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Where can you get a great, professional padfolio for women lawyers and other businesswomen? Reader N wonders about a decent padfolio..
I have been searching for a decent padfolio for what feels like ages. It seems like everything out there is clunky and overly masculine. Where can I find a professional, but feminine or at least sophisticated padfolio? Help!
I remember hunting for something similar a few years ago. I wanted: something zippable and expandable, something that could hold my phone if I didn’t have pockets and suddenly needed to carry a box (or 3) back to my office.
I also wanted something that I could keep “packed” with a notepad, pen/pencil/highlighter, lip gloss, hand cream, business cards, tape flags, and post-it notes and just grab and go.
Also key: I wanted something that looked nicer than a redweld or a Trapper Keeper. I finally found it at Office Max or Staples, but I remember having to hunt for a while. If I were looking today, these were the ones that I would choose (below).
Readers, do you use a padfolio at the office? Whether you’re running to a quick meeting or working away from your office (e.g., in a conference room) all day, what do you grab with you to go?
Our Latest Favorite Office Padfolios for Women
Some of our favorite office padfolios for 2024 are below! If you want something monogrammed, check out Etsy, Leatherology, Levenger, or (for a splurge), Smythson — you can still find them at Amazon, Target, or Walmart. (Also check out our roundup of executive clutches and leather document holders, as well as women’s briefcases!)
The Most Professional Padfolios for Women
Smythson’s Writing Folder
Smythson is a great spot to look if you want beautiful, quality leather products like notebooks and more. These writing folders are gorgeous!
They come in 4 colors in an envelope style for $625, as well as 5 colors in this zippered folder (pictured) for $725.
Leatherology’s Classic Zippered Padfolio
Leatherology is another great store with beautiful leather portfolios, padfolios and more. The pictured option comes in five colors for $190, and can be personalized for a bit more money. (These make great gifts!)
Personalized Leather Clipboard with A4 Notepad Holder for Business from Etsy Seller PapRika
I like how the leather looks well loved, and the unusual, saturated color is lovely. The shop has many great reviews; this particular “personalized leather clipboard with A4 Notepad Holder for Business” is $162 full price. It can be personalized inside or outside.
You can browse other Etsy sellers to find different colors or styles, and you might even be able to work with a seller to customize an item further, such as by adding pockets or zippers.
STYLIO Padfolio Portfolio Organizer Binder and Interview Resume Folder
It’s nice that it’s under $20, but it is a bit light on some of the features we like to see — a zipper around the outside, a private, zippered space inside for a lip gloss or tampon, and so forth.
Still, for the price it’s great!
This post was originally written in 2014, but updated as indicated throughout.