What makes a good briefcase? Ask any suit with a 9-to-5 and a penchant for vicuña, and you’ll hear a few requirements: it should be lightweight, with a comfortable handle; large enough to carry a computer and some documents (the word “briefcase” is derived from the legal documents, or briefs, that lawyers carry), but not so bulky it looks like a weekender; and made of materials built to last so it can be passed on to the progeny. A slim messenger or duffel bag with a shoulder strap, but no handle — that isn’t a briefcase. It’s time to get serious about the things you carry. These briefcases cover the spectrum, from simple and affordable to luxuriously-detailed and expensive.
Made in the United Kingdom, this smooth leather briefcase has a minimal profile offset with slim handles and an adjustable shoulder strap. It is unlined and has a steel bar closure that fastens the flap.
Filson Original Briefcase
This classic style offers a timeless rugged alternative to the ubiquitous leather briefcase. The 22-ounce paraffin-treated cotton twill is highly water resistant, protecting your work from inclement weather.
Jack Spade Barrow Leather Briefcase
This refined briefcase is made from rigid saffiano leather. It features a zip top and a lined interior with a padded laptop sleeve.
This canvas and leather briefcase from Miansai is streamlined and minimal. It features a zip top, detachable shoulder strap and interior zip pocket.
Polo Ralph Lauren Leather Briefcase
This classic briefcase from Polo Ralph Lauren is made from supple black leather, guaranteed to look better after years of use. Exterior pockets easily accommodate the daily paper; interior pockets do so for a laptop, smartphone and office papers.
Korchmar Lux Elliot Briefcase
This briefcase from Korchmar is a double-gusset flap-over design crafted from American aniline leather. Made in the USA, it holds most 15-inch laptops as well as business files.
J.W. Hulme Co. Leather Briefcase
This American-made briefcase from J.W. Hulme Co. features a zipper-topped main compartment and two external zip pockets. It includes rolled leather handles and is accented with brass hardware.
Lotuff Leather Briefcase
Made from fine pebbled leather, this zip-top briefcase has three main compartments designed to hold a laptop and business papers and files. This American-made briefcase features rolled leather handles and an adjustable shoulder strap.
Dunhill Duke Briefcase
Made in Italy from vegetable-tanned leather, this briefcase has expandable gussets to accommodate your fluctuating workload. The lock and key fastening is both handsome and secure.
Bole Country Governor Briefcase
This Swedish briefcase is made from spruce-bark-tanned leather and has Italian brass locks. Its interior compartment is lined with Nordic reindeer skin and it features a strap handle. Definitely one of the most beautiful briefcases money can buy. It also includes a 15-year guarantee.