With its straight sides and boxy frame, the classic leather-clad hinged briefcase carried by "Mad Men" and James Bond wannabes alike was designed to protect papers such as lawyer's briefs, for which this piece of everyday luggage was named.

Briefcases with flat bottoms and flexible sides that fold over the opening at the case's top can be packed to overflowing, while still staying upright when set on the floor. The heftier pilot's briefcase features dividers and pockets inside, while the flexible, handleless portfolio is only as rigid as the stiffest thing it's carrying. These days, that's usually a laptop.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Bag Lady University

Bag Lady University

Bag Lady University is the place to learn about handbag makers from Adrian's, which made Bakelite bags, to Whiting … [read review or visit site]



Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Vintage Coach Distressed Black Mini Briefcase Tote Doctor Bag Purse SatchelVintage Coach Leather Messenger Bag Briefcase 5180 BlackBosca Italy Vintage Leather Lawyer Doctor Attache Briefcase Bag Mens Msrp$845Auth Vintage Louis Vuitton Voyage Briefcase Bag Monogram Leather Brown M53361Rare Vintage Coach British Tan Leather Laptop Briefcase MessengerVtg.coach 5279 Genuine Leather Black Briefcase Cross Body/shoulder Bag Made/ UsaVintage Brooks Brothers Peal & Co Leather Briefcase - No ReserveVintage Orvis Leather Briefcase Messenger Bag Vintage Bob Timberlake Leather Laptop Briefcase Luggage Bag Messenger Carry OnCoach Black Leather Beekman Briefcase Laptop Bag-vintage- 5266- UnisexVintage Hartmann Belted Leather BriefcaseVtg Coach Large Distressed Brown Leather Briefcase Work Satchel Tote Bag Nyc UsaMen Crazy Horse Genuine Leather Laptop Shoulder Bag Vintage Handbag BriefcaseVintage Geno D' Lucca Leather Satchel Briefcase90s Vintage Coach #5353 Briefcase-2 Compartment-zip Pocket-w/ Strap! Black 12x17Vintage Alligator Leather Briefcase - Needs Repair Men's Canvas Travel Hiking Messenger Shoulder Bag Vintage Briefcase Laptop BagsVintage Tumi Genuine Leather Messenger Bag / Briefcase / Cross Body / Carry-onBeautiful Vintage Wilsons Leather Flap Laptop Bag Briefcase Satchel ShoulderVtg Hartmann Natural Belting Leather Briefcase, AttacheVintage Orvis Leather Orvis/gokey BriefcaseVintage Usps Us Mail Leather Mail Postal Carrier Messenger Briefcase Bag StrapVintage Men's Genuine Leather Briefcase Tote Laptop Bag Messenger Shoulder BagMen's Leather Vintage Business Briefcase Handbag Messenger Shoulder Laptop BagCoach Vintage Black Leather Briefcase Shoulder Messenger BagMen"s Business Leather Handbag Messenger Bags Vintage Briefcase Laptop ShoulderCoach Dark Brown Leather Men's Vintage Briefcase Shoulder Bag Number E8d 5296Men's Genuine Leather Cowhide Vintage Brown Attache Briefcase 16" Laptop BagsMen"s Business Leather Handbag Messenger Bags Vintage Briefcase Laptop ShoulderMen's Canvas Travel Hiking Messenger Shoulder Bag Vintage Briefcase Laptop BagsTwo Vintage Art Portfolio Briefcase Binders, Tab Inserts & Acid-free Black PaperMen's Canvas Travel Hiking Messenger Shoulder Bag Vintage Briefcase Laptop BagsMen's Vintage Brown Leather Handbag Messenger Bag Shoulder Laptop Bag BriefcaseMen's Canvas Travel Hiking Messenger Shoulder Bag Vintage Briefcase Laptop BagsAuth Vintage Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Serviette Conseiller Briefcase M53331Vintage Hartmann Luggage Briefcase, Leather, Travel, Scientist, AntarcticaVintage Halliburton Zero Briefcase Reg Z 18x13x7Coach L Vintage Made In Usa Black Leather Briefcase Laptop Bag Handle Strap NiceVintage Havana Brown Slim Leather Documents Folio Attache Briefcase Organizer Men's Genuine Leather Cowhide Vintage Brown Attache Briefcase 16" Laptop BagsMen's Genuine Leather Cowhide Vintage Brown Attache Briefcase 16" Laptop BagsMen"s Business Leather Handbag Messenger Bags Vintage Briefcase Laptop ShoulderMen's Genuine Leather Cowhide Vintage Messenger Cross Body Tote Bag BriefcaseMen's Vintage Brown Leather Handbag Messenger Bag Shoulder Laptop Bag BriefcaseMen's Canvas Travel Hiking Messenger Shoulder Bag Vintage Briefcase Laptop BagsVtg Samsonite Slim Line Hard Shell Briefcase Mcm Mid Century Mod Case 60s 50sMen's Vintage Leather Canvas Bag Messenger Shoulder Retro Briefcase Satchel BagsMen's Vintage Brown Leather Handbag Messenger Bag Shoulder Laptop Bag BriefcaseMen's Genuine Leather Cowhide Vintage Brown Attache Briefcase 16" Laptop BagsMen's Vintage Brown Leather Handbag Messenger Bag Shoulder Laptop Bag BriefcaseMen's Canvas Travel Hiking Messenger Shoulder Bag Vintage Briefcase Laptop BagsMen"s Business Leather Handbag Messenger Bags Vintage Briefcase Laptop ShoulderMen's Genuine Leather Cowhide Vintage Brown Attache Briefcase 16" Laptop BagsMen's Genuine Leather Cowhide Vintage Messenger Cross Body Tote Bag BriefcaseMen Vintage Genuine Leather Bagcowhide Briefcase Shoulder Messenger Laptop BagVtg Presto Brown Belting Leather Attache Case Hard Briefcase Combo Lock EucMens Vintage Canvas Leather Laptop Briefcase Shoulder Bag Travel Casual Bag ToteVintage Metal Piece Shaped Like A Man W/ Briefcase Marked TroparVintage Samsonite Classic Lll 3 Briefcase Hard ShellMen"s Business Leather Handbag Messenger Bags Vintage Briefcase Laptop Shoulder