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Briefcase porn thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by zjpj83, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. DavidLane

    DavidLane Senior member

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    In the coming months I will be putting together a hand sewn briefcase. It will be a rather simple design overall, as this is my first briefcase. I have made several other cases and pieces in the past 15 years.

    I plan to detail the steps for my own purposes later on, would it be of interest of folks here to see the process and or images?

    If not no worries and please delete.

    Best,

    DL-
     
  2. Marc Voorhees

    Marc Voorhees Senior member

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    Can we get some interior shots? nice bag!
     
  3. dalevy

    dalevy Senior member

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    Hi all,

    I recently started looking for a new briefcase and am currently looking at a linjer soft briefcase. Are there any alternatives that I should look at at this price point? Looking for something simple in the style of the liner soft briefcase, and that will last for a very long time if I use it every day on my daily train commute.

    Thanks.
     
  4. BigBadBernard

    BigBadBernard Senior member

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    Have a look at the Tusting cases. I have had one for a few years and it's wearing in very nicely.
     
  5. bamgrinus

    bamgrinus Senior member

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    Also note that there is a company in the US called Levenger that sells some Tusting bags...and they also sell open box items on eBay at a considerable discount.
     
  6. halfnhalfnhalf

    halfnhalfnhalf Senior member

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    Just started riding a Brompton to work, and my BB shell cordovan case fits perfectly in the front basket:


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  7. Organika

    Organika Senior member

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    Wow, I don't think I have seen one of those before [​IMG]
     
  8. halfnhalfnhalf

    halfnhalfnhalf Senior member

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    Thanks. They are few and far between . . . and for what I paid for this one, it better last me the rest of my life.

    (I assume you're talking about the case, btw)
     
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  9. tom2koizumi

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    I've been following SF for awhile and this briefcase thread so i thought I would post the next briefcase I am getting, I don't think there is a mention yet of it. It is a new style from @JP Marcellino called the number e. Last time I was in NY i had him make me a small ipad case and a belt. i loved the case until someone broke into my car and stole it. The belt is great. Joe is a great guy, a real NY guy, reminds me of my family i go to visit. I had a great conversation with him about politics of all things. he told me he taught in a NYC college for a short time and i could definitely see that. i know he is on this forum and i told him i would post

    I needed a classy briefcase, it was a toss up between jpm, clegg and SAB. As much as i love the clegg briefcases I'm not into the belting leather that much, I think I will be getting a duffel from them in the future for my weekend needs. gurkha also has some great duffels of the same type of leather I'm considering. I do like to stay with American or English makers and I loved my bridle leather ipad case. I was about to get the Westminster case like above but i seen some of the new cases joe put out and this Number e briefcase is just insane. The red oxblood catches my attention and that latch is cool as hell. I was gonna go with a more classic lock like the SAB or even the same one from joe a previous poster mentioned but like I told joe i want this to mean something and be different so this is what I'm going with. I might at the last minute change the handle and toss the strap.


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  10. Meurice

    Meurice Well-Known Member

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    About SAB and Papworth - I have owned a number of briefcases by them and what ticks me off is that the locks are CAST metal, not forged - when I accidentially dropped my case one of the locks BROKE and the material looked brittle and pourous, like a Malteser honeycomb sweet. And the matte golden colour seems to be painted on - you cannot polish it back to "clean" as it becomes "black" over the years.

    COmments?
     
  11. RuleOfRescue

    RuleOfRescue Senior member

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    Gents

    Request for some input here. I'm in need of a new work briefcase/bag for daily use/abuse.

    I've had a ghurka satchel 17 (http://www.ghurka.com/satchel-leather-laptop-bag-vintage-chestnut) for almost 9 years. While I love the style/functionality the bag has been a disappointment; I will not buy another ghurka bag. I know, I know, ghurka has been on a slide since the Marley Hodgson days, etc but I had high hopes. I think in part the leather was too soft.

    I commute by subway and citbike in NYC daily. Here are couple of criteria I'm looking for:

    1. Willing to spend ≈$1000 +/-
    2. Bridle/saddle leather or equivalent - robust tough leather, can withstand some abuse (citibike carriers, etc)
    3. Easy-open mechanism/zipper when using shoulder strap
    4. Handles/strap
    5. Brass feet on bottom? I've found this feature especially useful as during the commute its useful to set the bag (and have it remain standing) or subway floors.
    6. Able to stand upright
    7. Back flap(s) external zipper on back is nice
    8. Prefer limited/no branding or company labels

    Here are some options I've come up with, ranked in roughly descending order. Strongly prefer USA made.

    1. http://www.skytoptrading.com/skpuca.html
    2. https://www.theleathershop.com/bag/heirloom-messenger-tan.html/ (nice, but I could go without some of the add ons)
    3. Saddle back (ambivalent about these).
    4. http://thruxlawrence.com/collections/dispatch (like the style but prob too casual)

    Sorry for the length of the post. Please let me know if anyone has thoughts. Thanks!
     
  12. Organika

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    Aside from the softer leather, can I ask is there any other reason for not wanting to buy another Ghurka? I have the no. 17 as well and feel it is a great piece of leather and quite substantial, but it is unconstructed which I find favorable because it allows the briefcase to somewhat break around your body when your carrying it with the shoulder strap. The only thing I dislike about the non-structured Ghurka cases is they rarely will stand upright on there own as you mention above.
     
  13. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Have you thought of Glaser Designs?
     
  14. RuleOfRescue

    RuleOfRescue Senior member

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    Hey, thanks @Concordia - for some reason hadn't come across Glaser. Nice stuff, though the leather color is a little light for my taste - perhaps they have other options. I'll think about scheduling a Skype call with them. Appreciate the info!
     
  15. RuleOfRescue

    RuleOfRescue Senior member

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    Thanks @Organika - I've had a lot of problems with my ghurka over the years - I had the bunting/edging (not sure if this is the correct term) replaced within a few years of purchase - apparently it wore through against an oilcloth jacket I used to wear commuting - which I found extremely surprising. The bunting at the lower corner/side actually wore through at least another one or two times. Now the customer service in Connecticut was strong - the first two times (I think) the repairs were done for free. Then about a year or so again I had to replace the bunting again AND the zipper broke. I picked up the tab for this repair.

    Now lest you think I just abuse and don't care for my bag - I conditioned it regularly with a variety of products, most recently Apple leather care (recommended by a renowned leather care place here in NYC). I took care of this thing (overall)! I believe bags like this (especially at the price point of a ghurka) should be used and functional, and that was my expectation; I'm a strong believe in value (i.e., expensive but able to be used/worn a lot). As readers of this thread can likely attest a leather case becomes an important item when used daily - this was practically an appendage. I'm looking for something more durable than what I had but equally stylish. Perhaps I just had a lemon of a ghurka bag but based on the online commentariat re: ghurka I don't think my experience is unique, unfortunately. I am also not a fan of the recent revision in the linings of the 17 satchel displayed online - my lining/inside flap is all leather, not whatever they've decided to use in recent photos I've seen. I'd consider an "antique" marley hodgson satchel or equivalent but I think I need a more robust leather (though not a saddleback bag).

    Probably more than you wanted to know but like I said - this bag is an important item...
     
  16. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    They will mess around with other colors.
     
  17. Organika

    Organika Senior member

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    Detailed replies are appreciated. Actually I feel the same way with regards to the zipper and the finish on the leather edge. The leather and other hardware pieces such as the clasp and buckles seem to be great. Having a zipper for convenience is nice but most will pose issues over the years.
    I appreciate the saddleback bags but they are a little on the casual side due to the heavy weight natural, unfinished leathers.
    Since you are in the area you are probably already familiar with Frank Clegg bags but these look very nice. Beautiful leather. http://frankcleggleatherworks.com/lawyers-briefcase-harness-belting-leather.html
     
  18. RuleOfRescue

    RuleOfRescue Senior member

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    Thanks @Organika - I wasn't familiar with Frank Clegg; beautiful stuff. The small lawyer (which I am not) bridle leather bag is quite nice. Appreciate the info.
     
  19. RuleOfRescue

    RuleOfRescue Senior member

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    @Concordia I noticed Glaser bags are about 4-5" greater in height than most other comparable bags (Clegg, Rotuff, Ghurka, etc). If you have a Glaser bag have you noticed the difference in height?

    Thanks
     
  20. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have what I think is their 6" transaction bag. It is large enough that you could almost hold two vertical stacks of letter paper side by side. That's bigger than many briefcases. I don't know about their 4" day bag or anything else they do.
     

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