There’s nothing wrong with a briefcase. We’re not hating on it. And we all know the right one can certainly look sleek and stylish—maybe even genteel. But everyone has a briefcase. Your coworker has one. Your dad has one. Your grandfather undoubtedly has more than one. Even the six-year-old kid with the lemonade stand down the block probably has a makeshift briefcase of sorts. So it’s safe to say that the briefcase is not exactly the most groundbreaking accessory in the market.
And since we’re betting that you’re no Wall Street broker circa 1987 (not that there’s anything wrong with Gordon Gekko’s style, we love that too) it’s more than okay for you to carry your essentials in something other than a briefcase. In fact, it’s preferable. There are totes, duffels, backpacks, and yes—even document holders are acceptable men’s accessories these days. So let us introduce you to some of the best bags out there. From a Marc by Marc Jacobs messenger bag to an Ami suede backpack to the Filson x Levi’s denim duffel and our favorite Coach document holder, we’ve picked out some of the best men’s bags that will help you stand out in (and outside) the office. —Gunarat Lorn