Gentlemen, help me out here. I am investing in a leather bag/briefcase. I have looked at a few from custom hide, walden bags, vagabond and saddleback. Have read a lot of negative comments on a few. What do you have and how does it work for you? What do you suggest and why? Some are very nice but overpriced or are they?
Well I can't speak with much authority; I've been using an old LL Bean canvas (with leather trim) carry-all bag for the past few years. it's big, has outside pockets on ends and in front, internal dividers, etc. So it's practical but not making a great impression with work/meetings. Also starting to get stained. Best relegated to beach trips.
I'm considering a Henry Tomkins "Large Satchel" with the double straps, etc, as well as a Far Horizons Trading Company "Safari. They are both around $290USD (the Tomkins would be 185 pounds-sterling with all the options)
I think the Henry Tomkins stuff looks extremely beautiful, hand-made on the continent, and for that- quite affordable. I'd expect to see work like that going for twice the price.
They are both nice, and both pretty similar. Classic British WWII vintage.
The Saddlebacks are too expensive for my budget.
I tend to carry heavy: tape measure, leather-bound sketchbook, kit of small audio adapters, , LED flashlight, checkbook, notepad, work papers...you get the idea.
I think I'm going with the Far Horizons. Guy is very cool and is getting me a good deal. I'll let you know how it pans out.
There stuff looks cool , I like the camel leather bags .
I got the Safari (cow hide).
It's really very nice and well-made. Plenty large.
The traditional buckles and strap mean it takes longer to open and close than a modern Fastex buckle or metal tongue latch.