A well-made briefcase is like a firm handshake—every man should have one. Pictured here are options ranging from intricately modern to ruggedly luxurious to classically Italian. Along with its signature weaving technique, Bottega Veneta’s bag (top, bottegaveneta.com) features a new craftsmanship that creates color gradation by sewing together plain leather with intreccio leather pieces. (There are more than 50,000 sewing points.) Gucci’s soft-shape case (center, gucci.com) is vintage-inspired and fashioned from textured Cuba lambskin. To achieve the labor-intensive two-tone texture, Gucci's artisans dye the skin in contrasting colors (orange base, black topcoat), then distress the hide with sandpaper and pumice stones. Il Bisonte, one of the last true Florentine brands, offers this raw-edged briefcase (bottom, ilbisonte.com) made of Italian vachetta leather with myriad inner pockets so that form meets function.
James T. Murray
Carry the essentials in style with these chic men's bags.