There was a time earlier in my life when I thought, “Man, if I ever start carrying a briefcase, shoot me.” To my younger self, it was a symbol of corporate conformity, complacency, and a case of the same old same olds. Not necessarily an image a young creative wants to project. Nowadays, of course, much like the resurgence of menswear amongst a new generation of style-conscious men, the briefcase embodies and reflects something different than it used to. Sure, you can still get that boxy and bulky version with the combination locks, but with all the slimmer and sleeker options available now, there’s no reason to have to look like the boring company man.
As with any bag, a briefcase should reflect your style as well as your lifestyle. If you’re in business, have a job that requires you to wear a suit, or just like the look and feel, a leather briefcase is the way to go. For one you’ll carry everyday, I recommend choosing one in brown. It’s much more versatile than black, which I find to be very formal.
A canvas briefcase is a less formal option that’s perfect for the student, creative heading to meetings, or guy who’s got a computer, papers, and supplies to carry around for the day. For me, a canvas briefcase is similar to the messenger bag in terms of being a more casual bag option, but still comes across as a bit more dressed up.