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Briefcase Buying Guide: 4 Best Types of Briefcases for Men

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BY Samuel Casey

 

Like it or not, a briefcase says a lot about the man who carries it: whether he has his business in order (professionally and otherwise), and frankly, whether he has a lick of style -- or not. We think you owe it to yourself to carry a bag you’re proud of. We also think you shouldn’t have to mortgage your house to buy that bag. So, with an impressive combination of function and style (if we do say so ourselves), here are the best men’s briefcases you don’t want to miss:

1. Traditional-Carry Briefcases

The traditional-carry briefcase has top handles for carrying it in your hand, at your side (as opposed to over the shoulder or across your body). However, today’s modern take on the traditional briefcase still offers a removable and adjustable leather shoulder strap, making hands-free carrying possible whenever you want it. These briefcases boast the slimmest profiles of all of our favorites, and provide a clean, polished, and professional look. Read on for our favorite traditional-carry briefcases, or shop all briefcases here.

Jefferson Premium Leather Briefcase

Material: Full-grain vegetable tanned cow leather

Interior: Spacious interior with divider and pockets for organization, laptop sleeve, herringbone pattern lining

Carrying Capacity: Moderate (laptop, cords, charger, files, accessories)

Impression: Formal, Professional

Price: $525

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Jefferson Premium Leather Attaché Case

Material: Full-grain vegetable tanned cow leather 

Interior: 2 large zipper compartments, center compartment with magnetic closure, additional small interior pockets, laptop sleeve, herringbone pattern lining

Carrying Capacity: Modest (laptop, charger, files, small accessories)

Impression: Formal, Professional

Price: $450

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Premium Bison Leather Laptop Briefcase

Material: Full-grain bison leather 

Interior: One interior space with single zip closure, additional interior pockets, laptop sleeve, fully lined

Carrying Capacity: Modest (laptop, charger, files, small accessories)

Impression: Formal, Professional

Price: $450

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2. Belted Cover Briefcase Bags

A leather briefcase bag with a belted cover is a great way to combine the classic utility of a well-crafted briefcase with the more rugged style of a men’s leather bag. The top carry handle allows for a quick grab-and-go, while the adjustable shoulder strap offers hands-free convenience. The belted flap cover and buckles add function and character. Read on for our favorite belted cover briefcase bags, or shop all briefcase bags here.

Roosevelt Buffalo Leather Briefcase Bag

Material: Full-grain water buffalo leather, brass and iron hardware

Interior: Spacious main interior compartment with zip closure; interior and exterior pockets, laptop sleeve, canvas-lined

Carrying Capacity: Generous (laptop, cords, charger, files, books, accessories)

Impression: Professional

Price: $300

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Denver Leather Belted Briefcase

Material: Full-grain cow leather, antique brass hardware

Interior: Two interior compartments with holders and pockets; laptop sleeve with button snap to secure, chocolate suede leather interior lining

Carrying Capacity: Generous (laptop, cords, charger, files, books, accessories)

Impression: Professional

Price: $375

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Ryder Reserve Bison Leather Briefcase

Material: Full-grain bison leather, antique nickel hardware

Interior: Two interior compartments with holders and pockets; laptop sleeve with button snap to secure, chocolate suede leather interior lining

Carrying Capacity: Generous (laptop, cords, charger, files, books, accessories)

Impression: Professional

Price: $525

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3. Leather Pilot Bags

If you want a briefcase bag that doesn’t necessarily look like a briefcase, but easily functions like one, then a leather pilot bag might be for you. A pilot bag ditches the flap cover of the belted briefcase bag and replaces it with additional pockets and compartments. Double carry handles make for a quick grab, and an adjustable leather shoulder strap adds flexibility.  Read on for our two favorite leather pilot bags, or shop all briefcase bags here.

Roosevelt Buffalo Leather Pilot Bag - Standard

Material: Full-grain water buffalo leather, brass and iron hardware

Interior: Main interior compartment with zip closure; interior and exterior pockets, laptop sleeve, canvas lined

Carrying Capacity: Moderate (up to 15” laptop, cords, charger, files, accessories)

Impression: Less formal, but Professional 

Price: $320

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Roosevelt Buffalo Leather Pilot Bag - Large

Material: Full-grain bison leather, antique nickel hardware

Interior: Main interior compartment with zip closure; interior and exterior pockets, laptop sleeve, canvas lined

Carrying Capacity: Generous (up to 17” laptop, cords, charger, files, books, accessories)

Impression: Less formal, but Professional

Price: $330

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4. Lightweight Full-Grain Leather Bags

If you want a full-grain leather briefcase with all of the quality and space, but minimal bulk, then check out these lightweight leather bags. You’ll find all the same craftsmanship in the full-grain leather, antique brass snaps and rivets, and padded adjustable canvas strap. But the unlined, straightforward interior allows for a noticeably lighter bag. Read on for our favorite lightweight men’s leather bags, or shop all briefcase bags here.

Walker Leather Briefcase Bag

Material: Full-grain cow leather, antique brass hardware

Interior: Main interior compartment with zip closure, padded laptop sleeve, unlined interior

Carrying Capacity: Moderate to Generous (laptop, cords, charger, files, books, accessories)

Impression: Casual, but Professional

Price: $260

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Walker Leather Pilot Bag

Material: Full-grain cow leather, antique brass hardware

Interior: Main interior compartment with zip closure, padded laptop sleeve, exterior zippered pockets, unlined interior

Carrying Capacity: Moderate to Generous (laptop, cords, charger, files, books, accessories)

Impression: Casual, but Professional

Price: $300

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