Leather men’s briefcase: convenience and style
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- When was the men’s briefcase first introduced?
- What are the types of men’s briefcases today
- How to choose the right men’s leather briefcase
- Which models are the best
- How to care for a leather men’s briefcase
Of all men’s accessories, the most popular at the moment is a leather briefcase. Politicians, businessmen and directors of large firms do not part with their portfolios, they are loved by novice specialists and even students. A leather men’s briefcase is a real must-have for a modern young man, because it is not just a convenient bag for the necessary things, but also a stylish completion of the image.
A brief history of the portfolio: from its inception to the present day
Two centuries ago, when Napoleon still ruled France, leather accessories were much more cumbersome than they are now. All Europeans carried with them voluminous travel bags and suitcases, which were not distinguished by either special convenience or exquisite design. But one day, one master decided to experiment: he pulled the skin, which was not yet completely dry, onto a metal frame. During the drying process, the material took the form of a frame, and a small rectangular men’s bag was obtained.
The original briefcase made of leather did not immediately come into fashion. It was necessary that one of the Parisian dandies drew attention to an unusual product and nevertheless acquired it. It is not known what influenced the opinion of the French more: the authority of a trendsetter who began to walk the streets with new clothes, or the convenience and spaciousness of an unusual leather briefcase. One way or another, soon all the townspeople appreciated the invention of the master and wanted to acquire such an accessory.
Over time, this leather men’s briefcase became popular throughout Europe. High-ranking officials, officers, and lawyers wore it with pleasure — in a word, people of various professions. Of course, in those days, the men’s briefcase was not yet what we are used to seeing it. Inside the bag there were no special compartments and pockets of various shapes, and most importantly, it lacked a handle. Until this detail became an integral part of the product, the briefcase was worn under the arm. But despite minor flaws, a rectangular leather briefcase has become a classic accessory, and the fashion for it does not subside to this day.
Interest in portfolios dwindled significantly in the 1980s, when a huge number of fashion design labels arose. More modern accessories came into fashion, and only people of mature age kept fidelity to the usual form. Many years later, celebrities became trendsetters: what celebrities wear in public becomes the peak of the season. Thanks to the love of some of them for classic leather briefcases, this accessory has regained its former popularity.
Nowadays, a men’s leather briefcase is considered not only as a practical and roomy bag, but also as an element of an image that helps a person express his individuality.
Benefits of a leather briefcase for men
There are many varieties of men’s bags, but a briefcase has several major advantages. Firstly, a stylish men’s leather briefcase looks much more presentable than any other bag. Secondly, there is enough space in the briefcase for any things necessary in everyday life. In addition, you can safely carry documents and equipment (laptop, tablet, phone) in it: a hard case will protect them from damage. At the same time, each briefcase has a clasp, and some even lock with a key.
Among other things, there is a huge variety of models of such bags on the market. Leather men’s briefcases can be of different shapes and colors, they are made from materials of different quality, resulting in bags of different levels of strength.
Varieties of men’s briefcases
You can now buy a leather men’s briefcase in every leather goods store, and in most of them you will be offered several different options at once. In terms of functionality, portfolios are divided into three types:
- Business. Their main purpose is to carry documents and ensure their safety. A business briefcase always has a special compartment in A4 format, where the papers will not wrinkle. Some models are also equipped with programmable locks designed to ensure the safety of the contents.
- Road. They have a large volume and a hard bottom. For everyday use, such bags are not very convenient, but for travel they are perfect. They can carry not only papers and a minimum set of things, but also clothes, shoes, books and much more.
- Special. Such models are designed specifically for carrying laptops.
How to choose a good men’s briefcase
Now the market is full of fake leather products disguised as well-known brands. Based on the desire of customers to buy a men’s leather briefcase inexpensively, some companies choose less resistant and durable materials for their products in order to offer a lower price. But since the portfolio is designed for daily use for a long time, you need to choose the highest quality product. There are several characteristics of a good men’s briefcase:
Of course, your everyday bag doesn’t have to be the size of a suitcase. But at the same time, it should contain all the necessary things: A4 documents, a wallet, a phone, writing materials and other important items. Most leather briefcases inside have pockets of different sizes, in which it is convenient to place all the necessary little things.
For travel, you should choose a model with convenient compartments for tickets, boarding passes and other documents. You can look at the so-called trolley briefcases, which have a retractable handle, like suitcases. But pay attention to the size of the bag: in order to be able to take it into the cabin as hand luggage, the sum of the three parameters should not exceed 115 cm.
The material is one of the most important characteristics of a leather product, since the quality of the leather directly affects the wear resistance of the bag. If the briefcase is made of dense natural leather, it will suffer less from mechanical damage, it will not wear off, crack, or lose its shape when carrying heavy objects.
Before buying, carefully inspect the locks and fasteners: they must be strong. Some models of men’s briefcases are equipped with simple magnetic locks. This is an acceptable option for a soft leather product, since no lock will prevent a criminal from simply cutting the bag itself. However, some men’s leather briefcases for documents are still equipped with key locks.
- Exterior and interior decoration
Another point worth paying attention to is the quality of the seams and finishes. Not only the appearance of the product depends on them, but also its durability. The walls of a good briefcase should be solid, and the handles should have additional fastenings, since this is one of the most important, but at the same time vulnerable parts of the product.
Often a men’s briefcase has two handles at once, and some models also come with a shoulder strap.
Especially carefully you should look at how well the line is made on the inside of the bag. If the manufacturer is not very concerned about the quality of their products, the stitching usually looks good on the outside, but leaves much to be desired on the inside. There are also seams with a small allowance, which are easily unraveled. As for the edges of the product, they must be carefully cut and covered with paint or varnish.
Men’s briefcases made of genuine leather are usually made in discreet shades, including:
- dark blue.
Models of bags are made both with matte and glossy, even with a relief surface. The classic color of a men’s leather briefcase is black, but the shade should be chosen with an eye on your everyday wardrobe. For example, if brown prevails in clothes, a black men’s leather briefcase will not work. To make it look harmonious, it will be necessary to add other black details: for example, shoes, a belt or a watch.
Of course, not everyone can afford several expensive men’s leather briefcases in order to correctly combine an accessory with a suit every time. If you need to choose one option for all occasions, it is still better to give preference to black, because of all the shades, this one is considered the most versatile. In other matters, it is not necessary to focus on the classics: the portfolio can be bright, then any strict image will look more interesting.
Psychologists say that what accessories a person chooses says a lot about his character. If a person likes bags made of burgundy and brown leather with gold fittings, this betrays his desire for luxury. A briefcase with a large lid with hidden magnetic fasteners will appeal to a career-focused person, and a love for scuffed accessories speaks of a desire to look solid.
TOP 5 best models of men’s leather briefcases
- Vertical business portfolio BRIALDI Planck (Planck) brown. Price: 12 950 rubles.
- The original briefcase on the bag strap BRIALDI Hutton (Hatton) relief brown. Price — 15 950 rubles.
- Stylish briefcase with folding top and magnetic locks BRIALDI Edison (Edison) black. Price 15 950 rubles.
- Classic business briefcase for documents BRIALDI Siracusa (Syracuse) brown. Price 11 655 rubles.
- Functional men’s briefcase BRIALDI Mendel (Mendel) black. Price 14 355 rubles.
This vertical leather men’s briefcase has an unusual square shape and comes with a shoulder strap. The material for the manufacture was Great Nappa leather. You can easily put a standard format document folder, as well as a laptop up to 14 inches in size. The bag has several outer pockets: on the front side there is a zipped compartment, on the back side with magnets, a small zippered pocket, and two slots for cards and business cards. Inside there is a soft partition that creates two main compartments. One of them is without pockets, so that it is more convenient to carry large items, and the second is designed for small things.
This option is very original, but at the same time roomy and comfortable. It can carry A4 paper and a laptop up to 13.3 inches. Two outer compartments: open on the front and zippered on the back. Inside, the briefcase has two open compartments, and a zippered pocket is used as a partition. One of them has a block for writing instruments, a mobile phone and a wallet, and the second one has a zippered pocket. The briefcase is sewn from genuine Canyon leather with a pleasant relief, and fabric with Silktouch coating is used as a lining. Each handle and rivet has an additional reinforcement.
Leather briefcase for connoisseurs of retro accessories. The material is high quality Great Nappa leather. The size of the bag allows you to carry A4 documents and a laptop up to 13.3 inches. On the front panel there are several pockets at once: two compartments for small items with magnetic fasteners and two loops for writing instruments. On the back panel there is one wide pocket closed with a zipper. Inside the briefcase has two open compartments, between which there is a soft partition. The first compartment has no pockets and is convenient for carrying a laptop, while the second includes a zippered pocket for small items.
BRIALDI Siracusa is the best leather men’s briefcase for a business man who prefers the classics. High quality Great Nappa leather guarantees wear resistance and durability of the product. The anatomically shaped handle and detachable shoulder strap provide extra comfort. The bag accommodates a laptop up to 13 inches in size, and documents can be conveniently carried in a special pocket on the inside of the lid. The briefcase has a zippered compartment on the back, two open compartments and two card slots on the front. Inside there is a hard zippered pocket separating two open compartments. The first, as usual, is intended for a laptop, and the second has special pockets for a wallet, phone, and stationery.
This business men’s leather briefcase has a stylish look and excellent functionality. Made from genuine Great Nappa leather, it will fit standard sized documents and a laptop up to 14 inches. Its feature is the possibility of expanding the internal space due to external circular lightning.
How to properly care for a men’s briefcase
Any products made of genuine leather need special care, and bags are no exception. In order for a branded leather men’s briefcase to serve you for a long time, you need to remember the following points:
Leather will retain its original appearance longer if you store the briefcase in a dry place where sunlight does not reach. If you need to put your bag away in a closet for a while, you should stuff it with wrapping paper or other odorless material.
It is better not to put a leather briefcase in a box, and even more so in a plastic bag.
It is easier to get rid of serious stains if you notice them immediately after the appearance. The leather briefcase itself should never be submerged in water. A dishwashing sponge moistened with water will help you clean it. If the contamination is severe, you can also use a soap solution or a special cleaner for leather products. After cleaning, wipe the bag thoroughly with a dry cloth. In cases where the stain cannot be cleaned with gentle means, it is better to contact a dry cleaner. Trying to wipe it off with gasoline or acetone will only ruin the thing.
If liquid gets on the men’s briefcase, it should be wiped off as soon as possible with a cloth or a special napkin. A bag that gets very wet should not be placed next to the battery, nor should you try to dry it with a hair dryer or iron. The product must dry naturally, and any manipulation of heating devices can damage the skin.
Do not hang the product — it can stretch and deform.
To maintain a great appearance and to protect from getting wet, bags sometimes need to be treated with a special composition for leather care. It can be a colorless wax, spray, or other product designed for natural materials.
- How to restore the appearance of the portfolio
A men’s leather briefcase, on which scuffs and scratches have appeared over time, can be «restored» with a special leather restorer. It is necessary to choose a product that matches the color of the product, and clearly follow the instructions. But in some cases, skin restoration at home does not give the best result. Therefore, it is better to entrust the restoration of your favorite bag to specialists.
Where to buy a leather men’s briefcase
The highest quality of BRIALDI is the result of many successive operations, the first of which is the selection of material. Only 10% of the leather produced worldwide meets our requirements, and not all of it is honored to become the basis for our products. Only the highest quality raw materials, carefully selected by our specialists, are worthy of turning into a BRIALDI bag. But first, the skin is cut, doubled, leveled, glued, sanded, sanded and re-sanded and dyed.
Our policy towards employees is also aimed at creating bags of the highest quality. They are not limited in time and are not required to issue a certain number of products per week. We do not strive to do as much as possible — we want each bag to be the result of thoughtful and painstaking work, with special attention to detail, without which a high-end product is unthinkable.
Each BRIALDI product is a true handmade masterpiece, because we select our employees as carefully as we select the leather for our bags. All of them are true masters of their craft, for whom an excellent result of work is the only possible result of painstaking creation, and the pursuit of excellence is a constant motivator.
- Free shipping. We will deliver your order to any region of Russia for free
- designer models. Our own model range and small volume of production makes our product unique and emphasizes the sophistication of the taste of our customers.
- Stylish business solution. BRIALDI leather bags will perfectly complement your business look.
- 365 days warranty. We are confident in the quality of our products and that is why we provide a full year warranty.
- Responsibility to buyers. If you prove that the leather is not natural, we will refund the cost of the product in double the amount. In this case, the purchase will remain with you.
- Each masterpiece has its own author. Only one master works on each bag, working according to traditional Italian technologies.
- 8 hours of work. The average time it takes a BRIALDI craftsman to create one leather masterpiece.
- Only natural materials. All products are made of high quality leather of elite varieties: Antique, Floater, Great Nappa, Venezia.
- Attention to detail. Masters of the private leather manufactory BRIALDI set themselves the task of creating a perfect leather product. That is why great attention is paid to details.
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