A typical color for a man’s briefcase is usually black as it goes with everything whilst giving the image of a man with style, confidence and professionalism. However, a brown leather briefcase for men portrays the same image but some men may opt for this colour instead because:
- Brown leather ages to a nice lighter color giving it a vintage style.
- Color contrast designs look better on brown.
- It gives a modern and fashionable style.
Here are 10 of my best brown leather briefcases for men. In my opinion, they exemplify the professional and stylish man to the fullest degree.
10. McKlein USA Turner
The McKlein USA Turner is a traditional leather attache style briefcase that has been updated in a fashionable rich tan brown leather and black pipe contrast. With the hard slim structure, it’s impossible to damage anything inside it which is ideal if you have important paperwork that cannot be creased. The structured feet keeps the briefcase upright and from falling over too.
To keep your stuff secure, the case is lockable with a gold coloured 3 digit combination lock. Opening the case reveals a luxuriously lined and padded interior with grey suede giving it a sophisticated look. The case is held open with 2 gold latches on either side which matches the combination lock.
You’ll be immediately drawn to the well thought out array of brown leather pockets and compartments that doesn’t overcrowd the interior. There’s a 3 file organizer, 2 small pockets, card slots and pen holders. The main compartment is expandable to give an extra inch of space ideal for holding thicker files.
This brown leather briefcase for men is an excellent choice for anyone after a luxurious briefcase that looks and feels expensive without costing hundreds of dollars.
9. SOLO Executive Classic
If you like your leather soft, then this SOLO espresso Colombian leather briefcase is ideal for you. Beneath its classic buckle style are magnetic snap-tight closures to secure the front flap down which opens to reveal a spacious padded main compartment that can fit a laptop up to 16”. There are two front organizer pockets that has plenty of space for stationary, notebooks or any items you need to access quickly.
More compartments can be found at the rear of the bag which are hidden beneath a magnetic snap closure flap. The carry handle is secured onto a dowel rod that helps the briefcase to keep its structured shape even when it’s empty. There are also two metal rings for the detachable and adjustable shoulder strap to clip on to.
If you’re someone who carries a lot of stuff around on a daily basis, then this is the bag for you with its spacious compartments. This bag gives the user a professional casual look with its sharp design and makes it suitable for informal work environments or for students.
8. Visconti Apollo
The Visconti Apollo is the perfect briefcase for a man after a bag with attitude combined with a modern vintage look. Crafted with a thick oiled leather body and reinforced stitching, this briefcase is made to withstand daily usage whether you’re a young businessman, using it for short business trips or for job interviews.
The solid front flap opens up to reveal plenty of spacious compartments which consists of two main compartments with one zippered compartment in between and a slim open compartment at the front. Items can be organized into the interior back zippered pocket, interior front zippered pocket and rear zippered pocket. There are pockets for pens, a mobile phone and credit cards too.
A vintage brass clasp is featured on the front flap which is lockable, ideal for keeping your possessions safe. The long adjustable shoulder strap follows the leather material of the briefcase and can be adjusted to be worn on the shoulder or hands-free with over the shoulder. Wearing this dark chocolate coloured leather briefcase will surely get you a lot of compliments and admiring glances.
7. Floto Ponza
Another brown leather briefcase for men that will give you that wealthy and important look is the Floto Ponza briefcase with its Italian vegetable tanned calfskin leather in a rich mahogany brown. It features a lockable brass buckle which matches the brass studs on the padded carry handle. The stiff body gives the bag an elegant and sharp look ideal for a professional work image and there’s a lot of space inside despite the slim body.
A large zippered pocket can be found at the back whilst the interior compartments boasts 4 envelope style compartments and a wide zippered pocket. There’s smaller pockets at the rear compartment for a mobile phone, pens and credit card slots.
The overall design of the briefcase fits the image of someone who is well-organized with a minimal amount of paperwork and belongings to carry around. It’s definitely more of business briefcase rather than for informal occasions.
6. Kenneth Cole Mind Your Own Business
For the smart casual businessman who doesn’t like to overstuff his briefcase, the ‘Mind Your Own Business’ leather briefcase by Kenneth Cole is the ideal size with the right amount of space. It’s perfect for fitting in files, paperwork and laptops up to 15.4” which have its own padded compartment with a velcro strap to secure it in place.
Your attention will be drawn to the two flaps covering the briefcase which reveals compartments underneath each one. Upon opening the front flap with the push button buckles, you’ll notice there are two main compartments with one being the laptop compartment.
In front of the main compartment, there are also two spacious medium sized quick access organizer pockets ideal for storing smaller items. Beneath the rear flap are two divided sections with one that’s quite slim which can fit paperwork documents.
This men’s brown leather briefcase can be carried on the shoulder with the removable and adjustable shoulder strap for a smart casual look. However, if you’re aiming for a more professional look, the briefcase can be carried by the padded carry handle that’s stitched onto the top of the briefcase that’s made of a dowel rod construction for sturdiness.
5. Floto Venezia
If you’re after a brown leather briefcase that will give you a professional and expensive look, then you may want to consider the Floto Venezia briefcase. Hand crafted in Italy using old world methods and 100% calf skin leather, this briefcase is made to the highest quality with a beautiful contrast in the lighter brown stitching on its rich brown colour. The bag structure is durable and stiff to keep your items in place and the bag upright when it’s set down.
The briefcase is designed with a brass lock buckle and the key is provided on a leather string within a snap button piece of leather fabric so you don’t lose it. Inside, there are 3 main compartments that are all equal in size but the rear one has some slots for pens. There’s also a smaller front pocket and at the back of the bag is one external quick stash zippered pocket.
Despite the leather, it’s quite light to carry by the padded carry handle or by the adjustable padded leather shoulder strap. The attractive and wealthy look of this men’s brown leather briefcase will catch the envious eyes of many people. Not only does its design make it suitable for highly ranked corporate businessmen but it will also give the image of someone of importance.
4. Samsonite Colombian
Samsonite is a well established brand when it comes to the luggage category so it’s no surprise that their luxurious Colombian Leather Flap-Over messenger bag has made it into our top 10. This beautifully dark brown leather briefcase for men has a vintage and raw look to it but when worn, it gives the man a classic and stylish image.
Beneath the flap, there’s a large open front pocket and two zippered compartments so your items are secured inside and they’re not revealed to the world either. Inside the front pocket, it’s been well designed with smaller pockets and slots to fit in pens, credit cards and a mobile phone. There’s also a zippered pocket to hide items in.
When you unzip the large compartment, it reveals the 2 main compartments where one is padded to hold in a 15.4 inch laptop and the other for files with enough space to fit a stack of them. There’s also 3 smaller pockets for other items. Just to the rear is the other zippered compartment which is smaller but can fit more files in or a tablet.
There’s no worry about the rain damaging the leather on this briefcase unlike other leather briefcases which can often soften due to poor quality. But with this Samsonite one, the quality standard is high and the leather ages very nicely to give it an even better vintage look.
3. Kenneth Cole Show Business
In my opinion, the Show Business full-grain cowhide leather briefcase by Kenneth Cole is a versatile bag that can take you from smart to casual wear. Wearing it with the padded and adjustable shoulder strap gives a more informal look on the shoulder or across the shoulder but it can be carried by the comfortable padded carry handle for a businessman look.
There’s a good amount of compartments that’s generous in size. Upon opening the flapover flap, you’ll see there’s 2 main compartments. One of them is padded with a velcro strap at the top which is for your laptop and can fit any laptop size up to 15.4”. Behind is a large zippered compartment that’s quite slim but can fit personal items and private paperwork.
The other compartment is spacious enough to fit in document folders. To better organize smaller items, there’s also 3 smaller pockets to the side this compartment. At the rear of the bag, there’s an external large pocket that’s ideal for storing items you need to access quickly. It’s enough to get you through a work day and you won’t find a more versatile bag than this one to achieve different styles.
2. Visconti Vintage
If you’re looking for a slim briefcase that spells out confidence in job interviews or at work, the Visconti Vintage briefcase does exactly that. Your attention will be immediately drawn to the sultry tanned brown leather colour that gives the bag a modern vintage look for a man with style.
Underneath the flap that opens with a push button buckle, the interior is luxuriously lined with suede giving the bag a subtle elegance. Inside, there are 2 open compartments with 1 zippered compartment in between, one zippered slip pocket at the back and two at the front. Smaller pockets can be found at the front of the briefcase where the buckle clasps are and there are also credit card slots and pen pockets.
This stylish bag will surely attract a few glances. It’s certainly one for fashionable businessmen as it complements formal suit and tie wearers as well as smart casual styles.
1. Fossil Estate Saffiano
For a briefcase that’s more similar to a messenger bag, the Fossil Estate Saffiano does the job with its casual soft structured saffiano leather. It features a canvas adjustable shoulder strap for wear on the shoulder or across the body and has a sturdy grab handle which is ideal for smart casual jobs that require a bit of professionalism. Although the bag is quite slim, there’s enough space for your everyday items as well as work files or documents.
The buckles on the flap are just for show as you will see beneath them, are magnetic snap button closures. Under this flapover cover, it reveals 1 medium sized slip pocket, 1 main compartment with a slim one behind it, a wide zippered pocket to the side and 2 small slip pockets. In addition, there are 2 exterior pockets to each side ideal for holding water bottles and a large quick stash pocket to the rear.
You’ll notice the contrasting design of the bag which has rich deep brown coloured buckle straps and one across the back with the overall colour of the bag in a chestnut brown. The colour contrast gives the bag a unique look that gives it character and stands out from other men’s brown leather briefcases which is why it’s quite near to the top of our list.