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The idea of briefcases for men might seem kind of antiquated. But let’s be honest: it’s tough to get a fit off—or receive any real respect from your boss and clients—when you’re rolling into the office with the same ratty tote bag you use to haul milk and eggs home from the bodega. Briefcases, like well-tailored suits and shiny dress shoes, are classic for a reason. They give off an immediate air of refinement and sophistication that no backpack or messenger bag could ever possess, and will immediately mark you as a person who’s really going places. 

The Best Briefcases for Men Shopping Guide

There are a few things that every great briefcase absolutely needs. Ideally, it should have a dedicated laptop sleeve to swaddle your precious MacBook, along with separate compartments for your chargers, small electronics, notebooks, and pens. It should hopefully have enough room for your water bottle—hydration is important!—and also be easy enough to carry that your arm won’t feel as heavy as lead by the time you reach the office.

And, most importantly, it’s gotta look cool. You don’t want to be hauling around a briefcase that makes you look like a kid in his dad’s clothes. You want a briefcase that feels modern and fresh and all the way you. A briefcase like, say, one of these—the absolute finest briefcases for men on the market today. 

The Rugged-Yet-Refined Briefcase

Filson 24 Hour tin cloth briefcase

Filson has been doling out its handsome, hardwearing goods to loggers and lumberjacks since the late 1800s, and the Seattle outfitter’s legendary bags are still every bit as desirable and functional today. The water-repellent twill outer on this briefcase means it can take a beating and look just right with some tough boots and raw denim, but the slim profile and English bridle leather straps help it remain refined enough to pair with a tweed suit at the office. However you choose to wear it, it’ll age into an heirloom your kids—and their kids—will cherish forever. 

The Two-Wheeled Commuter Briefcase

Troubadour Embark compact duffle

Prefer to bike to work and change when you get there? This is the bag for you. It’s got a separate compartment for your shoes, plenty of space to hold your bike helmet and a second outfit, and also looks way more office appropriate than a standard gym duffle.

The Ultimate Flex Briefcase

Goyard Ambassade briefcase

There’s a reason your favorite rappers all namedrop Goyard a dozen times an album. The French house deals only in absolute grails, the type of luggage designed specifically for flaunting at your side as you descend from a private jet. This soft-sided briefcase allows you to bring all that pure opulence with you into work every day, with its iconic hand-painted coated canvas exterior and cowhide trimmings practically screaming, “I’VE MADE IT!” And quite honestly, if you’re able to get your hands on a bag this beautiful, you really have.

The Laptop-Only Briefcase

Timbuk2 Switch laptop bag

These days, most jobs can be done entirely with just a laptop. So why bulk up your commute (if you’re even going into the office at all?): a simple, svelte laptop bag is all you really need. The ideal version is the Timbuk2 Switch laptop bag. It’s so lean you’ll almost forget you’re carrying it, but it’s padded enough to inspire confidence that your company computer will arrive intact. The laptop compartment has its own separate zippered pocket so you can access it without exposing everything else in your bag, and the second main compartment is tidy but boasts plenty of space for the essentials: headphones, a good book, a tablet, some snacks. Other great add-ons include two exterior zipper pockets and a luggage caddy that acts as another easy-access pocket when not affixed to a luggage bag.

The Handmade Briefcase

Frank Clegg bound-edge zip-top briefcase

Go ahead, take a healthy whiff of this bag. Mmmm. That’s the intoxicating scent of really, really good leather. Frank Clegg’s supple, luxurious briefcases are fashioned entirely by hand in his Massachusetts workshop. The smooth tumbled leather and solid brass hardware give them a timeless look and feel that will age gracefully, long past your 9-to-5 days and well into retirement.

The Travel-Ready Briefcase

Tumi Alpha 3 Collection compact 4-wheel laptop briefcase

If your job requires you to travel often, you need a briefcase that won’t slow you down. Tumi’s Alpha 3 4-wheel laptop briefcase may as well be the Tesla of briefcases. It’s a softshell wheeled briefcase that holds laptops up to 15″ and even comes with a USB port (though you do have to buy the battery separately). It boasts a removable accordion folder, mesh panels, a gang of media pockets, and enough room for a change of clothes. Maneuvering through the airport is easy, too, thanks to its 360-degree wheels and the sleeve that easily attaches to your other luggage. And, of course, it works as a carry-on so you don’t have to worry about checking your work essentials. Figuring out how to connect to the plane’s WiFi, on the other hand, is another store entirely.

Plus 17 More Briefcases Worth Carrying

Time Resistance full-grain leather briefcase

Crafted in Italy from fine full-grain leather with heavy brass hardware, this classic design is fit to pair with your sharpest suits.

Prada reNylon briefcase

Sure, it’s made from techy nylon, but every inch of Prada’s iconic reNylon briefcase still feels elevated and luxurious.

Filson Dryden briefcase

Filson’s Dryden briefcase comes with all the same great features as the brand’s 24 Hour brief, like convenient outer zip pockets and a padded computer compartment. The differences comes down to fabric—this one is made from Cordura fabric rather than waxed tin cloth. The result is a super-durable bag that feels much lighter in the hand.

Porter-Yoshida & Co. Tanker 3way briefcase

Porter-Yoshida & Co.’s Tanker bag is inspired by military flight jackets and features standard-issue sateen fabric with a contrasting orange interior, which makes finding your goods easy. But the best part about this tough, handcrafted piece is that it can go from tote to cross-body to backpack in a flash.

Thom Browne pebbled leather business bag

Office attire had been in the doldrums before Thom Browne came along to shift it into high-fashion territory. If you want to feel like you’re the boss, even if you’re just a newbie, this beautiful pebble leather briefcase is the way to do it.

Joshu Vela Palermo tote

So you came here looking for a work bag, but a briefcase-briefcase isn’t exactly what you imagined carrying into your [insert creative job here]. Instead, get yourself a grown-up tote like this one from San Francisco-based brand Joshu Vela. It’s made with heavy-duty 24-ounce canvas and Italian leather and comes with a dedicated laptop compartment and plenty of room for a full day’s worth of gear.

Bellroy System nylon messenger bag

The strategically designed interior delivers maximum storage capacity in a handsome minimalist package.

Bennett Winch brief

Handmade in England, Bennett Winch’s expertly crafted brief has a streamlined profile we love, but with a rugged, yesteryear appeal that belies all the fancy tech it can hold inside.

Want Les Essentiels Itami ECONYL briefcase

Want Les Essentiels’ Itami briefcase is minimal, but far from haughty about it. It’s low-key and stripped back, but not to Apple-levels of design. And we love that it’s crafted from earth-friendly Econyl, a nylon fabric made with water bottles recovered from the ocean.

Billykirk No.508 standard issue slim briefcase

Just big enough to fit a 16-inch laptop and a few books, and built from hardwearing waxed canvas that’ll look even better in five years than it does brand new.

Mystery Ranch 3way expandable briefcase

Like a modern-day tool bag, Mystery Ranch’s 3way briefcase holds all the necessary gear you need to fly through your work day with no hiccups. It’s made with 500-Denier Cordura fabric and features a quick-access outer zip pocket, enough storage for a 15″ laptop (make that a few of ’em), and can be carried like a tote, a shoulder bag, or a backpack.

Double RL trim denim briefcase

Finally, a briefcase that’ll fade as beautifully as your rare Japanese selvedge denim jeans.

Col. Littleton leather Navigator briefcase No. 1943

Heritage-level construction, uncompromising materials, and an old-world feel that will only guarantee this briefcase becomes an heirloom.

L.L.Bean waxed canvas briefcase

Waxed canvas, full-grain leather trim, and L.L.Bean’s classic Northeastern style—vintage enthusiasts are gonna love this 30 years from now.

Mission Workshop Transit laptop brief

Mission Workshop built its brand around the avid cycling community zooming around the steep hills of San Francisco. The Transit laptop brief is weatherproof and comes with straps that easily attach to a bicycle, ensuring your belongings stay together—and protected from the elements.

Ghurka Examiner No. 5 leather briefcase

When you travel for work, you’re more likely to stay at The Carlyle than The Ace.