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Best Briefcases for the Modern Gent

The 5 Best Briefcases for the Modern Professional

by , December 6, 2017

No bag exudes an air of professionalism quite like a briefcase. And like any carry niche, there are plenty to choose from. Some offer a variety of organization options, while others keep things decluttered and clean. Some exude a suave style that’s right at home by the CEO’s side. While others may offer a more smart-casual aesthetic that suits a range of work settings.

But we’ve gotten down to business and selected the 5 best briefcases for the modern professional that cater to a range of budgets and personal preferences…

Entry level

Bellroy Slim Work Bag (US$ 189)

Bellroy Slim Work Bag

Looking for an elegant combination of slim form, stylish aesthetics and functional design? This bag nails all of these in a considered way. And it’s smart looking without being ‘boardroom’ smart looking, so this will suit modern offices and more relaxed environs.

Quick-access exterior pockets keep essentials within easy reach, while interior pockets provide further organization for a 15″ laptop and additional work tools or EDC. The bag features a secure zip closure and can be carried by hand or with the removable shoulder strap.

Best value / best all-rounder

Stuart & Lau Cary Briefcase (US$ 295)

Stuart & Lau Cary Briefcase

The Cary Briefcase exudes handsome charm and its blend of canvas and leather allows it to slide from casual offices to more formal settings with aplomb. But look beyond the appealing aesthetics and you’ll find versatile practicality for everyday use. The umbrella holder provides hassle-free carry for an item that’s often awkward to look after while you’re on the go. Front and back pockets offer handy storage for frequently used items, while a concealed phone pocket and padded laptop sleeve keep your tech safe.

And when business travel calls, there’s even a luggage strap, luggage tag and removable pen for smoother journeys. This is a truly versatile piece and solid choice for most.


Carl Friedrik Vallance Slim Leather Briefcase (US$ 361)

Carl Friedrik Vallance Slim Leather Briefcase

The Vallance brings understated class to any business meeting with its pared-back style, beautiful Italian Vachetta leather, and quality handcrafted construction. The zipper extension allows documents and a laptop to be accessed easily without the zipper getting in the way, and there’s just enough pockets to keep the essentials organized without losing the chic, minimalist look and feel.

Japanese craft

Porter Kura Chika Original Brief Case (~US$ 420)

Porter Kura Chika Original Brief Case

If you’re a carry geek, you know Porter. Meticulous Japanese craftsmanship, clean style, and thoughtful design makes this a sharp piece for boardrooms and more casual environments alike. The leather case’s oval-shaped base assists with stability for packing and retrieving items, and a choice of pockets keep your work supplies and day-to-day essentials in order.

Leather with attitude

KILLSPENCER Utility Attaché Briefcase (US$ 550)

KILLSPENCER Utility Attaché Briefcase

KILLSPENCER‘s Attaché Briefcase is a chic example of luxurious utility done right. Crafted with full-grain leather and a protective faux fur lining, the briefcase finds that sweet spot between rugged and refined. A useful mix of interior and exterior pockets keep your gear well organized, and the ability to alternate between carry handles and the removable shoulder strap gives you flexible portability to suit different settings.


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