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Discuss Swaine Adeney Brigg cases

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by HEPennypacker, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. MoosicPa

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    In the past S&B used to retail SAB cases and umbrellas. About 10 years ago I had purchased some items from them. But their business association ended a couple of years ago, so I would say No SAB probably does not manufacture S&B's wallets.
     


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    I thought I'd bump this thread, as I am thinking about buying an attache case from SAB.

    Before that, some generic observations about their shop presence in London and customer service (which have been hot topics previously in this thread):
    • They are still trading in the Piccadilly Arcade. For some time, there was talk about them opening up a shop on South Audley Street, but that never got off the ground it seems. This is probably a good thing, because they don't need to spend money on huge amounts of retail space.
    • Their current shop in the arcade is interesting - when you walk in, it's pretty much all umbrellas, with a few wallets at the back. I had been in about 3 or 4 times to discuss a wallet repair and buy an umbrella (which is great) without realising that there is a basement floor which has all of their leather luggage. It's a shame that the leather goods are downstairs, because there isn't any natural light so you don't get to appreciate the leather colours in all their glory. But it's a decent space.
    • While in the shop, I heard the saleswoman take a telephone call from someone who was clearly an online customer. They were unable to provide any assistance from the shop and kept instructing the customer to email [email protected] I appreciate that many businesses have separate teams/systems dealing with bricks and mortar and online retail, but for what is a relatively small (and supposedly high end) business, I'd have expected the retail store to be slightly more helpful.
    • The staff in the store are nice and competent, but some more so than others. Most of the times I have been in recently, there is a young woman who can't be much older than late 20s and although she is professional and knows the products fairly well, she wasn't aware of one type of attache case (the Carrington, which is on the website but possibly not in store). I find it strange that there are no "old-timers" around who have been with the business for years who know all of the models inside-out.

    Anyway, despite the above I am very keen to buy a case from SAB. They are timeless, beautiful pieces. I do worry that the brand/shop may not still be around in 5, 10 or 20 years time (which would mean that they can't easily be serviced or repaired), but that would also mean that I'd miss the chance to buy a new one.

    My only hesitation is that attache cases are not only old fashioned looking (in that way that neckties and double cuff shirts are to some), but they would look positively odd for someone working in the City (of London) in their early 30s, but also extremely impractical. For me, I think it would be practical, because I'm a lawyer and carry papers around quite often. In my current bag (a single zip document case), I can't even fit a standard size A4 ring binder. I'm tempted to go with it, as I'm sure even if they look unfashionable now, the attache case will become fashionable at some point in the future once the trend for softer man bags disappears.
     


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