Briefcases

Freed from its conservative reputation, the briefcase emerges as a sleek and modern menswear carryall. Traditional versions lend themselves to minimalist designs in smooth, crosshatched, and grained leathers, while canvas cases emphasize the textile’s rugged side. Convertible styles with backpack and shoulder straps take the briefcase into newly utilitarian territory. Even in updated forms, its essential sobriety persists: ribbon trim, metallic hardware, and double zips provide all the decoration necessary. Logos and signatures take the form of subtle design touches. Though it may be designed for documents, the simplicity and no-nonsense nature of the briefcase means it remains a necessity in the post-digital world.