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Breifcase suggestion please!

post #1 of 53
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Hi all, I need to buy a briefcase but I really have no idea. I am working at investment bank and everyday I have to follow my boss and meet the clients. Most of them are CEO, CFO, Director or other decision makers. I need to dress well to impress them. Now I need to have a good and nice looking briefcase but I dun have any idea about that. I have been thinking about LV but I think it is overpriced. Do you guys have any suggestion?
post #2 of 53
For the money and the looks, it is hard to beat a Jack Georges. I personally have his litigation-style briefcase in a dark redish-brown leather with a silver buckle. They are both classy and stylish looking. Hard to beat.
post #3 of 53
I concur with GQ that Jack Georges makes a very fine briefcase.  My personal favorite is Henry Louis.  You can buy direct from their site Henry Louis. The quality for the price is hard to beat in my opinion. The good thing about this forum is that I am sure you will get a great number of solid recommendations.
post #4 of 53
Several additional options. One question to ask first is: hard-sided vs. soft sided (i.e. attache vs. briefcase). A related question: are you packing a computer -- if so, soft sided is the way to go. Hard-sided: I am a big fan of the Atlas brand, made near Boston. A classic looking attache with nice clasps and a solid handle. Hartmann: traditional American briefcase, in several models. Their high-end model (used to be called the AB4, now has a new model number) is awesome, though quite pricey -- around $1200. Lederer NY makes in England a copy of the traditional London bankers' attache, with a "lid-over" design, lined in green leather, that has been an I-banking favorite. Soft sided: I like the Schlesinger brand, nice leather, many different sizes, and designed to accomodate a laptop. Also, of course Coach bags are an option. Hartmann and Tumi make some good soft-sided bags, and Hartmann also makes "litigation" bags that can haul lots of paperwork. I wouldn't go the LV route, unless you go for the Epi leather. I think the LV monogram on a briefcase looks both a bit gaudy and also somewhat feminine -- "real men" carry all-leather or ballistic-nylon bags. Also, look around and see what the MD's are carrying -- "when in Rome..."
post #5 of 53
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I wouldn't go the LV route, unless you go for the Epi leather. I think the LV monogram on a briefcase looks both a bit gaudy and also somewhat feminine -- "real men" carry all-leather or ballistic-nylon bags.
Please. Real men will not worry about other men thinking they are not macho enough. Vote for LV here.
post #6 of 53
I have had an Atlas briefcase for more than 10 years. I carry it every day. I use it as carry-on luggage when I fly. I treat it rough. The only care it gets is a cleaning and some leather conditioner every 6 months or so. It still looks great. The model I have is the Churchill. It may well last you until you retire. http://www.classicluggage.com/BRIEFCA....01.html
post #7 of 53
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Quote (shoefan @ 27 Mar. 2004, 08:35) I wouldn't go the LV route, unless you go for the Epi leather.  I think the LV monogram on a briefcase looks both a bit gaudy and also somewhat feminine -- "real men" carry all-leather or ballistic-nylon bags.
Please.  Real men will not worry about other men thinking they are not macho enough. Vote for LV here.
Note the quotation marks around 'real men' -- a bit of sarcasm.  However, I don't like the look of the LV fabric on an briefcase.  Chacun a son gout.
post #8 of 53
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Note the quotation marks around 'real men' -- a bit of sarcasm. However, I don't like the look of the LV fabric on an briefcase. Chacun a son gout.
I am semi-joking myself too. But I really like the quality of LV stuffs. My LV wallet will have its 20th birthday coming this July. It is really beat-up; but it is fully functional. It makes sure that I have something to pay the waiter after a meal, that I have my driver license to show the cop after I was pulled over for speeding, and that, in the early years, the condom was safely tucked away for the rare occasion that was used.
post #9 of 53
I personally use loewe briefcases, you can't go wrong with them http://www.loewe.com/en/catalogo/pag...=hombre&ocho=0 BTW, you might find this also useful, http://www.cigaraficionado.com/Cigar...22,724,00.html Iñaki
post #10 of 53
My $0.02 regarding LV briefcases: LV is fine but please, please, please no monogram. Other suggestions: Piqadro of Italy (see here for some pictures) Ettinger of England (see here) Pickett of England (see here) Swaine Adeney Brigg of England (see here)
post #11 of 53
To which list the following should be added: Schedoni of Italy (suppliers to Ferrari, see here) Valextra of Italy (no website that I can find) Connolly of England (suppliers to Rolls Royce and others; again no decent website I can find) Papworth of England (I think they might be owned by Swaine Adeney Brigg but their products are cheaper because they are machine-sewn rather than hand-sewn) Tanner Krole of England (see here)
post #12 of 53
Personally, I use a "clipper" briefcase from Tusting. Best bag I've ever owned. I also have a friend with a filson all leather. Great bag, but the tusting is a great bag for an amazing price. Tusting at Sierra Tusting homepage
post #13 of 53
There's an alligator trim Martin Dingman briefcase at Sierra right now. It's a 'catalog only' item so there's no picture online.
post #14 of 53
Tom, Great looking briefcase. It's good to know that such a high-quality piece (and so nicely styled) can be had at such a great price.
post #15 of 53
Thread Starter 
How about Tumi? Is that good? http://www.tumi.com/product....Details
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