Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Orvis Battenkill Briefcase: Then & Now

Orvis Battenkill Then & Now

When I first arrived at the office of my new job, I quickly noticed that everyone was carrying Orvis briefcases to work. I talked to a few people and expressed my interest in the bag and (low and behold) a few days later; I was surprised with one of my own. Not wanting to miss an opportunity, I asked one of the partners if I could quickly compare my new bag with his 10 year old one.

FYI: Orvis doesn't make the smaller briefcase anymore. The new Battenkill briefcase is bigger so it can double as an overnight bag


Details from old bag.












I like the leather and the details on the old bag.


I hope in 10 years my bag looks half as good as his old one.

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  7. The Orvis briefcases (along with all the other Battenkill and Gokey stuff) used to be made by J.W. Hulme out of St. Paul, MN. In the mid-90s Orvis and J.W. Hulme cut ties and Orvis started having their stuff made overseas where it is still made today. That's why the stuff looks similar but not exactly the same. You can still get a briefcase that looks exactly like the old one in the picture from J.W. Hulme (minus the patina, of course).

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