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Tote bag - any thoughts on this

mr monty

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Originally Posted by Crane's
That's fine. I know the cost on Filson items so if they want to sell them at that price so be it. Of course I have warned people that there is seconds floating around and most of them are on Ebay.

I asked if his bags were seconds. This is their reply:

No, my bags are first quality we used them as samples to sell to stores. They are brand new and have never been used for anything but to look at.


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Originally Posted by intent
Is it polyester? Amazon says it is. Would be great if it's houndstooth fabric.
Agreed.
Originally Posted by rach2jlc
This really doesn't make any sense. I don't think you need a $4000 Valextra, but I'm sometimes surprised at the extent to which men here who obsess over their shoes and suits will leave their cologne/fragrance and their accessories/bags completely out of the picture, or skimp on them thinking it is a good idea. If I said, "I'm matching my Sartoria Partenopea with these plastic Hush Puppie loafers," there would be widespread condemnation. Doing the same thing with a Hush Puppy of a bag, though, gets a "good idea!" from members. I don't get it. That bag above is not particularly attractive to me; the fabric looks cheap and the rolled handles look plastic. The papery nylon lining and the cheap hardware will not age well. As well, the size/function of it appear to be more small duffle than tote. I'm not saying you have to go and spend your kid's college savings on a bag, but at least a tenth of the care you give to your suits should be spent on the accessories you carry. Quite frankly, most people will notice the bag you carry well before they notice the handstitching on your lapels.
Unfortunately I'm at a point, as I'm sure many of you gents are, that you're literally miles above everyone around you in terms of dress. Even in urban environments, as a 29-year old it's so far beyond the norm that people everywhere stare. Hell, I had that court appearence and everything I wore trumped the prosecutor's. The guy was like 40 and a law professional. I'm a young business analyst. He was wearing rubber freakin shoes. I completely understand your point of view and yes, everything should line up and match. But there's definitely a barrier there between being well-dressed but accessible and looking like that's all you do or care about. I want to look like just another guy, only well dressed. I don't want to look like money, or labels, or prestige. And perhaps that's an age thing. Immaculately dressed men in their 40s-60s look normal. Under 30, it's much more standout-ish. That topic is probably an entirely different thread in it's own.
 

rach2jlc

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Originally Posted by ChicagoJohn
Agreed. Unfortunately I'm at a point, as I'm sure many of you gents are, that you're literally miles above everyone around you in terms of dress. Even in urban environments, as a 29-year old it's so far beyond the norm that people everywhere stare. Hell, I had that court appearence and everything I wore trumped the prosecutor's. The guy was like 40 and a law professional. I'm a young business analyst. He was wearing rubber freakin shoes. I completely understand your point of view and yes, everything should line up and match. But there's definitely a barrier there between being well-dressed but accessible and looking like that's all you do or care about. I want to look like just another guy, only well dressed. I don't want to look like money, or labels, or prestige. That topic is probably an entirely different thread in it's own.
This is fair and I see your point. However, I do think a leather brief or tote at a price point well under $500 is do-able and would "fit" in more with your businesswear than the one you picked. I'm not talking labels, either (no LV, Prada, etc.) Yes, if you came rolling in with an Hermes sac a depeche, which costs as much as a good used car, you'd make waves. A simple leather brief or leather/canvas tote, like many posted on this thread, would make everything fit together and look more subtle, IMHO. A $50 plastic/pleather and polyester small duffle, though, probably sends a completely different message than you are intending.
 

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