There comes a time every week — if not every day — where the demands of your job and your daily grind call for the best, most well-equipped and most effective gear. If you happen to work in an office or jetset from city to city or cross-country, there’s one piece of gear in particular you simply need to have top of mind: The right briefcase for your essentials and your everyday carry.
This isn’t the time to be losing papers, pens or flash drives — you’d best come prepared, no doubt about it. After all, that critical preparation is (at least) half the battle, and that’s the case (pun intended) whether you’re gearing up for a sales pitch, a quarterly presentation or an investor’s meeting. Look good, feel good, perform even better … or something like that, right? And the rest of the time outside of those days where you’ve simply got to crush it, the right briefcase can serve as a reminder of why you do, well, what you do. Heck, for leisurely pursuits and weekend trips, a great deal many of these briefcases are more functional than they are stuffy — you won’t exactly find your average business briefcase on this list.
These picks are all functional, rugged, sleek and ready for whatever the day throws your way. And with the right briefcase beside you, we guarantee you’ll be just a bit more prepared for whatever that *something* happens to be tomorrow.
Filson Weatherproof Leather Original Briefcase
Yes, naturally Filson steps up to the plate and delivers its own classically rugged, heritage-inspired take on the briefcase. This isn’t just any old leather briefcase, either — the water in question is made to take on weather and tough conditions from the trail to the lodge and back. The rest of the time, in the city, it’s just a damn stylish bag to pair up with dark denim, a tan field jacket and your favorite henley. Heirlooms get better over time, and this one certainly will.
TUMI Alpha 3 Triple Compartment Briefcase
For sleek, utilitarian functionality that’s well-suited for the city and for your next business trip, get this TUMI briefcase — the brand’s dependability is nearly legendary, and with good reason. The Alpha 3 Triple Compartment Briefcase is made with FXT ballistic nylon and features an interior pocket for your smartphone, plus card slots. The all-black colorway gives it an air of city-ready style that other briefcases skip out on — this TUMI briefcase shows you mean business, in short.
Shinola Navigator leather Briefcase
Yet another way to show you mean business? With this downright impressive, durable, hard-working Shinola Navigator Leather Briefcase, as tough yet stylish a briefcase as you’re apt to find these days. Like all great Shinola products, it fits right in with the brand’s line of handsome, classic gear. This is the kind of leather briefcase that pulls its weight with a tailored navy suit as well as with more casual style picks (say, a cardigan, henley and blue denim as you head to your local coffee shop).
Everyman Hideout 5-Way Commuter Pack
It used to be, briefcases were really only that — just a briefcase, with little else to separate itself from a crowded field. The good news for the discerning shopper among us (like yourself) is that the Everyman Hideout 5-Way Commuter Pack has five — yes, five — different carrying configurations to suit any lifestyle. Of course, the Commuter Pack works well on the road, all owing to its ballistic nylon construction and durable touches like waterproof zippers.
Boarding Pass NYC Flight Briefc
Of the briefcases we’ve tested over the years and used on the daily, we’re prepared to make a serious argument as to why the Boarding Pass NYC Flight Brief is one of our favorite briefcases — and sure to be one of yours, too. The Flight Brief is durable and rugged yet versatile, made with a waxed cotton & cotton twill fabric, then finished off with premium leather handles and brass hardware. It looks great, it’s got plenty of carrying capacity for your EDC, and it’s soon to become a daily go-to for you.
Bexar Goods Porter Satchel
There are certain briefcases you see where the quality and long-term durability and style spring right to mind. The rugged and tremendously well-crafted Bexar Goods Porter Satchel is one such briefcase, and it’s more than worthy of a spot on this list of in-demand briefcases. The handmade construction here jumps right off the page — it’s just that great. Vegetable-tanned harness leather and remarkably tough design make this briefcase a seriously investment-level piece.
AER Commuter Brief
When you find a briefcase that blends affordability, sleek style and nearly limitless functionality, you jump on it. Seeing as we’re about to get into a season filled with outdoor adventures and excursions aplenty, something like the AER Commuter Brief is well-suited if your lifestyle is more casual or outdoor-minded, yet the AER Commuter Brief also works handily in the city. That’s where the all-black color and smaller-but-no-less-useful design come in handy.
Hard Graft Long Haul Briefcase
The right briefcase — no, one of the best men’s briefcases — can seem to call out to you. You know you need its effortless style, its heirloom quality and its rugged toughness in your life. That’s not even hogwash — that’s just what we see when we check out the Hard Graft Long Haul Briefcase. Vegetable-tanned leather and sleek hardware provide this bag with an air of invincibility, but you’ll have to test out this highly stylish briefcase for yourself to figure that out.
Linjer Soft Briefcase
Linjer started out making sleek, slim wallets for the stylish everyman, and they’ve since expanded the product line to include all manner of refined, sleek everyday carry essentials. Take the Linjer Soft Briefcase for instance, a sharp and fashionable briefcase that the guy who wears suits on the daily very well might appreciate. If that guy happens to be you? Well, here you go.
Topo Designs Commuter Briefcase
Since when does an outdoor goods company make a briefcase? Since Topo Designs does, that’s when. The Colorado-based brand takes great pride in crafting versatile, dependable gear that moves from the trail to town with ease, and the nicely sized Commuter Briefcase is hard-wearing enough to take on a hike, then easygoing enough to bring with you to the brewery. Plus, it’s ridiculously affordable and just downright cool-looking.
BillyKirk No. 237 Briefcase
For more than two decades now, Billykirk has been supplying fashion-forward guys with the classic leather goods they need to finish off any ensemble — and consider the No. 237 Briefcase the latest timeless entry in that endeavor. Made from durable full-grain leather and finished off with waxed canvas accents, this is the workaday bag you need on your shoulder.
Johnston & Murphy Leather Laptop Briefcase
Johnston & Murphy practically has guys of all styles covered when it comes to essential office and travel gear — that goes for the brand’s lightweight and easy-to-layer sweaters as much as it does for the brand’s sleek dress shoes. And to round out your next office-ready look, you best pick up the Leather Laptop Briefcase, made to haul your everyday work essentials with ease — and in style.
Mystery Ranch 3-Way Expandable Briefcase
Yes, Mystery Ranch — purveyors of adventure-ready packs and backpacks — are now behind the production of (potentially) your new favorite briefcase. This rugged briefcase comes packed with the potential to fit more gear than you think you need — but when the time comes to hit the road once more, you’re going to be glad you loaded up the Mystery Ranch Expandable Briefcase.
Timbuk2 Smith Briefcase
Timbuk2 has a knack for meeting the demands of its consumers — that approach started with its sleek messenger bags (made, of course, for actual bike messengers), and they’ve retained that sharp design approach & tough quality ever since. That quality and durability shines through with the TimbuK2 Smith Briefcase, their own take on a rugged briefcase that’ll more than stand up to the needs of your crosstown commute. Plus, it’s relatively affordable at under $200.
Thursday Boot Co. Briefcase
Thursday Boot Co. these days is so much more than a boot brand — they’re focused on providing stylish guys with a true experience on all fronts, from outerwear to accessories like this handsome briefcase. It’s helpful that the brand’s leather jackets and stylish briefcases fit right in with Thursday Boot Co.’s exceptional boots, too — especially in a sleek black colorway. Round out your collection of gear from Thursday Boots now.
Shinola Harness Bedrock Leather Briefcase
The best briefcases for men start with the best materials and the best construction — leave it to Shinola, then, to come through with standout quality on both fronts. The Shinola Harness Bedrock Leather Briefcase takes the brand’s collection of standout leather goods to the next level, and then some. We love the rich bourbon calfskin leather and the made-in-America construction — this is an heirloom-quality piece that’s certainly worth the investment.
Briggs & Riley @Work Large Expandable Briefcase
Briggs & Riley mean business when it comes to producing one of the best briefcases for this season — and a full line of everyday carry essentials — we know that much to be true. The @Work Large Expandable Briefcase is oversized in its carrying capacity and yet not overly bulky, the mark of a truly dependable briefcase. The brand calls this brief “supremely organized,” and we tend to agree. It even features space for up to a 17” laptop — it doesn’t get any better than that if you need plenty of gear at hand for your next work trip.
Filson Dryden Briefcase
The Filson Dryden Briefcase, to us, is nearly the stuff of legend. It’s the sort of rugged and durable briefcase that any guy would be proud to own — after all, it carries on that famous Filson heritage of quality, dependability and functionality (no matter what). The Dryden Briefcase has all the hallmarks you’d expect of a Filson bag, from the use of Cordura nylon to the handsome leather accents. It covers everything you could want out of an everyday brief, and then some.
Frye Logan Work Bag
Like plenty of other brands on this list, the heritage-quality leather goods purveyors at Frye do more than one thing well — they craft plenty of durable, remarkable gear for guys, and that includes one of the best-looking briefcases we’ve come across in quite some time. The Frye Logan Work Bag is an extraordinary complementary piece alongside the brand’s rugged-as-can-be leather boots, and we can guarantee it’ll break in just as nicely over time.
Brooks Brothers Leather Briefcase
You’ve got your Brooks Brothers Oxford shirt, you’ve got your essential and classic chinos from the brand, maybe you’ve even got a blazer or two — how to best finish off your outfit for your next big day on the job? Reach for the Brooks Brothers Leather Briefcase, as timeless and heirloom-worthy as any briefcase on this list. Great looks and quality design set this exceptional briefcase apart — that’s just a fact.
Allen Edmonds American Grain Collection Slim Briefcase
Quick, name the brand that makes some of your favorite dress shoes? OK, now name the brand that makes your … favorite briefcase? They might have something in common, in that they’re made by legendary American leather goods brand Allen Edmonds. The brand really goes above and beyond what you’d expect from one that’s cut its teeth in making stylish dress shoes, and for the guy who wants quality from head-to-toe, that’s very good news indeed. This American Grain Collection Slim Briefcase, after all, is next-level.
Barbour Waxed Canvas Briefcase
The next time you grab your favorite Barbour jacket to head out on a spring adventure on a blustery day, make sure you’re just as equipped with one of the best men’s briefcases — and yes, in the spirit of dependable style and rugged appeal, this briefcase also comes from Barbour. The Waxed Canvas Briefcase is made from the brand’s classic Olive waxed canvas and finished off with instantly recognizable leather accents — this is Barbour quality all the way.
Moore & Giles Haythe Leather Briefcase
The best leather briefcases, just like the best leather boots or the best leather jackets, are often worth investing in — and then watching the dividends pay off for years to come. That’s always been the case with Moore & Giles, and the Haythe Leather Briefcase in particular is but one example of the quality and craftsmanship the brand can deliver to your life (and your everyday carry, at that). Yes, you’re dropping quite the chunk of change on this leather briefcase, but it’s a briefcase that’s only going to age more gracefully over time, and we think your personal style is going to be all the better for it.
Victorinox Swiss Army Werks Pro 2.0 Wheeled Briefcase
It’s only fitting that a pioneering brand like Victorinox would come through in the clutch with one of the best additions to your everyday carry, right? Yes indeed — the Victorinox Swiss Army Werks Pro 2.0 Wheeled Briefcase is packed with plenty of handy bells and whistles for your next business trip or your daily commute. It’s as if the brand that thinks of everything … has once again thought of, well, everything you need in a stylish briefcase on the daily.
Charles Simon Mackenzie Briefcase
Quality briefcases combine a streak of ingenuity with the kind of innovative design that works for guys the world over — especially those who value futuristic style and clean lines. The Mackenzie Briefcase is made from a unique blend of tough carbon fiber and aluminum on the inside, and then finished off with young bull leather and cherrywood. It’s a remarkable briefcase that the modern man needs handy at all times — in fact, it nearly goes without saying that this briefcase could change the way you do business.
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