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Briefcase porn thread

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

  1. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yeah, Kusaka-san (who lives all the way up in Sapporo) does some really nice custom (and also RTW) bags, esp. with bridle.
    He posts his works on his FB album, so check them out.


    although completely unrelated, I recently saw Valextra's new collection of briefcases/bags made from waterproof suede.....looked quite amazing (and expensive)
     
  2. dibadiba

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    Very cool. I really like that bag pattern. Looks very, very similar to Swaine Adeney Brigg offerings, but who knows how far back that design goes. Absolutely gorgeous colour combination. Would love to see it in alligator...
     
  3. dibadiba

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    Just finished this computer bag yesterday. Vegetable-tanned Sokoto Goatskin with a white lambskin lining. Saddle-stitched by hand.
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  4. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I can't stand vendors that only favor Facebook albums. What if I don't want a damn, facebook?
     
  5. Journeyman

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    I agree, it doesn't seem particularly customer-friendly.

    However, it is possible to have Facebook albums set so that non-Facebook members can see them. Whether people actually do use those settings is another question entirely, of course.
     
  6. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    On the other way around, Facebook is an ideal tool for (non-English speaking) Japanese vendors like Kusaka Koshi to connect with the outside world.

    Kusaka-san also happens to have a homepage and a blog, though I doubt any non-Japanese would want to dig through them.
     
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    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Other than all the straps which are riveted! Seems a shame to spoil the bag for another few inches of stitching given the maker has done a lovely job of stitching and making the rest! Perhaps Im just being obsessively anti rivet...

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  8. nutcracker

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    Awesome job! Love that color and texture of the veg-tanned goatskin....
     
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  9. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thats a fair assessment from a fellow craftsman..... Perhaps it`s not something he really see as an issue, until maybe one of his clients requests him to have it done otherwise.....

    Here is another Kusaka briefcase....a slightly different shoulder bag version in black bridle (and red irish linen thread)

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  10. dibadiba

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    Thanks mate! The natural grain is very nice...I thought it was a print the first time I saw it since it's unusually prominent for goatskin.


    I see where you're coming from on this one, but in terms of integrity, I have no qualms here. The straps appear to be functionally unnecessary, as many bags of simpler design are made without straps. Stitching wouldn't have hurt though, seeing as both rivets or stitching wouldn't even be visible due to the way the ends of the straps cover up that area. The rivets are essentially just there to make sure the straps don't rotate around the case.
     
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    I received my Havana brown SAB briefcase yesterday---the Westminister 3. I was rather disappointed in what I got. There was a large ugly stain under the flap in the area where the lock hardware is. Also, the description for the case was wrong on their site. They had two different measurements for the case listed on the same webpage. I pointed this out to Susan at SAB and she corrected it. After receiving the case and comparing it to the description, I found an even a greater error and I e-mailed Susan about it (I have not heard back yet.). Anyway there is no excuse for these listing errors or the lack of quality control with the stain issue. I'm new to this forum. I'm sorry my first post isn't very positive. I've attached a picture of the stain.

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    I received my Havana brown SAB briefcase yesterday---the Westminister 3. I was rather disappointed in what I got. There was a large ugly stain under the flap in the area where the lock hardware is. Also, the description for the case was wrong on their site. They had two different measurements for the case listed on the same webpage. I pointed this out to Susan at SAB and she corrected it. After receiving the case and comparing it to the description, I found an even a greater error and I e-mailed Susan about it (I have not heard back yet.). Anyway there is no excuse for these listing errors or the lack of quality control with the stain issue. I'm new to this forum. I'm sorry my first post isn't very positive. I've attached a picture of the stain.

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  15. SHS

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    That does not look good, but you should give SAB a chance to rectify it before you make a public post about it. I hope everything will be fine.
     
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    I appreciate your feedback. I notified Susan at Swaine Adeney Brigg that they had the wrong measurement for the Westminister 3 on their website--they actually had two measurements for the case on the same webpage. She corrected the wrong one without even thanking me for bringing this to their attention. When I got my case I noticed that there were no pockets in it. The description on the site clearly says that the case has pockets. I brought this to Susan's attention and I just noticed that she removed this information from the Westminister 3 site. Again, she never thanked me. I sent her a picture of the stain that is on the case, but I never received a reply to my e-mail. I would have been satisfied with a thank you and we apologize, but I received neither. This is a very expensive case and I expected at least the courtesy of a reply. Also, rather minor, but I requested a tracking number for the shipment. They never sent me a tracking number until I asked them again for a tracking number and they sent it to me hours before it arrived. On the positive side, the outside of the case looks good. Below are a couple of pictures. Thank you.

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  17. SHS

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    That does sound rather messy. I hope everything works out for you. Looking forward to the pictures and an update on the outcome.
     
  18. md2010

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    its nothing. It will be on the inside anyway. It will not affect the the usability of the briefcase. Any hand made product will have some sort of imperfection. Just learn and live with it.
     
  19. dibadiba

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    Nonsense. I've seen so much poor finishing being passed off as imperfections of the handmade process. It's a real shame, because handmade should be synonymous with superior quality, not an excuse for imperfections.
     
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  20. MoosicPa

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    Did you purchase directly from SAB or did you go through their US retailer Sterling & Burke?
     

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