So I've been lurking around reading a bunch of the threads discussing leather briefcases. Im getting ready for my first job and my parents have agreed to buy me a nice leather briefcase. I am trying to keep it under $500 and would like an item that would last me for 15+ years and age well (EDIT: maybe 15 years is to much to expect in my price range, but I would like something that in 5 years won't look beat up or worn out). I will be returning as a graduate student part-time next Spring, so the bag has to handle work and textbooks, etc. I have a credit remaining on the Dooney website (mom returned gift) and was looking at some of their briefcases. I liked the look and prices were a little more than I wanted to spend but I digress.
I have read topics about SBL, SAB, Custom Hide, and other small shops making briefcases. I would like to find a bag that uses well made leather that's not to heavy. I like the look of SBL's bags but as I am a small guy (5'6") I feel as though the bag may be to heavy or large for me. I was looking at their thin briefcase, but was put off by the random threads discussing stitching problems and general quality control issues. I am very attentive to small details and stuff like that would bother me when spending a large amount of money.
These are the two bags I am looking at and generally like their style and would like to find something like these. I don't know if these styles are made for women only though..
Thanks for your suggestions or recommendations.
Edited by trlhtn - 4/23/12 at 9:22am