On the other hand, The SF Tailor team can help you answer the ‘briefcase or backpack’ question. Our studio discussions can get heated about pairing our high-quality work with a thoughtless choice in accessories. You already saved yourself time and money by suiting up with us — instead of running around to the department stores, trying on ill-fitting suits, and ordering alterations.
Let us save you even more time and money by sharing insights regarding work-appropriate bags.
It’s inexcusable for any professional to carry papers, tablets a/o laptops, wallet, etc. in a clumsy manner. We know you don’t want your father’s bulky briefcase … unless it promises to bring you thousands of dollars. Here are the facts on professional, practical and stylish work bags:
A briefcase or commuter portfolio remains the most popular. It’s classic, sturdy, and a leather one gives you a sophisticated appearance. It needn’t be boxy or resemble an antique doctor’s bag unless you want it to. Everybody can personalize accessories.
The messenger bag / tech bag has risen in popularity. It’s hip with its single shoulder strap to hold your documents and electronic devices. It’s a trendy briefcase. We’re a bit old school and prefer cowhide, but tech and sport fans like a padded, quality nylon laptop attaché. We advise against canvas, which looks collegiate.
The backpack does not necessarily suggest immaturity. If you carry a heavier load, divide that weary burden over two strong shoulders. Again leather (or suede) will give you a more polished look, instead of those nylon Jansport bags from high school. Whatever you choose, do not use your college or continent-trekking backpack.
Don’t forget the duffel or sports bag if you prefer to hit the gym and workout after work. You may have wonderful memories with your old (smelly) Nike bag… but it’s time to move up with those job promotions.
Note: be careful when you accept freebies at trade shows. There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Do you really want to advertise and affiliate yourself with that brand and logo, especially when you’re wearing your go-to suit of confidence?