The 10 Best Briefcases for Men in 2023

By Andrew Peloquin  |  Updated March 14, 2023

The 10 Best Briefcases for Men in 2023
Courtesy of Bennett Winch

Briefcases are the perfect solution for a professional setting, providing you with 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.


  • Professional style made modern: No longer are your basic briefcases those boxy, clunky, overly heavy monstrosities carried around decades ago.
  • Slim is in: With lightweight laptops (thanks, MacBook!) leading the charge as the work tools of use, modern briefcases are stripping down and opting for a slim design—not much bigger than a portfolio, really.
  • Sized to organize: Briefcase interiors feature compartments sized just right for most important essentials: a dedicated (and sometimes padded) laptop compartment, smaller compartments for your smartphone, chargers, and cables, and pockets for pens, styluses, USB drives, and the other tools of your modern professional life.

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.

Utility Brief from DSPTCH


Wear it as a backpack, over the shoulder, or carry it by hand, and however you do, the 16-liter Utility Brief from DSPTCH is all business.

It fits a 15” laptop, features quick release Fidlock connectors on the front panel, an internal elastic water bottle pocket and it’s luggage-compatible with a sleeve to mount onto rolling luggage. Available in a range of colors.

Smythson Slim Briefcase


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.

Harber London Laptop Briefcase


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.

TOPO Designs Global Briefcase


Built with mountain-ready materials—including a 420-denier nylon pack cloth exterior and 210-denier nylon pack cloth interior lining—it’s the perfect adventure bag to keep all of your clothes, electronics (including a 15-inch laptop), and documents safe.

The pass-through panel makes it easy to slide it onto your rolling luggage handle, and the adjustable contoured shoulder straps ensure comfortable carrying all day long.

It’s bold, spacious, and perfect for quick organization on the go.

Shinola Slim Traveler Brief


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.

Bennett Winch The Brief


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.

Troubador Pathfinder Slim Briefcase


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.

Carl Friedrik Palissy Briefcase


For the working gentleman, there are few options as elegant and stylish as this leather briefcase by Carl Friedrik.

Crafted in Florence, Italy using vegetable-tanned Vachetta leather by Artigiano del Cuoio sourced from Tuscany, this briefcase looks and carries like a portfolio, but with plenty of storage space for all your daily essentials.

Pack your 15-inch MacBook in the padded laptop pocket or your 16-inch laptop in the main compartment alongside your pens, brief pads, and notebooks.

It’s an elegant example of leatherwork and design that will turn heads everywhere you go.

Filson Rugged Twill Original Briefcase


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.

Porter Tanker 3-way Briefcase


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.

Flint and Tinder Weekender 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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