Tanners Alley Leather

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jwong6590, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. jwong6590

    jwong6590 Well-Known Member

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    Hello all, I am currently in the market for a high quality briefcase mainly for work. Therefore, it must be dressy and professional. I love the quality of the Saddleback Leather but their products are too casual for me. I later found Tanners Alley Leather but I cannot find much information about its quality of workmanship. Does anyone here actually own their product or have experiences to share? I am eyeing The Satchel in chestnut. Any information information you can share with me, I would really appreciate it.
     


  2. bobbyz

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    I own the Satchel and I really like it. I went out on a limb (like you) and decided to give it a shot. The owner was super helpful. He sent me leather samples and customized it to include some padding in the center pouch for a laptop, a few loops for pens, and added pouches big enough for my iPhone and blackberry.

    I like the product and use it when I'm on the road. I found that if you don't buckle it up the metal will scratch the leather but its nothing lexor or other products couldn't fix. The shoulder strap could use some padding as well but it's not too bad.

    For a custom product hand made it was a good price for a good product. I always get comments on it. The satchel has some width to it though so get the dimensions up front but I'm ok with it since I throw in a laptop and a bunch of files.
     


  3. jwong6590

    jwong6590 Well-Known Member

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    Bobby, thanks so much for sharing.

    Is the Satchel a briefcase which will stand up firmly?
    How is the quality of the stitching, the leather and the hardware?
    Will the leather get scratched easily?
    Is the leather thick enough?
    Are all the hardware made from solid brass?
    Is the Satchel heavy?
    Does it has strong leather smell?
    Does it have any zipper?
    Do they use rivets or screws?
    Do you find the tuck lock nice to use?
    Does it look ok without any lining?
    Do you mind showing me a photo of the back side of the Sarchel?

    I hope I don't overwhelm you with so many questions.
     


  4. bobbyz

    bobbyz Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, you're definitely are getting your money's worth out of this forum with a laundry list like that. I'll do my best to answer.

    Is the Satchel a briefcase which will stand up firmly? - Yes, this was one of the things I was looking for.

    How is the quality of the stitching, the leather and the hardware? - I've found all to be quite good although I don't have the same eye as the veterans on this forum. The leather has kept its shape and is very firm and the hardware stays stiff with no issues. The leather strap below that extends below the buckle is starting to curl over time since its not reinforced but thats about it.

    Will the leather get scratched easily? - I wouldn't say its worse than any leather shoe you'd own. It doesn't scratch easily but it does mark up like any leather. I've found a bit of Lexol keeps it in good shape. Personally I like it to age gently over time to break it in so I think its fine.

    Is the leather thick enough? - Not sure what you mean by this. you can get samples of the leather from the store which I believe were similar thickness. I've used it in light snow and rain and everything inside has remained dry so.. yeah I guess its thick enough.

    Are all the hardware made from solid brass? - Yes

    Is the Satchel heavy? - It is a larger briefcase and I carry a laptop in mine so I'd say after a while it does get heavy around my shoulder. That said I've had no issues carrying it around. I don't mind the weight myself but keep in mind its wide enough to have three compartments. I would check the dimensions to make sure its the right size.

    Does it has strong leather smell? - No mine had none whatsoever

    Does it have any zipper? - I asked for a zipper inside pocket at the back of the briefcase to put away items

    Do they use rivets or screws? - No

    Do you find the tuck lock nice to use? - No issues but if you don't lock it and wear it around your shoulder the buckles will hit the bag and over time leave small scratches. Again Lexol has cleaned this up for me.

    Does it look ok without any lining? - Yes in my opinion

    Do you mind showing me a photo of the back side of the Sarchel? - The store is pretty good about taking additional pictures if you'd like it

    Hope that helps
     


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    Thanks Bobby for being so kind. Merry Christmas to you.
     


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    Hello Bobby, do you see any glue on the Satchel?
     


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    No none that I've seen. I will note when I looked at it last I noticed that the buckle that hooks the strap to the bag rubs against the bag making the leather a little bit darker in that one spot. I've had it for a few years and this is the first I've noticed so I wouldn't be overly concerned.
     


  8. jwong6590

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    Thanks Bobby. Do you think you can take a photo of the back side of the Satchel? I am still not able to get a photo showing the back side.
     


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    My custom made Satchel from Tanner Alley Leather is finally here.
     


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    My review of The Satchel from Tanners Alley Leather, West Virginia.

    After looking through many possibilities of leather briefcase on the Internet and also at retail stores in Malaysia (including LV), I decided to order from Charlie. Some of the gentlemen in the forum also recommended it. He patiently answered all my questions though his responses through email might not be very prompt, mainly due to the Christmas holidays. I requested to make some amendments to his original Satchel to fit my need and he gladly agreed without any extra charge. Payment to him through PayPal was smooth and he shipped my Satchel immediately upon completion. He did forget to ship leather conditioner out to me which he later sent out without any charge to me. However, I have not received the leather conditioner yet.

    As you can see from my previous photos, the package was in a paper box and it was stuffed with wrapping papers. The Satchel was kept in two layers of plastic bags. All the hardwares were wrapped with papers. I appreciate all these details. I love the slight smell of the leather when I opened the plastic bags. The leather is of high quality. It is quite stiff as it is new. All brass hardwares are also super solid. The size of the Satchel is perfect for me. I love the design of this Satchel.

    I will continue my review on the disappointments on my next post.
     


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    The stitching quality is below average in my opinion. It is really not up to my standard. It looks like a rush job and appears amateurish. There are many uneven stitching (not a straight line or overlapping stitching). [​IMG]
    Excess glue was spotted inside the front pocket.
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    The bonding of the side of the bag was not done properly that it is slightly open.
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    Punching of the front strap hole was not done properly ( not a clean punch).
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    Here is the worst: I found an area where the leather was scratched and damaged. This is totally not acceptable.
     
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    I feedback to Charlie and he suggested me to return it for full refund. However, I had paid 10% sales tax to Malaysian custom and it is going to cost me a bomb to ship it back to West Virginia. Therefore, I am asking Charlie for a discount. Currently, I am still waiting patiently for his reply.
     


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    Look you get what you pay for. What do you expect from a briefcase under $350 ? I think the defects are minor and are normal for a costume made briefcase for this price range.
     


  15. scypticalchymist

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    I have to second MD2010's comments. I own the satchel in chestnut and am overall impressed with the quality of the leather and craftsmanship at that price point. It has held up well over the last 10 months or so and I expect it to for quite a while.
     


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