10 Of The Best Contemporary Briefcases

Step aside boxy briefcases of the past – it’s time for a modern-day update.

While bulky metal frame styles dominated the nineties – complete with complicated locking systems and metal hardware that would ping open at any given moment – contemporary designers have toned down the classic silhouette for a sleeker, more sophisticated finish.

As a result, we’re now spoilt for choice when it comes to a picking a seriously suave bag that means business. If you’re thinking of upgrading your choice of briefcase, be sure to peruse our ten current favourites below.

1. Dunhill Chassis Leather Briefcase

This navy option from British label Dunhill is not only superbly stylish, but is built with practicality in mind.

Its Chassis leather form is embossed to give a carbon fibre-like effect and is treated with a scratch resistant coating to ensure it stays looking from dapper day one.

Available at Mr Porter, priced £995.

Dunhill Chassis Leather Briefcase

2. Mulberry Heathcliffe Leather Briefcase

While its exterior has a slightly rugged, vintage feel, the inside of this Mulberry briefcase is definitely built for the modern man.

Combining a padded pouch for a laptop, several pockets and additional space for documents, this stylish bag has every eventuality covered.

Available at Mulberry, priced £895.

Mulberry Heathcliffe Leather Briefcase

3. Reiss Patas Textured Leather Briefcase

Sleek and slimline, yet bursting with classic features, you can’t help but fall for the character of this briefcase.

Crafted from rich brown crocodile effect leather and finished with gleaming silver hardware, this bag oozes sophistication and contemporary class all at once.

Available at Reiss, priced £185.

Reiss Patas Textured Leather Briefcase

4. Knomo Hanover Slim Briefcase

If your business essentials are limited to a laptop and a few documents, Knomo’s ultra slim Hanover briefcase could be the one for you.

Hosting laptops up to fourteen inches, this case is a winner for those who like to travel light in style – we’re completely taken by the combination of soft grey and deep leather accents.

Available at John Lewis, priced £99.

Knomo Hanover Slim Briefcase

5. Mismo Dark Blue & Dark Brown Briefcase

Work in a more relaxed office environment? Then this casual briefcase from Mismo is bound to please.

Formed from water repellent cotton, it is a high quality alternative to the boxy bags of the city. Leather straps provide added strength, while solid brass fastenings ensure long-lasting function.

Available at END Clothing, priced £345.

Mismo Dark Blue & Dark Brown Briefcase

6. Topman Burgundy Leather Satchel

Although not technically a briefcase, this all-leather satchel from Topman is one for the more classic gent.

Coming in a rich burgundy shade and packed with old school detailing, you’ll love this if you’re a fan of transporting your everyday essentials in a throwback fashion.

Meanwhile, the addition of a cross body strap ensures comfortable wear during your commute.

Available at Topman, priced £60.

Topman Burgundy Leather Satchel

7. Valextra Forum Briefcase

Founded in 1937 in Italy, Valextra has had plenty of practice when it comes to turning out premium leather goods.

So it’s no surprise that its modern-day briefcases combine the highest quality leather with smart, timeless design.

We’re particular fans of this soft tan option, which we don’t see going out of style anytime soon.

Available at valextra.com, priced £1,850.

Valextra Forum Briefcase

8. Mont Blanc Meisterstück Soft Grain Document Case

It may be called a document case, but this briefcase is so much more.

With a padded pouch for a laptop and pockets specifically designed for writing instruments, it is the ultimate in luxury luggage.

While the simple black shade makes it the perfect staple for everyday wear, we love how the strip of blue provides a playful touch of colour.

Available at Mont Blanc, priced £825.

Mont Blanc Meisterstück Soft Grain Document Case

9. ASOS Smart Satchel In Black Faux Leather

Despite being the lowest priced option in our rundown, this ASOS piece is just as suave.

Formed from a solid black worn-effect faux leather, it’s compact and charming in equal measures – spot on for an entry level bag to take to the office.

Available at ASOS, priced £28.00.

ASOS Smart Satchel In Black Faux Leather

10. Paul Smith Belvoir Tile Print Business Folio

For a briefcase that packs more of a punch than your standard leather iteration, this Paul Smith option ticks all the boxes.

Covered in a striking tile print inspired by the marble floor of Belvoir Castle, it is sure to attract some serious compliments as you make your way to your desk each day.

Available at Paul Smith, priced £320.

Paul Smith Belvoir Tile Print Business Folio