How to Choose a Leather Briefcase – How to get it right

Buying a briefcase can be an intimidating business. Long gone are the days of the classic hard-shell case. Now there seems to be a briefcase for every look and sensibility, from sporty through to super serious. There is no doubt they’re a necessity, but their identity has changed, thanks to the more casual workplace and the digital age. Having said that, not all of us are lucky enough to travel light on our way to work; and let’s face it, some of us still prefer reading a physical book or holding pen to paper, continuing our devotion to the A4 notepad!

With all this in mind, which briefcase is right for you? In today’s metrosexual world, some might call what we offer a satchel or courier bag, but they are made with business in mind, so we continue to call our “man bags”, briefcase.

We’ve laid out our entire collection to make the choice a little easier for you…

New In – Fast and Furious

As stylish as it is simple, the Piccadilly is the newest addition to our briefcase range and is a great bag for zipping between meetings. It is similar to our Langford case, but has been even more paired back. The Atlantic leather is soft, yet hardy and beautifully light. This is a fantastic little case for women too and its three colour options of black, tan and navy make it versatile in the accessorising stakes too. The Piccadilly includes a full width laptop pocket, and enough room for your notepad, ipad and phone. Carry this using the soft handles or add the detachable shoulder strap. More to carry than just your work essentials? Then why not team with our matching Chelsea Eco-Shopper Tote?

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For the Man of Many things

Laptop, books, power leads, files, papers, maybe even a long-loved Filofax? Our Clipper Satchel is a great option and comes in a choice of 6 leather or canvas combinations. It has a large, generous compartment for all of your bits and pieces, as well as a padded computer slip pocket to fit a 15” laptop. The two front pockets will help keep you organised, with their quick release collar stud fastenings allowing you access in a hurry. If you are a little overloaded, the detachable shoulder strap will help with carrying it around too. The Clipper is surprisingly light, but we can’t be held responsible for what you put in it! Looking to scale things down and have some packing self-discipline? Then opt for our smaller model.

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For the Traditionalist

If you are looking for a more formal case with good practicality, then look no further than the Wymington. We took the classic ingredients of our original satchels for this bag and combined them with the standard size and stiffened walls of a traditional briefcase. Its classic look and hardwearing craftsmanship will ensure that this will be a bag you enjoy for decades to come. It is fully lined and features three main compartments, three slip pockets, a zip pocket and padded laptop pouch. It also includes a detachable shoulder strap. This is a bag that means business in every sense of the word.

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For the man who travels light

We first made our Marston briefcase in response to demand from our discerning and style conscious Japanese customers, who were looking for a smaller, streamlined case. We loved the look but felt we needed to offer more sizes, catering to those who couldn’t travel quite so light! This simple case offers plenty of practicality. Beyond its main, single compartment, it includes a pocket large enough to host your I-phone Plus, a padded laptop pocket, two useful slip pockets for A4 documents and finally, two handy slip pockets on the outside, giving you somewhere to pop your newspaper and Oyster card when on the hop. We offer the Marston in a choice of three leathers; rugged Aztec Crazyhorse, warm Sundance and elegant black or tan Bridle.

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For the Style-Conscious

Looking for something contemporary, compact and perfectly light? Then we heartily recommend the Langford. The tumbled Elba leather and panel detail give the bag character, whilst the size and simplicity of design ensure that it is very much on-point. The case has a zip-top style with padded walls and floor to protect precious tech (13” plus), alongside an adjustable and removable shoulder strap. Available in a choice of Chestnut or Black, this is the perfect city brief for busy executives.

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Hands Free

Some briefcases just won’t cut it if your means of getting around is two-wheeled. Enter the Clifton backpack, crafted from vegetable-tanned tumbled Elba leather with a smart bridle leather trim. The contemporary design of this bag means that despite its functional concept, it will still look smart enough for city life and a visit to the office. It is built to last, has a myriad of pockets and padded laptop home, and will just get better and better, the longer you use it.

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Mr Picky

If you have still not found the case that exactly hits the mark, perhaps like one of our styles, but not the colour, or have another need in mind, then why not consider the bespoke route? Then just have a chat with one of our team for more information.

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