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The Definitive MANBAG Thread Part I: 2009-2014

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by rach2jlc, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. DesignerValet

    DesignerValet Senior member

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    Not flashy at all; a black leather bag with brass trim is as conservative as you can get. If you're so inclined, you can call your local store and ask when their next "Preferred Customer Event" is; you're supposed to have a card, but if you can get them to give it to you anyway it's good for 25% off.


    Montblanc's leather goods are of decent quality and reasonably priced, though the styling is usually dowdy. I have no idea where they're made.
     
  2. pronxs

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    In celebration of Father's Day, Killspencer is offering a very rare 15% off all orders with coupon code FATHERS2012, expiring June 17th.

    this is really nice

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  3. sneakyfast

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    Ok guys. What do you think about this roll top gym and weekender bag? It can expand or roll down depending on how much stuff you have. It has vintage brass connectors (not sure about these somebody tell me if they manly or not) on the shoulder strap. I tried to get a close up but it also has 2 cool cow brands on the leather showing.

    CAF or dorky?

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  4. david3558

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    Hey everyone - I'm looking to get a new bag, one that would quit dying on me. I've had lower quality leather bags that would tear as well as fashion-forward nylon ones.

    I had been eyeing the Saddleback classic briefcase (shown below) for quite a while. I'm wondering if there are other suggestions for leather bags that have a classic appeal, will/should remain sturdy, and can be dressed up or down. Filson seems like a decent option, but most of their bags have canvas on it and it doesn't seem like that would be as appropriate when I've got to be in a suit. (I'm really digging the Filson leather briefcase/satchel but the price is ridiculously high)

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    I would probably say the maximum size I'd want is for it to be able to fit a 15" MBP (I use a 13" now, so leaving some room in case I ever go up in screen size).

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  6. fazalmajid

    fazalmajid Well-Known Member

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    For hard-wearing bags, other options are Glaser Designs here in San Francisco (he caters to the oil and gas industry, and his bags know how to take a beating), as well as Mitchell Leather in Milwaukee and Frank Clegg Leatherworks in Massachusetts.
     
  7. Blackmaged

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    x-post from "should i...?"

     
  8. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Howdy folks. Sorry long time no post; no time!

    Anyway, just a quick update. Had a chance to peruse some major "brand" bags and such and wanted to give a report.

    First, YSL. I've had tons of YSL, mostly in the Tom Ford days. At that time, it was the "top" of the Gucci group. Gorgeous stuff... high priced but superb quality. Gone are those days. The current season bags have shitty leather, even shittier hardware, and are priced far beyond what they were before. The $2400 totes and such are embarrassingly bad. I was ashamed for the brand. Quick example... the "bufalo" leather bags are no longer even buffalo, but a treated calf. Further, formerly the Lampo and RIRI zippers with heavy brass YSL zipper pulls have been replaced by chintzy, lightweight zippers that feel very insubstantial. Sad.

    Next, Tom Ford. More of the same. $2800 for a canvas tote with YKK zippers? Sorry, not thrilled. Love the simple styling of Ford's bags... but the quality is about 1/4 the price-level.

    Givenchy is even worse than usual.

    Pleasant surprise are the FENDI Selleria grained calfskin totes and messengers. Priced around $1600, but very thick, high quality leather... nice lining and hardware... and simple styling. The "FENDI" canvas crap is to be avoided at all costs, but the selleria men's bags were quite well done. And, sadly, for $1600 you don't get much from a major brand these days. waiting for a sale at around $1000, and I think the bag would be a fair bet.

    Anyway, for the most part I'm out of the "bag" game, but just wanted to report on the few I've seen/touched lately.

    Good luck and happy hunting.
     
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  10. SimonC

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    +1 on Glaser; I posted on the thread a little while back when mine arrived. I've now done lots of travelling with it, and it is very well thought out. After a lot of so-so (irrespective of price) bags, it's almost odd having a bag where everything is very well thought-out and highly functional. The more I use it, the more I appreciate it.
     
  11. illiterateabc

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    I've been on the hunt to find a carry-all for a while when I found this vintage Bugatti briefcase at Goodwill for $10 (high roller, I am). At first, I thought it was a bit too bulky, boxy, and...schlumpy-looking? but once I tested out my fairly standard commuting load in the bag, I was convinced that it was a good, functional size for me. The leather feels nice and soft, as well. I'm one of those people who brings my padded-sleeved laptop and tupperwares of leftovers from home every day and then takes transit or bikes to work; therefore, I just can't hang with 4" depth bags as much as I believe they look and feel superior. I also think it's large enough for weekend travel, or at least an overnighter. I have no details about this bag because the company's website is nothing but an online catalog and no one on the web seems to really talk about this brand.

    What do you think about how it looks? I don't think it will win any style contents, especially here, but I came to this bag from using a black Duluth Scout Pack or black Rickshaw Zero messenger, so I think it's still a step up for my 27-year old self. I also work in a nonprofit where backpacks are the norm and denim is the dress code (my executive director uses an orange timbuk2 messenger bag), and so even this is a fair oddity. I have an otter green Filson zippered tote on the way, and it's pretty much the same volume as this bag, but maybe I'll miss the organization and shorter handles? I'll find out soon.

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  12. CaptainApathy

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    Here's a this or that question.

    At $350 the Jack Spade Waxed 18oz. Canvas Shell Case tote is a little on the expensive side; but at its current sale price of $228, less an additional 25%, it's a more compelling product.

    http://www.jackspade.com/messenger-...dwvar_NYRU1066-1_color=308&start=34&cgid=sale

    At its full price of $140, the Filson Zippered Tote is still less expensive. The JS appears to have been loosely modeled on the Filson, though with some extra touches.

    http://www.filson.com/products/zipp...&fvalsProduct=luggage/totes&fmetaProduct=1019

    It gains a second exterior pocket (one on each side), but neither can be zippered, buttoned, or otherwise fastened closed. It has no interior pockets, compared to one on the JS.

    So it's the $171 Jack Spade vs. the $140 Filson. Which do you choose and why? The bag will be used for occasional over-night trips.
     
  13. msulinski

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    Any thoughts on this Tumi: http://www.tumi.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11122039&prodFindSrc=search
    The one I am looking at is in dark brown leather.
    The website indicates that it is made of full-grain leather, which is promising. Does anyone know anything about the construction quality or have any feedback on the styling? I would be carrying it while wearing suits mostly.

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  14. fazalmajid

    fazalmajid Well-Known Member

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    I've handled the Tumi in-store, it's their standard nappa leather, which is decent enough. Construction is also good. The brown version is very dark, though, and I'm not sure it makes sense over black. The main issue people on this thread have with Tumi is that they often have a very staid look and feel like a corporate uniform of sorts. They tried to make this one more racy with the top zipper. Keep in mind this is the slim briefcase, which is perfectly fine for a thin laptop like a MacBook Air or an Ultrabook, but is going to be tighter for a full-size laptop.
     
  15. pdsf

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    This bag whore (me) hasn't been that active on the forum, and it seems this thread has also been quiet! Wake up people!

    To address the above (probably too late now). I'd go for the Filson - it's better made and would last you longer. I have seen that Jack Spade shell case before - the handles are a wee bit too long for my liking. Styling wise, JS usually has that more "modern" edge but their designs could be hit or miss, too. Definitely wait for the sale (or their usual extra % off off sale items).

    If you are looking for a bag for overnight trips, why not consider a duffle? Disclaimer: I am not a tote person. I have recently come across more tote/duffle hybrids which have potential....
     
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  16. pdsf

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    Again, another v late contribution so I hope you're still around :)

    For $10 it's totally fine! :) How has the bag served you? Like you, I also carry a bunch of stuff to work (lunch, snacks, water bottle, paper, and iPad) so I need a big bag as well. Given that you are in NorCal - do you take the BART? Has the lack of shoulder strap been inconvenient?
     
  17. pdsf

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    Yep, +100000 on Glaser and Frank Clegg (not Lotuff please - go for the real thing for less).

    Re Glaser - get in touch with Myron and discuss your needs. He's a great guy. Frank also has good customer service.

    Re a previous post - Saddleback leather bags is hard wearing (assuming you like that look) but they are quite heavy even when they are empty!
     
  18. pdsf

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    Tumi is fine. Quality and construction are usually decent - they last a long time and have relatively good resale value on eBay. This bag would go well with a suit, but a bunch of other suit wearers would also do the same. I think Tumi is just a bit dull in their styling. They have tried to spice things up a bit but the results have been rather arrrgh. It's a brand in serious need of a great creative director and due for a total makeover.
     
  19. fazalmajid

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    I am not convinced of that. There is clearly a market for camouflage - decent quality bags that don't stand out too much in conformist Corporate America. A brand can't be ll things to all people. If they want to break out, they would be better off creating a new brand altogether.
     
  20. quuz

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    Im going to Paris for one week and am looking for a nice overnight duffle.

    Im leaning towards either the filson small duffle:
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    I think Im going to go with the acne bag since I already have a filson 256, the bags are roughly the same size . However the Acne bag is 100 bucks more expensive (328 USD)
     
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