Hello -- long time lurker, first time poster here. I recently ordered a custom briefcase from J.P. Marcellino, and figured others might be interested in the progress pics and finished product. I started designing this briefcase about a year ago by starting with a traditional black academic bookbag, and then adding some features I've found useful while travelling. Customizations were adding d-rings in the lower corners for backpack conversion (from Herz), an umbrella holder in the lid (from Atona), and a newspaper pocket for itineraries/tickets/etc. Oh, and a 3-position latch so the overall visual impression comes out right. That latch turned out to be a doozy. I couldn't find it at any locksmith website or spare parts catalog, Joe didn't know anyone who sold it, and his English lock vendor wanted $10k to make a custom metal press. So I installed a CAD tool, sent the plans to a CNC miller, and assembled it myself. Tada, one latch aquired. (external is half-polished) Joe's currently crafting the briefcase itself. Since this hardware is obviously uncharted territory we're running into some minor issues, but he's been super-patient and progress is looking good. The briefcase will arrive with removable screws so I can adjust or replace hardware components if it doesn't feel right with the final build. we're gonna need a bigger boat (lol) The bag I cloned the latch from had much thinner material than Joe's briefcases, so the hasp was not nearly long enough. He was able to find another hasp that fits.