Now's the time to upgrade your shield. These are some of our favorites, ideal for a Senate chamber or a startup alike.
Frank Clegg Lock Briefcase
This Massachusetts-based family business is turning out some of the finest leather goods around. This basic brief, handmade to order, comes in nine colors.
$900 at frankcleggleatherworks.com
Filson briefcase computer bag
This messenger-briefcase hybrid's sturdy canvas body has three dividers for your files and space for a 15-inch laptop. Available in black, brown and olive green.
$425 at filson.com
Thom Browne Mr. Thom bag
The doctor is in.
$3,800 at thombrowne.com
Globe-Trotter Spectre Leather-Trimmed Attache Case
Inspired by the latest James Bond film, this boxy throwback even has a lining with a gun-barrel print.
$2,250 at mrporter.com
Lotuff Leather leather zip-top briefcase
Handmade in the U.S., this head-turning brief comes in four colors.
$680 at lotuffleather.com
Tom Ford Buckley leather briefcase
In pebble-grained calfskin with a stolid brass zipper, this refined brief includes an interior laptop pocket.
$3,080 at tomford.com
Oppermann London Vallance
This laser-sharp case, made of Italian leather and fabric, has a convenient shallow side pocket for easy access to keys and phone. Available in cognac (above), navy, brown and black.
$392 on oppermann-london.com
Stuart and Lau Cary briefcase
An excellent value, this briefcase is made of Horween leather, has exterior straps for your umbrella, and has a zippy red lining. Available in five colors. $295 at stuartandlau.com
Shinola slim briefcase
This Detroit-made brief has multiple pockets for numerous devices and is available in camel, black and brown.
$895 at shinola.com
Lotuff Triumph Briefcase
In supple chestnut leather with a full-leather lining, this 'case has an accordian design for extra space.
$1,200 at toddsnyder.com