A few weeks ago, an interesting subject popped up in comments — the briefcase. One commenter advised the readers that in her big city, “not a single woman lawyer I know under the age of 50 carries a purse.” This led to a small debate between briefcase-carrying women and non-briefcase carrying women.
To my eyes, though, here in NYC it’s rare to see a briefcase. Most women I know carry a large purse (a hobo or some other shoulder bag), and then supplement that with a tote bag when it’s really necessary (sometimes filled with a laptop in a sleeve — never a computer bag). Those frequently carrying files may switch to a tote/purse combo — but even then it seems like something I saw a lot more of a few years ago, before flash drives, remote log-ins, and other convenient telecommuting tools were invented. I’ve even written about what your tote bag says about you.
Still, this is a perennial subject, so let’s talk about it. Do YOU use a briefcase? (And if so, please list your city!) What brands do you like best? For my own $.02, I’ve always been partial to the look of Tumi’s Villa line (pictured above: Tumi Villa Nivelle Business Case; see similar Tumi styles on Amazon and at Zappos ) or Dooney & Bourke’s Alto Bradley briefcase.
Here’s another question — have you ever had a briefcase made? One of my family members swears that she and all the other working women she knew had that done in the early ’80s…