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Classic American Briefcases
June 4, 2003 2:05 PM   Subscribe

Bountiful American Leather Babes On The Rampage: I was looking for umbrellas, traditional British umbrellas, to shade me from the Portuguese summer sun, when, all of a sudden, I came across a cornucopia of beautiful, classic American briefcases. I still use the capacious, weather-worn Schlesinger case my father gave me when I was twelve. Well waaah! Now I want a new one. The British cases are desirable too. In fact the whole damn shop is one big leather dream. I mean moleskines, fountain pens, books and bottles are all very nice - but real men, like real women, need truly big leather bags to carry their whole life with them. Along with a good umbrella, of course. One of those Malaccas with a hidden flask for whisky, perhaps.
posted by MiguelCardoso (16 comments total)

 
Oops, in my drooling, I dropped the link that should have been under "beautiful, classic American briefcases." Specially as that 18 inch Churchill is, to my tiny mind, the most fetching one of all. Sorry about that.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 2:13 PM on June 4, 2003


Boy, did I ever think this link was about, um, something else.
posted by mikrophon at 2:25 PM on June 4, 2003


I, for one, could never justify spending $600 on something I misplace as frequently as an umbrella.
(The flask really is a nice touch, though, isn't it? Nothing like a little nip of something brown and friendly to perk up a drizzly day, wot wot?)
posted by mikrophon at 2:29 PM on June 4, 2003


Yeah, for that kind of money, I could just hire a kid to follow me around and carry my stuff for me... and the umbrella.
posted by ubi at 2:35 PM on June 4, 2003


Is this just a post about a store that sells things made out of leather? I don't get it...
posted by oissubke at 2:38 PM on June 4, 2003


real men, like real women, need truly big leather bags to carry their whole life with them

so is it a sign that I'm not a real man yet if my bag of choice for carrying my whole life is made out of weatherproof ballistic fabrics?
posted by bl1nk at 3:20 PM on June 4, 2003


In that most American of sports, Baseball, there is nothing quite like the unique feel and smell of glove leather.

Thanks to big thinkers at Rawlings, you can get a briefcase made of baseball glove leather.

I carry mine proudly to the office everyday.
posted by Argyle at 3:31 PM on June 4, 2003


Boy, did I ever think this link was about, um, something else.

Me too.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 3:40 PM on June 4, 2003


i think it was an ad....
posted by Dome-O-Rama at 4:19 PM on June 4, 2003


No offense, but leather is just so passé, in a slightly stuffy, GQ, men's magazine sort of way. The alternative is much more comfy, practical, and functional.
posted by Shane at 4:58 PM on June 4, 2003


Thanks for the link, Argyle...fancy that: Rawlings making leather-goods other than baseball gloves.

Now I know pre-zactly what to put on the shopping list for that special festive occasion gift for those who are dear to me and dearly addicted to the sport: a Rawlings baseball glove leather homeplate-shaped mousepad, gift wrapped with a small tin of Bag Balm or Badger Healing Balm [ for the pad's care and feeding.]

For the xtra-xtra-special gift: tuck in a copy of Baseball Mogul [to round out the experience.]
posted by Dunvegan at 5:08 PM on June 4, 2003


My Il Bisonte D249 (natural) will be with me until I die.
posted by notclosed at 6:20 PM on June 4, 2003


notclosed: why are the Il Bisonte bags so expensive? Are they lined with baby seal pelts or something?
posted by bshort at 9:46 PM on June 4, 2003


notclosed: why are the Il Bisonte bags so expensive? Are they lined with baby seal pelts or something?

They're beautifully hand made out of really nice materials, and they last forever.
posted by notclosed at 10:37 PM on June 4, 2003


The Filson Bridle Leather Field Satchel.

I picked up mine almost 10 years ago for $500. At the time, that was a huge purchase for me and I thought it might have been a mistake. It's seen 10 years of daily use and I suspect that I will have it until I die.
posted by probablysteve at 4:42 AM on June 5, 2003


Excellent sites. Thanks, Miguel.
posted by hama7 at 9:25 PM on June 6, 2003


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