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The Pilot

The Pilot

Regular price $299
Regular price Sale price $299
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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

  • Top Grain Leather
  • Up to 15 Inch Laptops
  • Free & Fast Shipping
  • Fast & Secure Checkout
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The Cockpit is Yours, Captain.


You don’t need a pilot’s license to take charge of your life. This brown leather briefcase
is your first in command, your partner in crime, your most trusty companion on your daily adventures.

Best of all, he’s as tough as you are.

A Bag by Any Other Name…


A bag is so much more than a vessel to store life’s essentials. You need something that’s just as stylish as it is practical, with as much grit as its owner (you). At The Real Leather Company, we’re all about men's brown leather briefcases that never let you down. The Pilot is built to be as strong and stylish years from now as the day you bought it.


  • Made from top-grain water buffalo leather
  • Flap-over design with a magnetic closure
  • Zippered main compartment features two large separate sections
  • Four exterior side pockets for easy access items
  • Comes with an adjustable, durable, non-slip, shock absorbent leather strap that is designed to reduce shoulder strain
  • Please note this item no longer comes with a luggage strap
  • Padded laptop compartment fits and protects up to most 16-inch screen display laptops (diagonal measurement)


  • Dimensions: 18" L x 14" H x 5" W

Made by Kodiak Leather Co.

It’s Built to Move

Whether you spend your days steering planes or meetings, The Pilot is everything you (didn’t even know) you needed in a leather messenger bag.

It’s designed to go the distance, whether that’s down the road for beer or three, or to New York for a business meeting.

It’s the Definition of Quality

Handcrafted by artisans using extra-thick buffalo leather – accompanied by premium brass magnetic closures – this buffalo leather briefcase is the perfect blend of breathability, durability, and long-lasting functionality.

And by long-lasting, we mean, like, forever.

It’s Spacious AF

Contrary to popular belief, men need space too.

Especially the modern man who can’t travel anywhere without his laptop, iPad, phone, keys, wallet, mints…spare socks?

You’ve got stuff for days, and you need a safe, spacious space to get it from A to B. And that’s exactly what The Pilot gives you.

It’s Versatile

Designed to fit a laptop of up to 16”, this genuine leather messenger bag also features two separate canvas-lined interior compartments.

A clever interior organizing system offers plenty of room for life’s essentials, with easy access for when you need them the most.

leather bag lookbook


Learn how to pair your new leather bag for work and leisure.

Elevate your style with the 50+ leather bag outfit ideas featured in this lookbook*.

Get outfit inspiration to:

  1. Impress your colleagues with workweek wins
  2. Wow your friends with casual cool looks
  3. Look stylish for weekend exploration with adventure-ready looks

All while keeping it simple, quick, and affordable for all body shapes and sizes.

*please note the lookbook will be automatically added to cart for all orders over $100.

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We think you’ll love your new leather bag. But just in case it’s not quite right - all customers are protected by The Real Leather Guarantee.

With The Real Leather Guarantee, you can shop confidently, knowing that you have a whole 30 days to decide if your leather bag is everything you dreamed of.

With the option to return your order within 30 days, you can make your decision with full peace of mind.

Your most common questions

Shipping and returns

All orders are eligible for Free Shipping to the US. Our best selling items are also eligible for free shipping to the UK and paid shipping to Canada.

Most orders are processed and shipped within 1-3 business days of receipt.

All purchases from our store come with The Real Leather Guarantee.

Got your eye on something? Try it out for 30 days. If it's not for you, return it to us and we'll refund your order. And we promise, no hard feelings!

When will I get my order?

The current typical delivery time of this item to the US, Canada and the UK is between 2-5 business days.

Will my device fit?

The Device Fit on this item is: Up to 15 Inch Laptops

Not sure if your device will fit into this leather bag? Here we’ll show you how to find out step by step:

  1. Get something to measure your device with. A tape measure will work great.
  2. Find the bottom left corner of your device screen.
  3. Now, follow the screen with your eyes until you reach the top right corner of the screen.
  4. Take a tape measure and carefully measure the distance from the bottom left corner to the top right corner of the screen.
  5. Measure only the screen part. Ignore the frame or the black edge around the screen (that's called the bezel).
  6. Write down the number you measured and round down to the nearest whole number. E.g. 15.6” becomes 15” and 17.2” becomes 17”. This is your screen size in inches.
  7. Compare this number to the Device Fit number above.
  8. If the number you measured is smaller than or equal to the Device Fit number above, then it fits - great!
  9. If the number you measured is larger than the Device Fit number above, then it won’t fit comfortably. We recommend going back through our collection of bags and filtering by the Device Fit number you need.


I measured my laptop screen size and rounded the result as instructed. My screen size is 14 inches. All bags marked as Up to 15 Inch Laptops will fit my laptop.

Will this bag fit me?

We understand that finding the perfect leather bag can be a concern, especially when it comes to fitting different body shapes and sizes. Our bags are designed to accommodate adults of all sizes, and we have taken special measures to ensure your comfort and satisfaction.

Our leather bags are thoughtfully crafted to fit all sizes of humans comfortably.

Most of our bags feature adjustable shoulder straps that can be extended from 25 inches to 49 inches. This wide range ensures that the bag can be easily customized to fit your unique body shape and size. Whether you're petite, tall, or somewhere in between, you can adjust the strap to find the perfect fit.

Will this bag be too heavy for me?

We understand the importance of comfort when carrying your belongings. Bags made from real leather are slightly heavier than most other materials. That’s why we've made adjusting the shoulder straps on our bags quick and easy.

The design of the adjustable straps are user-friendly and hassle-free, so you won't have to spend a lot of time trying to get the right fit. Once you find your ideal strap length, you can easily secure it in place, allowing you to effortlessly carry the bag with maximum comfort and style.

How do I look after my bag?

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

We recommend following our full Leather Care Secrets guide to preserve your leather bag.

Use a good leather care kit once or twice per year to prevent your bag becoming dry or cracked. We recommend using this all natural leather care kit 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 bad 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.

Can this leather bag be made with custom dimensions?

We are able to make some leather bags in our collection with custom dimensions.

If you are interested in this service, please contact us, providing the model requested and the desired dimensions. If this is currently possible, we will then provide a quote.

Please note that any custom bags ordered this way are strictly made-to-order, so will take a little longer to get to you and will be more expensive than the similar model on our site. All custom orders are final and returns cannot be accepted.

Customer Reviews

Based on 28 reviews
C. Moser
Super quality

The quality is superb! My favorite bag I've owned

Thanks for taking the time to leave a photo review! We're delighted to hear that.

Great Quality Bag

Wonderful quality, great look and very sturdy. Overall 10/10 bag that I would buy again.

Thanks Nathan, that's great to read. We're delighted you like your bag.

Marvin Dixon
Love it

When I walk into my home office I smell my bag and it smells so nice! The bag itself is amazing and really feels like high quality- hopefully I can post an update in 30 years

Terrific, thanks Marvin!

Warren Korach
The Pilot

This leather briefcase was the best I’ve had yet! Super great quality!

Thanks Warren!

Makenzie Alderette

The Pilot

Thanks Makenzie!

andrew cargile
The Pilot

From the gym, to work, to Bible study, to home, this bag does it ALL!
Very happy!

Amazing thanks andrew!

Crystal Tate
Spacious & Sharp

I gave this to my husband as a Christmas present & he is enjoying it!

Thanks Crystal!

stephen hsiung
The Pilot Leather Bag

I am a leather person who loves the bag, wallet, as long as leather products. have a range of leather message bags from various made, this Pilot bag is among the best quality leather bag even have and suit my office work, unfortunately the real leather company not able to do direct sales to me in Papau New Guinea, I have to trouble my friend in US to order and send by DHL, all the hassle are worth it, use it everyday, no regrets

That's great to hear thanks Stephen! We apologize we weren't able to ship it to you directly. But we're delighted to hear you managed to get it anyway!

Travis Turner
Good material, a little large

It’s just about 20% to big for a daily bag but nice material and quality

Hi Travis, we're glad you like your new bag! If you're looking for something a little smaller, please get in touch and we'd be happy to help.

Mary Shea

The bag is gorgeous! Pictures don’t do it justice. The leather and color are beautiful. Amazing quality and great size. The pockets and inside compartments are roomy and perfect to fit more than what you need!! The strap and handles are durable. My husband loves it! The company also has incredible customer service, and shipping was so fast.

Thanks Mary! That's wonderful to read. We're so glad you're enjoying your new bag.