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    Leather Briefcase recommendations

    Look for something in the $250 to $450 range; relatively minimalist; appropriate for young-ish lawyer at a large law firm

    This is what I've come up with so far:

    https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/...0792/G0792.jsp

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boconi-b...QUE%20MAHOGANY

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/skagen-k...oncolor=SADDLE

    Would love other suggestions!

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    No thoughts on any of those?

    Quote Originally Posted by cdodge1 View Post
    Look for something in the $250 to $450 range; relatively minimalist; appropriate for young-ish lawyer at a large law firm

    This is what I've come up with so far:

    https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/...0792/G0792.jsp

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boconi-b...QUE%20MAHOGANY

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/skagen-k...oncolor=SADDLE

    Would love other suggestions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdodge1 View Post
    No thoughts on any of those?
    Saddleback or GTFO

    Of your three, I like the Boconi best by far, but at that price point I think you can do better. Perhaps try eBay for a good used briefcase?

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    I actually really liked the Linjer case, but it's out of stock and a bit expensive, though not much more than the Boconi.

    https://www.linjer.co/products/soft-briefcase-cognac

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    Not sure if you're into your job much yet or not, but you might consider whether you'll need to be carrying more than a minimal amount in your briefcase. As an attorney at a large firm (query whether size of firm has anything to do with it), I find that a larger briefcase is helpful as I tend to need hefty documents in addition to my laptop (and umbrella, chargers and other sundries).

    I use the Saddleback briefcase @Logjammin linked (in large size, dark coffee brown). It's admittedly overkill for some days, and is on the heavy side as briefcases go, but it's extremely helpful in the times I have to carry a lot and I've never once worried about it's ability to stand up to weather, wear or load. It also doubles as a stylish 'personal item' when I fly. Note that I'm in NYC so the ability to put all that stuff into one bag when I'm commuting on subway, walking, etc. is key; if you're in a more car commuter city, it might be less of a concern.

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    FWIW if I need to carry more than my laptop, a legal pad, a binder, and maybe a rule book, I'm generally gonna opt for a rolling file case, not a briefcase. Sexy? No. Functional? Hell yes. My current office has one of these. We can stack and bungee a banker's box on top. That and a little dolly with two more banker's boxes was good enough to haul everything we needed (exhibit binders, original depositions, etc) for a nine day civil trial we had.
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    Size of firm has little to do with it save that culture/attire expectations vary a bit depending on size. Not all that important.

    And yes, for days when I really need to lug everything on earth, I'll either go for a file case, my gym bag, or my firm's hideous giant black computer bags which are functional as all get up. Most days I really only need a handful of papers from home, maybe a book/magazine, possibly gym clothes, possibly lunch.

    Took Logjammin's advice and did a quick scan on ebay. Any thoughts on these?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/468-Jack-Spa...MAAOSwEzxYYspn

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Handmadecraf...wAAOSwaB5XsM5p

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hidesign-Har...1%26rkt%3D1%26

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/468-Jack-Spa...AAAOSwcLxYMbzc

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hidesign-Har...1%26rkt%3D1%26

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Trask-Jackso...q1Hx72lSp7pbkA

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/528-JACK-SPA...wAAOSwvzRX1gY7

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    If you have the luxury of time, you could see if Gustin reissues their incredible Horween briefcase. At $199, it's unbeatable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRM View Post
    If you have the luxury of time, you could see if Gustin reissues their incredible Horween briefcase. At $199, it's unbeatable.
    Those do seem like a steal, but would rather not wait indefinitely. Think I'm torn between the J. Crew leather briefcase, which I checked out in person this afternoon and really did like (unoriginal as it may be), and the Jack Spade Darrows from eBay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hornsup84 View Post
    As an attorney at a large firm (query whether size of firm has anything to do with it)
    Query whether anyone who hasn't been to law school begins a sentence with "query."

    I've been looking at a size upgrade for my briefcase. I currently have this http://http://www.jackgeorges.com/co...briefcase-9001, which was a very generous law school graduation gift and looks great for big meetings and the like, but day to day, I need something with more space. Even just having a small statute book, a couple folders, my iPad, and a book makes it overstuffed.

    I've been looking at Custom Hide and definitely want the front pocket style:

    http://www.customhide.com/ranger-3-c...ase-p/2501.htm

    http://www.customhide.com/scholar-wi...ase-p/1201.htm

    http://www.customhide.com/scholar-th...ase-p/1401.htm

    They seem a bit more polished/less rugged looking than Saddleback, but otherwise very similar. Anyone here have a Custom Hide?
    Last edited by burban; December 28th, 2016 at 01:34 AM. Reason: Added info re: front pockets.

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