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The Definitive MANBAG Thread, Part II: 2014~

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by rach2jlc, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. ojaw

    ojaw Senior Member

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    I agree with this and am pursuing a custom version of such, though it'll be much more plebeian in budget and style than above.
     


  2. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Prof. Fabulous Dubiously Honored

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    Yeah, Hermes these days is mostly only good to look at for inspiration/ideas for styling. For the sake of info, though, the bag is called the 24/24 GM in "sikkim" leather (a soft lambskin). They made it in a number of colors and three sizes, all of which are really lovely (my personal favorite was a mushroom/puddy color)

    Another good internet resource for inspiration/styling is Tooklookbook, a site that compiles seasonal lookbooks and catalogues from brands.

    http://lookovore.com/
     
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    I have been very interested in the Chrome Industries Mini Buran. It's a little more sporty than I usually like but I recently tried on a Chrome Industries messenger bag and I really like how they sit.

    Also I really like the look of TOPO Design's Mountain briefcase.

    What specifically are you looking for in TSA checkpoint friendliness?
     


  4. notwithit

    notwithit Pullup laureate

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    Huh, I think I have the non-laptop version of that exact Chrome bag. I used it every day back when I was biking. It was pretty good for that - I found it stayed in place even without the cross-body stabilizing strap - but it's a little loud for my taste.

    Some laptop bags - very, very few, it would seem - are designed such that you don't have to take your laptop out and put it in a bin when you go through airport security; you just open up the bag and lay it flat on the conveyor belt. This is an example: http://www.timbuk2.com/command-tsa-...174-4-5886_size=8&dwvar_174-4-5886_color=2226

    Basically, I want an incrementally less ugly version of that. It may be asking too much. I should probably just get that one and accept - nay, embrace - the ugliness.

    [​IMG]

    I may be able to live with the green version:

    [​IMG]
     
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  6. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Prof. Fabulous Dubiously Honored

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    cyc wid it Stylish Dinosaur

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    If you really must have leather, there just aren't that many decent "budget" options. Same with bespoke shoes... or anything really.
     
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    rach2jlc Prof. Fabulous Dubiously Honored

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    Exactly. While we often talk here about how overpriced many brands are... we shouldn't therefore imply that a good bag is really cheap to make. It's not... and while "smart" brands have figured out places to trim costs while keeping quality/design high... there will always be compromises unless you bite the bullet and buy ONLY at the very top tier... and at retail.

    The future is getting brighter, though; as professional dress and using nice accessories become more popular, we'll get more good, fair priced brands. Japan, for example, has TONS of them... but then again they have a wide segment of young professionals who regularly purchase them. Until pretty recently, though, very few here in the States needed to carry anything nice, or looked pretentious doing so.

    This created the vacuum now desperately needing to be filled; there was really only a market for cheap Kenneth Cole crap that your girlfriend bought you (or you found at TJMaxx for $20)... or the $1500 one with a famous Italian label attached.
     
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  10. notwithit

    notwithit Pullup laureate

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    The Tom Bihn Cadet is probably the closest I've seen to what I'm looking for. The Timbuk2 is unfortunately somewhat limited; even with customization, you can only get it with a black body. I think the customization only extends to the flap and straps (maybe the lining).
     


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    thank you for the share[​IMG]
     


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    The duffle is from the Victoria collection: it's lined in canvas, which makes it lighter and less expensive than some of their more structured options (the women's handbag version of this starts around $5k). They've also made an open-top version that's quite handsome:
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    I LOVE the 24/24 Reporter; the shape, the size, the leathers are pretty much ideal. If I really wanted to invest in just one messenger bag, this would be it.
     


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    So true. You can spend less money (Dries Van Noten, Jack Spade, Rag & Bone come to mind), but they aren't going to be made with the same materials or finished as nicely a true luxury bag.

    And yes, bags are quite a bit like shoes: the ones you'll find on serious markdown are usually odd, unattractive or impractical. A good bag that suits your needs is worth paying full price for.
     
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    Awesome, it would be great if you could post about it here!
     


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    You are correct. The three panels on he flap, the liner, the logo, and the piping are all you can customize,

    If you like leather bags [Samsonite](http://www.amazon.com/Samsonite-Leather-Checkpoint-Friendly-Brief/dp/B004CI8CW4) has a checkpoint friendly bag. Unfortunately it looks a little thick. I don't know how well it would actually scan.
     


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