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LV bag handles: Is it made of bridle leather?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kolecho, Apr 28, 2005.

  1. kolecho

    kolecho Distinguished Member

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    I noticed that the handles, on LV classic monogram handbags, develop a darker patina over time. Is it made of bridle leather? I am curious because I just bought a Swaine Adeney bridle leather wallet today in London [​IMG] , and wonder if my wallet will also develop patina over time. Anyways, it has been a great day. I got a SA wallet and a Mandarina Duck Work Bag that I am really happy with [​IMG] MD is a much better than the ubiquitous Tumi in the corporate environment. Thanks to Style Forum for introducing me to Swaine Adeney.
     


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    The Swaine bridle hide will darken naturally and develop patina over the years (varying colors in different places). It's a quality product and you should feel good about it. Did you buy the full-size breast pocket wallet?
     


  3. kolecho

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    No, I got what they call a hip wallet with eight card slots, two hidden slots, and two currency slots. I keep in in my trousers back pocket.

    My first non-black leather product. I like the feel of bridle leather. I don't know how to describe it, but it feels tough and supple at once. The leather feels warm to the hand.
     


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    Sorry, off topic. The mention of Mandariana Duck sure brought back memories. The backpack with large MD20 printed on it was the schoolbag of choice 10-15 years ago in my high school.
     


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    Hi Ben,

    I went through quite a few options (Hartmann, Tumi, Swiss Army) before settling on a MD Work bag. I wanted a briefcase for a laptop and papers that could also double up for shoes and some electrical items when I am travelling. Plus, it must be light, durable, and an expression of individuality. MD came in first on all counts, and being an Italian design, it looks quite cool.

    A friend of mine used an MD Work bag for five years everyday, hauling all kinds of things in it. I saw her bag. With the exception of the worn handle covering, everything looks like new. MD told me the handle covering can be fixed for a small fee in a week.

    I had a MD Tank for several years and used it everyday. I sold it because it did not serve my purpose anymore, but Tanks are very well made too.
     


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