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Leather Satchel / Briefcase

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by SidewinderX, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Senior member

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    Hi all,

    I'm in the market for an affordable leather satchel or briefcase -- finally time to kick my beloved 2008 ACC Tournament laptop bag to corner and get something a little nicer.

    The most common load for the bag will be a laptop, charger, notebook or two, pens and other misc. items. However, my "pinch point" for the bag will be my travel loadout, which means it'll have to hold two laptops (15" size), notebook, kindle, and pens. I won't spend a lot of time in this config, so it doesn't have to comfortably fit all that, but I do have to get through an airport with that loadout.

    The bag that's got me most interested right now is the Maxwell Scott Jeselo3 (http://www.maxwellscottbags.com/business/leather-briefcases/gents-leather-satchel.html), which comes in at $340 for those of us here in the US.

    So two questions -- Any opinions on this bag / brand? And does anyone have a reccomendation for a bag at a similar price point that meets my requirements?

    Thanks!
     
  2. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Senior member

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    Another shot at getting some opinions... no advice anyone?
     
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  4. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Senior member

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    That's a nice looking bag -- I don't think it quite fits my needs (probably looking at a 3 gusset bag to accomodate 2 laptops + papers when needed), and it's a $200 over what I was looking at, but definitely a nice bag.

    Thanks!
     
  5. Cant kill da Rooster

    Cant kill da Rooster Senior member

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    Not a fan of the bag you posted. Have you checked out Saddleback? $70-$80 over your budget but after looking around I think it's a competitive price. Also, you never know what duties you will get hit with ordering overseas.

    http://www.saddlebackleather.com/Classic-Briefcase-Thin?sc=8&category=83
     
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  6. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Senior member

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    Is saddleback pretty well respected? I've been a bit cautious about them because a) they advertise all over the place and b) they seem to promote thier "American-iss" despite the fact the bags are made in Mexico. Neither of which make me think they're bad per sea, just a bit cautious.
     
  7. msulinski

    msulinski Senior member

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    They have a good reputation here anyway. They use thick, full-grain leather and are built well. The only issue I could see someone having with them is that they are a bit on the rustic side. Depending on how "refined" your bag needs to look, it may or may not work for you.
     
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  8. Cant kill da Rooster

    Cant kill da Rooster Senior member

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    How many bags offer 100 yr warranty? I would at least add them to your list and see what else is out there. I have seen other bags I like but they are all at least $200 more. Anyway, like you I am still deciding as well. PM me if you find anything else interesting.
     
  9. Curated

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    I'd take a look at the Henry Tompkins "Full Monty". It's right in the same price tier as the Saddleback.
     
  10. celery

    celery Senior member

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    For $340 you can get one custom made to match your needs.

    Not to knock saddleback bags, but their 100 year warranty is not because they're exceptionally made bags, it's because of redundancy , double stitching, rivets at all stress points.
     
  11. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Senior member

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    Custom made from where? Any particular suggestions?

    Rooster: Yeah, I'm not counting that saddleback out. It's a nice looking bag... I think the Maxwell Scott one is a little "dressier" -- but I'm not sure if that's completely what I want.

    Curated: That HT bag looks really nice, and seems to line up with my needs pretty well... I know these sorts of briefcases are pretty stiff when you first get them, but will the bag "compress" down pretty easily when partially empty? Having a 7" deep bag (2+3+2) would be pretty unwieldy in an airport. Even at its worst my current laptop bag never really gets more than 5" deep.
     
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    celery Senior member

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    There are a few leather artisans on SF, you can do a search for those. And, though I don't typically solicit people, I make hand stitched leather bags - if interested you can pm me.
     
  13. scypticalchymist

    scypticalchymist Active Member

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    I recently received a satchel/briefcase from Tanner's Alley (USA made in your price range). They have some fairly large large bags including a triple gusset. I'm quite happy with the quality of the leather (English bridle) and overall quality.

    http://tannersalleyleather.com/
     
  14. MakingChanges

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    Did you purchase the Satchel bag? If so, which color did you purchase? Do you find there to be enough small pockets for storage?

    Thanks in advance for your comments.
     
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    Where can you find this bag for $340? On the website is nearly a $100 more.
     
  16. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Senior member

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    I believe that cost includes 20% VAT. If you are ordering from outside of Europe, they remove the VAT.
     
  17. daisychains91

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    I think you could potentially be interested in The sommerby satchel at www.burghleybags.co.uk. I think they are really stylish bags. I think you have to email them about shipping to the U.S!
     
  18. superfilmbuff

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    Swaine Adeney Brigg Winston Vs. Whaler No.8 Custom Briefcase

    My Swaine Adeney Brigg is a very early piece, circa 1980s, when the company was still going by their old name, Swaine Adeney. What a piece of work!! A design remained virtually unchanged through the past decades, instantly recognizable, from any distance.

When I got it, it was kept inside its original package. Fresh out of the box, the SAB gives a distinctive, overwhelming smell of leather, which is rather pleasant. The smell lingers for months; I have rather gotten used to it. For the past year or so, it has been the only one I carried, till now.



    The Whaler is a surprise. I first saw a friend carrying one around work, produced by a little-known outfit in San Francisco I have never even heard of. Because their shop is rather nearby, I dropped by for a visit. Three weeks later, I become a two bag kind of guy.

    http://www.swaineadeney.co.uk

    http://whalerco.com


    Winston is a Larger Bag. Whaler No.8 is a Medium Size Satchel.



    SAB Winston Is Not As Thick As the Whaler. Both are Well-Proportioned.

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    Check out the collection of satchel bags from High On Leather. They are very affordable and looks great.

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