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Time for a New (Casual) Briefcase

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by RSS, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. RSS

    RSS Senior member

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    For years I've used a tan leather & khaki twill version of the Ghurka No. 5 / Examiner as my casual briefcase.

    Below is a photo of a new one in all leather ...

    [​IMG]
    It's a bit past time for a replacement ... and I'm looking.

    I suppose I could purchase the current version ...
    but am wondering if any of you have suggestions as to what other bags I might consider.
     
  2. torontolaker

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    For years I've used a tan leather & khaki twill version of the Ghurka No. 5 / Examiner as my casual briefcase.

    Below is a photo of a new one in all leather ...

    [​IMG]
    It's a bit past time for a replacement ... and I'm looking.

    I suppose I could purchase the current version ...
    but am wondering if any of you have suggestions as to what other bags I might consider.


    I find the outside pockets pretty ugly.
     
  3. RSS

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    I find the outside pockets pretty ugly.
    Delightful, but I care not.

    I'm not really asking whether one likes or dislikes it. I'm looking for potential alternates.

    Next?
     
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    For years I've used a tan leather & khaki twill version of the Ghurka No. 5 / Examiner as my casual briefcase.

    It's a bit past time for a replacement ... and I'm looking.

    I suppose I could purchase the current version ...
    but am wondering if any of you have suggestions as to what other bags I might consider.


    What sort of price range and what/how many pockets do you need ?

    Ever thought going MTM ?
     
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    What sort of price range and what/how many pockets do you need ?

    Ever thought going MTM ?

    Price Range: open.

    Pocket Preferences: one large central pocket and one or two smaller pockets (cell phone, pens, etc.) that can be secured ... and one large exterior pocket that remains open (to accommodate a newspaper).

    I could go MTM ... suggestions?
     
  6. voxsartoria

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    I could go MTM ... suggestions?

    Why not go with a local option?


    - B
     
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    Why not go with a local option?


    - B


    +1

    Best thing seems to be that you could visit her workshop.
     
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    I'd say that for convenience reasons Vox's idea could work, except that it looks like a fancy-leather workshop (not sure about the exact translation, "maroquinerie" in french), which implies a different sort of stitching on thinner leather.
    I was thinking of the work of a saddler, like the one in the following link :

    http://www.olivierdemestral.ch/

    Who does only bespoke and speaks english as well.
     
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    and RSS if I'm not mistaken you are a architect ? Then there is something on his site you should really like..........
     
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    Two questions:

    -Are the Ettinger bags made in the UK?

    -The Ghurka Barrister, has the production also been outsourced to Asia or is it still US made?
     
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    maybe on the lower end of "price doesnt matter" but still a very nice bag [​IMG] . there was a thread about it Globetrotter/Amberg by rach. you can still get it, price even dropped.

    t
     
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    Why not go with a local option?
    I forgot about April in Paris. I just called. They currently have a "soft" briefcase in alligator ... at $9800. Calf would be significantly less.

    Of course, this is not my dress briefcase ... and I tend to be rather rough with it. I'll need to consider if I really want to move into that price range/quality/construction given the way I use this bag.

    In any event, it was suggested that I bring my bag over and talk. Sounds like an idea. Even if they don't do the bag ... there are stocking stuffers to be had!
     
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    I have soft spot for the SAB Westminster but it doesn't have external pockets.
    SAB would certainly be in the running. Very nice bag ... even without external pockets.

    Would you be willing to consider another fabric/leather bag? The Ettingers are interesting, too.
    I didn't get past looking at the SAB ... but I do like the twill ... so will take a look.

    BTW ... nice to see you here!
     
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    and RSS if I'm not mistaken you are a architect ? Then there is something on his site you should really like..........
    You were not teasing. I really like the plan holder!

    In fact ... I got so excited that I forgot to look at the briefcase options. I do like the durability of this kind of product.
     
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    what about http://www.glaserdesigns.com/Pages/B...yBagIntro.html

    you could swing by their shop and take a look


    Another good option. And yes, a place that I could easily swing by.

    This does have me realizing that I should set a price limit for this particular bag. The April in Paris option will certainly exceed it ... but I still want to go by.

    I did not expect so many possibilities. Many thanks for the help. I can already see that my next bag will be something other than Ghurka. That is not to say that more advice will not be appreciated.

    And ... a special thank you to the little girl behind me on the jetway.
    She smiled and pointed ... allowing me to realize that my current briedcase is nearing structural failure.
     
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