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Briefcase porn thread

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

  1. JP Marcellino

    JP Marcellino Senior member

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    an almost infinite amount of money that is not imaginable. I might consider a human soul if we could come up with the right terms.

    the images link to the listing with prices, just not the first one Nathan Hale as that is not even out yet, its just a preview and still trying to set the price.
     
  2. Mr VEV

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    Hi, for years I’ve been looking for a solid yet simple briefcase which would fit my taste and needs. I started with Saddleback bags (“Simple”, “Classic”) and initially was happy with them. But recently I decided to try and make a bag by myself which would make me even happier. Here is my first product: a simple briefcase made of full grain vegetable tanned leather (the back side with flap is actually made of two pieces of same 4-5oz leather glued and stitched together), with solid brass hardware, all hand stitched with 1mm UV resistant waxed polyester thread. The length is 15.7 in (40cm), it has no shoulder strap and weighs 3.7 lb (1,7 kg). Would appreciate to receive your opinion and criticism

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  3. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Looks nice!

    What problems were you trying to solve that weren't being addressed by Saddleback?
     
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  4. Gianni Cerutti

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    The first creation is absolutely great. Compliments.
     
  5. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    The soft bags look lovely. Would be amazing in Barenia :)

    It would be interesting to see what was under that dust cover

    Charlie
     
  6. casemaker

    casemaker Well-Known Member

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    Hi Gianni,

    Thanks for that, that particular piece was a bespoke design for a lady, as a flight 'carry on bag'

    The next 2 photo's were bags made to hold padded leather portfolio books, for professional photographers, agencies and other corporate clients,

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    Hi Charlie, the canvas/leather trimmed case, was one of a pair of Victorian picnic hampers, that I restored/refurbished for a client that wanted one for each of their yachts. They were in very poor condition, and were stripped back to the wooden carcasses, recovered with artist grade canvas, and leather trimmed, and relined.

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    I then made velvet lined, canvas / leather trimmed outer covers for them,

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    A stylish life, eh :)
     
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  7. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Really lovely work Simon, love it. I can see somthing like that going down well with the Morgan and MGA owners as well :) Charlie
     
  8. Mr VEV

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    Thank you, Concordia. First of all, I found the number of d-ring on the “Simple Briefcase” excessive: I removed them all, this helped reduce the weight of the bag and made it look a bit more formal. The handle is too wide and uncomfortable, the metal plate under the handle is also excessively wide, the single internal pocket made of pig skin is flimsy. I actually made a review of this briefcase and post it in the Saddleback Thread here in Styleforum but after a few days it was removed (looks like SBL is very sensitive to criticism).
     
  9. Gianni Cerutti

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    Make truly masterpieces. You're really talented. Compliments. One day I'll make something from you.
     
  10. EdwMicInAus

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    E.Marinella briefcase.

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  11. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Gorgeous stuff. Do you expect to broaden the line or do bespoke orders?
     
  12. RayClark

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    Thank you. I will probably add a top frame briefcase in the near future and am open to enquiries about bespoke items.
     
  13. guitar2013

    guitar2013 Well-Known Member

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    I visited your website. I would love to know more details about your products. They look great.
     
  14. Nikola

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    Is it possible to choose the color of buckle/lock within this price range? I think the silver one would look more appealing ..
     
  15. LabelKing

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    How are the hard-sided attaches that are not completely rigid made? The Vuitton style ones use a wooden box frame but what about something like this?

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  16. RayClark

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    This type of Briefcase has a metal frame in the lid and around the top of the base. The leather is reinforced with fibre board.

    A few years ago I made a piece for the Discovery Channel 'How it's made' program which demonstrates how this type of case is made. Just search 'How it's made Attache case' on You Tube and you should find it.
     
  17. justinjack

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    My Vintage 'Made in England' for Brooks Brothers top frame briefcase:
     
  18. SimonC

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    Papworth / SAB used to use steel frames - I think they probably still do.
     
  19. RayClark

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    The Lidover style case is built on a steel frame in the lid and base. The leather is around 1.8 to 2mm and reinforced with a heavy grey fibre board. The Swaine Adeney Lidovers and Peel case last really well and can be easily repaired if necessary.

    In my experience the cedar, box style, (which is a completely different type of case) is far more fragile and much harder to repair. The cedar box inside, tends to crack, particularly at the corners of the lid. Once the box has broken they are virtually impossible to repair. The stitched through style, known as a lapped edge is particularly fragile, because pushing an awl through the wood creates a weakness. SAB stopped making them years ago.
     
  20. jackgb1980

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    Hey JP, would you take a middle aged soul for one of these? joking aside i agree with you, if i wanted an SAB i would get an SAB no matter how much people try and put them down. I have watched your style progress for a few years now and i have to say it is incredible. I like what you do because it is authentic. I actually met you at the style forum trunk show last year. Ive had my eye on your Thomas More model for a few months now and I am close to making a decision but now you have some new models i have to think about.

    i don't see any 3 section briefcases would you do this?
     

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