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Case Study: 15 of the best leather briefcases to upgrade your office image

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Although we are in a digital age where most documents are sent via email, we somehow still manage to cart along a lot of paper, especially the work-related kind. Hence the need for a smart and sturdy business bag or briefcase, which gets its name from the legal briefs that lawyers have expensively schlepped since the birth of the modern judicial system.

Like every other accouterment you bring to your current workplace – whether it’s a prestigious legal firm that’s a conglomerate of surnames or you and your laptop’s favorite window seat at your local Starbucks – your work bag is a reflection of your attitude and overall professionalism. So don’t be like the two guys I recently spied walking down the street who mucked up their otherwise perfectly polished looks by carting cases that appeared to have been pinched from a junior high school lost and found.

Whether you prefer an old-school boxy attaché or a more modern buckle-free slim and sleek tote, here are 15 of the best leather briefcases available now (in a wide range of price points) that will help carry you forward and succeed in business by adding that final, essential sign of smarts and sophistication to your professional guise.

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Schoolboy Satchel in Black Waxed Flesh by Billy Kirk, $407

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Bryant Dowel Rod Brief by Boconi, $498 regular (use promo code “Special 25” for 25% off)

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Tyler Tumbled Brokers Bag by Boconi, $398 regular (use promo code “Special 25” for 25% off)

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Tyler Tumbled Sleeve Brief by Boconi, $198 regular (use promo code “Special 25” for 25% off)

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Deerskin Briefcase by Brooks Brothers, $1,498

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Football Leather Briefcase by Brooks Brothers, $598

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Counselor No. 95 Vintage Black Leather Briefcase by Ghurka, $2,195

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Tremont No. 82 by Ghurka, $3095

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Jay Modern Briefcase by Moore & Giles, $1,100

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Miller Standard Attache by Moore & Giles, $860

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The Leather Kingston by ONA, $309

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French Classic Briefbag by Porsche Design, $785

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Bulzi Cross-Grain Satchel by Ted Baker, $239

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Jagala Leather Satchel by Ted Baker, $419

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Leather Briefcase by Tommy Bahama, $350

Christopher Blomquist
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Christopher is a native New Yorker who lives and works (mostly) in Manhattan. A longtime fashion journalist, he served as…
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