Briefcases: because backpacks just aren’t “business” enough.
Briefcases are the perfect solution for a professional setting, providing you enough space to carry around all your daily essentials, from electronics to writing implements to grooming products to paperwork, and the list goes on.
A good briefcase is the perfect accessory to amplify the upscale look of a business suit or turn even a semi-casual outfit into workplace-appropriate attire.
Best of all, modern briefcases are designed to be ultra-versatile, tough enough to keep up with your commute, and sized just right to be the perfect office companion.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of the best briefcases around—some stylish leather, some modern and chic, others just practical and reliable.
Read on to find the briefcase that suits your needs and your daily work “look” to perfection.
Filson’s briefcase takes an interesting direction by using canvas twill, a rugged material that is abrasion-resistant and features just enough wax in the finish to shrug off a light rain. The bridle leather handles are stylish-looking but also tough, and the shoulder strap makes it easy to haul the briefcase around on your daily commute. You’ll love how easily the zipper slides open and shut, but it’s built of super-tough brass that adds to the durability and weather-resistance of the bag. In terms of organizational space, you get exterior quick-access stow pockets for all your most important small items, and two interior dividers sized to fit both laptops and tablets. The interior features a tin cloth binding that resists fraying and wear and protects your bag’s contents, too.
Slim, sleek, incredibly stylish, this eye-catching briefcase will be right at home in a court room, boardroom, or medical convention center. The black grained calf leather is already gorgeous right out of the bag, but the more you use it, the more beautiful it will become as it develops a unique patina. Run your hands over the buttery-soft leather and you’ll feel the expertise that goes into its crafting. With an internal zipped laptop pocket (sized for up to a 15” laptop) and individual compartments for small items, it’s truly a working man’s best friend.
Say goodbye to those clunky, over-stuffed briefcases, and hello to a true icon of “slim awesomeness”. This Troubador briefcase uses all modern fabrics—recycled polyester and vegan leather—to ensure your bag is as cutting-edge as you could want. The bag is waterproof, offers ample storage space (including an exterior laptop pocket for up to 16” laptops), and is incredibly easy to travel with, thanks to its detachable shoulder strap and integrated trolley sleeve. With up to 10L of storage space, you’ve got room enough for all the legal briefs or medical notes you want to carry. Best of all, it’s backed by a five-year guarantee against any manufacturing defect or flaw that makes it a less-than-perfect masterpiece of briefcase craftsmanship.
For those busy days when you’ve got to run errands, put in a few hours at the office, hit the gym, and pick up the kids from school, you’re going to love the InCase Two-Way Convertible Brief. This bag can be carried like a briefcase, tote bag, and backpack, with stowable shoulder straps that make for comfortable carrying around town and both side and top handles for a more professional workplace look. The bag is made from an ultra-durable ballistic nylon that will shrug off impacts, abrasions, and the daily wear and tear of your hard-working life. It’s sized to fit up to a 16” laptop, shrugs off rain and snow, and has enough interior storage space that you’ll always have more room for your EDC essentials. Fair warning: it’s such a popular bag it frequently sells out, so it’s always a good idea to snap it up whenever you see it’s available.
This bag is designed to be “indispensable” for the modern man, with a truly modern, chic look to match. It’s built from “regenerated nylon”, nylon that has been recycled and re-utilized, making it a truly earth-friendly option for eco-conscious men to consider. The top and side handles let you carry it like a tote or briefcase, the adjustable webbing shoulder straps make wearing it like a backpack comfortable no matter how much you fill it, and you’ll find the interior slip and zip pockets give you more than enough room to store your daily necessities. Your laptop will be well-protected inside its padded pocket, but easily accessible at a moment’s notice thanks to its two-way zipper opening. Best of all, it’s one of the better-priced briefcases on our list, but it never sacrifices durability or aesthetics in the name of affordability.
Choose the classic briefcase look with this gorgeous bag. Made in Spain by expert craftsman using only premium full grain leather, it’s a bag that will grow more beautiful and unique the more you use it. It’s designed specifically for the working man, with storage options galore: inner magnetic pouches to store your travel essentials and chargers, a passport-sized pocket that can also accommodate smaller notebooks, larger pockets for A4 to A6-sized notebooks, card slots, pen holders, a zippered pocket, and multiple interior slots that let you keep everything organized and accessible at a glance. The laptop pocket can fit computers up to 16", and it’s a travel-friendly bag you’ll always be glad to have on hand when on business trips or a working vacation.
You’ve never felt smoother, softer, more buttery leather, and you’ll fall instantly in love with this sleek, sturdy briefcase by Shinola. The leather will develop a patina and grow truly unique with years of use, but it will be highly resistant to scuffs, abrasions, and wear. Be warned, though: it’s only lightly treated, so there is a risk of damage if exposed to water or stains (coffee, soda, juice, food, etc.). However, for men who want to look their best at the office and around town, you can’t beat this briefcase. It’s light, slim, and perfect for fitting just the bare necessities for your work day.
Whether you do your work in a board room, C-level suite, or at a country club, you’ll be glad you’ve got this bag close at hand. Despite its slim look, it’s beautifully roomy on the inside, with internal cable/accessory pockets, a padded laptop sleeve, and slip pockets perfect for organizing your paperwork and folders. The bag is made from a lightweight-yet-tough cotton canvas that is waterproof enough for your daily commute and travels around town, but the addition of leather details gives it a touch of class guaranteed to enhance your professional look. Carry it by hand or wear it slung over your shoulder—however works best for you, this bag is designed to turn heads and impress your colleagues.
This briefcase was built with two purposes in mind: practicality and versatility. It's modeled after MA-1 flight jackets, using a triple-layered construction and a hyper-tough nylon shell that can handle your daily work routine no matter how active you are. The button-through front pockets make it easy to access all your most important small items in seconds, while the main-zip closure allows you to slide your hand in to grab a document or unfold the entire bag to get at a stack of paperwork. The hidden backpack straps let you haul it around town comfortably on your e-bike or scooter, or you can carry it using the top handle or shoulder straps. The busier your day, the more you’ll love this Japanese-made-and-inspired briefcase.
For those weekends when you’ve got to mix work and relaxation, this Flint and Tinder briefcase is just what you need. With 15.6L of storage space, you’ve got room enough for a weekend change of clothes (or two), your EDC items, laptop, and paperwork, so you can easily transition between professional and casual activities. The durable waxed canvas bag is both tough as nails and resistant to water, so you can take it on any working vacation or business trip knowing the bag will endure whatever you throw at it. The addition of leather straps, accents, and pull tabs gives it just enough of a “professional” look that it’ll be as much at home in the office as at a coffee shop or on the boardwalk. And you’ve got to love the reasonable price tag, too.
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