1. The Quality Of Leather Used
Buy a briefcase made from high-quality leather.
Quality leather improves with age – the briefcase should look fantastic even after a decade of use. Over time, leather changes color and develops an attractive patina.
A top quality leather briefcase looks sleek and professional. Genuine leather is durable, flexible, attractive and has a typical smell associated with rugged masculinity.
- Full-grain leather makes the most durable briefcases.
- Top-grain leather is an affordable and excellent alternative to full-grain leather.
- For a more water-permeable and thinner leather, choose split-grain leather. It won’t last as long as higher-quality versions.
The origins of the leather used to make the briefcase often determines the quality. The finest quality leather is sourced from Italy, France, England, and America
2. The Materials Used In The Construction Of The Briefcase
The hardware materials used for the briefcase affect not only the price but its durability and appearance.
The locks, handle, shoulder strap fittings, zippers, buckles and metallic rings take the most abuse on a daily basis and are likely to wear out the quickest.
Check that the materials are of good quality. In store – this is a simple task of turning the bag and studying the details. If you are purchasing the briefcase online – zoom into the product pictures and observe the quality of the fittings.
These spare parts are quite expensive. Price is a good indication of quality.
Good quality leather fixtures are strong – a manufacturer who uses quality materials is going to price their products higher.
3 . Durability of the Briefcase
Look for these hallmarks of quality workmanship when buying a briefcase:
- The stitching on the bag should be straight, even, small and without loose threads. Check the inner and outer surfaces for consistent stitching. Reinforced stitching provides protection for the vulnerable areas of the bag.
- Metal zippers are better quality than plastic ones. Open and close the zipper several times to ensure a smooth closure. If shopping online, check for pictures that show the zipper both closed and open.
- Examine the hinges on a hard-sided case. They should be sturdy and free of rust.
- The handles should be securely fixed to the body of the briefcase with reinforced stitching or metal fixtures. Handles that are glued to the exterior of the bag are likely to come loose after a period of rough use.
- The edges of the case are the points where the leather is most likely peel or split.
- The Color Of The Briefcase
The three most common colors on briefcases for men are brown, tan and black. Black and dark brown are best suited for a professional environment – they project a sense of power and authority.
Tan and lighter colors are better suited for casual purposes where the working atmosphere is relaxed and informal. Briefcases that have more than two different colors on the outside or contrast colored stitching can be perceived as flamboyant. Avoid these unless your occupation permits such a stereotype.
- Lighter tan – rich chestnut tan, camel tan, looks smart.
- Darker tan (chocolate) – Suits, navy suit. Upmarket, corporate color. When in doubt for material, opt for dark brown leather.
- Black leather – more formal – Suits. Most commonly purchased.
It’s not necessary that the color of the briefcase should match your belt and shoes. It’s okay to have classic tan shoes and tan belt and dark chocolate bag.
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