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jnorm15

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The extra gusset matters as far as cost.
For the other bits, I sometimes find that Lotuff gear looks a tad sexier in photographs. On the other hand, when Lotuff & Clegg were together, I believe that Clegg was the craftsman and Lotuff was the money guy. I have no idea what the implications of that are.

If nothing else, Clegg (Fall River) was a tad closer to me (Boston) when I had a chance to visit the workshop. So that's where my Christmas present came from.
Thanks for your reply. I was comparing the single-gusset FC zip-top ($900) to the single-gusset Lotuff zip ($680). How are you enjoying your bag?
 

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If you think you'd like it, then you probably will. Nice materials, well-made, not a ridiculous price-point.
 

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Go Frank Clegg. He was the artist/craftsman of the brand and by all accounts his company is a joy to work with.
 

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I recommend the double gusset bag. I have the double gusset Frank Clegg and often wish it were larger. The underloaded double gusset takes up no more space than the single gusset and you have the option to add more. If you overload the single gusset it will quickly stretch and become rounded and less crisp looking, and you will wish you had the larger bag. And the double will more readily stand on its own. The triple gusset felt oversized to me. The double is perfect. Lotuff seems like a nice company, but Frank and his family are so full of win, you should go with Frank Clegg. You should also look at the shrunken leather. It is a second layer of leather over the bag you selected, and it will wear exceedingly well. Available only from Frank Clegg.
 

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I recommend the double gusset bag. I have the double gusset Frank Clegg and often wish it were larger. The underloaded double gusset takes up no more space than the single gusset and you have the option to add more. If you overload the single gusset it will quickly stretch and become rounded and less crisp looking, and you will wish you had the larger bag. And the double will more readily stand on its own. The triple gusset felt oversized to me. The double is perfect. Lotuff seems like a nice company, but Frank and his family are so full of win, you should go with Frank Clegg. You should also look at the shrunken leather. It is a second layer of leather over the bag you selected, and it will wear exceedingly well. Available only from Frank Clegg.
Thanks for your input, especially about the double gusset vs. single. I think you've convinced me that double is the way to go.
 

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Thanks for your input, especially about the double gusset vs. single. I think you've convinced me that double is the way to go.
We often make breifcases, and I have to second the remarks of sclemmons. Go with two gussets - he's correct on all accounts.
 

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Hi all,
Does anyone know where to find this briefcase or anything as clean?

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It looks like it might be a copy of the Delvaux Newspaper Bag. I say copy simply because the zipper pull is different, and it isn't embossed with "1829" at the bottom. But I don't know a ton about the brand, and this one might well be genuine. In any event, I think a real one would set you back by about $3,000 brand new.
 

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I'm in the market for one of the following Frank Clegg bags if anyone has one they're willing to get rid of:
-Zip-top
-Birmingham
-Lock
-Captain's

Thanks!
 

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I'm in the market for one of the following Frank Clegg bags if anyone has one they're willing to get rid of:
-Zip-top
-Birmingham
-Lock
-Captain's

Thanks!
Hello all, If anyone has any questions about bags please send me a direct email at [email protected] Would be happy to help. Ian Clegg
 

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Thanks for your input, especially about the double gusset vs. single. I think you've convinced me that double is the way to go.
If it's your only one, probably true. Mine is a single, but I've got a 20-year-old 6" deal bag from Glaser that does the industrial-strength carrying when necessary. The role of this one is a casually-elegant thing for documents, not a ton of books.
 

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Made this week for a proof of concept.

Fully lined, full-bridle briefcase. Mysore accents. Full width pocket, pen pockets, card pocket and a small gusseted pocket on the interior. Wanting to make this available at a very reasonable price point. Trying for well under $1k.

Wanting to push the needle with what we can do at this price point. What do you think?

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For the past seven years, I’ve carried a Hartmann double-compartment ziptop briefcase in dark cognac belting leather. It’s been perfectly functional but has never been anything great to look at. In the last year or so, though, it’s started to look pretty rough around the edges, with no amount of Bick 4 or Lexol succeeding in buffing out scratches, and the leather over the plastic piping around the outer edges of the bag wearing off and exposing the plastic. So, a few months ago, I decided it was time to invest in a new bag.

I browsed everything I could online, went in leather shops here in Atlanta and abroad, and finally, thanks to a few very positive reviews on this very thread, I settled on a custom case from Hrothgar Stibbon, out of Bristol, UK. https://hrothgarstibbon.co.uk/ Roth was absolutely great to work with, asking me great questions about the kinds and quantities of items I carry, how much travel I do, and so on, and tailored the case to my exact wants and needs. He also provided much useful advice and gently steered me away from making what would have been a couple of mistakes.

The case arrived just the other day, and I’ve had a little time to spend with it - so, onwards with the details.

Roth uses absolutely beautiful English bridle leather... I chose the “Hazel” color he offers. It’s a very warm color, with incredible depth, which sets it apart from some of the British tans I have seen - most of those are a bit lighter, and tend to be one-dimensional. This leather you can practically see into, and while it’s perfectly finished, stretch marks and such are apparent, in a good way, making the leather that much more interesting to look at. It also smells fantastic.

This is my first experience with bridle leather, and it’s unlike any other leather I’ve encountered. It’s extremely stiff and it’s clear that it will likely last forever... and also take quite a while to break in. I’ve already started to work gently on the flap, but of course don’t want to overdo it and will likely just let the process take place naturally.

The case is a very good size, about 17” wide by 12” tall. Thanks to the gussets, the depth is variable, maxing out at around 7”, but it’s considerably more svelte than that with my usual daily carry (laptop, pens, Bose noise-cancelling earbuds, a few other small odds and ends) in it. I intend to use the case as a travel briefcase as well, however, and often carry a few somewhat bulky items on the plane (hardback book, Cocoon CoolMax travel blanket, iPad, a few files, etc.), plus I’d like the ability to slip in a lunch or water bottle on occasion. So, there’s a wide (3.5”-4”) gusset in the rear, with a narrow (1”) one in the middle for my laptop, and a 2” one at the front.

The thick, substantial handle on the top and the straps on the front were hand-stitched, and the creases along the edges of some parts of the case (the straps, the front flap, the newspaper pocket) are really amazing examples of Roth’s attention to detail and workmanship.

For function, there’s a wide zippered pocket behind the front flap, and another wide one on the back of the case. Also on the back, there’s a newspaper pocket that can be converted to a luggage trolley strap via a zipper at the bottom, with two brass studs at the top to keep the case from flopping around. Inside, the large rear compartment has a full-width suede pocket for an iPad and other slim items; the middle pocket, for the laptop, is quite well padded with suede-wrapped foam at the bottom. The front compartment has a key lanyard, three pen loops, a business card slip , an iPhone pocket and a gusseted pouch for my Bose earbuds in their case.
The case is largely unlined, which is great as it helps keep the weight down. It is lined only where it’s structurally or aesthetically necessary (to cover the back sides of hardware, the insides of pockets, etc.). In those spots, Roth has largely used a suede pigskin in extremely dark chocolate brown. It’s lightweight, strong and feels really nice.

All of the hardware is solid brass, including the three-position lock on the front. Key, key ring and luggage tag were also included.

The case came with a leather shoulder strap, which is surprisingly well padded and slip-resistant, the underside being lined with the same suede that was used elsewhere.

All in all, I can’t begin to say how pleased I am with this case. Roth was an absolute delight to work with - very patient, with excellent ideas, and the result was a really great collaborative effort. My wife is already eyeing my bag, so I suspect that at some point we’ll get her something from Roth, as well!

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Has anyone been in touch with casemaker recently? I realize his waitlist is long, but haven't even had any luck getting in touch with him to get on the waitlist, unfortunately.
 

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For the past seven years, I’ve carried a Hartmann double-compartment ziptop briefcase in dark cognac belting leather. It’s been perfectly functional but has never been anything great to look at. In the last year or so, though, it’s started to look pretty rough around the edges, with no amount of Bick 4 or Lexol succeeding in buffing out scratches, and the leather over the plastic piping around the outer edges of the bag wearing off and exposing the plastic. So, a few months ago, I decided it was time to invest in a new bag.

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Very well made and i am sure you will get many years with this bag.

1- How heavy is the bag when empty?
2- Whenever i see this kinda construction i can't help but think the handle and strap area is only as strong as the thread stitched to it, what is your opinion on this?
Is there anymore reinforcements done at that area?
 

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