ends ( the nipples ), not smooth, and I can see them pulling a pill or runner in a suit jacket or pant, when rubbing against.
     
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    Journeyman Senior member

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  8. rgweiser53

    rgweiser53 Well-Known Member

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    I like the design of BR stuff, but I've found the quality to be really subpar on more than one occasion
     
  9. Taka

    Taka Member

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    There's a difference between cordovan
    and shell cordovan
     

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