Need help choosing a good briefcase

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  1. trlhtn

    trlhtn Well-Known Member

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    So I've been lurking around reading a bunch of the threads discussing leather briefcases. Im getting ready for my first job and my parents have agreed to buy me a nice leather briefcase. I am trying to keep it under $500 and would like an item that would last me for 15+ years and age well (EDIT: maybe 15 years is to much to expect in my price range, but I would like something that in 5 years won't look beat up or worn out). I will be returning as a graduate student part-time next Spring, so the bag has to handle work and textbooks, etc. I have a credit remaining on the Dooney website (mom returned gift) and was looking at some of their briefcases. I liked the look and prices were a little more than I wanted to spend but I digress.

    I have read topics about SBL, SAB, Custom Hide, and other small shops making briefcases. I would like to find a bag that uses well made leather that's not to heavy. I like the look of SBL's bags but as I am a small guy (5'6") I feel as though the bag may be to heavy or large for me. I was looking at their thin briefcase, but was put off by the random threads discussing stitching problems and general quality control issues. I am very attentive to small details and stuff like that would bother me when spending a large amount of money.

    These are the two bags I am looking at and generally like their style and would like to find something like these. I don't know if these styles are made for women only though..

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    Thanks for your suggestions or recommendations.
     
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  2. trlhtn

    trlhtn Well-Known Member

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  3. soundsgood

    soundsgood Senior member

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    I don't know what field you're going into, but if you want to fit in, and look some what respectable, a tumi leather briefcase is the way to go. Probably not what you're looking for though.
     


  4. trlhtn

    trlhtn Well-Known Member

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    Could you recommend any companies that would make similar styles as pictured in my first post?
     


  5. Off My Rack

    Off My Rack Senior member

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    Look on the right side of your screen and click "Saddleback Leather" - its supposedly good stuff






    edit - Literally right here on my screen ------>
     
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    hanskl Senior member

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    Try M&W Traveler. I got mine a few weeks ago, and I am very happy with it.
     


  7. trlhtn

    trlhtn Well-Known Member

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    Though I do like the thin briefcase from saddleback, I'm unsure if it maybe to big and heavy. I like the style of the thin, and the first briefcase in my first post. I'm looking for more suggestions that maybe overlooked.
     


  8. rsuhandy

    rsuhandy Senior member

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    Try looking into Frank Clegg bags, although it may be out of your price range.
    At the $500 mark you won't really find anything except Saddle Back Leather that will last +15 years and age well at the same time.
    That's retail of course and you might get something good on Ebay for the price.
    I too dislike SBL for various reasons and got my self a Frank Clegg briefcase. It's a very good briefcase isn't quite as good as an SAB, but
    isn't too far off from SABs quality.

    Hope that helps...
     


  9. trlhtn

    trlhtn Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions , I will definitely check them out. Does anyone have any experience with Dooney briefcases?
     


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    rsuhandy Senior member

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    Utter Garbage.....
     


  11. trlhtn

    trlhtn Well-Known Member

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    I'm guessing over priced brand name? Could you recommend any companies other than Sab that make something similar to the first briefcase I posted?

    Thanks
     


  12. rsuhandy

    rsuhandy Senior member

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    Glaser Designs
    Lotuff Leather
    Frank Clegg Leather Works
    Filson
    Muholland Brothers
    Ralph Lauren Mainline/Purple Label
    Brooks Brothers (Though Only Select Stuff)

    I'm sure there are others but like I said, if you really want a high quality briefcase
    Saddle Back is probably entry price point. Then you're looking at $750 and up.
    Try getting something high quality but preowned. That's what I did with my first briefcase.
    It's been 9 years and it still looks awesome...just with patina now ;)
     


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    As you are seeing so much is personal preference and views hence you will get conflicting opinions which leave you none the wiser.

    Why not go on your own and make a choice? When you start work you will not be able to ask about decisions on web boards...
     


  15. trlhtn

    trlhtn Well-Known Member

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    Because I am about to spend a lot of money ( to me at least) and I am not as familiar with brands of briefcases as others here. Are you comparing briefcases to a job? Haha. It's better to see all these different brands and make a decision from there.
     


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