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Briefcase search - Tusting might be the winner

Mike147

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I've been on a search for a nice leather work bag for quite some time now. Been using a TUMI messenger for the past 8 years - It's help up well for sure but doesn't have handles and is made of ballistic nylon... Again - great messenger bag and in my experience, TUMI stands behind their product. I checked out their current offerings - don't love the styling in leather and most bags are produced in China, so for the pricepoint, I don't need a second TUMI bag... The first one was a gift - very funny but I find myself carrying it from the top, as if it had a handle!

I've looked into Coach - at about $500, not the most expensive, but they're made in China - feel like i'm buying the brand for the $$$, not necessary the quality.

Ghurka bags are beautiful - certainly a MUCH higher price point and I'm not certain where all of their bags are made - some in Italy, some in China, etc... I mentioned on another post that a salesperson at Ghurka told me that they are brining production back to CT. Too expensive for me either way.

Saddleback look very cool - seems like they really stand by their product but I think they look a bit too rugged for my use (business).

I've spent some time looking a another 5-6 bag manufacturers as well - mainly from recommendations off of this board.

Tusting - So far, my research has been limited to this Board and Tusting's website. I like the fact that the bags are produced in the UK and the price point with shipping (on a number of the bags) comes in under $600. Not sure if the prices on their website include VAT. I'm seriously considering the following bags:

Melchbourne in Brown Bridle Leather:
http://www.tusting.co.uk/Leather_Briefcases_Melchbourne_in_Sundance_Floodlight.asp

Martson in Black Bridle Leather (or Brown if they will offer it):
http://www.tusting.co.uk/Briefcases_Marston_Leather_Briefcase_in_Sundance_Floodlight.asp

I don't need something huge - something to carry some papers, assorted sundries, a small umbrella and perhaps an ipad or very think laptop. I want something fairly light and need both a handle and strap option. I wear Black, Brown and Burgundy colored shoes so I think dark brown is a good choice. I work in NYC - the bag will not be babied nor will it be treated like garbage and I will condition the leather once or twice a year.

I would love to find a place in the NYC area where I can actually get my hands on a Tusting bag. Very tough to get a sense for sizing, weight, leather style, etc by just checking out the website.

Any thoughts or recommendations would be greatly appreciated - most of my personal research has come from reading multiple posts here and on other boards so I'd like to hear what you have to say now that I am close to decision time.

Thanks, Mike147
 

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Go to Paul Stuart and check out their bag selections. They are made by Tusting.
 

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Go to Paul Stuart and check out their bag selections. They are made by Tusting.

Looks like they have the "Clipper" model on their website - maybe they have models more in the store. Thanks for the note - I'll try to get up there in the next few days
 

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I ordered the Melchbourne in Dark Brown Bridle leather today - There is a 10% off coupon today and tomorrow - use the code: "eastertreats"

Should be shipped today or Monday - customer service so far has been excellent (i asked lots of questions via email). They subtracted 20% VAT and 10% Discount + shipping to the US. Looking forward to receiving the brief.
 

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I came across a Tusting briefcase in a local mall over the weekend. Upon closer inspection, the bag seemed very unrefined and bland, to say the least. The build and construction seemed okay, but I just couldn't get over the old-manishness the bag exuded.
 
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