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A Woman’s Briefcase in 2014

As a little girl, I was always fascinated by my father’s brief case. There was something so grown-up and mysterious about it. It had locks on the outside, and inside it was so organized. There were so many files and papers to read! My favorite part was the sound and feel of those locks as they snapped in place on either side of the case.

My mother eventually brought home her own briefcase, but it was all soft edges, no locks and inevitably maroon. Thankfully, social sense has updated the briefcase and there are finally functional, chic options for the working woman. So, I make my case

women's briefcases

You can’t go wrong shopping at Nordstrom.  Not only do they have a great variety of merchandise, but their return policy (anytime, anyplace) is unparalleled.  The above briefcase is Jack Spade and the grey fabric is a subtle neutral that teeters the line of oh-so serious and relaxed.

 briefcases for women

I also find to be a great shopping experience – so much variety and range of prices. The above yellow bag has an area to keep your laptop undamaged, is only slightly over $200, and the color adds a playful pop to any outfit without clashing.  Plus, it pays an homage to the classic Hermes Kelly Bag without looking like a complete copy.

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If there’s an item to splurge on, it’s the briefcase because you’ll be using it almost every day and want it to last.  If you can afford to, head to Saks and check out the above, Burberry case.  The leather feels sublime and the design will never go out of style.

Perhaps my adoration for briefcases comes from my father, as seeing one in the house meant he was home. However, today I love them because they mean I have my own work that affords me the reason, and funds, to buy my own.

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29 Responses

  1. Francesca

    I actually just noticed this today after reading this post, that my colleagues, well, most of them, are using briefcases to work these days. I think I’m the only one getting left behind. I do have a briefcase tucked somewhere in my closet, but I’m not much comfortable using it. Maybe I’ll have to give it a try one day.

  2. Amanda

    I see a lot of women using briefcases to work lately. I guess it’s the “in” thing, or maybe many have thought of the more benefits one can get with using a briefcase, like more space for documents and kits, perhaps? Just thinkin’

  3. I used to bring briefcases when I go to the office. It’s mot really as elegant or valuable like the ones above but I prefer using it because it accommodates most of the documents and files and things I need to bring when I go to work.

  4. Tina

    That Burberry case sure looks fantastic! I’ve been using briefcases too for sometime and this holiday, I’m going to reward myself with a new one from Burberry. Thank you for the suggestions.

  5. Cherry Grace

    That was a nice story about your father’s brief case. I’m sure he was always rushing back to go home to spend time with you when you were a child :)

    I have a briefcase I always bring to work too. I like it because it is lightweight and can hold many items.

  6. I actually use a handbag when I go to work. I got a Tory Burch handbag a year ago, so far, it’s very reliable. I thought of using a briefcase before, only I hesitated because I thought those leather cases are heavy when held.

  7. Olive Vega

    I like that yellow/beige briefcase bag, it looks handy and lightweight, which is one of the factors I consider when using briefcases.

  8. I use big bags when I go to work. Sometimes, I use briefcase, too. I think briefcases are appropriate for business as it helps me bring out my professional side.

  9. Serena

    I gotta hand it to Saks, I always find the best items there and the Burberry case is definitely worth investing on. Thanks for the links, Heidi!

  10. Faye

    This is the perfect birthday gift for my mom! Thanks Heidi for sharing this, I’m actually running out of ideas on what to buy her on her special day.

  11. Those are indeed nice-looking briefcases. I must try one now that I finally got a job that requires a lot of paperwork and stuff. Thanks for sharing the links, Heidi :) I really appreciate it.

  12. Blue Dahlia

    Thanks for the tips where to buy briefcases. I’m actually planning to buy one for myself now that school is back, I really need to put all my papers and stuff and a reliable briefcase is what a teacher like me needs.

  13. Come to think of it, now that you mention about locks, I have always wondered too why women’s briefcases do not have locks outside. My Mama also owned one when she was still working while I was in grade school. I asked her why her briefcase didn’t lock like the one that my Papa owned, but all she did was smile and shrugged.

  14. Kelly

    Awww, I couldn’t help but sigh and agree with you.. Seeing your dad’s briefcase in your house meant he was at home, something that makes a girl/lady feels secure. That was a nice thought, Heidi!

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