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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by PierpontLeather, May 25, 2016.
You've got it! Anything for you, @aleksandr
The Jefferson Messenger
Our brand new messenger bag is now available online, alongside our growing collection of men's cases.
It's a full-sized bag at nearly 15'' wide, and a bit lighter than the Franklin Briefcase. Hardware made in-house, all-leather adjustable shoulder straps, completely lined in the Mysore color of your choice. Main seams, attachments, and all stress areas are completely hand-stitched, including the gusset - just like all of our bags.
Starting at $699
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Gotta say i'm pretty impressed with the quality/cost ratio you have going with the Franklin Briefcase. I've seen plenty of brands offer lined bridle briefcases for much more.
Are you considering a style straps on the sides of the buckle down the line?
Glad to hear it!
Have been thinking about it, I like that style of case too. Have thought that some guys may find it difficult to open quickly.
They do tend to be good looking, though.
What are your thoughts?
Pretty much what you said. Look great, but seem like a PITA to open and close. I know many owners of them comment on the fact they end up just using the hardware lock during the work day and down clasp down the straps till they are ready to go home. The great suffering men endure for style.
For what it's worth, I have a classic British styled two section satchel form (now defunct) MW Traveller with the over the top front button buckle straps with cleverly and well done hidden snaps behind the straps. You get 100% of the look with a lot more ease.
Here's what it looks like from the front:
And, look closely at this side shot and you'll see where the straps are unsnapped from the buttons below (behind) them:
I was thrilled when I got the bag with that feature and have been surprised since to see how rare it is.
Have seen that before - seems like a good solution for use purely as an aesthetic element to the bag. Really would add some convenience.
We'll begin considering stuff like that more seriously in the future. For now, it could be a quick modification to the Franklin briefcase if someone really wanted to add straps to it for not much extra.
This sounds about right! We had a new closure for a larger bag that @aleksandr ordered a in the spring, and we spend a fair amount of time discussing the usability of it. Closures are fascinating.
One of the cool things about the Jefferson Messenger is that the closures are super sturdy, and can't really come undone by accident, but they're also really easy and effortless to use when you want to open the flap. Another feature of that closure is that it helps keep the flap in the same spot relative to the front face of the bag no matter what the contents are. Sometimes bags tend to look deformed or stressed when they start to fill up, or anemic when they're underfilled, and this closure really seems to keep it looking quite sharp no matter the contents.
Have literally never made a bag with buckle straps as part or whole of the closure mechanism. I like the way they look, but no one has explicitly asked for that before in a commission, oddly enough.
Group photo of the Jefferson Messenger and Franklin Briefcase
We'll be making a single version of the Jefferson Messenger in a tumbled calfskin in the coming weeks. If you'd be interested in this without incurring any custom order fees, please drop us an email at [email protected] asap.
Morning light on a bit of hardware for the Jefferson messenger before dipping.
Noir Lewis in Bull Calfskin.
Details on the Franklin Briefcase:
Anthracite / Bottle Green George Bifold headed out.
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