Gone are the days of your father’s boxy briefcase. Today’s briefcases are stylish, lightweight, and specifically designed to carry your computer and all your necessary EDC. Whether you are a 9-6 worker, a student, or a businessman, the stylish briefcases available today are trendy yet convenient and useful. While there are loads of options out there from which to choose, IMBOLDN’s editors have made it easy for you with their top 10 picks for the best briefcases.
Filson 24 Hour Tin Cloth Briefcase
Blending proven, traditional materials, Filson has developed a briefcase that is designed to carry up to a 15-inch laptop and boasts interior dividers and 2 exterior zippered and stow pockets, as well as a full-width rear stow pocket. Its legendary oil finish Tin Cloth has proven highly effective in protecting against wet abusive conditions, to keep all your EDC safe from the elements. The briefcase has leather handles as well as a removable adjustable webbing shoulder strap.
Frank Klegg BOUND EDGE ZIP-TOP BRIEFCASE
If you’re in the market for an uber handsome handmade leather briefcase that will hold up to a 16-inch laptop, among other essentials, this one’s for you. Named the best handmade briefcase of 2022 & 2023 by GQ, this classic and practical briefcase is constructed from leather that is gently tumbled in in rotating drums filled with vegetable extracts to give it a distinctively soft and relaxed hand, while at the same time remaining durable.
Laurent Sac de Jour Full-Grain Leather Briefcas
Made in Italy, Laurent’s Sac de Jour is cut from black 100% calfskin leather. The briefcase has tubular handles and a removable and adjustable shoulder strap and embossed Saint Laurent signature. The briefcase exterior has one zip pocket at the front and one concealed flat pocket at the back. The interior contains one main compartment, a large flat pocket, a zip pocket and a key chain with padlock keys attached to the inside and is finished with a grosgrain lining.
Maverick & Co. Manhattan Leather Briefcase
Beautifully crafted with genuine Saffiano leather, this sleek briefcase has spacious compartments that are thoughtfully designed for stylish professionals to organize their business necessities effortlessly. The smart interior design keeps your 16″ laptop and necessities well-sorted, so it will always look neat and compact even when it’s fully packed.
Satchel & Page Diplomat
This slim profile briefcase boasts a spacious, expandable interior with a center laptop pocket in the center. Tanned and finished in Ponte a Egola, Italy, the leather has a soft hand and elegant hand-feel. The Diplomat offers a full zipper opening for easy access. The padded laptop compartment fits a laptop 13.0 inches wide or smaller. The briefcase comes with a modular luggage attachment strap, ensuring smooth travels.
Beckett Simonon Sullivan
A top loading briefcase, it’s easy and convenient to store your files, laptop, and documents in the Sullivan. Made from full-grain calfskin leather sourced from Italy, your laptop or tablet will fit snugly in the padded pocket, and the solid construction, hardware, and stitching ensure the Sullivan will hold its shape for many years to come. Use either the secure handles or the adjustable shoulder strap to carry this handsome briefcase.
Want Les Essentiels Itami Econyl Briefcase
Made from a regenerated nylon called ECONYL, the Itami uses ocean and landfill waste in its construction. Slim in profile and minimalist in design, this briefcase is designed to house all your tech accessories — laptop, phone, tablets, and more — in one refined package. Use the detachable and adjustable nylon strap for cross-body or over-shoulder wear.
Mission Workshop Transit Laptop Brief
The Transit Laptop Brief was built to hold a portfolio, laptop, and additional everyday carry. The outside boasts four cargo pockets making it easy to grab and stash gear throughout the day. Inside, the brief has two additional cargo pockets and a zippered padded laptop sleeve. Use the handles or hide them away if you wish to use the removable quick adjust shoulder strap that can securely fasten to a front rack on a bike. Available in a choice of HT500 Nylon, 500D CORDURA, Waxed Canvas, or Dimension Polyant X-Pac fabric.
Bellroy System Messenger Bag
The Bellroy System Messenger Bag is made from a water-resistant non-toxic fabric and boasts a fold-top opening that closes with a G hook and magnetic loop. The dual front zip pockets let you store items quickly. Inside, among the multiple pockets, is a place to stow a 16-inch laptop. Pop pockets store water bottles or spare shoes. Easy to use when traveling thanks to the luggage slip slide.
Handmade in Spain, this smart and stylish Sunspel briefcase uses a fine, water-resistant Italian organic cotton canvas for its exterior and is finished with leather trim. The canvas exterior is weather-resistant and extremely durable. It’s just the perfect size to carry a laptop in the built-in internal pocket. Available in Black or Navy.