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For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with WaterField Designs to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a new Executive Leather Laptop Briefcase, designed for Apple's Macs.

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Priced at $449, the Laptop Briefcase from WaterField Designs fits all of Apple's MacBook models, including the new 16-inch MacBook Pro that came out in October.

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The briefcase is made from full grain American Bison (black) or full grain cowhide (brown), both available at the same price point. The bison version has a pebbled texture that makes each bag unique, while the cowhide version will develop a unique patina and wear pattern over time. These bags are designed to last for many years and have been built to be tough, functional, and minimalist.

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According to WaterField Designs, the bison leather is thicker, more durable, and stronger than standard leather. Full-grain cowhide leather has a tighter grain that's more resistant to moisture, while also being strong and durable.

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Laden with pockets and storage space, the briefcase can hold not only your MacBook, but also an iPad and all of your necessary accessories. There's a padded laptop compartment, a padded tablet compartment, and a deep pocket at the front for easy access to items you need on hand.

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There are also multiple pockets for organization, an easy access key fob, and a pass through slot at the back for attaching it to luggage. The bag can also be carried using the leather handles or the removable shoulder strap. The whole thing is lined with a gold fabric that's meant to make it easy to find the interior contents, and your devices are protected with water resistant zippers.

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We have one of the Executive Leather Laptop Briefcases to give away to a MacRumors reader. To enter to win our giveaway, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

The contest will run from today (April 17) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on April 24. The winner will be chosen randomly on April 24 and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is chosen.

Article Link: MacRumors Giveaway: Win an Executive Leather Laptop Briefcase from WaterField Designs
 

Metrosey

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These are highly overpriced for their construction. The leather doesn’t seem great, doesn’t seem to be saddle stitched, metal joints seems weak, doesn’t tell me how it’s been tanned, the strap isn’t leather, etc.

The brown looks like crazy horse leather but again, doesn’t tell me. You can really tell this company doesn’t specialise in leather. For free it’s great, but please don’t get inspiration from it and buy one.
 
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rizzo41999

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Daniel's is better, IMO.

 

jazz1

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I've owned many of their products over the years. I've never owned a full leather item from them, just the leather and canvas combinations. I will say the pebbled grain one looks very good to me.

The quality and construction of the products I own/have owned is very good. I used them daily for several years.

Their customer service has been excellent. Usually pre-sale questions. Though recently one of their pull tag metal end studs fell off. I got an immediate response to an email, and a replacement and a spare within a couple of days.

Maybe their style might seem too casual for some?
 

Rocko99991

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These are highly overpriced for their construction. The leather doesn’t seem great, doesn’t seem to be saddle stitched, metal joints seems weak, doesn’t tell me how it’s been tanned, the strap isn’t leather, etc.

The brown looks like crazy horse leather but again, doesn’t tell me. You can really tell this company doesn’t specialise in leather. For free it’s great, but please don’t get inspiration from it and buy one.
What is a good brand of full grain leather bags then?
 

darkslide29

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I have bought a PS Vita and Nintendo Switch 3DS leather cases from Waterfield in the past. It lasted many, many years (ended up giving it to a relative still in great shape along with the system) and the leather aged beautifully over time. This brown bag reminds me of it, would really be nice to own it. :)
 

mi7chy

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I'll take the brown one since the other one reminds me of my wrinkly rear end.
 

jlc1978

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I've owned many of their products over the years. I've never owned a full leather item from them, just the leather and canvas combinations. I will say the pebbled grain one looks very good to me.

The quality and construction of the products I own/have owned is very good. I used them daily for several years.

Their customer service has been excellent. Usually pre-sale questions. Though recently one of their pull tag metal end studs fell off. I got an immediate response to an email, and a replacement and a spare within a couple of days.
Let me echo your comments. I have a number of their bags and they are great and long lasting. I drag mine through airports around the globe and it has held up a lot longer than other bags; except my Tom Bihn bags, which also jusdt keep going. (Yes, I have far too many bags).

Are they expensive? Yes, but I've found them well worth the money. I do need to ge a new pull tag for one of mny storage pouches.
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What is a good brand of full grain leather bags then?

Saddleback Leather Company
 

brewcitywi

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It’s a giveaway, do we have to attack? I don’t know this brand, so I’m not an insider on this. Right now, I shove my iPad Pro inside an old Fossil sidebag (which is cool, don’t get me wrong). But, I’m sure the giveaway bag would be an upgrade for what most people use.
 

Metrosey

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What is a good brand of full grain leather bags then?

I’m from the UK, depends if you are US-based?
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While I’ve seen people echo testaments of the company, I’d only buy a high-end leather product from a company that specialises in leather. They don’t give enough information about the leather nor use traditional construction techniques
 

SBlue1

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The brown one looks exactly like the old greasy leather bag my grandpa used to have when he was working. Never ever would I have thought that some day someone would be willing to walk around with that kind of bag. Wow.
 

jazz1

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The brown one looks exactly like the old greasy leather bag my grandpa used to have when he was working. Never ever would I have thought that some day someone would be willing to walk around with that kind of bag. Wow.

Well at least you can't stain it further :😂
 

Rocko99991

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I’m from the UK, depends if you are US-based?
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While I’ve seen people echo testaments of the company, I’d only buy a high-end leather product from a company that specialises in leather. They don’t give enough information about the leather nor use traditional construction techniques
US. Hard to find real quality leather products, or maybe I am not looking in the right place.
 

AxiomaticRubric

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For a giveaway this is fine, but Waterfield Designs makes bags that look far better than these. I would have chosen the Mezzo backpack or the Staad messenger bag.
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These are highly overpriced for their construction. The leather doesn’t seem great, doesn’t seem to be saddle stitched, metal joints seems weak, doesn’t tell me how it’s been tanned, the strap isn’t leather, etc.

The brown looks like crazy horse leather but again, doesn’t tell me. You can really tell this company doesn’t specialise in leather. For free it’s great, but please don’t get inspiration from it and buy one.

The leather is full-grain. I have never had any problems with their stitching. The bags they make seem to last a lifetime. These bags are not their best designs though.
 

Metrosey

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Oct 18, 2019
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The brown one looks exactly like the old greasy leather bag my grandpa used to have when he was working. Never ever would I have thought that some day someone would be willing to walk around with that kind of bag. Wow.

What you might find interesting is something called crazy horse leather, it’s like you describe and is quite popular.


For a giveaway this is fine, but Waterfield Designs makes bags that look far better than these. I would have chosen the Mezzo backpack or the Staad messenger bag.
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The leather is full-grain. I have never had any problems with their stitching. The bags they make seem to last a lifetime. These bags are not their best designs though.

Full-grain isn’t the leather type, it’s the part of the hide used. Edit - So I did a bit more reading and it looks like it’s using cowhide and by the sounds of it, chrome tanning to make crazy horse leather. Since it doesn’t tell me the tanning methods, it’s just a guess. Also, don’t get me wrong it’s not bad (far from it) but for the price, there’s better options.

Perhaps if someone asked you might be able to find the tanning methods but you shouldn’t have to really. Although you haven’t had a problem with the stitching, that doesn’t make it the preferable and most reliable method for bag construction, but for free sure. For the full price? No.
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It’s a giveaway, do we have to attack? I don’t know this brand, so I’m not an insider on this. Right now, I shove my iPad Pro inside an old Fossil sidebag (which is cool, don’t get me wrong). But, I’m sure the giveaway bag would be an upgrade for what most people use.

It’s a giveaway but it’s also marketing. They didn’t just give the bags away for nothing.
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US. Hard to find real quality leather products, or maybe I am not looking in the right place.

For the US I’m not sure, it depends what sort of price you are looking at.
 
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