An heirloom bag
This arrived a couple of weeks ago and I have fallen in love with it. It is very well made, stands upright, even when you know the load inside is uneven, is lighter than it would seem to be and looks amazing.
I choose the tobacco finish partly so that I would get a worn in look, and it's working. I'm looking forward to using this bag for many many more years.
May 23, 2014
Perfect Tusting Clipper
I have had the Clipper for a week. It is used as my everyday bag, unlike my other briefcase, which is for court. So far, I am pleased with the bag. It carries my 15" macbook pro in a foam skin, and has enough room for various files I take with me each night. I do wish it had an inner pocket for small items. Great value and many complements on looks. I also have the large Tusting weekend carryall which I love.
March 22, 2014
I live my life by William Morris's advice to "have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." I have been looking for just the right bag that blends beauty and functionality for years and still labored over this decision upon seeing the Tusting Clipper in the Levenger catalog. Having just purchased this bag, I couldn't be more pleased. The Tusting Clipper is simply gorgeous. It is so spacious that I've been able to combine my 15" laptop, essential purse items, and multiple textbooks and course materials. The craftsmanship is exquisite, and I was surprised at how light it is for its sturdiness. As a woman, the shoulder strap causes the bag to fall perfectly. I was surprised that it also seemed to be equally comfortable for a friend who is 6'2" (and now coveting my bag - he did point out that it is a MEN'S bag). The leather is beautiful. At first I was concerned by how easily it is scratched; however, the scratches rubbed out easily with a dry paper towel. It took a very long time to find this tremendous bag, and I look forward to its wearing so well that I never have to make the decision again for the next twenty years of my career. Thank you, Levenger! A bag truly worthy of your catalog.
March 15, 2014
If this had the 3 D-rings on the back that the Oxford Convertible Backpack has, it would be The Perfect Bag.
March 4, 2014
The Clipper bag is simply wonderful. The perfect bag for work and travel.
November 23, 2013
My (nearly!) perfect bag...
I spent months looking for the perfect work bag. I searched every website, every retail outlet.... I just couldn't find the bag that had all the things I wanted. While the pricetag for the Clipper is high, I finally decided to take the risk and order it.
I am glad I did. This bag is simply stunning. It has no flashing bells and whistles - It's just classic quality at its most attractive. People comment on it often.
It's slightly smaller than I expected but well within acceptable levels. I was a bit worried about others' comments about the waxed leather, but I'm having no issues. No wax stains on my clothes. I was prepared to give the bag a good rub-down when I got it, but no need. Scratches buff out - and ultimately, I'm not worried about them since, for me, one of appeals of this bag is watching it wear in and gain some "experience."
The strap is a bit short and I may buy the longer one. For day-to-day use, the short strap is fine; the bag settles just above my hip and is comfortable. If I'm packing it around all day, however, I'll want a strap long enough to wear it cross-body.
I have no regrets about this bag... it's the most expensive accessory I own, and yet I'm so pleased to have been able to purchase it.
June 23, 2013
Best briefcase ever!
It is great, hearty leather which does not weigh a ton! My legal files fit very well and the pockets are just right for my needs. The handle is a pefect fit for a smaller hand and fits well on the shoulder too. Worth the investment.You'll enjoy it!
March 4, 2013
this is the best bag ever! Every day I need to carry my laptop to/from home, to/from meetings - sometimes I don't get back to my desk all day. Since I also need to carry the cords, additional folders, notepads, snacks, $, etc, a laptop sleeve just doesn't do it. This briefcase is surprisingly lightweight & compact enough to carry around easily, but holds everything I need - I can go all day with just this bag and my commuter coffee mug! The leather is of fantastic quality - heavy duty enough that I'm sure it will last longer than my working career. And it'll look even better the more beat-up it gets. It is pricey, but I figure over 20 yrs, it's a bargain! Absolutely love it love it love it. :)
January 6, 2013
This is a large bag. Many will find the "compact" version adequate. But when the compact version won't do, this roomier version will carry laptops easily (even 15 laptops) along with a charger, mouse, legal notepads, and a host of other items. If you need something larger, you're probably going to carry enough stuff that you should start thinking about something with wheels.
You might find the strap too short by several inches. You can try drilling (not poke) additional holes but if that isn't enough, the maker, Tusting.co.uk, sells replacement straps that are 6" and 12" longer, but the shipping costs from England are stiff -- but they are very nice people to deal with.
Made of full grain cowhide, the bag is as durable as leather gets. This is not a painted leather like most of the goatskin junk you see these days-- it is stained and waxed. It has a slightly waxy feel and should be retreated occasionally with a high quality leather cream. Dry leather wears out faster than treated leather.
Rub it down with a white tissue before first use to be sure no excess wax/oil will come off.
The extra closures for the two front pockets might be overkill but they give the bag a certain look that perhaps is more ranchhand than urbanite--but look at the pics and decide for yourself. It's very well made--the pattern cuts are even and matching cuts are uniform, the stitching is even and straight and the stitch lines all end with backstitiching. Tusting hand makes very nice bags.
September 14, 2012
Best Christmas Gift Ever
I have a busy job that involves being on location at project work sites, abandonded houses, banks, and courtrooms, often on the same day. My bags take a lot of abuse, being stuffed full of documents, plans, laptops, and even testing equipment on occasion. I have run through a bag of this style about every two years historically. My better half gave me the Clipper for Christmas and it has been working hard ever since in all of these environments. The leather wears like iron, and looks better than when I got it. I really appreciate the compartmentation and access - they are flexible and capacious - the two big outside pockets hold a LOT of stuff, including cameras, testing equipment, architect's scales, and my cased fountain pens. This is the best briefcase and best piece of luggage I've ever owned, and one that I will pass on to my son someday. It is pricey, but less expensive than many similar products that aren't nearly as well made. You CANNOT go wrong by purchasing this bag.
June 6, 2012