A man who wears a suit for work or who needs to carry a laptop and a bunch of papers from one meeting to another simply needs a bag. Some may value a back bag or some kind of a tote for example but for most of men the choice is a briefcase of some kind.
Jesse from Put This On once wrote that the briefcase “basics” largely breakdown along these more or less serious lines: 1) black is a little more serious than brown 2) Hard is a little more serious than soft and 3) a refined aesthetic is a little more serious than a rough one.
(one way is to match all your bags)
For the most part the above mentioned notes can be very fine distinctions but in the big picture with these lines you can pretty easily find the right bag for yourself. If you’re working within an industry with a very conservative dress code you may also need to go with a black (hard) leather briefcase to keep your looks compatible. On the other hand if your normal outfit includes jeans and a blazer or a cardigan you probably have more latitude regarding the color and materials of your briefcase as well.
(Clematis Ginza briefcase by The Armoury)
Some people think that your bag should match your shoes and other accessories such as belt or gloves. And if you feel this way, you’re almost necessarily going need two different kind of bags; one black and one in some shade of brown. Why I personally like brown more is that whereas black is always black (and works with black), with brown you can play by the different tones of the color and easily match your dark brown shoes for example to the cognac colored briefcase and hazelnut gloves.
(Another kind of matching - Scarosso)
(“25-hour Palissy briefcase” by Oppermann London is a great option for short business trips)
And finally I picked five different kind of briefcases (all different kind of shades of brown and with a different kind of price range) to help you find your favorite.