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Looks great, heavy duty and well made,
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This review is from: Cenzo Duffle Vecchio Brown Italian Leather Weekender Travel Bag (Apparel)
I bought this bag for $200 on Amazon after finding the same or nearly identical bag for $300-$350 on other sites. The leather is high quality, beautiful and the bag is well crafted. The brass hardware is heavy duty and the bag is sturdy. What I love about the bag is that my shirts can go in without being overfolded, and they are easy to pack and unpack. Note that the zipper opens from the top in both directions and goes down to the base. A leather patch on both sides prevents it from falling open completely and provides sides for easy packing. This is standard on all expensive Italian luggage of this type, but unusual for a bag that costs less than $300. So this is well worth the $200 current price tag.
The only complaint I have is that the bag was crammed into too small a box for shipping and after I opened it up, it smelled of tanning fluids and glue. But after a few days of airing it out, the bag is fine. Annoying and almost worth knocking a point off, but I didnt because everything else is excellent as noted above.
Note that this bag is bigger than it looks on the page. But it would fit in an overhead compartment on most planes.
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Initial post: Aug 18, 2011 11:57:57 AM PDT
HG Marks says:
So, when you opened it, it smelled like new leather...interesting.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2011 5:11:45 PM PST
No. The inside of the bag is cloth and it smelled like glue and tanning fluids, not like new leather. But as I noted, after airing it out, it was fine. I have used the bag now for 9 months now, and I still love it. I recommend it.
Posted on Nov 18, 2011 9:32:33 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Oct 26, 2015 5:50:40 AM PDT
Robert - thanks for the review and for not knocking a star off for the new tanning smell! It should smell similar to a sharpie pen when you remove the plastic for the first time but it fades fast - the reason is the full grain vegetable leather has large pores and absorbs smells more than a spit / genuine leather. Because we have to wrap the bags in plastic when they come off the work bench to protect them during transit to you; you are smelling the vegetable tannins (sweet scent) + glue + leather edge paint (nail polish scent). This scent fades fast in our experience over the past 12 years of working with the Vecchio Brown leather.
Posted on Jun 15, 2013 11:24:37 AM PDT
Its true leather? like cow leather ? or just PU or something like that? I'm looking for something durable. thanks
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2013 7:18:12 AM PDT
Hi - it's Italian Calfskin Leather
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2013 7:55:02 AM PST
William James says:
I Live in Chicago and make frequent trips through the Midwest, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and for the last year this bag has been the first thing I grab. This puppy holds everything I need for a weekend and compliments my personal style, it looks great in the car and even better thrown over my shoulder and withstands me throwing it around with no signs of damage.
People complain pettily about the smell but its tanning oil and dissapates quickly (new cars have a odor too) the smell makes me believe my bag is new and not something that has been sitting in a warehouse drying out for years. I've only bought a few duffle bags and this is the first for luggage but I truly believe that you get this or you get less.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2015 6:38:02 AM PST
W. Bon Jr. says:
How does the Cenzo branded product differ from the similar Floto duffle?
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