Top 5 Leather Briefcases for Promotion-Ready Men in 2022


best leather briefcases for men 2020

Updated 04/01/2022.

Looking for a no-nonsense everyday carry? You can bet the right men’s leather briefcase is the perfect everyday companion.

An instant upgrade in class, a these cases tells the world you’ve well and truly arrived.

The trouble is, there’s a lot of options. How do you know which one is right for you? At The Real Leather Company, we think the right briefcase should be a man’s companion for a long time. We think it’s important to think about a purchase like this deeply.

You need to answer questions like:

  • What size laptop do I need to fit?
  • Do I need a combination lock?
  • Do I want something with a shoulder strap?

These are just some of the important questions you should be asking yourself.

If you're ready to take that next step in your career, it might be time to think about that old adage:

"Dress for the job you want, not the job you've got."

In this guide, we'll take you through the different questions you should be asking yourself. Then we'll go through all the types of men's briefcase bag - attachés, sleeves, laptop briefcases and messenger bags. Finally, we'll list our 5 best men's 5 leather briefcase picks for those ready to move on up in 2022.

Ready to take a look at our full leather briefcase collection? You can find them by hitting the Shop The Full Collection link below.

Updated 04/01/2022.

Looking for a no-nonsense everyday carry? You can bet the right men’s leather briefcase is the perfect everyday companion.

An instant upgrade in class, a leather briefcase tells the world you’ve well and truly arrived.

The trouble is, there’s a lot of options. How do you know which one is right for you? At The Real Leather Company, we think the right leather briefcase should be a man’s companion for a long time. We think it’s important to think about a purchase like this deeply.

You need to answer questions like:

  • What size laptop do I need to fit?
  • Do I need a combination lock?
  • Do I want something with a shoulder strap?

These are just some of the important questions you should be asking yourself.

If you're ready to take that next step in your career, it might be time to think about that old adage:

"Dress for the job you want, not the job you've got."

In this guide, we'll take you through the different questions you should be asking yourself. Then we'll go through all the types of men's briefcase bag - attachés, sleeves, laptop briefcases and messenger bags. Finally, we'll list our top 5 leather briefcase picks for those ready to move on up in 2022.

Ready to take a look at our full leather briefcase collection? You can find them by hitting the Shop The Full Collection link below.

Why do I want a Briefcase made from Real Leather?

To put it plainly, real leather is a different class.

If you've never had a real, high quality leather good before you're likely to think it's different from anything you've experienced before.

Here's why we think real leather is the best choice for a brief:

1. It's Built to Last Forever

Sounds corny right? Well, truthfully we really couldn't think of a better way to describe the long lasting nature of quality leather.

Think of it like this. The cow or the buffalo has evolved over millennia to be protected from the elements. These animals are built to withstand extreme cold, heat; even snow. They are more difficult to tear into for predators and really what's the reason for this? It's their hides. They need to be tough and strong to just keep up in nature. All this means that a high quality animal hide on your leather bag actually has years and years of evolution behind it. It's not just strong, it's mother nature strong.

Now, there are a few different types of real leather available. And it is important you know the difference so you can choose the right one for you. Here goes.

Full Grain Leather

This is the very top layer of the animal hide and is unaltered. This means that any blemishes or marks on the hide (animals have these just like we do on our own skin!) will be apparent on a real leather good. No chemical processes to buff or sand out these marks are permitted with full grain leather. It's exactly like it was on the animal, right onto your new leather good.

Whilst this does put some people off, we think this can be a real positive for full grain leather. Firstly, it means your bag will be completely unique. The unique markings will mean your bag is not like any other out there. The markings also allow the bag to develop a rich, and again unique, patina. Over the years marks, scuffs, oils and more will leave a trace on your bag and give it a much richer patina (think of a patina like that distressed look you want). With full grain leather the initial marks give you a starting point.

All this means that full grain leather briefs will typically outlast any other type. No processes of sanding or buffing are permitted, so the fibers remain totally intact. This gives extra longevity and durability.

We find that with more casual workplaces, full grain leather briefcases can be a great choice. But for something a bit more professional, where you're looking for a smooth finish, top grain might be the answer.

TOP GRAIN LEATHER

This type of leather still uses the top layer of the animal hide, but this time, processes are permitted to give the hide a uniform, smooth look. If you've ever seen a really sleek (yet still thick) leather good this is likely to be top grain leather.

As this hide can be sanded or buffed, there will be no imperfections present. Your bag will not be unique, but it will definitely give off an air of superior quality. Attache cases that need to be used for high powered professions are very commonly made using top grain leather. Our collection of premium attaches uses mostly top grain leather infact.

Top grain leather keeps most of the durability of full grain leather. As the fibers are processed, you will lose some of the longevity. However these bags are still very much made to last decades and we recommend them highly.

GENUINE LEATHER

This one is always popular with those new to the world of leather. Genuine leather should be the best right? Well, actually no.

Genuine leather is actually the lowest grade of leather out there. It's still real leather, but it's made from the bottom layer of the animal hide. And often it's made using lots of pieces of stitched together bottom grade scraps.

It won't have all the durability of full grain or top grain leather. But it is still in fact real leather so will last longer than a nylon or polyester bag.

If you're looking for something a little cheaper, genuine leather can be an option.

FAUX OR PU LEATHER

If at all possible, we recommend staying away from faux or pu leather. These are not real leather and as a result have none of the durability properties.

Fake leather are supposed to imitate real leather and can looking pretty convincing when you first take a look. Some have even been known to apply scents to make them smell that way. Which can be great until they give out after a few months.

One great trick is to press your finger into the surface. If it stretches or wrinkles (a bit like our skin!) you can be confident it's real leather. If it springs straight back and is cold and smooth to touch, there's a good chance it's fake.

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2. It Shows Your Class

There's nothing that makes a splash quite like a real men's leather briefcase bag.

When they catch a whiff, it's an automatic head turner. Then they see it and need to touch the fine leather. They'll know you're a man that has truly arrived.

They say first impressions count. Well what better way to show you're a person that means business than with a quality leather bag? When you turn up to meetings or client presentations, they'll know they're dealing with someone who is the real deal.

There's a reason that leather has been the go-to for executives for generations.

Top grain leather gives that real quality look - there's really no alternative.

3. It's an Investment

Ok, so real leather is expensive. There's really no getting away from that. A top quality brief can set you back hundreds of dollars. And that's because it is difficult to work with. It's tough, it doesn't behave, it's horrendously difficult to get a needle into and you need quality hardware that will keep up.

But after all that, what if we told you that you could actually come out ahead financially?

Well, you definitely can.

We think of quality leather briefs like an investment for life. If you treat yours right, there's every chance it'll stick around for decades. You won't need to buy a new bag every couple of years anymore. You may actually find that as it ages, you prefer the distressed look even more (we do!). One purchase of a quality leather can actually save you all that money you would spend on bags for the next few decades at least.

Bonus. You'll love it too - it's your career companion after all.

What size Briefcase do I need?

The question of size may not be as straightforward as you might think.

For many of us, when we buy stuff we're looking for the biggest one we can afford. Houses, boats, cars, tents, bags.

Well with leather that might not be exactly what you're looking for.

That's because real leather has a real weight. It's heavier than you'll be expecting.

Especially with bags that you'll be carrying by hand like attaches or by shoulder like laptop briefcases or leather briefcase backpacks, you need to be careful you're not saddling yourself with something huge and heavy that you don't need.

We recommend measuring the diagonal dimensions of the biggest thing you need to carry. Likely your laptop. Then get a work bag that fits that perfectly. If your laptop is 15 inches, get a briefcase that's meant to fit a 15 inch laptop (not a 17!).

Here at The Real Leather Company, the most common return reason we see, bar none, is customers buying bags that are too big for them. Although we offer easy returns, we all want to get it right first time. Get something that's right for you, not necessarily the biggest one you can find.

Bigger is not always better.

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What features should I be looking for?

Alright, so modern briefcases have more features than you can shake a stick at. Here are some of our favorites

1. Thoughtful compartment design

Look for something that the designer has clearly thought deeply about. Stay away from anything that just has one big pocket for all your gear. It might seem like it's ok, but it's so beneficial to have separate pockets to find all your gear.

You want something with zippers to keep important stuff secure and multiple interior and exterior pockets. You should be able to find a good brief that has specially designed pockets for your wallet, pens, business cards, credit cards, water bottle and more.

We also really like bags that have special padded laptop sleeves. As leather can take a good beating, we're all guilty of treating leather goods a little roughly. A bit of padding to protect your computer can go a long way.

2. Combination Lock

If your work deals with sensitive files this is a must. You should be able to grab something that has a 3 or 4 digit lock to keep the brief locked and away from prying eyes.

Even if you're just a private person, these can be great for peace of mind in the office. Some variants even have keys if this is your preference.

One thing to remember - there's no forgot your password service for these. So write the pin down somewhere else in case you go a few weeks without using it when you're on vacation.

3. Shoulder Strap

If you're gonna carry your work bag over longer distances, you're definitely gonna want a leather briefcase with a shoulder strap. You want a comfortable, thick shoulder strap that is adjustable and can be removed when not useful.

Attach it to your bag at the sides and put it over your head when going longer distances. This helps to balance the load and keep you comfortable during a commute.

4. Luggage Strap

If you do a lot of business travel, a luggage strap can be a godsend. These are designed to allow your brief to attach to the luggage handle of rolling suitcases. Your bag then sits nicely on top of your suitcase and you need only wheel the suitcase.

It's so much better than lugging around a load of gear in both hands between hotel rooms and airports. These aren't always available, but are getting more popular. Keep a special eye out for these.

5. Quality metal hardware

Ok, so we know leather is built to last. But what about everything else the bag is made from? Rivets, buckles, zippers. It's no good if your leather is in great shape but the zippers are broken and a buckle is falling off.

Look for something that has quality long lasting, rust proof metal like brass or silver.

You want to strike a balance between the longevity of buckles and the convenience of zippers. Thicker zippers will last longer and magnetic closures can be a great middle ground. If you want something to last a lifetime, think carefully about

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How do I Care for my Leather Briefcase?

Leather is naturally built to last a really long time.

But, there are actually things you can do to prolong this actively.

1. KEEP IT OUT OF EXCESSIVELY WET WEATHER

Leather is a natural material. And we don't do a lot of processing the finest cuts. So that means it's not 100% water repellent. Look for something with a quality lining like canvas to protect your gear, but be mindful of really wet weather.

If your leather bag gets wet, that's ok. You can dry it out in a cool, dry climate preferably outside. But you might find that if this happens to often your bag takes on a weathered look prematurely. You want the patina to develop naturally.

2. KEEP IT OUT OF DAMP CUPBOARDS

If you're not using your leather briefcase for a while, don't store it in the cellar that floods sometimes. Leather does best in cool, dry conditions. Hang it up somewhere as an ornament or even leave it in a covered outside garden.

3. Treat it with leather conditioner

We recommend using a good leather conditioner to prolong the life of your bag. Gently massage this into the leather to restore and waterproof your bag. This adds to patina development and will help to supercharge the lifespan of your bag.

We recommend one treatment every six months to really develop the bag and protect it adequately.

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What Style of Leather Briefcase do I want?

Leather Attache Cases

These are your classic premium leather briefcases and probably the first thing that came to mind.

Leather attaché briefcases are known for their timeless design and are perfect for men that are looking for that classic, elegant style. Amongst many other professions, do we find in particular that our customers enjoy using these as lawyer bags for men.

Traditionally, these briefcases were designed to hold files and documents. Most briefcases for men in leather in this category will have multiple file compartments and are designed to hold stacks of A4 documents, along with pens, business cards and folders. If your profession is document or paper heavy, these are a great option.

Usually, these briefcases would be on the thicker, heavier side as they were originally designed to hold lighter materials such as paper.

Combination locks are common on leather attaché briefcases. If you’re looking for something to carry sensitive documents, these are usually a great option. Think carefully about this though, it may mean any items you need to get to frequently may take a second or two to access.

If you’re looking for something that will also hold your laptop, tablet or other tech, be sure to take a closer look inside and look for a leather attaché that has a special laptop or tablet compartment. Whilst attaché briefcases were not originally designed for the digital age, many modern briefcases in this category will have evolved to hold modern tech.

Note that when holding laptops, tablets and files many attachés are likely to be on the heavier side and are unlikely to come with a shoulder strap. Think carefully about the distances you’re likely to carry an attaché with heavier items inside.

Looking for a classic leather attaché with space for all your modern gadgets? Check out The Reagan.

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Leather Laptop Briefcases

The modern spin on the classic briefcase, leather laptop briefcases are designed to fit all the gear a modern professional needs, but in a convenient and easy to carry bag.

A solid leather laptop briefcase should be designed to carry all the gear you might need. Think multiple laptops, files, documents, folders, tablets, e-readers, chargers, pens, business cards and more. Whilst there are a range of types available, the most popular ones will hold all of your gear, whether you’re taking your gear home from the office or taking a business trip for a week.

Most briefcases in this category will be designed to fit larger laptops and are for serious business professionals.

Pro tip: look for a briefcase with multiple compartments, pockets and zippers. You’ll likely be carrying a whole bunch of stuff in one of these and you’ll want separate compartments so you can easily access what you’re looking for. Look for a bag with special laptop and tablet compartments, then whole other compartments for your files, documents and chargers.

Although these bags are likely to be on the heavier side, most should come with optional heavy-duty shoulder straps. Luggage straps for attaching to rolling suitcases are always a welcome bonus and come in super handy when you’re travelling.

Does this sound like what you’re looking for? Check out The Rockford. It’s built for multiple 17 inch laptops, is made with premium top grain leather and even has a removable laptop sleeve included!

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Leather Messenger Bag Briefcases

Looking for something a bit more business casual? Leather messenger bag briefcases show off your classic style in a more relaxed way. They’re still designed to carry all your gear and they won’t go amiss in most business settings, however they’re also suitable for weekend trips and days out with friends and family.

Usually with multiple pockets on the outside, leather messenger bag briefcases are designed to compartmentalise all your accessories and should have room for your laptop, clothes, chargers and other accessories.

Think deeply about whether something more professional like an attaché or a laptop briefcase fits your style, or whether your personality really goes more with a relaxed, but refined leather messenger bag.

Look closely at the dimensions and weight to make sure your laptop fits. And perhaps be mindful of any return policies available – you’ll want to be certain all your gear fits nicely!

Think a messenger bag gives the impression you’re looking for? Check out The Cambridge. It’s classic look, yet practical size is a hit with our community.

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Leather Laptop Sleeves

Ideal for those who only want to carry what they strictly need, leather laptop sleeves are a great choice for many.

For these types of briefcases, you’re going to want something that fits your laptop perfectly. Measure the diagonal length of your laptop screen, then look for a laptop sleeve that corresponds to that size. Most will be either 13, 15 or 17 inches.

Typically these items would be made to hold your laptop, then just a couple of accessories like your charger, a couple of documents and perhaps some other small accessories. If you like to travel light, but still want something that looks vintage and stylish, leather laptop sleeves are a great option.

These are built to be light and easy to transport. We recommend picking up one with a convenient optional shoulder strap.

It should be noted that if you have never had a real leather bag before, a leather laptop sleeve is likely to be somewhat heavier than a canvas sleeve due to the weight of the natural leather skin (think 1-2lbs weight for these).

If you’re looking for an added bonus, some laptop sleeves will come with a luggage strap, meaning you can attach these bags to the handle of a rolling suitcase and carry your luggage all at once!

Think this lighter style briefcase might be for you? Check out The Montclare. It’s perfect for 13 inch laptops, is made from premium full grain leather and even has a luggage strap for convenient carrying.

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Top 5 Leather Briefcases for Men in 2022

Got a vague idea of what type of leather briefcase you're looking for now?

We hope that intro has been useful. Now, without any further ado, here are our 5 best briefcases for men this year.

Once this everyday companion is on your shoulder, you’ll see what we mean when we say it’s the last men's messenger bag you’ll ever buy.

There's a convenient front pocket where you can store your tablet, along with loads of other inner compartments for all your other devices and docu

There's room for all the gear you might need (including a padded compartment for a 15.6 inch laptop) and its classic brown aesthetic is only half the story – dig a little deeper, and you’ll find this laptop briefcase's full storyline…

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"Got this for my husband for his birthday. He seems to love it! Looks awesome on and he says it fits all his gear." - Harriet, The Everyday customer

 

THE LAST briefcase YOU’LL EVER BUY

Every man has three things: 5pm stubble, a good tie, and a quality leather men's briefcase. If you’re a man – or you know a man – who is missing one of the above, let us bridge the gap. While we can’t help you grow your beard or tie collection, we can kit you out with The Everyday leather briefcase bag that’s capable, charming, and rugged enough to keep up with you whether you’re being manly at the office or at home on the couch.

THE POWER OF AUTHENTIC LEATHER FOR WORK, STUDY AND TRAVEL

Once this everyday companion is on your shoulder, you’ll see what we mean when we say it’s the last briefcase you’ll ever buy.

There's room for all the gear you might need (including a padded compartment for a 15.6 inch laptop) and its classic brown aesthetic is only half the story – dig a little deeper, and you’ll find this protagonist’s full storyline…

Everyday Durability

You need a bag that’s just as tough and manly as you are – one that’s built by artisans to withstand the everyday hustle.

That’s why we built this practical, spacious men’s briefcase using superpremium,
thick, top-grain leather and brass & metal hardware that, like you or your man, only gets more handsome and charismatic with time.

Everyday Companion

We find this briefcase is popular with both genders either as a men's case or as a leather briefcase for women.

Once your hands are wrapped around the (totally adjustable) straps of this kickass leather briefcase bag, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without it.

Seriously – organization and class make life so much better.

Everyday Capacity

We’ve kitted this timeless leather briefcase bag out with a compartment for absolutely everything imaginable, every day.

From the standard stuff like your 15.6 inch laptop and notebook – to the other everyday staples you can’t move without like your phone and cards – this leather briefcase bag holds it all. And it does so in style, taking your adult game to the next level.

Put The Everyday to the test and see for yourself.

REAL CUSTOMER REVIEWS

Perfect portions
"I've been looking for a bag that has a good layout for handling a variety of items; notebook and pens, headphones, computer, a couple of cellphones, on and on. This bag has pockets in all the right places and looks great at the same time. Very happy with the purchase." - Ternowski, The Everyday customer

Husband loves it
"Got this for my husband for his birthday. He seems to love it! Looks awesome on and he says it fits all his gear. Worth mentioning it's a little on the heavier side, but I guess that's real leather. Thanks guys!" - Harriet, The Everyday customer

Find yourself always hauling a load of stuff? Not for the faint of heart, The Jumbo extra-large leather laptop briefcase is designed to carry all the gear a modern professional might need.

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"I was looking to get the biggest briefcase/laptop bag thingy I could find, and this one does the job very, very well. Lots of room inside, good pocket setup and comfortable to carry. If you are looking for this sort of bag and have the money, go for this one." - Dillon, The Jumbo customer

 

quality leather

Made from the finest top grain vaquetta cowhide leather, this leather briefcase is for those who need a bag with a ton of storage space. You can easily fit multiple 17 inch laptops, and there's loads more room for your tablets, files, documents, cables, chargers, books, pens and just about anything else the executive needs to carry.

SO MUCH ROOM

The Jumbo leather laptop bag offers ample room to store everything you could possibly need and crucially, keep it organized. Created with durable, extra thick, stylish leather and with a comfortable shoulder strap, you’ll know it's built to last.

AS BIG AS IT GETS

At a whopping 19 inches, the Jumbo is one bag that is guaranteed to fit all the gear you might need for a day in the office, a few days on location or even a week at a conference.

There's multiple storage compartments to keep your gear organized, and great padding to keep your valuables safe, secure and protected.

Top Grain Cowhide Leather

Crafted from premium leather, this bag is rugged and long lasting.

The Jumbo is constructed from only the top layer of the cowhide, giving it extra strength, breathability and durability.

Designed to be a companion for life, this leather bag will only get better with age.

Comes in Three Colors

Whatever your style, The Jumbo comes in an ideal colour for you.

Tan makes a real statement - show the world you've arrived.

A brown leather briefcase shows off the luxurious leather - your colleagues will know you're a man of quality.

A black leather briefcase is perfect to go with any look - your peers will know you're a man of style.

REAL CUSTOMER REVIEWS

Waited too long

"I’d been searching for a replacement since my brief case was stolen several months ago. After studying the market I chose The Jumbo. It exceeded my expectations. I waited too long to own this bag." - James Francis, The Jumbo customer

 

Jumbo Bag

"I love the quality, the size and space available for my work files. Excellent purchase, couldn’t be happier. Thank you." - Troy Gross, The Jumbo customer

Looking for an attaché briefcase with a little more room? The Turner expands to be 4.5" wide, meaning this briefcase has more space for all the gear you need to carry.

With a slim design, a 3 digit combination lock, a comfortable top carry handle, protective feet to keep it standing upright and a specially designed tablet pocket, you'll know this briefcase is equipped to keep up with your busy lifestyle.

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"This is a beautiful traditional attache. Its very roomy and very well made. The interior of the case is beautifully finished." - Coleen, The Turner customer

 

COMBINATION LOCK

This men's black leather briefcase secures your items in style with multiple organizer pockets and dual thumbwheel 3 digit combination locks. Made from luxurious top grain leather, this vintage case is ideal for organizing the gear you need in its extra-large interior pockets.

SMART ORGANIZATION

This attaché briefcase has a hinged design and a roomy main compartment that can remain open at a 90-degree angle for easy access to your contents inside. The main compartment has storage space for files and documents, along with pockets for your cell phone, tablet, business cards, photo ID, pens and a calculator.

QUALITY LEATHER

The Turner briefcase is thoughtfully crafted to be extra spacious and fully secure, yet still allow easy access through the convenient top opening system. Created with top-grain leather, you'll know it's built to last.

REAL CUSTOMER REVIEWS

Xmas gift
"Our boss was very happy with his Christmas gift!!!" - Julie, The Turner customer

Excellent
"Great product, great communication, Thank you so much" - Patsy, The Turner customer

Every grown-up needs a good bag. We know the transition into adulthood is a shock to the system, and our inner-child often doesn’t know how to cut through the chaos and find the accessories we need to “adult” with confidence. Lucky for you, we’ve removed the guesswork and created the only work-and-life bag you’ll ever need ever again.

Designed to upgrade your daily look, we’ve found our customers love The Daily. This shoulder bag is perfect for either a 15-inch laptop or a 17-inch laptop (depending on the size selected). This satchel is made from only the finest premium top grain leather.

Available in two colors, we’ve found The Daily is fast becoming the standard for leather messenger bags.

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"This is exactly what I wanted. Gorgeous, rugged and well built. Classic and sophisticated at the same time." - Jonathan D., The Daily customer

 

NOTHING BEATS THE FRAGRANCE OF REAL LEATHER

The Daily is more than a satchel bag – it’s the workplace companion for men you didn’t even know you needed (you’re welcome). This super-professional, stylish, and grown-up 15” men's leather briefcase messenger bag is where timeless class and built-in convenience meet, with an ageless aesthetic and, of course, ample space for all of your stuff.

And when we say all of it, we mean it.

Store not only the standard paraphernalia like your 15” – 17” laptop, iPad, pens, journal, and wallet, but your lunch and spare clothes too. Thoughtful and neat compartments keep life’s essentials in reach. No more digging around. No more frustration.

The Perfect Bag for Any Occasion

The Daily doesn’t only slay at the office. This bad boy is the perfect wingman after-hours too, whether you’re headed for happy hour beers or hiking in the great outdoors.
 

Our leather messenger bag’s convenience is matched only by its comfort and premium build, designed to keep up with your lifestyle through first-class durability and breathability.

Constructed by Experts

Crafted by artisans using premium cowhide leather and superior brass and metal hardware, this extra-thick lifestyle companion will stay with you as long as you allow it to – and seeing as each is made by hand, no two shoulder bags are ever the same.

A fully adjustable shoulder strap also puts you in control of your comfort and aesthetic.

Be the Envy of the Crowd

“They” say it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but with The Daily, you’ll rock your personality on the outside too.

Set your inner-alpha free. Invite this rugged, vintage leather briefcase to be a part of your everyday escapades – your only regret will be that you didn’t do it yesterday.

REAL CUSTOMER REVIEWS

 

Skeptic no more

"I was skeptical to order another leather bag online, having just had a previous bad experience with another company. But upon receiving The Daily Messenger Bag, I am a skeptic no more. It is perfect, awesome and gorgeous. I even discovered a couple of features that weren’t mentioned in the product description. I love it. Thanks The Real Leather Company." - Les Reu, The Daily customer

 

Great Bag

"I was looking for a stylish, durable leather bag to transport my 15” laptop and a few other items back and forth to the office daily that wasn’t a big bag. This bag seems to be of excellent quality, the leather is top notch, and I think this bag will only get better with age. Very happy with this bag and recommend, definitely would buy again." - Joe, The Daily customer

A daily carry that won't quit, The Pilot is designed to be your new casual or formal companion for years to come. Available in two colors, Dark Brown and Light Brown, this men's leather laptop messenger bag is crafted with high quality, extra thick buffalo leather.

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"What a stunning bag! I got it for a gift for my sons college graduation! It holds everything he needs for work - lots of room. Very stylish and perfect for him. The quality is amazing! Thank you!" - Wanda, The Pilot customer

 

CLEAN AND RUGGED

This metropolitan leather messenger bag is built to be clean and rugged, yet provide you with a surprising amount of space for your gear. Made from luxurious top-grain water buffalo leather, this messenger bag screams wild and free, yet maintains that business professional look.

Designed to fit up to a 16 inch laptop, The Pilot has two separate canvas lined interior compartments. The interior organizer system means there's loads of room for your books, cards, pens, documents and phone. Four exterior pockets mean your gear can be easily accessed without opening the bag.

SUPERIOR HARDWARE

Premium brass hardware, magnetic closures and YKK zippers are used so your bag can keep up with your active lifestyle. Created with the finest top-grain water buffalo leather, you'll know it's built to last.

Top Grain Buffalo Leather

Handcrafted from extra-thick, premium buffalo leather, this bag is rugged and long lasting.

The Pilot is constructed from only the top layer of the buffalo hide, giving it extra strength, breathability and durability.

Designed to be a companion for life, this leather bag will only get better with age.

Premium Hardware

Precisely handcrafted by expert artisans, The Pilot is made with only premium metal hardware, so you'll know it's built to last a lifetime.

Included is a fully adjustable removable strap that is built to hold up over time.

Room for all your gear

Built to be your ultimate everyday companion, The Pilot is designed to be ultra practical.

Protect your laptop in the padded laptop compartment for your 16 inch computer, along with multiple compartments for your tablet, documents, papers, wallet, phone, books, journals and more.

REAL CUSTOMER REVIEWS

Better Than Expected
"I absolutely LOVE this bag and it’s better that I expected. Really beautiful style but practically designed with a professional look. The inside offers all of the space I need and love the compartments to carry a computer, iPad and anything I need to carry to and from work. A very classy piece and really well made. Couldn’t be happier." - Michael Corrado, The Pilot customer

Beautiful
"I got this one for my husband’s birthday and he loved it.At first leather it’s hard for a couple of weeks but it’s getting soft and better after use.Beautiful color and comfortable.A lot of space.It’s a pretty good size,too.I will order the light brown for our anniversary." - Yahaira Burgos, The Pilot customer

So there you have it, our top 5 picks for men's designer briefcases in 2022.

Attachés, sleeves, laptop briefcases and messenger bags. We hope this guide has helped you figure out what style you’re looking for and what will best suit your needs.

Final tips for all types - be sure to measure your laptop and pay particular attention to any weights provided, real leather might be heavier than you expect!

We encourage you to think deeply about what you’ll be using your new men's or women's leather briefcase for. Pick something that will be perfect for you.

Think you’re ready to pick something up? Check out our full collection of leather briefcases.

Your most common questions

SHIPPING AND RETURNS

In all cases, we offer Free Shipping to the USA. For most items, Free Shipping is also available to Canada. Most orders are processed and shipped within 1-3 business days of receipt.

All purchases from our store come with a 30-day moneyback guarantee. Got your eye on something? Try it out for 30 days. If it's not for you, just return it to us and we'll refund your order. And we promise, no hard feelings!

WHEN WILL I GET MY BAG?

Typical delivery times to the United States and Canada are between 2-5 business days for most items.

who makes the best leather briefcase?

Here at The Real Leather Company, we stock a wide range of premium leather goods including leather briefcases. All our men's briefcases are made with only quality full grain and top grain leather. Shop today for

HOW do I clean a leather briefcase?

Treating a real leather bag with care can extend its life by years.

We recommend the following to care for your leather bag.

Always wash your hands before caring for leather - oil from your hands can easily transfer to leather hide.

Once a week, we recommend taking a soft, dry (or slightly damp) cloth and briskly sweeping the leather. Don't forget the inside too! Use a cloth to wipe down the lining and remove any dirt or residue.

Use a good leather cream or conditioner once or twice per year to prevent your bag becoming dry or cracked. If you live in a dryer climate, you may need to do this more often. Simply apply the cream to the entire bag with a cloth and rub off any excess. We recommend using this all natural leather cream for our bags.

Be sure to take the time to care properly for your leather. If you do, your bag can have a good, long life.

CAN I GET IT MONOGRAMMED?

At this time, we do not provide monogramming or embossing services. However, all our bags can be monogrammed by most leather working dealers. We recommend taking our bags to your local dealer for more information.

CAN I GET IT WET?

Wherever possible, avoid damp or moisture on your leather bag. We know this is not always possible, so if your bag does get wet, here's what you do.

If you spill something on it, blot away the moisture with a clean dry cloth as quickly as you're able to.

Caught in a rainstorm? Be sure to let your leather bag completely air dry and do not use a heat source to speed up the drying (this can damage the leather). Stuff the bag with newspaper to help the bag keep its shape and absorb moisture from the inside.

WILL MY BAG SMELL WHEN I GET IT?

As this bag is made from real leather, it is likely to emit a strong, natural leather smell when you first receive it. This will fade over time.

Should this smell not be to your liking, we recommend airing out your bag in a cool, dry climate for 48 hours.