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Old 27-05-2017, 12:35 PM   #316
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My items are also hand-stitched using a traditional technique and threads that are pretty substantial, compared to machine-stitching which is generally thought of as not as strong and can unravel easily with more use. Buy once, cry once I guess
the factor about being hand made from scratch is sufficient for me to justify the price, but unfortunately my wallet isn't in sync with me yet...

hang on whilst i try and convince my wallet
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Old 27-05-2017, 12:39 PM   #317
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Thanks for the kind words! Unfortunately mine would not be cheap either, starting around $900 and up. This briefcase took me over 80 hours to make, and does not include time for researching about the design and planning out the build. The cost of tools needed also gets expensive quickly, and leather cost isn't cheap. Even with the same pay as someone from McDonalds, factoring in cost of leather, it will reach close to $1000.

Of course, there will always be people who wonder why would anyone pay so much for a briefcase when one from a departmental store with a good brand name will cost half of what I charge. Customization is one, as briefcases are a highly personal thing so the size, pockets, design/look/feel can be changed according to your needs.

Leather quality is another area. I can't speak to every leather item sold in departmental stores, but there's a good chance it's not made of full-grain leather (which is the best quality of leather), and there's also a good chance it's not fully made of leather (just look inside the card pockets of these "leather" wallets).

My items are also hand-stitched using a traditional technique and threads that are pretty substantial, compared to machine-stitching which is generally thought of as not as strong and can unravel easily with more use. Buy once, cry once I guess

And finally there's the "softer" aspect of knowing that your item is made from start to finish by an artisan you contact directly, and that you're not paying for mark-ups by big brands and companies.
Well said bro. Thanks for the detailed explaination.
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Old 27-05-2017, 05:53 PM   #318
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the factor about being hand made from scratch is sufficient for me to justify the price, but unfortunately my wallet isn't in sync with me yet...

hang on whilst i try and convince my wallet
Haha take your time, an expensive purchase like this would cause my wallet to play hide and seek too.
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Old 27-05-2017, 11:14 PM   #319
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Hi everyone, self-taught leathercrafter here. I wanted to share a briefcase that I made a while back, hope to get some feedback and maybe generate interest in hand made leather products. This took me around 60 hours to make from scratch.



Hi, how much did you charge for this briefcase? Sgd900?
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Old 27-05-2017, 11:24 PM   #320
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This was made for family, so FOC. I'll drop you a PM and we can chat more!
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Old 27-05-2017, 11:38 PM   #321
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Mostly cost a few thousand and above.
Went to check out bottega bags. Small one cost close to $5k and large one full leather one with partial crocodile leather costs $10k. Asked saleslady how long can bottega bags last under normal usage she say about 10 over years.

Previously had a mr porter bag which didnt last long, spoilt just after the warranty period i think and costs alot to repair even a small part because they dont have service centre in sg have to send back taiwan. No choice got to throw it away and never buy this brand again.

As my current bag is in bad shape, ended up just pulled trigger on a renoma bag for $150 at 50% discount. Wonders how long it can last.
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Went to check out bottega bags. Small one cost close to $5k and large one full leather one with partial crocodile leather costs $10k. Asked saleslady how long can bottega bags last under normal usage she say about 10 over years.

Previously had a mr porter bag which didnt last long, spoilt just after the warranty period i think and costs alot to repair even a small part because they dont have service centre in sg have to send back taiwan. No choice got to throw it away and never buy this brand again.

As my current bag is in bad shape, ended up just pulled trigger on a renoma bag for $150 at 50% discount. Wonders how long it can last.
Wow! I thought only female handbags reach such astronomical prices, didn't know men's briefcases could go up to 5 digits too. For that price I could probably make one out of full shell cordovan even... What other premium leather brands are there for men?
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Old 28-05-2017, 02:12 PM   #323
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Wow! I thought only female handbags reach such astronomical prices, didn't know men's briefcases could go up to 5 digits too. For that price I could probably make one out of full shell cordovan even... What other premium leather brands are there for men?
Actually i feel its overpriced. I know another brand Bally selling their tedal MD bag at $1.5k when i went to check out last year.
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Old 03-06-2017, 04:12 PM   #324
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Oic.... where you get it from?
S$350 from taiwan.

https://www.ll-porter.com/product/new-heat/11419-06205

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Old 23-06-2017, 08:27 AM   #325
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72115 good?
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Old 13-07-2017, 10:41 PM   #326
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any recommendation of bags that are not so heavy, either tote, messenger or brief kind?
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Old 27-07-2017, 10:04 PM   #327
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any good weekender, boston or holdall to recommend? wanted something that look formal and can bring to gym.

saw tumi voyagur bag but realised they are for female.
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Old 29-07-2017, 06:21 PM   #328
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Is the brand herring worth buying for their price?
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Old 30-07-2017, 02:58 PM   #329
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Thanks for the kind words! Unfortunately mine would not be cheap either, starting around $900 and up. This briefcase took me over 80 hours to make, and does not include time for researching about the design and planning out the build. The cost of tools needed also gets expensive quickly, and leather cost isn't cheap. Even with the same pay as someone from McDonalds, factoring in cost of leather, it will reach close to $1000.

Of course, there will always be people who wonder why would anyone pay so much for a briefcase when one from a departmental store with a good brand name will cost half of what I charge. Customization is one, as briefcases are a highly personal thing so the size, pockets, design/look/feel can be changed according to your needs.

Leather quality is another area. I can't speak to every leather item sold in departmental stores, but there's a good chance it's not made of full-grain leather (which is the best quality of leather), and there's also a good chance it's not fully made of leather (just look inside the card pockets of these "leather" wallets).

My items are also hand-stitched using a traditional technique and threads that are pretty substantial, compared to machine-stitching which is generally thought of as not as strong and can unravel easily with more use. Buy once, cry once I guess

And finally there's the "softer" aspect of knowing that your item is made from start to finish by an artisan you contact directly, and that you're not paying for mark-ups by big brands and companies.
ya u can start your own business and tailor bags. i think some prefer personalised bags. would have people like these to order from u
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Old 30-07-2017, 10:20 PM   #330
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actually, wanted to know if anyone would buy this









this is actually a female tumi series
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