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The Definitive MANBAG Thread, Part II: 2014~

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Like the Fragrance thread, I'm excited to see how the listing of brands and styles have grown over the years. I'm out of the loop and haven't been exploring new brands in the past few years, so I'm excited to learn more from you guys. ;)
 

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trying to commission a new custom weekender duffel bag but can't decide on the color. Going back and forth on either black or color #8. Both from Horween Chromexcel leather, the best of its kind. Just to give you some ideas, here is what color 8 Chromexcel looks like:
https://www.weargustin.com/store/bags-horween-weekender-chromexcel-8 and here is what black looks like: https://www.weargustin.com/store/bags-horween-briefcase-chromexcel-black (not the bag shape..... it will closer in shape like the first one)

Need your opinion. which color? thoughts?
 

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From what I've read Horween will stretch more than some other leathers, though it is obviously top quality. In terms of manufacturers, you may do better than Gustin for a lifetime bag, Frank Clegg for instance.
Colourwise, I guess it's down to wow factor vs inner smugness (not mutually exclusive of course). The #8 will get you noticed and in certain places everyday will be a parade. The black will instill a calm serenity in you surpassed only by your sure knowledge that it will go with virtually every fluorescent pattern that Dashing Tweeds is capable of throwing at a three piece suit.
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From what I've read Horween will stretch more than some other leathers, though it is obviously top quality. In terms of manufacturers, you may do better than Gustin for a lifetime bag, Frank Clegg for instance.
Colourwise, I guess it's down to wow factor vs inner smugness (not mutually exclusive of course). The #8 will get you noticed and in certain places everyday will be a parade. The black will instill a calm serenity in you surpassed only by your sure knowledge that it will go with virtually every fluorescent pattern that Dashing Tweeds is capable of throwing at a three piece suit.
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The pictures from Gustin were just to show the style. It’s going to be custom from a local guy. Anyways, I think perhaps I’ll go with a black one. Color 8 is nice but I’d agree that it’s a bit flashy.
 

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I must admit I LOVE this large zebra tote from Tom Ford. And it's on sale! ;)

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That is 1000x better than the previous bag you posted. I've owned a Bleu de Chauffe Eclair bag for a few years now and I love it.
I just noticed the underside of the bag has no feet hardware. So the nice leather will get scuffed up badly no doubt. Is this a deal breaker?
 
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All the presser foot marks on that bag would drive me crazy
Now I see the presser foot marks in one of the pics after you pointed them out. Are the marks unavoidable on a design like this or it's a matter of craftsmanship?
 
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No such thing on hand sewn... what's your budget?
 

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However, looking at the Clegg site their machine sewn bags don't seem to have those marks.
 

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