Briefcase 101

When entering the business world, there is one thing that will always look professional and make people think you are already a CEO of a high-achieving company, a proper briefcase. The classic model, rectangle-shaped leather bags, are an effortless way of upgrading your outfit and storing all your important documents in one place. Do you remember the scene from How I Met Your Mother, when Marshall starts his first day of work and turns up with an empty briefcase? You can let him inspire you. Just make sure yours looks like it is actually full of job essentials.

Its history

The bag closest to the briefcase is probably the Roman Loculus, used during the 1st and 3rd centuries. It was usually made of a single goat or a calf leather hide. Its shape was achieved by adding leather straps which met in the center in a bronze ring. During the 20th century, the briefcase evolved from the infamous red briefcase, used to hold the British Budget Papers, to a bulky leather case during the 60s and 70s of the past century. The 1980s saw designer labels catching up on the briefcase and creating must-have accessories.

Evolving into a statement piece

There is one salient difference between today's briefcases and the ones that preceded it. Newer briefcases are about making a statement and about determining one's own identity. While, ones from the past were purely about functionality. The reason why they evolved into such statement pieces is politicians and government officials shaping their connotation.

Useful tips

Although you don't need to pick the most expensive version, invest in one that will last you for long. If this is your first briefcase, try opting for a classic, easy-to-combine color like black or dark brown.

Materials range from from classic leather to aluminum and they come in all shapes and sizes. When choosing yours, bring one of your suits as well. By doing that, you can match styles. Your new briefcase will let you carry your everyday essentials in an effortless and fashionable way.

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