I spent 3 months writing my proposal and negotiating the contract, 7 months writing, sketching, illustrating, scripting and shooting the book and video. It was the hardest, most demanding project I've ever done.
When it was complete, I wanted to get something special for myself as a reward and a reminder — I chose a beautifully hand-crafted custom leather briefcase from Mitchell Leather in Milwaukee's Third Ward.
Specs & Construction
For the majority of the briefcase, I chose Horween leathers: Cognac Dublin, a medium brown leather that's tough, yet supple and classy, and for the darker highlight, Horween Brown Chromexel (CXL), also tough and beautiful. For the internal liner I chose a lighter weight tan leather, and the finishing touch — nickel-plated brass hardware for contrast.
Construction took about 7 months — David Mitchell's skills are so in demand, he's running a backlog for these briefcases and other leather items. You can read about David and his shop, or watch this excellent short video about him, created by my friend, Brian Artka:
The Selection & Building Process
The process began with my order. I spent time with David, selecting my leathers and hardware and telling him how I would be using the case. This case would become my daily carry-all, with enough room for my main items and that's all. I have a tendency to carry more than I need, so this was a way to limit my daily items. I have a Timbuktu backpack for heavy loads when needed.
Daily items included: a 13" MacBook Pro (or Air), power supply, a full-size iPad, one large Moleskine notebook, one or two pocket Moleskine Sketchbooks for sketchnoting events, pens and pencils, space for cords and adapters and enough room for a book, magazine or a folder of papers for projects.
Once I had the model, leathers, hardware choices and details settled, David took a deposit and put me on the waiting list.
In August, about 7 months later, I was curious, so I paid a visit to Mitchell Leather. David happened to be starting my case, so we went up to the factory and showed me the raw pieces, getting prepped for construction.
A week later, he sent more images as he finished the case. Here are David's photos of the case in progress:
The final piece turned out great — colors, leather weight, and of course, that leather scent really sealed the deal.
Having the case for a few weeks now, I'm finding it's a perfect size for what I really need and nothing more. By getting the size just right, the case has kept my load light and manageable.
My challenge: to accept the normal wear, tear and markings on the leather that will give the case personality and character. Starting with a perfect case makes this hard, but as I see the case getting worked in, I'm loving it even more.gold asteroid coming towards earth attitude towards gold steps towards gold perception towards gold loan is gold attracted to anything what element is gold attracted to gold under armour cleats gold under microscope gold under the vatican gold under armour shoes gold under world trade center gold under black light gold under armour shirt gold underneath twin towers gold underneath the vatican gold underneath world trade center underneath gold rose gold underneath hair gold plating underneath there is gold underneath a man's knees was gold stored in the twin towers until gold was discovered hammering gold until it becomes flat gold coast until 1957 green and gold until the club is sold green and gold until i'm dead and cold green and gold until the club is sold meaning green and gold until we are sold when was gold first discovered gold up in my teeth gold up usa gold up in my teeth lyrics gold up or down gold up screens gold up today gold up in my teeth song gold up in my chain gold versus silver gold versus bitcoin gold versus platinum gold versus inflation gold versus versace watch gold versus s&p 500 gold versus brass gold versus platinum amex gold via mail wow gold via gold via roma via gold max via gold metal detector via gold dedektör via gold dedektör fiyatları via gold dedektör yorumları golf with friends golf with your friends gold with no markings gold with diamonds gold with matthew mcconaughey gold with silver golf with friends crossplay gold with diamond necklace gold within or sun above gold within 5000 gold within 10000 gold within gold within 2000 gold necklace within 50000 gold necklace within 2 lakhs gold necklace within 1 lakh gold without the a gold without borders gold without stamp gold without nickel gold without the a meaning gold without hallmark gold without markings gold without making charges agolde agolde jeans agolde riley agolde 90s jeans agolde 90s pinch waist agolde leather pants agolde shorts bgoldn bgoldnyc golden state warriors bgoldglass golden corral golden retriever cgoldenwall cgoldenwall grinder cgoldenwall steam generator cgoldenwall scale cgoldenwall company address goldman sachs goldbelly golden state stimulus