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Briefcase porn thread

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

  1. d4nimal

    d4nimal Senior member

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    I can see this thread has many experienced eyes on it. I was wondering what you thought of Hrothgar Stibbon's work out of Bristol, England? He makes the Sedgwick bridle Salisbury and Winchester bags for about $357 and $507 USD + shipping (and customs, I presume), which seems on the lower end of what is often featured here. I'm considering one of those in either Dark Havana or Conker, but wanted to get some more studied opinions if possible. There's not a lot out there in terms of reviews/feedback - only saw one brief post in these pages from what I could find.

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  2. casemaker

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    Not JE Sedgwicks leather, they say " Traditional English (Devonshire) vegetable tanned bridle leather"
     


  3. d4nimal

    d4nimal Senior member

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    Thank Simon. From what I understand in this review here, he used to use Baker but switched to JE Sedgwick. The color choices available for the briefcases are also consistent with their listed bridles on their site here. Big fan of your work, btw.
     


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    Ah, thank you, my apologies. his work is remarkably inexpensive.
     


  5. JP Marcellino

    JP Marcellino Affiliate Vendor

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    yes they do, but i appreciate your words.

    as it pertains to defining my style, let me be clear for the new comers, i have dozens of different briefcase styles from rustic to traditional English refined briefcases. I use Sedgewick bridle, which is now owned by Claytons and also Herman Oak and W&C, i prefer the American, i have my reasons if interested. All are equal in quality.


    I'm American and I'll demand what I want

    I say it again in case you missed it - it was more about respect one maker to the other

    now for your little "some businesses take pride in their suppliers and want their customers to know where the components they use come from" bit

    - i openly give my sources as i did above and through my website

    but, i don't give out trade secrets or details on how to replicate my hard work. only one who benefits from that is other makers that want to profit on another's work

    do you give out your real secrets of success?

    nothing good comes free or cheap



    Back to briefcases. I just finished an Alligator briefcase for a client that i told @Sarkozy i was working on at the trunkshow in NYC. BTW, he makes some really nice leather goods with gator out of Italy.

    here is my American Alligator classic style briefcase in black matte. All hand stitched, brass hardware, red Italian calf lined suede, gator with bridle lined front straps and double side gator shoulder strap.

    This thing used 3 full size alligators. All American made, except the lock of course but it's from England so it's just as good. I love making my briefcases special and this is one of them. If i get some time next year i will go on one of them hunting trips and catch my own so i can make a really really special briefcase. For now i let the experts do it.

    It's called the Marshal 1251

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  6. Dandy Wonka

    Dandy Wonka Senior member

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    That's nice.

    Are you allowed to tell us the cost?
     


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    ...Jesus..! That's spectacular!
     


  8. OmarDubaibanker

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    13000 USD on the website!
     


  9. ap10046

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    LOL...my car isn't worth that much! But, it IS sublime!
     


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    I'm not surprised. Thanks
     


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  12. The Craftsman

    The Craftsman Well-Known Member Affiliate Vendor

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    That alligator briefcase is so nice!
     


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  14. JP Marcellino

    JP Marcellino Affiliate Vendor

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    it could be 4 if the middle section is made from gator. In that one i just posted the middle divider is made from Sedgwick / Clayton bridle leather. it gives it some nice stability and like most of my bags help to stand on its own. Gator is one of the hardest leathers to work with because of its delicate nature and expense. Unlike working with smaller items, there is no room for mistake when cutting a briefcase of this size and detail. No hides are perfect so you are always cutting around scars and needing to make that whole bag balanced and uniform. All craftsman at all levels make mistakes. When working with large parts of gator 1 small mistake could cost big. attention to detail is essential.

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  15. Kai V

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    Recently completed bespoke briefcase for a very happy client.
    Lovely Horween leather fully lined with Italian suit wool.
    Completely hand sewn, and I make all of the handles and buckles as well using solid brass and hardwoods. This one features American walnut and BC maple.
    The inserts are fully removable so you can turn the briefcase into an overnighter.
    The matching strap is padded and lined with the same Italian wool and a custom made buckle.
    Check it out...

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