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    Default LOUIS VUITTON QUALITY - A COMPARISON

    Hello!
    I would like to post an article on Louis Vuitton quality. My subject matter is MENS BRIEFCASES.

    The sample pool consists of 3 hard case rectangular briefcases. The brands are - Dunhill, Cartier and Louis Vuitton.

    Unfortunately with the changes in fashion, the hard case briefcase has gone the way of the smoking pipe, the brick mobile phone, and the pocket watch. Personally I think a hard case briefcase is the ultimate in style and chic. Today the soft briefcase has taken over in popularity. I suppose the briefcase has died as more and more people now carry a laptop, mobile phone - PDA ..... the briefcase is just too heavy when carrying these other objects.

    Personally I have lusted after a top brand briefcase since I was in grade 7. I remember a story of a friend of mine when I was at school. His father drove a Triumph TR7 2 door sports car (orangy/red), his dad was sophisticated and worldly, he had a mistress and oh yes.... a beautiful dark brown briefcase. That briefcase was later squashed by his jealous wife in a fit of rage! I remember the guy then got it expertly repaired. I did not know the brand or cost.... but it was just a beautiful hand made Italian briefcase.

    Ever since the mid 1980s (same time as the above incident) Alfred Dunhill TV ads I have wanted a Dunhill briefcase. I can still remember the ads.... with the camera zooming in of the beautiful Dunhill lock... IT MUST BE BEAUTIFUL, IT MUST BE DEPENDABLE - IT MUST BE THE BEST OF ITS KIND. I purchased a MINT Dunhill Hard Case briefcase in the late 90s. The briefcase was from the mid 80s but was in NEW OLD STOCK condition. It came with its dust cover bag and the out side card board box.

    The Dunhill briefcase was made in Italy and was beautiful. Although it was technically perfect I felt it was a bit flimsy for such an expensive item. Dunhill is a brand for English gentlemen. I enjoyed owning the briefcase but it did not quench my desire for the perfect briefcase. I felt the inside mechanism was a bit off the shelf! The timber frame for the briefcase did not seem too strong - so I was always afraid it would get damaged if overloaded. I sold this briefcase and unfortunately I do not have any pictures of the said item.

    In my mind Mr Dunhill briefcase would be driving a Lotus Esprit sports car (Richard Geer - Pretty Woman)... he would be worldly yet compassionate!

    I would give this briefcase the following points:-
    1) image 8
    2) quality 8.5
    3) usability 7
    4) overall 8

    I then purchased a Cartier briefcase from the mid 1970s. Although this item was extremely expensive new it was in average/poor condition. Unfortunately the previous owner tried to restain it unprofessionally. Please excuse the botched home repair job.... please just look at this briefcase for the craftsmanship, the image, the quality of the Cartier brand.



    Excusing the condition - I feel this is a well made item. It is however very 1970s! Whilst a rectangular briefcase is dated... this briefcase is dated even worse! 1975! The gold plated edge clips on the top panel are certainly not helping in aging this thing. I suppose these edge clips are the equivalent of a sports car having a vinyl roof ! Very smart at the time BUT hideous now!



    The Cartier briefcase certainly is special. The handle has special Cartier C clips to hold it in place. Even the name tag is like a Cartier watch strap buckle! A proud C logo on the top panel tells the public - YES THIS MAN IS IMPORTANT! Inside the case the equipment is pure Cartier. A gold plague tells people this is a very expensive item.







    This briefcase is heavier than the Dunhill but not perfect. It is a classy briefcase but not a perfect solution. I tried to get this briefcase restored but all repairers were scared when I told them what a CARTIER briefcase cost when new!

    Mr. Cartier would be driving a mustard yellow 350SLC coupe Mercedes Benz.... with the baby poo brown interior. Unfortunately the briefcase has dated as much as his Mercedes! (Please note I did say 350SLC and not the more desirable 350SL ! Mr Cartier unfortunately made the wrong choice again!) oh well.... at least his mistress was French!
    Mr Cartier is not as compassionate as Mr Dunhill. Mr Cartier is always looking for a deal .... and what is in it for him!

    I would give this breifcase the following points:-
    1) image 9.5
    2) quality 8
    3) usability 8
    4) overall 9

    The final comparison. The Louis Vuitton Diplomate.
    I purchased this briefcase only a week again. I am still deeply in love with this item. My briefcase is from 1997 and is in 8/10 condition. I love the color - rich burgendary, I love absolutely everything about it. The Louis Vuitton Diplomate is the pinnacle of my collection. I FINALLY HAVE A HARD CASE LOUIS VUITTON ITEM!



    The quality of this item is simply amazing. It is a period piece in time.... like an item made in the 1920s. It is the heaviest of the lot. Infact it is too dam heavy. It is the only case with proper brassware - not plated crap. Proper brass locks, buckle and feet. This is a no expense spared item. The handle is simple FRENCH! It is old but fashioned but still super modern! It is the best of the lot! The finish, workmanship is simply amazing.




    The Louis Vuitton Diplomate has unfortunately been dropped from the LV range. LV still produces the slightly large LV PRESIDENT. In my opinion the Diplomate is a much more usable case. The President is simply over the top.

    I believe the LV diplomate was killed because of 2 factors.
    1) people today want soft luggage/bags
    2) the diplomate in Tiaga was too expensive. Today LV sells a LV PRESIENT in Tiaga for AU$10,000- The Diplomate would have been a few grand cheaper - say AU$7000-
    The LV President in Monogram is $5500-
    Why would you buy a Diplomate in Tiaga when you can have a President in Monogram for a few grand cheaper still? That is the dilemma facing LV. Hence the reason the axe fell on the Diplomate.



    The LV President is 1" x 1" x 1" larger (in all directions). The President also has the better key and lock system. The lock is the same as the trunk locks! (Whilst the Diplomate has the lock from the soft ware leather range).

    Personally I want a President.... however I am content with the Diplomate. In some ways the Diplomate is better - more usable, slight smaller, less ostentatious.

    Mr LV Diplomate would drive a range of cars - from a classic 280SL Pagoda Mercedes, to a new 3 series BMW, Mercedes C, E or S Class... Mr LV Diplomate would probably be wearing a large Steel sports watch (Breitling Navitimer, Panerai, TT Rolex Submariner). I am sorry to say Mr LV Diplomate has a thing for escort services and is probably not a really nice guy. (The mistress is by the hour and the world revolves around his ego).

    I would give this breifcase the following points:-
    1) image 9.9
    2) quality 10
    3) usability 8
    4) overall 9

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    Default Re: LOUIS VUITTON QUALITY - A COMPARISON

    Cool reviews! I love your vintage pieces, very gentlemanly.
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    HEH - I loved this! The cars, the mistresses (or escort services as the case may be ) And the pictures, ooooh, the pictures. FAB

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    Default Re: LOUIS VUITTON QUALITY - A COMPARISON

    Good reviews Archie!

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    Default Re: LOUIS VUITTON QUALITY - A COMPARISON

    Archie, that was a very interesting comparison! I just finished reading right through it!

    Your threads are great, you really contribute to TBF!

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    Fun and interesting read- thanks for sharing!
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    Default Re: LOUIS VUITTON QUALITY - A COMPARISON

    Hello! I've just bought the exact same cartier briefcase at a yardsale. I was wondering if you could tell me how much it is worth. Thank you!

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    Default Re: LOUIS VUITTON QUALITY - A COMPARISON

    ^^^ Sorry, Archie isn't going to be able to respond. Have you tried looking on ebay for similar pieces?

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    Default Re: LOUIS VUITTON QUALITY - A COMPARISON

    that's really worth reading
    great review
    It's all about love, fashion and bag...

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