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Embossing initials or name on leather briefcase

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by josepidal, Nov 24, 2007.

  1. josepidal

    josepidal Senior member

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    I want to have my initials (or name, if possible) embossed onto my leather briefcase. How does one go about looking for someone who can do this, and how does one gauge if he can do it well? How much should it cost, approximately?

    As an extension to this question, if you purchase a new briefcase, is it more cost-effective to have your initials added yourself? Would this hold for other items such as wallets, or engraving on an umbrella handle?
     
  2. ephemeralcoherence

    ephemeralcoherence Well-Known Member

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    Apologies if this is a completely obvious route you've already explored, but manufacturers often provide this service. You can check out http://www.hartmann.com/shop/aboutMonogramming.asp to see Hartmann's pricing/info.

    Also, if I remember correctly, my dad got his leather briefcases/portfolios monogrammed at those random luggage shops that every mall seems to have. If the manufacturer of your briefcase doesn't provide monogramming, I'm thinking your best bet is to call up a couple of the better luggage/leather goods stores in your area.
     
  3. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim Senior member

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    I thought this thread was titled "Embarrassing initials or name on leather briefcase"

    I would have liked that better.

    The likes of MFER and Michael Huntsucker MUST be embossed on SOMETHING!!!
     
  4. FidelCashflow

    FidelCashflow Senior member

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    Embossing your name on a briefcase seems excessive. Remind me of when I was in the first grade and my mom would write my name on my brown bagged lunch so it wouldn't get mixed up with the other kids.
     
  5. HomerJ

    HomerJ Senior member

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    Embossing your name on a briefcase seems excessive. Remind me of when I was in the first grade and my mom would write my name on my brown bagged lunch so it wouldn't get mixed up with the other kids.
    If that is excessive. Then what the hell is this. [​IMG] [​IMG] I was going to emboss my name on my bluetooth headset but it's too small.
     
  6. FidelCashflow

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    If that is excessive. Then what the hell is this. [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I agree, that also looks worse. A briefcase with his name on it would be a welcome distraction.
    I was going to emboss my name on my bluetooth headset but it's too small.
    Maybe you should try a bigger bluetooth headset, try circuit city of radio shack. PM me if you need addresses for either store, friend. [​IMG]
     
  7. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    If that is excessive. Then what the hell is this. [​IMG]

    According to some on this forum, that is *real* style
     
  8. FidelCashflow

    FidelCashflow Senior member

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    According to some on this forum, that is *real* style
    I find that hard to believe.
     
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    NoVaguy Senior member

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    I find that hard to believe.

    believe it!
     
  10. Jeff Naylor

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    According to some on this forum, that is *real* style

    Almost makes you think Eric Glennie has a shot, doesn't it?
     
  11. gefinzi

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    I had a custom lid-over attache made by Swaine Adeney and had my name embossed on the front, above the handle but under the closed lid, so my name is only seen when the lid is open. It is impressed onto the leather without gold leaf or other hightlights and so is quite subtle. Swaine told me they could do initials at any point, but could only emboss an entire name before the leather was stitched together into the case (which makes me think you will have more luck having your initials put on a finsihed case than your entire name).
     
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    I had a custom lid-over attache made by Swaine Adeney and had my name embossed on the front, above the handle but under the closed lid, so my name is only seen when the lid is open. It is impressed onto the leather without gold leaf or other hightlights and so is quite subtle. Swaine told me they could do initials at any point, but could only emboss an entire name before the leather was stitched together into the case (which makes me think you will have more luck having your initials put on a finsihed case than your entire name).

    If the name is hidden on the inside, then it would be really nice. But if it's visible from the outside when people first see it, it looks odd.
     
  14. Roger

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    If the name is hidden on the inside, then it would be really nice. But if it's visible from the outside when people first see it, it looks odd.
    Not at all. I don't bother, but it's done all the time--extremely commonplace.
     
  15. FidelCashflow

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    Not at all. I don't bother, but it's done all the time--extremely commonplace.

    Interesting. Any pics of what this would look like? Maybe I'm just having trouble visualizing it.
     
  16. josepidal

    josepidal Senior member

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    How might you get this stuff done from other than the manufacturer? They outsource it anway, so I figure it might be cheaper to have it done yourself.
     
  17. LabelKing

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    One of the more ostentatious embossings I've seen was on the Duke of Windsor's T.Anthony luggage.

    The tan colored leather was embossed in gold, "The Duke of Windsor", and the same was true for his wife's, "The Duchess of Windsor".
     
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    Interesting. Any pics of what this would look like? Maybe I'm just having trouble visualizing it.
    I've seen dozens--usually discreet letters (about 3/8" high) in gold near the snap closure or just below where the top flap ends on the front side.
     
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    Roger Senior member

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    Delete double post.
     
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    I'm not much for monogramming, but I think embossed initials on a briefcase (gold on larger luggage) adds a nice touch.

    Any decent luggage shop should be able to do it, just make sure they're careful not to press so hard as to leave an outline of the letter blocks.
     

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