No point in trusting your life to an ultra-slim tablet or laptop if you’re not going to protect it with these stylish, office-ready tech cases.
You might know this, but the briefcase takes its name for the documents – briefs – lawyers carry to and fro from court. The cases traced their origins to the 14th century, when nobility would carry lather satchels called budgets, with the first box-like briefcase said to have been invented in the 1850s. By the 1930s the briefcase became a white-collar staple. As personal electronics became a thing in the 1980s the design of the humble briefcase evolved to better secure its contents – no one wanted their ham sandwich mixing in with their phonebook-thick laptop. However, by the 1990s everyone was trying to trim down their electronic footprint and it became cool to carry as little as possible into the office.
You might have noticed that as we once again embrace super-slim tablets, phones, and laptops, the briefcase (or attache case as the French call it) has made a renaissance, not as the leather-bound box of old but as a stylish, wafer-thin addition to your daily ensemble. And here are a couple we’re particularly keen on.
Keep your iPad or Kindle safe and secure with this super-slim sleeve from Harber London. Available in different sizes for different devices, the sleeve keeps things to a minimum with front and back in signature premium full-grain leather, and the interior in 100 percent soft wool felt. Handcrafted in Spain, this is a stylish addition to your look, whether you’re waltzing into work or headed out for a coffee and a spot of people watching.
You’ll love whipping your laptop out for presentations or impromptu blog attacks with the Trash 17-inch laptop case in Florentine Vachetta leather. Made with baby-soft leather and water-resistant nylon lining, this Italian-made accessory features 10 compartments – three with zips – that are perfect for everything from fountain pens and phone chargers to a post-deal celebratory Cuban. Your laptop will stay safe in a shock-resistant sleeve while the outside strap makes it easy to couple the case with luggage on the go.
For something a little more substantial, British gunsmiths-turned-leather lotharios William & Son also do a brilliant line in laptop cases, with eye-catching yet elegant tones. William & Son’s vibrant yellow laptop case can double as a petite attaché case and is made from luxury cowhide with a sophisticated cream cotton canvas lining. Hand sewn by leather smiths Simpson for the gun makers, these limited edition pieces are quickly snapped up.
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