Briefcases

Canvas Briefcase

Need a no-nonsense, utilitarian briefcase? This bag by Industry Portage features an exterior padded pocket for your tablet, interior pen slots and pockets for organizing smaller items like business cards, and adequate space to carry a decent stack of documents (let’s hope you won’t need to do that though). Rugged canvas and suede handles reinforce the no-frills approach; there’s no doubt it’s durable enough for your everyday commute or for those longer journeys. Also available in red.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $160.00
Available from: The Vitrine

Lorna Backpack

Commuters, your prayers have been answered. IGNOBLE brings us the Lorna backpack/briefcase, an urban commuter bag that’s perfect for lugging your laptop back and forth from the office. Like the other IGNOBLE bags, it is free of unnecessary adornment, making it a perfect choice for those that value function and simplicity in their wardrobes. An easy shoulder strap restraint system allows the bag to quickly convert from a backpack into a soft, side-carry briefcase.
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Price: $289.00
Available from: IGNOBLE

Review: Ari Marcopoulos Incase Camera Bag

I’ve finally found the perfect bag for both day-to-day commuting and air travel.

Here are a few of the things I love about it:
1. Interior side pocket fits both my MacBook Air & Kindle perfectly.
2. Exterior side pocket allows for easy and secure access to wallet, keys, phone.
3. Comes with a waterproof cover(!)
4. It’s a perfect carry-on sized bag.
5. Side handle makes it easy to pull in and out from under airplane seats
6. Bag interior lined with soft material to keep all your gadgets scratch-free.
7. Configureable interior compartments with velcro dividers–perfect for keeping things in order.
8. It’s perfectly unisex.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.95
Available from: Incase

Zip-Around Briefcase

Designed by Makio Hasuike, this briefcase unzips around the perimeter so it can lay fully flat (see image below) and allow several points of access. If you like the look, I suggest you check out the other bag designs at Makio Hasuike’s website or visit MH WAY, where it is also available to purchase for € 105.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $198.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Leather Portfolio

At 14″x10″, this leather portfolio is too big to be a wallet and way too small to be a briefcase (hence the ‘portfolio’), but I think several of your smaller belongings would feel right at home in snazzy lime leather or a more refined white, black or gold.

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Price: $50.00
Available from: Russellandhazel.com

SIWA Briefcase

How long have you been waiting for the SIWA (pronounced shiwa) collection by Naoto Fukasawa to hit the stores? It feels like forever, doesn’t it? The briefcase stands out the most to me, but only because I need/want one and I’m partial to the details. I’ll do a separate post on the pouches.

All pieces are produced by the Onao paper company in Japan and are highly water-resistant and capable of carrying heavy loads (tested for up to 10 kgs/ 22 lbs).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $130.00
Available from: greenergrassdesign.com

Soft-top Briefcase and Messenger Bag

While I’m patiently waiting for the new stuff to hit stores, I’m also keeping my eyes peeled for snap-up worthy sales. These utilitarian soft bags have no visible tags or brands that I can see, and for those of us that dislike unnecessary visual clutter (i.e. brands) upon ourselves, that’s simply a godsend.

Messenger Bag Small (11″ W 14″), $220.00 Now: $110.00
Messenger Bag Medium (H 13″ W 16″), $245.00 Now: $122.50
Soft-Top Briefcase (), $420.00 Now: $210.00

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Wool Felt Binder Case

The utilitarian design of this carry case makes me wish I had an important binder to carry around.

Designed as a carry case for the Aluminum Binder, the Wool Felt Binder Case (2007) may also be used on its own as a briefcase, document carrier, portfolio bag or even handbag. The 100% fine wool felt is a quarter-inch thick for maximum protection and exceptional style. With frequent use, the felt will become finer and softer. The hook-and-loop fasteners are durable enough for travel or courier. The landscape format fits European size A3 paper (16.5″x11.75″), while the smaller configuration accommodates A4 or U.S. letter size. Made in Australia.

A3: H 13.75″ W 22.5″ D 2″: $180.00 Now: $153.00
A4: H 13.75″ W 13.75″ D 2″: $150.00 Now: $100.50
(sale through March 18, 2009)

Buy it here.

Messenger Bag Black with Black Handles

Barnes & Noble recently expanded their inventory to include home items and other miscellany, and look what had me looking twice- this elegant messenger bag made from natural recycled leather for $56 buckaroos. This same style is also available in the orientation of a regular briefcase for $59.00: Buy it here.

Hand crafted in Fabriano, Italy, this handsome Messenger Bag boasts a simple yet striking design. With a retractable handle/shoulder strap and enough room for folders, magazines, portfolios, etc., it’s the perfect combination of functionality and style. Plus it’s made from natural recycled leather, a rugged, environmentally friendly material that is used for furniture and other heavy-duty applications. Easy to care for and extremely resistant to stains, wear, and tear.

by San Lorenzo International, Inc.
Also available in Cognac.
12.5″ x 10.5″ x 2″

$55.95, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $55.95
Availability: Buy Messenger Bag Black with Black Handles here

La Valise Case

“A stylish new way to organize yourself and transport necessary documents. The Valise can be used as a filing system or an attractive briefcase.” Might not make the best everyday briefcase, but is a great way to transport files around an office.

Design Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, 2003.
Injection molded ABS. Made in Italy by Magis.
14.5″ L x 12.3″ w x 3.3″ d

Purchase Information:

Price: $52.00
Availability: Buy La Valise Case here

Wooden Briefcase

I want one.

“Seeking to develop applications for wood, industrial designer Takumi Shimamura delivers this unique briefcase made of ecological thinned Japanese cedar. Designed to accommodate laptops, the bag has sturdy canvas edges, a handle with leather covering, double zippers, and inner pockets. Water repellent finish. Handmade by Japanese craftsmen. Clean with a damp cloth.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $265.00
Availability: Buy Wooden Briefcase here

Felt Briefcases (by daff)

Ooo, I like. It’s not often that you can find a decent briefcase-ish type of thing that doesn’t draw too much attention to itself (or, on the other hand, makes you look like you’re a banker- not that there’s anything wrong with that). And, it’s made out of felt, which is the best reason of all to buy it.

“this distinctive felt briefcase, designed by daff, is for the executive or student who prioritizes convenience, security, and style. it features a roomy interior with two main pockets and space under the front flap for credit cards and ID, as well as a cell phone storage pocket that provides easy access to calls. as an extra security measure, daff includes a lockable clasp with accompanying key. constructed of firm, durable 100% merino wool felt that keeps valuables safe and secure and resists pilling, this briefcase is a practical answer for those wanting to go beyond traditional business accessories.”

dimensions: 15.5″l x 13″w x 2″d
(flap dimensions: 15.75″ x 7.5″)

Purchase Information:

Price: $150
Availability: Buy Felt Briefcases (by daff) here

Jack Spade Nylon Bag

The bright green insides is what grabbed hold of me: also, it’s waterproof due to it’s three layer nylon construction and has a detachable shoulder strap and interior pockets. (And, think of what that’s worth- a waterproof, flexible bag that gives you a nice surprise everytime you open it up.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $225.00
Availability: Buy Jack Spade Nylon Bag here

 
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