There is an old saying that Italian elegance always wears leather. There are not too many people that can argue with that, especially when we are talking about such fine pieces of Italian craftsmanship as Italian leather briefcases. They have been able to marry together the intense functionality that a briefcase provides with their skills as artisans, to produce an article that one can desire even though one has no need for it. If you think that all those gorgeous briefcases being paraded down Wall Street are carrying the latest info on the stock market, forget it. They are the must have accessory of the ‘up and comings’, of the ‘wannabees’, and of course of those that have already arrived, and can happily pay the price.
Briefcases had their beginnings as the case that was used to carry attorney’s briefs to court. It wasn’t long though, before these bags were adopted by professionals and businesspeople to carry their important papers and more recently their laptops. It is no fluke either, that a folded newspaper fits perfectly into today’s modern briefcase. Originally they started out looking similar to what we now call an attache case. These, even now have a box-style profile which is generally stretched over a hinged frame that opens into two compartments. In contrast, today’s modern briefcase is styled quite different and is able to carry a great deal more. They nearly always open exposing multiple compartments, some zippered for extra security and some not, with expandable sides.
The workplace has undergone enormous change over the past few years. More and more people are traveling, working from home or commuting to work via public transport. All of these people will more than likely have one thing in common, and that is they will probably be carrying a laptop with them. Sure its possible to have a designated bag just for your laptop, but more and more people are finding that its better to be able to combine both. What you lose in individual compartments you make up in convenience in having the two combined.
If one is in the market for a new briefcase, and wants to purchase the best that money can buy, then it will generally mean the purchase will be one made of genuine Italian leather. It really is hard to go past the uniqueness of good Italian leather. The reputation has stood firm, and in fact gained ground throughout the massive challenge put up by Indian and Chinese manufacturers. Italian bags seem to have absorbed a little part of the soul of their creator during their making. Cheap imports may look OK from a distance but upon close inspection they do not invoke the sighs of appreciation that come automatically when one holds something as classy as a handmade Italian masterpiece.
Once you become the owner of an Italian leather briefcase, you will soon find that it quickly becomes a very cherished friend. One that you become more attached to year after year. The beauty of these leather goods with their natural dyes, becomes richer and more distinctively Italian as they age. This may explain why, after a lifetime of service, owners become very reluctant to part with them.