I want this bag! But I can't pay for it!
January 21, 2009 3:54 PM   Subscribe

I am obsessed with this bag. I cannot afford it. Please help me find a substitute.

I will buy this bag someday and use it forever, but in the meantime something pretty close will do. What I like are the proportions; the generous weekendy size; the not-flashy leather; the straps/buckles/general equestrian-ish but very clean and unfussy look; the short handles; the general pleasingly old-school aesthetic; the promise of becoming more beautiful as it ages. Less important - brand, big mouth frame opening, combination of interior/exterior pockets. Things I do NOT want: big logos, overly fussy/feminine details, overly masculine/squared off shapes.

I seem to see riding satchels that have the same general look out and about, but don't know where to go to find one. I want to use it as my one and only bag for the many short trips I take, and possibly as an everyday bag, too - it's sort of huge, but then I like that. My budget is $200 at the top end. I am saving up for the real thing, but I really can't justify an expense like that for quite a while...and I need a bag now. Thanks!
posted by peachfuzz to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (22 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Bag, Borrow, or Steal. You can 'rent' bags, and/or buy ones that have been used. Maybe they have something in your style?
posted by spinifex23 at 4:04 PM on January 21, 2009

The Leather Store on Etsy has a couple beautiful, large leather bags, but they're a little smaller than yours.
posted by logic vs love at 4:18 PM on January 21, 2009

Orvis has a duffel that has a similar style. It's not full leather, but the price is just under $200.
posted by saffry at 4:18 PM on January 21, 2009

Have you checked eBay? For instance, this one ended close to $250 and the same seller has this one up for auction now. It's gorgeous though, regardless.
posted by Ugh at 4:27 PM on January 21, 2009

Have you checked out Modista yet? It might help. You click on similar looking bags and it takes you to more similar looking bags. It does seem to have mostly smaller bags though.
posted by loulou718 at 4:29 PM on January 21, 2009 [1 favorite]

Someone posted the AWOL bag a while ago, and I thought it was pretty awesome looking. It definitely reminds me of the bag in your question. I haven't, however, seen one in person and the website I linked to only has an illustration, not a photograph, which is lame.
posted by hapticactionnetwork at 4:30 PM on January 21, 2009

Ah. Ah ha. It turns out there is a photo, if you click the "alternate view" on the page I linked to.
posted by hapticactionnetwork at 4:31 PM on January 21, 2009

I have their "Hippo" duffle. The large one - which I see they don't make anymore. I also see they dropped "Brothers" from their name. I wonder if they were bought out.

It's kind of beat up but I'll sell it to you. Drop me a line if you are interested.
posted by Zambrano at 4:56 PM on January 21, 2009

There's a very similar bag $375 dollars cheaper, which may not be enough to help you any, at J.Peterman. There's also some carry-on size leather bags at Overstock.com for $200-$300.
posted by MasonDixon at 4:58 PM on January 21, 2009

Bohemian Traders used to have a bag just like that. Unfortunately, their website is defunct, but according to CitySearch they're still in business (Minneapolis, MN). Their phone number is: (800) 628-1625. You can see the old website on archive.org, though the first link has pictures-o-plenty.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 5:05 PM on January 21, 2009 [1 favorite]

I buy nice leather bags at Country Road in Australia.
posted by lottie at 5:09 PM on January 21, 2009

Maybe one of these from Levenger?

English Briefbag
St. Tropez Leather Tote Bag
posted by invisible ink at 6:33 PM on January 21, 2009

You may like a bag such as the trastavere from Floto.
posted by jeb at 6:47 PM on January 21, 2009

Here's something sorta similar from Cabela's; two sizes, both under $200.
posted by Wet Spot at 8:02 PM on January 21, 2009

I love that brown leather too! I bought a brown leather bag at Ruehl in NYC last spring and love it!!!! They have great bags. Their website is www.ruehl.com and their bags are less pricey than your dream bag. Good luck!
posted by rglass at 8:36 PM on January 21, 2009

And Cabela's has your Mulholland bag for $700.
posted by Wet Spot at 8:40 PM on January 21, 2009

Oughton Limited has a great selection of equestrian bags, that are actually made from tack parts. It's a bit more expensive than you want, at $275, but they have sales on the Beval website occasionally.
posted by Breo at 5:02 AM on January 22, 2009

Check out TUMI (sale link). They make some pretty quality stuff. Not sure if they have your "mulholland bag".
posted by thetenthstory at 7:13 AM on January 22, 2009

Drat...now I am obsessed with this bag.
posted by answergrape at 7:13 AM on January 23, 2009

Response by poster: Oooooh. Fabulous answers, guys - the Floto and Ruehl bags are especially great.
posted by peachfuzz at 2:29 PM on January 23, 2009

I bought this bag for my husband... and I say "accept no substitutes". It's beautiful. It will last and last. It's perfect for weekend travel... it's like Mary Poppins' bag...seems to hold a lot more than it should. Now I want one... or rather, I want this one.
posted by workinggringa at 8:14 AM on January 28, 2009

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