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! Who had the time (or interest, I thought) to read all those words on all those pieces of paper? My favorite part was the sound and feel of those locks as they snapped in place on either side of the case. Sure my mother eventually brought home her own version, but those were the early days of women’s briefcases. They were all soft edges, no locks (as if women didn’t have important enough papers to keep secure) and inevitably maroon — as if black was too serious for women, but pink would be offensive, so they went with maroon as a compromise.
Times have changed and yet once again I’m obsessed with the perfect briefcase. Only now there are great options for the working woman. Check these out:
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 wonderful neutral that says you’re confident enough not to scream “black leather makes me professional!”
I also find Amazon.com 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 pop of feminine (not girly!) fun to any outfit without clashing. Plus, it pays a subtle homage to the classic Hermes Kelly Bag without looking like a complete copy.
If there’s an item to splurge on, it’s the briefcase because you get so much use out of it, and you want it to last. If you can afford to, head to Saks and check out the above, Burberry case. The leather is sublime and the design will never go out of style.
Perhaps I started loving briefcases because seeing one in the house meant that my father was home, not at work. But today I love them because they mean I have my own work – work I love and affords me the reason, and funds, to buy my own.