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  1. robert biscan

    robert biscan F1 Rookie

    I'm in the market for a leather carry on and am looking for recommendations on selections and where to find.
     
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  3. enjoythemusic

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    Robert,

    Desire more information. Do you desire a small leather bag (gym bag sized) or a medium/large garment bag? Do you want it all leather? Color preference? Please include any other details you feel would be pertinent.

    Also, is price a factor or any certain quality range?

    When it comes to traveling and seeking luggage variables, have more invested than i would care to disclose here. FYI: almost literally "live" out of my luggage over 3-4 months a year and have had conducted extensive research at stores all around the world.

    Enjoy The Flight,

    Steven R. Rochlin

    PS: Please keep your seat backs and tray table in their upright and locked position :)
     
  4. Texas Forever

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    Robert, I realize that you said leather, but I have switched over to Tumi. It is very tough stuff, which is good because whatever you take will have the crap beat out it. Plus, looking too good has it's disadvantages. I have a Rolex Daytona, for example, that I only wear on special occasions. Maybe it's just me, but wearing $10k on your wrist doesn't seem to be wise in today's world.

    Dr "He only comes out at night" Tax
     
  5. bobafett

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    Steve,

    Do you have an "overnighter" with laptop carrier built-in? Rather than carry two pieces, I would prefer to carry one, without too much space conceded.

    --Dan
     
  6. enjoythemusic

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    As my laptop/digital camera/handheld IS my company per se (and can LITERALLY carry my entire businesses within ONE 16" x 14" x 6" case), i use the Louis Vuitton monogram hard "structured" case (do not have my catalogue here to give exact model number). Overkill and extravogant, you bet! Yet it is also the way i conduct business and simply shows forth in the quality of service(s) provided. More an extension of what is expected from myself, and enjoyed by my clients. If you want the very best, with style.... NOTE: this is a smallish briefcase-sized item ONLY for my laptop, etc. As for your carry bag...

    Louis Vuitton does make a case with wheels called the Pegase that is available in various leather (Taiga line) colors. They also have a laptop case (Odessa) in matching leather. Size: 22.5" x 14.5" x 7.5" for the Pegase suitcase with wheels and 14.5" x 12" x 2.5" for Odessa. A removable garment bag is inside the Pegase yet it only fits one or two items. Price, i'd guess $2k for the Pegase and about $750 for the Oessa matching laptop case.

    So as you can see, this is not an inexpensive solution yet I feel it is THE BEST AVAILABLE for a commercial product IMHO. Louis Vuitton makes the official Ferrari luggage seems cheaply constructed and visually displeasing by comparison.

    Tumi, as suggested by DrTax, it another good choice. Alas, they have PLASTIC zippers and i have ALWAYS had problems with plastic zippers (bad karma i guess). The Tumi is VERY well make and VERY solid. It is PLASTIC and not leather. FYI: am very careful with my luggage and treat it with TLC, yet plastic zippers and i simply have an "understanding" (FYI: Louis Vuitton uses metal zippers).

    Another option for all LEATHER is Hartman. Years ago this WAS a great company that now appears to have been making their products with lower quality :-( and as for their warranty, forget it. Have had too many friends send their Hartman into warranty servicing only to be told their items was not fixable BUT Hartman would sell them a new one for XXX dollars (a decent price, but NOT FREE per warranty repair). Hartman also uses plastic zippers.

    FYI: as good as Louis Vuitton is made, HAVE had to send an item or two in for repair and has ALWAYS been free EXCEPT for a 12 year old bag where one of the two metal zipper part you grab to move zipper broke. Replaced BOTH zippers’ grab part (so they both matched) within 24 hours and for a grand total of a super inexpensive $27.

    Have MUCH more info on other brands. For me price is of no concern, but being able to handle 20+ flight segments within four month's time and DAILY use for months on end IS paramount!!! Call it "mission critical".

    Enjoy Your travels,

    Steven R. Rochlin

    PS: Fully agree with Dr Tax that carrying extravagant luxury goods can be an asset or a detriment. Please be careful WHAT you outwardly show and how you conduct yourself in various countries/places.

    FYI: Can esily use ONLY the Pegase to carry both cloths and laptop.

    PPS: Feel free to PM me with your voice number and will GLADLY discuss various luggage options and answer your questions. Do i really HAVE TO admit this in public, but luggage is a kind of a "fettish" for me as it IS MY HOME and BUSINESS for months on end :( i do not work for nor sell luggage, but it DOES play an important role in my life's travels and comfort thereof.
     
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  8. Ike

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    Is there a web site where the LV lines can be browsed/ordered?

    thanks
     
  9. enjoythemusic

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    Ike,

    Their website www.vuitton.com is not easy to navigate until you know how, but it is (cough) usable. As for buying online, a (not complete) selection is ONLY available at www.eluxury.com . They are the ONLY official online sales of Louis Vuitton. MANY other sites claim to have the real deal, but are usually fakes :( MANY MANY places to buy fakes online so BEWARE and only trust www.eluxury.com. Ebay is also filled with fakes so buyers beware.

    Naturally you could call your local (or any) Vuitton dealer and order via credit card. If the store does not have it, ask them which store does as they are linked via computer to see what other stores have in stock.

    Enjoy the Drive,

    Steven R. Rochlin
     
  10. Ike

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    Thanks,

    they have the key holder I was looking for.
     
  11. whart

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    When i used to commute on the Concorde (love the sound of that, its like Jim's "when the Countessa threw up in my Bugatti"), i was put to shame for the luggage i was carrying. I bought a gymbag sized LV bag in black, with a sort of "treebark" textured leather, no visible logos,just the right size for a couple days, as long as you don't have to pack a suit. Thing is just right, and like Steve, the repairs made on my other piece of theirs (a valise or document folder, the zipper on which got separated) were quick and cheap.Well worth the cost. Now, i just need to find another supersonic jet.
     
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  13. Texas Forever

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    Ha, what you really need is a client to pay for it!

    Dr "Flying Low" Tax
     
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  15. enjoythemusic

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    Robert,

    The Louis Vuitton Pegase (and perhaps the matching laptop case) would fit the bill as mentioned above. Both come in various leather colors (black, deep/dark reddish brown, deep/dark green, black, etc.). Forgot the mention the Pegase has inline skating wheels and a retractable handle so it is easy to transport while walking and fits perfectly in nearly every commercial aircraft overhead bin.

    ALWAYS glad to be of service.

    Enjoy Your Travels,

    Steven R. Rochlin

    PS: As we prepare for takeoff, please make sure your tray tables and seat backs are fully upright in their most uncomfortable position. There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only four ways out of this airplane. Your seat cushions can be used for floatation, and in the event of an emergency water landing, please take them with our compliments. In the unlikely event that this flight turns into a cruise, your seat cushions can be used as a floatation device. We do feature a smoking section on this flight; if you must smoke, contact a member of the flight crew and we will escort you to the wing of the airplane. Smoking in the lavatories is prohibited. Any person caught smoking in the lavatories will be asked to leave the plane immediately.
     
  16. enjoythemusic

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    Lucky you Mr. Supersonic! Usually i hang out in back with the "sheep, chickens, and cattle." Nowadays my body, once hearing the familiar sound of those engines and experiencing the smell of plane petrol, goes into "sleep mode". And NO, i DO NOT want the rubber flavorless chicken nor the spongy meat-like product they swill to the unsuspecting public. And Delta's bagged goodies make a PBJ sandwich seems like the finest steak.

    Only decent airline food so far as been the flight from Sao Paulo to Rio. Actually i was amazed how good it was! Now if they only had a real espresso machine and allowed for us to smoke cigars on the flight i'd be in heaven... or at least cruising at an altitude of 35,000 feet :)

    Enjoy the Flight,

    Steven R. Rochlin
     

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