Style Guide

Six Slim Briefcases That Will Make You Look Smart

Some might call them computer bags, but we just call them sharp.
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"Hey, great suit" is a nice compliment to get. But having somebody notice your briefcase (or your shoes), now that's an ego boost—accessories, after all, are the best way to express your individual style amid a sea of same-same (if well-cut) woolen uniforms. The latest generation of briefcases are sleek and small (about 15 inches wide) with room enough for your laptop and a small sheaf of documents, but not much else. Remember this is work bag, not a weekender bag

Here are six options with which you can't go wrong:

Uri Minkoff Fulton Brief

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New York-based Uri Minkoff is known for impeccable bags, from weekenders to folios, with a more minimalist Scandic sensibility. The soft leather is the perfect shade of brown. The bag works year round, and will look especially good right now against lighter-hued outerwear. ($355,


Tom Ford Buckley Leather Briefcase

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With smooth-texture straps against a tactile grained body, Tom Ford's slim, gray calf-leather briefcase is an eye-opener. We especially like the gold-tone zipper, a bold departure from your everyday silver. Inside, more zippers (on pockets) and a laptop compartment. ($3,250,


Shinola Slim Briefcase

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Shinola's slim briefcase is hand-stitched in its leather studio in Detroit using American-tanned leather and stainless steel hardware. Its looser, laid-back construction reads more "rumpled creative director" than "slicked-back financier" and will break in gorgeously. ($895,


Passavant & Lee No. 25 Portfolio Case

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Passavant & Lee's slim portfolio case is business—especially if your business is international super spy. It's super lightweight (only 3 pounds) and made of a protective outer shell of aircraft-grade aluminum wrapped in pebble-grained Italian leather. Inside, pockets lined in suede and silk are tailored to hold a 13-inch laptop, pens, a smartphone, and passport, plus whatever confidential documents need protecting. ($1,450,


Want les Essentiels Haneda 15

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Only 2.4-inches thick, Want les Essentiels' briefcase packs a lot of style into a slim package with enough space for a 15-inch laptop. Bonus: The rugged, organic canvas is especially great for commuters; whereas leather can scratch, this guy can go straight to the cleaners. ($495,


Burberry Barrow

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Slim, sleek, and sophisticated, the three characteristics to expect from Burberry—and this handsome guy. Made in Italy from textured leather, it has both an internal zip and slip pockets plus detachable web strap. ($1,995,

Moti Ankari is the associate market editor for Bloomberg. Follow him on Twitter @motiankari and Instagram @themetroman, or contact him at

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