Christian D. Amos | Male | ΣΠ | University of California, Santa Barbara
Some of you might recall that I reviewed a Navali rucksack some time ago, and thought it offered some nice bang for the buck. Not long after that review went live, I was contacted by Navali again to see if I might be interested in reviewing a piece from their waxed cotton line, which they were at the time in the process of getting produced. I agreed, as I thought Navali was really offering some good value canvas and leather bags.
That was months ago, perhaps more than six, but Navali has finally taken shipment of some of their new waxed cotton offerings, as well as some new colorways in the older designs (like this “Helmsman” computer brief in ‘Carafe’ for $89 w/ free shipping). From what I can tell, the quality on these new bags has gone up some as well. The leather is of a noticeably higher quality than that on my original rucksack, and there have been some slight design changes as well, I believe, most notably on this weekender (and the new “Helmsman” bags), the fact that the shoulder strap is now removable.
While I was impressed by the value in Navali’s original offerings, I’m even more impressed with the value now that the quality seems to have been boosted even more. For those who aren’t in the market for a weekender, I think the new waxed cotton “Gunner” briefcase (on sale for $112 w/ free shipping) would be an excellent alternative for someone looking to get a waxed cotton briefcase but didn’t want to spend the money on one from a ‘heritage’ maker. If one doesn’t care much for the appeal of waxed cotton canvas, I’m quite tempted myself to buy the “Helmsman” in ‘Carafe’ I mentioned earlier for $89 (here’s Kiyoshi’s review of the older model), even though I own far too many bags. Navali is currently having a pretty good sale, which brings the bag prices down to those mentioned in this post. If you’re looking for a new bag for travel, school, or work, and you like the rugged aesthetic of thick cotton canvas and leather accents, then definitely check Navali out.
In Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft’s first encounter in the hotel room, Bancroft did not know that Hoffman was going to grab her breast. Hoffman decided offscreen to do it, because it reminded him of schoolboys trying to nonchalantly grab girls’ breasts in the hall by pretending to put their jackets on. When Hoffman did it onscreen, director Mike Nichols began laughing loudly offscreen. Hoffman began to laugh as well, so rather than stop the scene, he turned away from the camera and walked to the wall. Hoffman banged his head on the wall, trying to stop laughing, and Nichols thought it was so funny, he left it in.