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The Best Briefcases for Every Profession

Trade in your backpack for one of these refined briefcases.


Last Updated August, 2019.

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.

Cambridge Satchel

Made in the United Kingdom, this textured 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.

Buy Now: $205

Filson Original Briefcase

This classic style is made from soft, semi-vegetable tanned leather and has a zip closure. It is lined with green canvas and is designed to hold a 15-inch laptop and other daily necessities.

Buy Now: $325

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.

Buy Now: $368

Tecovas Briefcase

This leather briefcase from Tecovas is streamlined and minimal. It features a zip top, canvas lining, detachable shoulder strap and interior organization pockets.

Buy Now: $375

Polo Ralph Lauren Leather Briefcase

This classic briefcase from Polo Ralph Lauren is made from pebble-grain black leather, guaranteed to look better after years of use. The exterior pocket easily accommodates small necessities (e.g. keys, passport, tickets); interior pockets do so for a laptop, smartphone and office papers.

Buy Now: $445

Korchmar Dylan Briefcase

This briefcase from Korchmar has a zip-top design crafted from American aniline leather. Made in the USA, it holds most 15-inch laptops as well as business files.

Buy Now: $425

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.

Buy Now: $695

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.

Buy Now: $1,300

Dunhill Duke Briefcase

Made in Spain from full-grain leather, this briefcase is sleek and refined. It is fully lined with navy canvas, and features an internal laptop pocket and two internal pouch pockets.

Buy Now: $1,750

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.

Buy Now: $4,437

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