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Posted: 3/2/2006 1:57:46 PM EDT
Hey, I'm looking for a quality leather briefcase.

When I started working, I bought two cheapo leather briefcases from Wilsons's (yeah, "mall leather"). They looked good but they didn't hold up under heavy use. Yes, I have been taking care of my leather goods -- yearly applications of leather conditioner and stain blocker. They just didn't hold up.

So I want to replace them with something that will hold up -- i.e. something significantly better in the quality dept than what I have.

Here are my style preferences (keep in mind that I will not buy Kenneth Cole, they are anti-gun!):

1. Single lock

2. Double lock

(I like how the straps have rubber non-slip grip material on the shoulder pad. Nothing annoys me more than having the damn shoulder strap slip off my jacket while I'm walking around).

I have looked at Coach and Brooks Brothers. Neither have anything I like.

An option might be this style, but it is in third place in my mind:

3. Executive Case or

3. Vanson Executive Case. I kinda like this one because I know Vanson makes great quality stuff (I have 2 of their jackets) and it is made in the USA to boot. I'm just not crazy about the style.

Any recommendations for a quality leather briefcase, fitting the above styles, would be greatly appreciated. Price is flexible but I'd like to keep it under $500.

Thanks.
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