When the term briefcase is mentioned, the traditional hard box style bag is what comes to mind, but its simple beginning was no more than a limp bag. Although some small design changes have given the briefcase a more modern style, the overall function and perception remain the same. As with today’s fashion and business culture the updated briefcase has become adaptable and streamlined for the more digital age. As an accessory, this leather bag, can show confidence and style.
History shows that in the 14th century bags were a must due to the fact that clothing had no pockets and people needed something to carry their valuables. In the 17th century, once pockets were more commonly used, bags were created for a more specific use, such as shopping, books, doctors or documents and letters. The simple large rectangular form of the briefcase continued to exist and was mainly used by soldiers and messengers. As time moved on the briefcase type bag appeared more frequently with gentleman travelers, doctors, and lawyers, thus giving it a more professional connotation.
As our working culture develops and taste change, the available accessory choices have increased, but the main features for a professional bag are constant, functionality and design. The functionality of a briefcase is paramount for the ever-changing portable devices and our multi-purpose lifestyle including still being able to hold the traditional legal briefs or manuscript. The functionality was increased with additional pockets, comfort handles, adjustable shoulder straps, and padding for protection of electronics, this modern version offers comfort along with efficiency. Designed for today’s lifestyle, which means it is versatile enough to travel overnight as well as that next important meeting, the rounded corners, and newer materials offer plenty of options to meet daily demands. A briefcase designed with luxurious leather offers long lasting durability and a sophisticated quality that will refine any style and boost confidence.
The professional bag of today is not your father’s briefcase but a mix of evolving trends and personal expression. A formal and sleek styled case is still seen in traditional, diplomatic, and political institutions that still hold true to the suit and tie standard. But many successful businessmen are rebuffing the brand-name bags and choosing a style more closely matching their own personalities. Business cultures of today accept the vintage or more rugged edge leather looks that are available and express a new type of conventional style. Even though men do not want to think of it as an accessory, it is undeniably a statement.