The Definitive MANBAG Thread Part I: 2009-2014

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

  1. brad-t

    brad-t Bae Blade

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    I actually grabbed this at a mall leather store here called Danier for like $45. It won't win any design awards but at the price it's pretty great. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


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  3. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Prof. Fabulous Dubiously Honored

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    ^I'm traveling all summer, including Japan for two months, so when I'm there I'll do an official "BAG TOUR" and report back with lots of brands that most of us have probably never heard of, but will probably wish we could afford in large numbers. [​IMG] Masterpiece Japan Yoshida/Porter (various lines) Others... Julius Viridienne Dresscamp Whereabouts Sophnet Ato Does 45rpm make bags? I wonder... I'll search around... I use this Tod's bag as a Laptop carrier: Tod's "Iconic Series" Messenger (I use one like this as a laptop bag). $875 retail or so: [​IMG]
     


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    TRINI Senior member

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    Rach - can you also review Master-Piece bags out of Japan?
     


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    Anybody have a take on ALD's bags for sale at Context? [​IMG]
     


  6. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Prof. Fabulous Dubiously Honored

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    Has anybody had any Rick Owens about which they'd like to comment? The bags look lovely, but I've never seen one in person. Also, what about 3.1 Philip Lim? Burberry (London, Prorsum, etc.), Paul Smith?
     


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    Sym Senior member

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    My Dream Bag [​IMG] Hermes x Yohji
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    keykoo Senior member

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    I have two Martin Margiela bags. One is a smaller multi-pouch bag that (canvas) and one is my primary weekender. I think they're both great quality and relatively well priced. Really, they're my favorite bags that I own.
     


  9. delirium

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    MCM FTW! Yep, hideous yet campy. I see this stuff at recycle shops in Japan ALL the time. If you ever are looking for anything in particular, let me know and I'll bring you back something. it's all cheap, hideous, yet wonderful (that awful ochre yellow/brown with the black pattern).

    The re-vamp tried to take the pattern and put Goyard-esque stripes on it. Didn't work!



    am amused by MCM. kinda liked that briefcase.
    anymore pics? and what price range are we talking?
     


  10. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Prof. Fabulous Dubiously Honored

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    am amused by MCM. kinda liked that briefcase. anymore pics? and what price range are we talking?
    It's quite expensive... bags in the $700-1000 range for new stuff. Not quite LV pricing, but definitely "top tier" in terms of their target. Old stuff can be found VERY cheaply. I don't know if they still are doing much, but 3-4 years ago they hired a new Creative Director (forget his name... I think he was German, though) to revamp the brand. It didn't work very well. Do a general google search for MCM Michael Croemer Munchen and you'll find lotsa stuff. Here's their webpage: http://www.mcmworldwide.com/
     


  11. delirium

    delirium Senior member

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    to add on to this conversation

    Nom de Guerre ($300-600ish)
    Decent quality, interesting fabrics (I have a helmut bag in their technical fabric), good styling
    It's a good mid range brand for bags.

    Julius (Japanese prices are much better than US prices)
    Pros: Very luxurious leather, good quality, cool styles
    Cons: fits certain aesthetics. US prices are jacked up a lot. Can be hard to source.

    It's quite expensive... bags in the $700-1000 range for new stuff. Not quite LV pricing, but definitely "top tier" in terms of their target. Old stuff can be found VERY cheaply.

    I don't know if they still are doing much, but 3-4 years ago they hired a new Creative Director (forget his name... I think he was German, though) to revamp the brand. It didn't work very well.

    Do a general google search for MCM Michael Croemer Munchen and you'll find lotsa stuff.

    Here's their webpage:
    http://www.mcmworldwide.com/



    haha yeah looks pretty bad.

    i'd be interested in something like what the dude was carrying just for kicks if it was that cheap.
    think you could pick something up for me if you happened by it [​IMG] ?
     


  12. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Prof. Fabulous Dubiously Honored

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    Some other possible reviews: Pauric Sweeney ($800-2500) PROS: Interesting styling, unique colors and leather treatments, quality appears good at first glance. CONS: Styling is sometimes too "trendy" and will appear dated quickly. A good manbag is about versatility; you want one that in five years will still be useful. Sweeney may not be that bag. Overall Assessment: My experience with this brand is limited, but I'd certainly consider one as a "fun/extra" bag, but not for a daily use staple. Tusting Corsia $500-800 Limited experience but what I've seen has had interesting, simple styling but rather lackluster construction, hardware, and details. I'd probably NOT purchase, unless I just found the exact bag I loved. Corto Moltedo Same as Corsia, overall. Nevertheless, this one was started by the twenty-something y.o. son of the people who started Bottega Veneta. Something tells me he banked on his famous parents to start this line, which isn't BAD, but is hardly thrilling.
     


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    Thanks for the additions. I agree that for MOST of the Japanese brands, the US prices are insane. Seeing Yohji prices in japan was very refreshing. Same for most of the others.

    Sure, if I run across something MCM like that, I'll PM you and we can go from there. All you'd need to cover extra would be the shipping from Japan, because I'd rather not lug that thing in my suitcase! [​IMG]


    sounds great, thanks [​IMG]

    i definitely empathize; seeing prices at the yohji boutique in ny is kind of frightening.
    speaking of yohji, dude knows how to make some nice bags.
     


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    Coming when I have time: Jack Spade (meh), Property of...(Meh), Billy Kirk (good)

    Do people think Jack Spade has slipped in quality? I heard Andy Spade is no longer associated with the brand.
     


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    for fellow man-bag users, when you got a bag with both a messenger strap and handles, which do you opt for usually? or when do you opt for one over the other? (assuming the strap is removeable)
     


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