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The Best Briefcases

Updated Dec 10, 2022
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Even if your journey to the office these days is from your bed to the kitchen table, a briefcase can help you get into the work mindset. (Though for now you may just use it to store your laptop when it’s time to eat.) If you’re traveling to an office, a briefcase is a stylish, professional way to carry your stuff. (For heavy loads, however, it won’t be as ergonomically friendly as a backpack or messenger bag.) We’ve tested 25 briefcases over the past three years—loading them up and then walking, running, commuting, biking, and flying with them. These six should work for many different carrying needs, looks, and budgets.

Stuart & Lau Cary Single Briefcase, an all-purpose case that holds a lot

Stuart & Lau Cary Single Briefcase

An all-purpose case that holds a lot
The Cary is comfortable to wear, has an impressive capacity, and will look good dressed up or down.
We recommend
Knomo Princeton, a stylish briefcase for less

Knomo Princeton

A stylish briefcase for less
If you don’t want to spend too much and you need a small bag that’s nicely laid out, the Knomo Princeton will work well for light loads.
Budget friendly
Filson Original Briefcase, not as dressy, but bombproof

Filson Original Briefcase

Not as dressy, but bombproof
The Filson offers less structure than other briefcases, but it has a rugged charm and includes a lifetime warranty for wear and tear.
We recommend
Carl Friedrik Palissy, a gorgeous leather investment piece

Carl Friedrik Palissy

A gorgeous leather investment piece
If you’re looking to invest in a beautiful leather bag that will develop a lovely patina over time, the Carl Friedrik Palissy will handle day-to-day loads with unmatched sophistication.
A better upgrade
Carl Friedrik Vallance, more minimal, more gorgeous

Carl Friedrik Vallance

More minimal, more gorgeous
If you want to spend a bit less, the Carl Friedrik Vallance is a sleek leather briefcase that won’t hold much more than a laptop. But it will look great on your arm.
We recommend
Fossil Haskell Double Zip Briefcase	, a workhorse leather bag

Fossil Haskell Double Zip Briefcase

A workhorse leather bag
This simple-looking leather case has a large capacity and lots of organization, and it weighs significantly less than other leather bags its size.
We recommend

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