Anatomy of A Briefcase

On a recent visit to the local flea market, a nice lady took my 13 Euros offer for a leather briefcase. I used to like and use the kind of vintage looking bags. To look cool. But now I am only interested in relentlessly deconstructing it. Same as the engineering talented kids dismantle old alarms, I need to know every knowledge of what parts make up the bag. 

 Front of the briefcase. The original lock actually works, I always thought it was only a decoration. 

Front of the briefcase. The original lock actually works, I always thought it was only a decoration. 

bag back

Here are some details of the bag. 

So the guilty process started under the strongest 2pm sunshine. *She sweats and swears* 

 The flap is constructed with 4 layers: leather, card paper, stronger card paper, leather. 

The flap is constructed with 4 layers: leather, card paper, stronger card paper, leather. 

 Pocket on the backside.

Pocket on the backside.

 Almost all fabric lining parts were cut into the exact shape as the leather piece, glued and stitched. 

Almost all fabric lining parts were cut into the exact shape as the leather piece, glued and stitched. 

 Behind every metal piece, there is a small piece of fabric or suede for coverage and protection. But this is a bit random :) The maker just used whatever had been left from making other bags. 

Behind every metal piece, there is a small piece of fabric or suede for coverage and protection. But this is a bit random :) The maker just used whatever had been left from making other bags. 

 The piping core of the handle is hard plastic foam. Another 'leather-card paper-leather' construction. 

The piping core of the handle is hard plastic foam. Another 'leather-card paper-leather' construction. 

 All edges of the leather pieces have been burnished before being sewed together, except the handle and suspender. 

All edges of the leather pieces have been burnished before being sewed together, except the handle and suspender. 

 The cut out corner are because of the metal pieces installed here. I could not remove them without destroying the materials under/in between :( 

The cut out corner are because of the metal pieces installed here. I could not remove them without destroying the materials under/in between :( 

 This shows I was too lazy to change the lens on my camera to take a proper photo. 

This shows I was too lazy to change the lens on my camera to take a proper photo. 

Not sure if the maker in Italy would be amused to see her/his work was now back to components, but at least the materials will reincarnate into new small leather goods. Soon!