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Acceptable Business Briefcases

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MSchapiro, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. MSchapiro

    MSchapiro Senior member

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    I am a student at Boston University and interview time is coming up. I figure that it is time for start investing in quality items for my wardrobe and business life.

    What is your collective opinion on non-black briefcases for young employees?

    I'm in love with the chestnut color of Saddleback's thin briefcase:
    http://www.saddlebackleather.com/ca...products/2172-Leather-Briefcase-Thin-Chestnut
    but would the black be more appropriate?

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I definitely heartily approve of the linked briefcase, but I think it depends somewhat on your industry. As an academic, any non-backpack carrying device is considered pretty classy, and I would consider that brown leather case a classically professorial item. If you're going into investment banking or something you might want to get black, as I view it as more business-like. Also, roughly, if you wear brown shoes a lot, then go with a brown bag, and if black, then black, but trying to hard to match these items is kind of precious and feminine to me.
     
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    bourbonbasted Senior member

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    OP, your bag is appropriate for a student/academia. However, if you're looking for longevity (as you stated) go with Quad's suggestion. Far more professional looking and versatile.
     
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  5. MSchapiro

    MSchapiro Senior member

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    Thank you. I will (if all goes well) be going into consulting or ibanking.

    I do tend to match shoes to my belt, but only to not draw attention to them. As a student I cannot afford particularly nice shoes (read $60-80 on sale at Bass), but my hope has always been that if I am giving an interesting enough presentation people will not be staring at my shoes.

    I also do feel that the black looks more business like, but with no real background to back this up I wanted to seek some other opinions before making a $600 investment in a briefcase and portfolio.
     
  6. Marcus Brody

    Marcus Brody Senior member

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    Well you might want to consider upgrading the shoes before going for the $600 briefcase. :)
     
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  7. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    In that case, MS, I'll defer to people who know that industry better, but my impression is that you're safest going with black, and definitely in something that is sleek and not busy-looking, such as the one linked by quad.

    Also, you definitely want to match belt and shoes (or if not match, at least coordinate - but no black shoes with brown belt or vice versa). I meant that you don't necessarily have match (belt+shoes) with briefcase. Buying a black briefcase doesn't mean that you can never wear brown shoes.
     
  8. MSchapiro

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    Thanks for the suggestion. For whatever reason that briefcase doesn't appeal to me. I have a military background and I think partly what draws me to the saddleback briefcase is the fact that it does look more masculine to me. Are there elements that make the briefcase too busy? Also I've been told by people in the industry that if I end up as a junior consultant I can expect to be walking a lot through all conditions and many miles, so it has to hold up.

    To clear up about the shoes I always make sure to match my shoes and belt, but don't go beyond that. My rational for the briefcase over the shoes is this: if I buy expensive shoes now they will be taking boston abuse that involves me walking about ten miles a day through all conditions (this is boston, so snow, rain, snow, rain and then hail). $60 shoes are perfect for this because no one in business school is that picky that I would suffer grade wise and only so much is expected for inward facing summer interns. On the other hand it should be much easier to maintain the look of the briefcase until I enter a full time position.

    Thoughts? I maybe relying on false assumptions.
     
  9. Quadcammer

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    100%.

    In i-banking you'll probably spend more time lugging around pitch books in redwells or iron mountain boxes then you will needing a fancy briefcase.

    Get yourself some good quality leather soled work horse shoes first.
     
  10. MSchapiro

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    Should also mention that I would be very excited if you could show me some nice shoe options.
    I was thinking these: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/johnsto...F11-9DA0-002219319097&origin=pla#BVRRWidgetID

    However, my hesitation is that they cannot take the abuse of student life and still maintain their looks. After all I live in a tiny box with another student.
     
  11. MSchapiro

    MSchapiro Senior member

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    My posts have been waiting for hours in moderation now?
     

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