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Custom Hand-Sewn Bag from Simon Baker and Full Review

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Patek, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. Patek

    Patek Senior member

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    Some more progress

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  2. Patek

    Patek Senior member

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    Decided after much deliberation not to go with the newspaper pocket.

    This is not my bag, but I guess I jest like the cleanliness of the rear without the pocket. Also afraid the pocket will stretch and droop over time.

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  3. Big A

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    I've been wanting to commission a bag for a while. I have really specific ideas of what I want, and have been unable to find a bag that fits the bill. I'm closely following this thread ....
     
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    That is the beauty of custom--you get exactly what you want and it this case the Hazlitt and workmanship are through the roof as the bag itself is quite ordinary. Maybe next time I will go with purple suede :).
     
  5. Phil Ossiffee

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    I'd like to add my words of support for Simon. The first bag shown in the initial post is mine, a replacement for a SAB (which I sold on eBay). The SAB was beautiful, but this is a level above. Simon did great work, used the best materials, and produced exactly to my wishes. I've had the bag for more than a year and it's been fantastic.
     
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  6. Thomascr

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    I sent my deposit to Simon a few weeks ago, can't wait to get my bag. I had been waiting over a year for an SAB, but canceled my order once I talked to Simon. :slayer:
     
  7. Patek

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    Awesome. I'm all about supporting artisans.
     
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    Great thread, looks like an amazing bag!
     
  9. Patek

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    So, to the quality and perfection of Simon's work: The city started construction work outside of his shop and the noise caused him to lose concentration and he made a mistake when creasing the line around the flap. Instead of trying to "fix" the crease, he ordered a whole new piece of bridle leather and is in the process of remaking the flap. :slayer:

    I could not speak higher of that amount of integrity and workmanship.

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    Very nice! I used the same lock on my bag (in my avatar) and I couldn't find the proper rivets (shallow enough) to fasten it. How did they do it?
    I still have the silver version of this lock and hasp but haven't made another bag to use it because I can't find the rivets. Any help you could provide would be well appreciated.
     
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  11. Patek

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    PM Casemaker as he is the maker of this bag.
     
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    amazing bag, can pm me the the maker contact
    thanks :slayer:
     
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    A fascinating project, Patek. Do you have links to the other SF threads about this artisan? Comparing readymade to bespoke, my SAB briefcase is looking more like a SOB one.
     
  15. Patek

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    See below, he is a SF member and is aptly named himself "Casemaker"




    I figured if I was going to spend SAB money, might as well do this as he is actually slightly cheaper than hand-sewn SAB. I did a search when I was deciding and found a few threads but not many. Contact him and he can get you in touch with customers--some of which have 2-3 bags of his going on 20 years.
     
  16. Patek

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    Bag is just about finished (which is good as I have been carrying around this nylon Penn State bag from my EMBA class and have confused the hell out of people in the office)

    Just making the passport pocket and lanyard and finishing the shoulder strap and that bad boy is ready to ship! Merry (early) Christmas to me!

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    So, the day of final payment has arrived and the bag is completed. I should have in in my hand in the next 1-2 weeks. From the pictures, it turned out absolutely beautiful and exactly what I had in mind--which is good as it should last me a lifetime. I'm glad I went without the newspaper pocket in the end as I think that would have hurt the looks of the bag in 10 years. I will have to put my boarding pass in my jacket.

    So, with out further ado, here are the final pictures as taken by Simon prior to shipping. Full review to follow once received.

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    The pouch is for my passport and other small valuables to that they are not floating around and or get lost. Love the way the organizer compartment looks like it turned out.

    Can't wait to get this thing! :slayer:
     
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    Awesome bag! Is this meant to carry around a laptop, ipad or tablet device? Curious as I don't see any padded compartments...
     
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    Good question. This bag was intended to last a lifetime. If you notice there are no linings, zippers, or other wearable parts. I wanted a zipper compartment for valuables and a laptop liner. I was advised against both of these as zippers eventually fail, padding gets flattened and whatever material it is made out of will get torn. The center pocket is bullet proof and if I feel like I need impact protection, I will probably just buy a sleeve for my laptop which will be change out as laptop and accessory sizes change.

    I actually used this same mentality when purchasing a custom horsehide jacket--no liner! I love the way that worked out as it breathes so well with the suede side against your body.
     
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    Wait, you smell that?
    Thanks for the thoughts behind that. yes, an appropriate sleeve sounds the way to go.
     

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