Ultrasuede for the Ultra-Weak-Willed!!
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.
Originally Posted by Darcy
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!!