Oroton has 50% off. and you can pic bag like that for about $350. They are not the best but will do the job just fine. Saddle back leather briefcases are ugly. They will scratch like a mf and I don't think they are appropriate for business setting. Or wait and save some $$ and by a sab. I was on a mission for a briefcase and went all over the place like you are right now. I search for over 12 months and settled for a sab. Happy hunting.
Appreciate the advice. Will check out Oroton - all of their stores (to be fair, only three or four) I've visited so far barely had any stock left after the Christmas/New Years rush. Another option would be to pull the trigger on the Fossil bag for now (as I'm enamoured with its looks more than anything else) and just save up for something a little more serious should it become a priority in the future. Man those Berlutis sure do look amazing... probably a few years off being able to afford one of those though!
On another note, managed to snag a purple Rubinacci knit and scarlet red Drakes of London tie in the Exquisite Trimmings sale today. Quite stoked as these will be the first silk knits I'll own. Was initially going to purchase the Kent Wang red/blue knit, but the square version was out of stock - luckily this caused me to wait a few days and I got a great deal in any case!