As a little girl, I was always fascinated by my father's brief case. There was something so grown-up and mysterious about it. It had locks on the outside, and inside it was so organized. There were so many files and papers to read! My favorite part was the sound and feel of those locks as they snapped in place on either side of the case.
My mother eventually brought home her own briefcase, but it was all soft edges, no locks and inevitably maroon. Thankfully, social sense has updated the briefcase and there are finally functional, chic options for the working woman. So, I make my case...
You can’t go wrong shopping at Nordstrom. Not only do they have a great variety of merchandise, but their return policy (anytime, anyplace) is unparalleled. The above briefcase is Jack Spade and the grey fabric is a subtle neutral that teeters the line of oh-so serious and relaxed.
I also find Amazon.com to be a great shopping experience - so much variety and range of prices. The above yellow bag has an area to keep your laptop undamaged, is only slightly over $200, and the color adds a playful pop to any outfit without clashing. Plus, it pays an homage to the classic Hermes Kelly Bag without looking like a complete copy.
If there’s an item to splurge on, it’s the briefcase because you'll be using it almost every day and want it to last. If you can afford to, head to Saks and check out the above, Burberry case. The leather feels sublime and the design will never go out of style.
Perhaps my adoration for briefcases comes from my father, as seeing one in the house meant he was home. However, today I love them because they mean I have my own work that affords me the reason, and funds, to buy my own.