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  • dclawyer
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    Originally posted by HOBOKEN View Post
    I hear you! I work in the non-profit world, and frequently go to meetings in fancy conference rooms high in the sky with board members who are "Masters of the Universe" (admittedly, most are feeling a little less masterful these days).

    I already feel shabby in my non-bespoke suit and with my lack of knowledge about fly fishing in Iceland. Therefore, my briefcase is my sole feeble try at overcoming my feelings of inadequacy!! I know...being good at what I do should be enough, so clearly, I just need to get over it!!

    That said, thanks for the tip that Ultrasuede bags may be coming soon...I'll be waiting with bated breath!!
    I understand the feeling as I've been there myself. But in 2009 I would not feel superior by carrying what I need in bag made of the hide of a dead animal. In my opinion, there is nothing superior about that.

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  • backpack
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    Fly fishing in Iceland, uh?

    What kind of non profit executive is not getting any donation from me anytime soon?

    Those guys are paid far too much.


    And do not let yourself feel somewhat forced to look a certain way, you talent speaks for itself as you were able to climb the non-profit ladder.

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  • tbessie
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    Originally posted by HOBOKEN View Post
    That said, thanks for the tip that Ultrasuede bags may be coming soon...I'll be waiting with bated breath!!
    That bate might help with your Icelandic flyfishing problem. :-)

    (Yes, I know they're spelled differently :-) ).

    - Tim

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  • HOBOKEN
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    Originally posted by PM4HIRE View Post
    Funny, I worked Big 4 accounting firms and never
    felt compelled to buy leather brief cases.
    I hear you! I work in the non-profit world, and frequently go to meetings in fancy conference rooms high in the sky with board members who are "Masters of the Universe" (admittedly, most are feeling a little less masterful these days).

    I already feel shabby in my non-bespoke suit and with my lack of knowledge about fly fishing in Iceland. Therefore, my briefcase is my sole feeble try at overcoming my feelings of inadequacy!! I know...being good at what I do should be enough, so clearly, I just need to get over it!!

    That said, thanks for the tip that Ultrasuede bags may be coming soon...I'll be waiting with bated breath!!

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  • PM4HIRE
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    Funny, I worked Big 4 accounting firms and never
    felt compelled to buy leather brief cases.

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  • Darcy
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    I understand, HOBOKEN. We'll most likely introduce a smaller bag or two in Ultrasuede first, and then a briefcase (smaller than the Zephyr).

    I think Ultrasuede is a stunning fabric - notice that's Ultrasuede with a capital U and not a lowercase u. (The lowercase u stuff - fake Ultrasuede - is cheap and yuky.) The Ultrasuede we would use for a bag would be even more water-resistant and thicker than regular Ultrasuede.

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  • TdeF
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    Nice post HOBOKEN. I have an old canvas and leather duffel that is my first choice for short trips. It gets better with age.

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  • HOBOKEN
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    Ultrasuede for the Ultra-Weak-Willed!!

    Originally posted by Darcy View Post
    It's possible - but more likely you'll see an entirely new kind of smaller briefcase in 2009. Maybe made out of Ultrasuede.
    I know it may not be to everyone's liking, but since I believe you guys don't consider leather a possibility, and I've never seen any mention of the possibility of something like canvas as a design material, I would be absolutely THRILLED at the possibility of a Tom Bihn-designed briefcase from something like Ultrasuede.

    Let me start by saying that I'm a huge fan of the ergonomics and deep thoughtfulness that goes into the design of your bags. I honestly believe that no other manufacturer has considered in such an intelligent and reasoned manner how modern people actually use their briefcases, backpacks and luggage. From the zippers to the carrying straps, to the pocket placements, every one of your bags (and I own lots of them) has been clearly constructed with the needs of the end-user foremost in mind.

    That said, I confess that my poor self-esteem keeps me from using these brilliantly designed bags as often as I should! Not that I don't think they're attractive, mind you. I think they've VERY eye-catching. However, in the circles I travel, nylon briefcases -- even the really nice nylon you guys use -- is sort of frowned upon as nerdy, more the province of IT people in the backroom than businessmen in the board room.

    Hence, when I'm going to business meetings, I tend to use the lovely leather bags designed by a fellow West Coast manufacturer, Glaser Designs. These are beautiful handmade bags that are, I'd be the first to admit, nowhere near as practical as your designs! But they're made of leather!

    I completely realize this poor self-image and weak sense of self is totally MY problem, not yours!! Why should I care what other people think of my nylon bags?

    However, the long explanation above is my (pathetic) way of pleading for a Bihn-designed briefcase made of Ultrasuede, or some similar "professional" seeming material -- so I could cast off my other, lesser, leather briefcases once and for all!!

    Feel free to ignore or mock me -- I undoubtedly deserve it -- but I've been wanting to get this sentiment off my chest for a long time, even if only to be able to show a confession of my weakness to a psychiatrist!!

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  • timothy
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    Originally posted by tbessie View Post
    I take that to mean you like ballistics cloth better, yes? (as do I) - I'm not sure if you meant that to mean "ballistics cloth IS GREATER THAN ultrasuede" or "leave ballistics cloth behind and go to ultrasuede". :-)

    - Tim
    "Greater than" is putting it mildly.

    Do not pass go, do not collect $200, do not go to ultrasuede.

    timothy

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  • tbessie
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    Originally posted by timothy View Post
    Maybe I could be convinced otherwise by the perfect in-person demo, but ...

    ballistic cloth >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ultrasuede.

    It's like lobster and blueberry pie (for those who like both) vs. McDonalds' fish sandwich, or structural steel beams vs. mayonnaise as building elements. And I hate mayonnaise.

    timothy
    I take that to mean you like ballistics cloth better, yes? (as do I) - I'm not sure if you meant that to mean "ballistics cloth IS GREATER THAN ultrasuede" or "leave ballistics cloth behind and go to ultrasuede". :-)

    - Tim

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  • Darcy
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    Okay - I spoke too soon! You will definitely see new Ultrasuede bags in 2009, but a smaller briefcase might not be one of them. Maybe the Mini Cafe bag?
    But Tom does still plan to design a smaller briefcase.

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  • flitcraft
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    I love my Zephyr, don't get me wrong, but I'd really love a smaller briefcase. too. As a small-framed woman just about 5 feet tall, the Zephyr is on the verge of being overwhelming. And, since my traveling laptop is the pint-sized Fujitsu P7230, I end up stowing it vertically in the inside pocket. On the upside, there's plenty of room then next to it for my noise-cancelling headphones, I-pod, camera, and liquids and gels bag.

    Did I mention that the Zephyr may be the most perfect "personal item" for airplane use? Fits under even the most ridiculously cramped underseat area, is perfectly organized for retrieval of comfort items and work-on-the-plane items, and turns into a respectable briefcase for business use when I hit my destination.

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  • timothy
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    Maybe I could be convinced otherwise by the perfect in-person demo, but ...

    ballistic cloth >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ultrasuede.

    It's like lobster and blueberry pie (for those who like both) vs. McDonalds' fish sandwich, or structural steel beams vs. mayonnaise as building elements. And I hate mayonnaise.

    timothy

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  • backpack
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    We can always have both

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  • tbessie
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    Say it isn't so!

    Originally posted by Darcy View Post
    It's possible - but more likely you'll see an entirely new kind of smaller briefcase in 2009. Maybe made out of Ultrasuede.
    I loves me my ballistics cloth! :-(

    - Tim

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