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Leather Briefcases for Him or Her

Updated on October 17, 2011

The smell of genuine leather is one of those scents that really excites my senses. There is something so primitive, something so uninhibited, and something so sensual about the smell of quality genuine leather. Yes, like many, I also associate it deeply with masculinity. Take me into a boot store or saddle shop and I'm happy.

A few years ago my daughter bought me a leather rose at a festival she had gone to on a school field trip. She was so excited to make this purchase because she knew how much I loved the scent of leather. Being that it was a rose, the clerk quickly sprayed the rose with some rose perfume before tucking it away in the bag. My poor daughter's heart sank. To her, it was ruined and she didn't have the nerve to tell the clerk. I told her that in time the fake rose smell would fade and it would again smell like leather, and it has.

In doing some research for this hub, I actually found sites dedicated (oh my gawd!) to telling people how to get the smell of leather out of things! I feel faint. Why? How can that be? How can there possibly be anyone on the planet that would purchase something made of leather and then purposely seek to have that wondrous smell taken away? I can only assume they made the purchase for the long-lasting durability rather than the scent.

American West Leather Briefcase-Feminine, yet Professional
American West Leather Briefcase-Feminine, yet Professional

Choosing a Leather Briefcase

I carry a briefcase everywhere I go. As a female, I want my briefcase to look feminine, but professional. Besides the look and color that you want, there are some other things to consider when choosing a leather briefcase.

  • How will you being using it? Do you plan to carry a laptop in it? Lots of files? Books? All of these things will need compartments to hold them. Do you need compartments for pens, calculators, etc.? Do you need external compartments so that you don't have to open the entire briefcase to get some items?
  • Handles/straps-How do you plan to carry the briefcase most often? Will you carry it by a simple handle or will you sometimes need to use a shoulder strap because your hands will be full? The weight you carry around will also affect your choice of handles. Make sure they are durable. Remember that sometimes braided straps ravel and raveled threads look untidy. I've had several briefcases that the handles wore out long before the rest of the briefcase showed any wear or tear.
  • Durability-Make sure the briefcase can withstand the load you'll be carrying. Stitching is always preferable to gluing. Watch for irregular stitches or stitches with loose ends.
  • Closure-Make sure you briefcase can be easily opened and closed. The one I have now was given to me and it is horribly difficult to open and close. I would not have personally chosen the type of clasps that it has.
  • Warranty/Guarantee-I found a gorgeous leather briefcase that carries a 100 year warranty. It's something to think about when considering the cost and how often you use it. (It's one of the companies linked below.)


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    • KCC Big Country profile image

      Karen Curtis 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks for the tip, Tim. I'll have to check them out. Don't you love those garage sale bargains?!

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      Tim_511 7 years ago from Huntington, WV

      The smell of leather is great! Like you, I enjoy boot-repair shops and such that have the smell and atmosphere.

      Another company that makes nice leather bags is Texian Leather. I bought a leather briefcase at a rummage sale that was a Texian and, while it had been used hard, it still is a great bag.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you Paradise, Smireles, and Ethel! I'm dying to get a new briefcase. Maybe Santa.....

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Look classy

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      Sandra Mireles 8 years ago from Texas

      I loved this hub!!!!! Thank you!

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      Paradise7 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Wow, leather. I enjoyed just looking! Thanks for another one, KCC. I could almost smell it off my screen. I love that smell, too!

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      I agree Island Voice. I have my eye on an Italian leather handbag.

      Thanks harrisdy!

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      hdy 8 years ago from Texas

      great hub KCC!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      Leather, leather, leather! You can't go wrong with leather. They last and they are beautiful! Some of the best are in Italy, and my husband will agree.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Dohn! I have never owned a car with leather interior, but I'm vowing that my next new car will have it!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      As soon as I get my Netbook, I'll definitely get one! You're right about the crazies that would want to rid their leather apparel of its natural scent! The nicest and best car I ever owned was a 2000 Nissan Maxima GLE that had a Bose sound system, a moon roof, and heated beige leather. I absolutely loved that car, but in the end, had to sell it :(

      Thanks again, KCC Big Country! Good luck on your October Hubchallenge and not that you need it ;)