Updated July 19, 2019 by Sam Kraft

The 10 Best Briefcases

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This wiki has been updated 18 times since it was first published in February of 2015. If you find carrying your school or office essentials in a backpack or plastic grocery bag doesn't project the right image anymore, then you'll want to check out these briefcases. We've included traditional slim models and some versatile options that convert into shoulder or messenger bags, but all provide a stylish and professional look. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best briefcase on Amazon.

10. Kenneth Cole Portfolio

9. Bostanten Case

8. Everest Carry-On

7. Jack and Chris Leather

6. Zeemoo Crazy Horse

5. Banuce Business

4. GES Military

3. EcoSusi Ladies

2. Alpine Swiss Attache

1. Wowbox Satchel

Special Honors

Troubadour Generation Pathfinder With this handsome bag, you’ll get the best of both worlds: a slim, professional profile and substantial capacity for holding files, laptops and general accessories. It features a padded shoulder strap that’s designed to provide the user long-term comfort, and it’s backed by a five-year guarantee. troubadourgoods.com

Vessel Signature Series If you’ll settle for nothing less than a luxury case, this classy series is worth consideration, since it will provide impressive performance to boot. You can easily stack it on top of a rolling suitcase by pushing the handle through its convenient trolley sleeve, and its zippers are waterproof in case you get stuck in the rain. vesselbags.com

Stuart & Lau Cary Series The Cary series is available in a variety of styles and color schemes, from a slim, lightweight design that’s ideal for a traveling minimalist to a thick, dual-compartment model with an umbrella holder and several small mesh pockets. Many options feature a card slot for luggage tags, too. stuartandlau.com

Editor's Notes

July 16, 2019:

In studying the Leathario Business, we came across numerous complaints regarding its magnetic closures. For many users, these clasps simply won’t remain shut, causing the bag to open at inopportune times and spill contents. We removed it from the list. As it is no longer available, we also had to get rid of the 5.11 Outdoor Tactical.

But fear not, nature lovers and adventurers — we’ve added the GES Military as a replacement for the 5.11 model, and it’s tailor-made for use out in the elements. Users note its rugged construction, reliable resistance to water, and plethora of pockets for ancillary items as major benefits.

We added the Alpine Swiss Attache specifically with any eye toward the security-minded; it includes two combination locks to provide dependable protection for its contents. We also noted its strong metal feet, which are super effective at protecting the base of the case from wear and tear. Users seem pleasantly surprised by its lightweight design given its solid construction.


Sam Kraft
Last updated on July 19, 2019 by Sam Kraft

In addition to his corporate career as a marketing and communications professional in Chicago, Sam runs a popular blog that focuses on the city’s flourishing craft beer and brewery scene. He received his degree in journalism from DePaul University (which spurred his interest in freelance writing) and has since spent years developing expertise in copywriting, digital marketing and public relations. A lifetime of fishing, hiking and camping trips has left him well-versed in just about any outdoors-related topic, and over several years spent working in the trades during his youth, he accumulated a wealth of knowledge about tools and machinery. He’s a travel junkie, a health and fitness enthusiast, and an avid biker.


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