Whether you’re at the beginning of your career, or on the ladder up to that corner office, briefcases will hold all your stuff in style. Briefcases can impart confidence, professionalism, and expert knowledge. When you carry a briefcase, people intuitively understand that you, pardon the pun, mean business.
There’s not just one type of briefcase; there’s the hard case, expandable, messenger, handheld, and structured. Most briefcases have detachable shoulder straps, making it easy to carry a case weighted with stuff. Most briefcases, no matter the price tag, have a padded laptop compartment. Certain professions like law or finance may require expandable briefcases that can hold multiple files and folders. Other professions, especially those in the creative fields, rely on briefcases that can double as a portfolio.
When you’re looking for a briefcase for yourself, keep in mind a few important things. Make sure that it can hold your laptop. If you need lots of compartments, make sure that they’re roomy. If you prefer a briefcase that has a shoulder strap, check to see if it’s padded for comfort. Finally, we strongly prefer briefcases that aren’t too small. If your bag isn’t large enough, it’s going to look like a purse.
So to help you add the finishing touch on your back-to-work style, check out one of the 12 stylish briefcases for men below.
1. Samsonite Bonded Leather Attache Briefcase
This is the classic hard-body briefcase, courtesy of Samsonite. These types of briefcases are far less common than messenger bags and cross-body briefcases, but they can still be extremely convenient for professionals who need to carry around documents. This particular leather briefcase will fit 15.6-inch laptops and can expand when needed. Inside you’ll find an expandable 3-tier, 4-file organize. The exterior features combination locks and a matte finish.
2. Mack Weldon Ion Briefcase
Whether you’re working out of a café, traveling for work, or a neat freak, you’ll love this briefcase. It has an organizer panel for all your chords (mind blown!), two padded compartments, spot for your phone, designated spots for electronic devices, phones, business cards, and wait, there’s more! Another compartment for workbooks etc., It’s like taking the office with you wherever you go.
3. Fossil Dillon Pilot Bag
While this might look like a handsome leather bag, it’s actually made from vegan leather. Created with pineapple leather and the interior is made recycled polyester. Just because you carry lots of stuff, doesn’t mean that your bag must look like it should be strapped to a pack animal. This professional-looking bag not only has a large main compartment and a padded laptop sleeve, but both sides also zip down to reveal more pockets to stow charging cables, keys, and assorted odds and ends.
4. Coach Beckett Flap Brief
Its original price tag was almost $600, but at the Coach Outlet store, the price is 68% less. This is an impressive-looking structured briefcase. The statement-making briefcase is made from smooth calf leather, and could last you through a few promotions. You can hand-carry it or use the shoulder strap. The briefcase has a push-lock closure and inside there’s a padded laptop slot and pockets for your phone and much more. There’s a back pocket for keys, sunglasses or what have you.
5. Mancini Beverly Hills Collection Litigator Briefcase
BEST FOR LEGAL EAGLES
This domed hard briefcase is, like its name, perfect for lawyers. Open it up, and you’ll find space for a 17-inch laptop, tons of files, an RFID pocket, and slots for phone, pens, and pads. The vegetable tanned leather will age beautifully. Carry by the handles or use the detachable shoulder strap. It comes with a one-year limited warranty.
6. Alpine Swiss Expandable Hard-Sided Briefcase
Carrying important papers every day? You’ll love the combination lock feature on this briefcase. TSA-approved, it can carry a laptop, folders, legal pads and more. One side has pockets, slots and even a built-in eyeglass case. Made of faux leather and nylon, this briefcase can expand one extra inch when needed.
7. Filson 24 Hour Briefcase
Do you dash from office to gym, to plane and back? If you’re in constant movement, Filson’s 24 briefcase is your perfect match. It’s so rugged that it can withstand rain, snow and possibly a typhoon because the fabric is water-resistant fabric and has an oil finish so junk bounces off it. The briefcase’s back has an additional pocket and trolley strap. Of course, there’s a padded laptop slot (can hold a 15-inch, two huge front pockets with zippered security pocket and one that has slots for IDs etc., It’s finished off with bridle leather trim and brass hardware.
8. Zara Solid Color Grainy Briefcase
Zara makes quality fast fashion, not that’s not any oxymoron. They’re keenly aware of fashion’s environmental impact and follow the Green to Wear standards for manufacturing. Their briefcase looks like it should have more numbers in the price tag. The fabric looks like pebble grain leather. Inside is a padded laptop slot, there are four other interior pockets for various electronic devices, and the exterior has two outside pockets. Carry it by hand or use the removable shoulder strap.
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9. Porsche Design Voyager 2.0 Briefbag
As carefully designed as Porsche’s cars, this slimline briefcase was created to seamlessly work with you. Subtly elegant, it has twin handles and a crossbody carrying strap. Made from full-grain calf leather, this bag features multiple pockets and an interior thoughtfully designed without any wasted space. Yes, there’s a padded laptop sleeve and a zippered slip pocket.
10. Time Resistance Italian Leather Messenger Bag
ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES
Shopworn’s a website that snags brand new merchandise from stores that have too much stock, and then turns it around and sells luxury premium items for much less. A perfect example is this briefcase from high-end designer Dunhill. The minimalist designed bag is made with cowhide leather (durable and aged into a gorgeous patina) and cotton. The original retail price for this stunner was $995.00.
11. Gucci GG Briefcase
The tonal GG supreme print lets everyone know that you’ve arrived. This slim briefcase is printed canvas with leather trim. It zips open a fabric lined interior that has a padded laptop sleeve and has a zippered pocket. The removable shoulder strap is striped with classic Gucci colors. For professional guys who want to drop some serious coin on a designer briefcase that’s sure to get people’s attention, Gucci has the men’s bag you’re looking for.
12. Loewe Goya Leather Briefcase
When you’ve reached a certain level, a slim, sleek briefcase looks quietly powerful. Loewe’s briefcase radiates quiet confidence. The textured black leather case has the brand’s logo discreetly embossed on one side. The interior is fabric lined, and there are interior zippered pockets and slots for important items.