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Glossy vs. non glossy leather briefcase?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by johnbro, May 18, 2016.

  1. johnbro

    johnbro New Member

    Jul 5, 2013
    Should I get a glossy or a non glossy (bare leather or vintage look) briefcase for things like

    - Formal events
    - Professional work as a lawyer
    - Traveling on an airplane

    Btw, how durable are glossy finishes on briefcases and how are they made? Are they polished leather or just some sort of glossy paint?
  2. qtlaw

    qtlaw Active Member

    Jun 22, 2011
    My advice is get a leather (non-glossy) saddle bag type. I've had mine over 25 years and it has held up very well, shows its scars (which legitimizes your presence), yet is rugged enough to go on for the next 20+ years (pass on to your kids, if any).
  3. papa kot

    papa kot Well-Known Member

    Jul 1, 2012
    Don't get glossy stuff if you travel.
  4. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 14, 2008
    Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
    Briefcases are rarely appropriate at formal events.

    Typically, non-glossy. Although I suppose it doesn't matter a tremendous amount when traveling on a plane, train, boat, etc.

    Since you're asking about "professional work as a lawyer," I'm guessing you're either a lawyer, or are at least on the way to becoming one.

    If you're already a lawyer, surely you can look around and see what sort of briefcase is generally deemed desirable by your colleagues. Even if you're not yet a lawyer, if you're near enough to that point that you're figuring out which briefcase to buy, I'm guessing you occasionally come into contact with lawyers, and can, again, simply look and figure out what sort of briefcases they favor.

    But in my experience, non-glossy is usually the way to go.

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