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Briefcase or Messenger Bag?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Heero, May 27, 2009.

  1. Heero

    Heero Well-Known Member

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    What do you guys prefer? I am in the market for either a nice messenger bag or a nice briefcase....

    I'm talking about the style that goes well with a suit. I was looking at a messenger bag at Louis Vuitton today and they said that a briefcase might seem overboard unless you're some sort of executive. Anybody feel that this is true?
     
  2. Butterfly

    Butterfly Senior member

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    No.
     
  3. Franky In T.O.

    Franky In T.O. Senior member

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    There are quite a variety of both.

    I prefer messenger bags because it can rest over your shoulder when fumbling through your wallet at the cash or while doing other things. But I saw a gent the other day with a briefcase that looked very smart, not too "executive looking", and not too casual. I think bags are something that you have to come across and just know it's the right one.
     
  4. JohnD356

    JohnD356 Senior member

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    ^ Agreed. There are some messenger bags that will make you look like you're in high school and some briefcases that will make you look like your executive level. In between is a huge range of of options.
     
  5. Sebastian_Flyte

    Sebastian_Flyte Senior member

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    My personal rule is briefcase when wearing a suit or sport coat and messenger when not. Strap crumples a jacket.
     
  6. tricota

    tricota Senior member

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    No.

    +1...
     
  7. phillyesq

    phillyesq Senior member

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    I use a messenger bag simply because I feel that it is a bit more versatile. I can use it with more casual/business casual attire or with a suit. I try to avoid using the shoulder strap with a suit, but I walk to work, and find that the strap can be a nice convenience.
     
  8. blackbowtie

    blackbowtie Senior member

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    My personal rule is briefcase when wearing a suit or sport coat and messenger when not. Strap crumples a jacket.

    +1. I used to carry a messenger bag and I find that the shoulder strap destroys the lines of a suit coat. There's also the potential damage to the lapels especially if you have rolling lapels and have the habit of carrying heavy items in your messenger bag. Not to mention that you need to pull your tie out to prevent damage to the tie, which is not a nice look.

    I would definitely go for a briefcase. The notion that a briefcase would be "too much" is in my opinion just marketing crap. Just make sure to choose a briefcase that's stylish enough to go with your suit without looking too stuffy.
     
  9. jhao

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    My personal rule is briefcase when wearing a suit or sport coat and messenger when not. Strap crumples a jacket.

    +1, to use a brifcase in a casual enviroment is not the ideal.
     
  10. Mr. Moo

    Mr. Moo Senior member

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    I use a briefcase.
     
  11. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    i have a messenger bag, but hate the strap. So I'd go for a breifcase, infact i plan to switch at some point.
     
  12. emmanuel

    emmanuel Senior member

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    Suit=briefcase. I dont know why the people at Vuitton didnt just try to sell you a briefcase with a removable shoulder strap. Kill two birds with one stone.
     
  13. jetfight

    jetfight Active Member

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    Anybody feel that this is true?

    No
     
  14. MRTNS

    MRTNS New Member

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    A briefcase is endlessly more stylish than a messenger bag.
     
  15. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    Soft briefcase.
     
  16. radicaldog

    radicaldog Senior member

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    How about a casual, soft briefcase with a shoulder strap?
     
  17. falsestart

    falsestart Senior member

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    I have both and prefer a soft briefcase when wearing a suit or sports jacket - use my messenger bag for streetwear. I like the variety of different looks

    I think in the summer a good, clean canvas bag can cover both streetwear and more business attire and if the handles are long enough can be used in a messenger fashion-
     
  18. Trendy Sing Sing

    Trendy Sing Sing Senior member

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    Breifcase, seeing as I hate messenger bags. Also, consider a tote if a breifcase is to fancy.
     
  19. Roman_empire

    Roman_empire Well-Known Member

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    What is wrong with looking like an executive anyway? There is nothing wrong with dressing up and looking good in my opinion.

    I always carry a canvas + leather strapped briefcase. Looks casual when I wear a polo, looks formal with twist when I wear sportscoat.

    I also have a full leather one for more formal occasions.

    I hate messenger bags. Most of them just look cheap and they indeed ruin the lines of a suit...
     
  20. whiskeylaureate

    whiskeylaureate Senior member

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    I hear that briefcases are in at the moment...

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