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The Definitive MANBAG Thread Part I: 2009-2014

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

  1. chowchow

    chowchow Senior member

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    It's hard to tell sometimes, because they don't have different "lines" per se (like, no "studio" or "tramezza," etc.) It's just mostly in handling them in person; the crappier stuff makes you go, "This is Ferragamo? It sure feels crappy." If this one had a nice feel to the leather, had decent hardware and lining, I'd say it's probably worth it, if you really liked the bag. Some of the lower-end stuff almost feels so cheap you'd think it was fake... if you weren't looking at it AT a ferragamo boutique (haha). So, I'd say go for it, though you might also check out Yoox and the Bill Amberg/Globetrotter duffles. They're very nice, too, and a LOT less expensive. Being in the UK, you could also check out Amberg's regular line, which probably wouldn't be much more than 450 quid on sale. I'd say his stuff would be miles ahead of any Ferragamo line.
    thx again! in fact i have got an amberg bag from their outlet in bicester, surprisingly good value in my opinion! pics [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] i snapped it for 200 quid ($300) the model is called "jensen" which used to retail for 450quid[​IMG] hope u like it rach2jlc
     
  2. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    ^Very nice... but then again... I've always like Amberg's stuff. I never owned or saw all that much in person (he's hard to find outside the UK!) but I always thought it looked great with good materials and fair pricing.
     
  3. chowchow

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    honestly, the material is not top notch and ,like my bag, it is made in turky
    but i thk it does represent a good value and the design is a very good mixture of classic and modern(don know how to put it in words actually)
     
  4. Coldsnap

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    Can anyone recommend me a small bag that is not feminine (totes are probably out of the question) that will serve me well for carrying some things to work. I usually commute with; Lunch, Cell Phone, Eyeglasses, Sunglasses, Nintendo Ds, and maybe a book.

    What do you guys use when you can't exactly fill up a messenger bag?
     
  5. brad-t

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    What do you guys use when you can't exactly fill up a messenger bag?

    fanny pack
     
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    robin Senior member

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    Just fill your regular messenger bag up with manly things, like tools, and porno mags.
     
  8. TBSDSpaniard

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    anyone have experience with S.T. Dupont leather bags and wallets?
     
  9. pdsf

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    I was going to recommend that Margiela messenger bag but it's now sold. Are you looking for leather, nylon, or canvas? There are tons of "masculine looking" smaller bags around.

    I think for a messenger bag it's okay to leave some space. Sometimes I feel the need to fill up a weekender type of bag though, especially if it's not structured...but that's probably me being idiosyncratic.

    Can anyone recommend me a small bag that is not feminine (totes are probably out of the question) that will serve me well for carrying some things to work. I usually commute with; Lunch, Cell Phone, Eyeglasses, Sunglasses, Nintendo Ds, and maybe a book.

    What do you guys use when you can't exactly fill up a messenger bag?
     
  10. chowchow

    chowchow Senior member

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    my scaramanga bag though i have returned it some pics Scaramanga ($60-$150) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Pros: despite the fact that i have return it, i need to stress that they are surprisingly good value. this bag costs me 46 pounds(roughly $69) exclusive of shipping. and for this amount u reallly cant complain about the quality. construction looks all right and the distressing effect, which is scaramanga's marketing point, is decent. I also highly appreciate their customer service. I get my full refund within 2 days[​IMG] Cons:so why did i return it? well, the crucial point is that i dont like the smell of it. their bags are made of goat leather of pretty strong smell. perhaps the smell will go away in a week but i just cant stand it (i have no experience with any goat leather before). Moreover, i have paid 46 pounds and the bag LOOKS like 46 pounds. not more or less. Overall: if u dont have much budget or if you are not willing to spend too much on your leather messenger bag, I will definitely say go for it. You can hardly find anything better valued than Scaramanga in their price range. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAID FOR!! and if you are not happy with it you can just return to them and they will not hesitate to give u a refund AFAIK. Score: 7/10 Do correct me if you think i m wrong[​IMG] May I also kindly ask those people who have posted review here add some pics of the bags being reviewed? I know some of you may have already sold yours (like me) but if u hv pics pls post them thank you![​IMG]
     
  11. Coldsnap

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    I was going to recommend that Margiela messenger bag but it's now sold. Are you looking for leather, nylon, or canvas? There are tons of "masculine looking" smaller bags around.

    I think for a messenger bag it's okay to leave some space. Sometimes I feel the need to fill up a weekender type of bag though, especially if it's not structured...but that's probably me being idiosyncratic.


    Well I originally wanted canvas because I really like how Filsons feel. I havn't found anything I like so I would buy canavas, leather, nylon.
     
  12. strategos

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    I picked up a scaramanga messenger bag last year and I've been very happy with it so far (sorry I missed your post asking for reviews, chowchow). It did have a bit of a strange smell at first, but that completely vanished within a week or so. The construction seems good to me, and it has held up pretty well so far. My only real complaint is that the strap is a bit flimsy (it's different than the one in chowchow's pictures, with a sliding metal adjuster rather than a proper buckle). Judging from the comments I've received, I would say it looks like a lot more than a 50 GBP bag, but I don't have any experience with higher price/quality bags. FWIW, I'd rate it closer to an 8.5/10.
     
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    I picked up a scaramanga messenger bag last year and I've been very happy with it so far (sorry I missed your post asking for reviews, chowchow). It did have a bit of a strange smell at first, but that completely vanished within a week or so. The construction seems good to me, and it has held up pretty well so far. My only real complaint is that the strap is a bit flimsy (it's different than the one in chowchow's pictures, with a sliding metal adjuster rather than a proper buckle). Judging from the comments I've received, I would say it looks like a lot more than a 50 GBP bag, but I don't have any experience with higher price/quality bags. FWIW, I'd rate it closer to an 8.5/10.

    no worry dont hv to say sorry[​IMG]

    yes I may have been too mean on scaramanga but you are right. the smell will vanish eventually.
    it is just me who cannot stand the smell[​IMG]
     
  15. chowchow

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    btw, can anybody post their pics of tusting? i have read in this thread that they are really well made.
    any detailed review?

    thx in advance!
     
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    that bag looks quite good and the price seems reasonable btw, anybody has experience with Matt and Nat? i know they are not real leather but i cant take my eyes off this one http://www.mattandnat.co.uk/product/.../622/1/AVIATOR is it too girlish?
    Matt and Nat has really gained popularity (well, at least more and more shops are stocking them). I have never been a fan though. Too much going on [​IMG]
     
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    Hi, curious as to why you think ma bags are horrible...assuming that you mean MA+?

    The ma bags and satchel looking ones are horrible and they go apenutty for them at 2k which always leaves me scratching my head.

    There is actually a really cool jil tote with leather straps following in theme with the colorblocking this season, it's olive, white and black I think? The handle is adjustable with a buckle on one side it's really nice I just don't have use for a daily bag (and my wallet is thankful).

    I did see a nice olive ndc weekender but never was able to find it, so difficult finding nicely designed weekenders and not many seem to make them.
     

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