For some reason, men in their mid-twenties seem to be in love with their book bags from college. They’ve graduated, landed a professional career, and oddly decide it’s best to tote around a Jansport- or worse, that terrible bag with their initials tattooed on the back. I have no quarrels with book bags, that is, if you’re still attending high school football games. It’s time for an upgrade of serious proportions. What happened to office style? Standards? Why is it that Fortune 500 companies are allowing their employees to dress like a slouch? It’s time to put an end to “casual” Fridays and step into a new realm of office style.
Let’s start off the your new workplace by getting rid of that book bag. Save it for your son- he’ll need it one day. Where to start? We’ve got a a few options. First: an update to the briefcase. You have a plethora of options, ranging from affordable to extravagant. The keys to the modern briefcase are functionality and longevity. Remember, these are going to get better with proper care and the right aging. Invest wisely; there’s no point in having multiple briefcases. I’ve saved you some time and found a few that we recommend you quickly add to your Christmas lists.
Libero Ferrero Oak & Eddon
There’s a reason why I talk about Libero Ferrero often. First, they make an impeccable product. I first fell for their collection while visiting Apartment #9 in Chicago back in the summer. It’s one of the most beautiful bags I’ve seen to date. It’s not outrageous or full of fancy logos. It’s made of Custom Horween® Hickory or Black cherry leather and lined with signature Holland & Sherry® wool interior. Oh, and I forgot to mention that it’s handmade in the USA. It’s perfect for storing away your lap top, tablet device, or whatever else you may need it to. This bag will defiantly have your co-workers’ heads turning. Shop the Oak & Eddon here.
Lotuff Leather Satchel
Satchels are the Swiss army knives of the mens bag world. Functionality is the name of the game; acting as a bag that can take you from your travels abroad to the boardroom and back home again. Lotuff’s re-designed satchel offers it’s men a bit more room allowing you to pack in that extra tablet if need be. There’s a compartment for pretty much everything you could possibly image. Crafted in New England, this satchel serves it’s purpose and more. Shop the Leather Satchell here
Delvaux Newspaper Bag 1829
Established in 1829, Delvaux is one Europe’s oldest handbag artists and manufacturers.Based in Belgium the 1829 collection is a collection designed by Dutchman Bruno Pieters. To this day, Delvaux continues to produce elegant bags with quirky design features. The 1829 bags offers it’s users with dual straps running along the side for a perfect newspaper placement when you’re on the go. Inside, the bag is lined with pure Arizona leather. It also comes in a cafe’ (brown) and noir (black). Shop the Delvaux Bag here
Billy Kirk No. 237 Padded Zippered Briefcase
At only $387.00, Billy Kirks mens briefcase is a steal. Made from Olive Waxed Canvas and Horween Leather, this padded zippered briefcase is one of our favorites. It’s a larger size, allowing you to not only stuff your laptop in, but the latest edition of Monocle, Man of the World, and Kinfolk. The briefcase is available in a wide variety of colors and is limited to 20 bags per style. Odds are you’ll be the only gent in your office with this bag. My guess is this will be a quick seller, so get yours while you can. Shop the Billy Kirk here
Jack Spade Tech Oxford Laptop Briefcase
Jack Spade is known for his minimalistic, sleek designs. What started as an idea he and his wife, Kate Spade, had in their loft in NYC. Their first bag was sold to a hardware store in 1997, and of course the rest is history. His aesthetic is spot on. He has a nostalgic look to almost all of his products. I really enjoy what he creates. The Tech Oxford Briefcase is just another example of his near perfect work. Made of water-resistant material, the Tech Oxford has all the bells and whistles of a perfect bag at a perfect budget. Shop the Jack Spade Oxford here
Now, the message behind this article isn’t one of, “Hey go out and buy this today”. Invest wisely- this is a briefcase that you want to have for the rest of your time. Don’t be afraid to shell out a few extra (hundred) bucks to get a briefcase that you’ll be able to pass to your son one day. Send me an email if you have any other questions or comments. I’d be glad to help.
(Images courtesy of companies websites and Justin Bridges of Tucked Style)