You’re about to invest in your first briefcase but you’re not quite sure what to do or what to look for. A briefcase can be a really stylish necessity for many people, but you are interested in getting a good one at a good price.
However, you don’t know too much about shopping for one. Some leather briefcases can cost a little over a hundred dollars and others can cost a thousand dollars or more! You’re confused and not sure what to do. Well, here are several tips that you can use as a guide so that you get a good quality leather briefcase and pay a decent price as well.
1. Leather Quality
One thing you must do, even if it is a little bit more expensive, is to buy a briefcase that uses only quality leather. Good quality leather is like a fine wine that improves with age. You will probably use it for a long time, so in ten years time, your briefcase should still look pretty amazing. This is because the leather gradually changes over time and develops an attractive sheen on the surface, called a patina, giving it character or personality, if you will. This is something you will only get with high quality leather. Don’t make the mistake of buying a briefcase made with fake leather. You will end up buying another after a while, thus wasting money.
2. Hardware Materials
Don’t be so consumed by the leather that you forget to check the hardware materials such as locks, strap fittings, handles, buckles, zippers and metallic rings. These things will take quite a bashing daily, so one would expect these to wear out rather fast. Here again, look at the quality of the materials. If you’re in a store, this is easily done. It’s a lot trickier online though. If you have the ability to zoom in, check out the fittings and see if they are good quality. Normally, the price itself is a good suggestion of quality and these spare parts itself can be quite pricey.
There are signs you can look for when it comes to quality workmanship. With quality workmanship, you can safely assume that the briefcase can withstand pressure and daily wear; in other words, it will be durable. Look for consistent stitching and reinforced stitching for certain more vulnerable areas. Don’t get one with a plastic zipper. Instead, choose a metal one and make sure to try it out to see if it is nice and smooth. Hinges should be rust-free. The handle should either be stitched or use metal fixtures. If it is glued on…oh boy…don’t bother because after some time, it is going to come right off!
The three most common colours are black, brown and tan. For a professional environment, dark brown and black will be ideal. Tan and light colours are good for a more casual setting.
As long as you pay careful attention to certain details no matter how minute, you will be able to spot its strengths and weaknesses. This will enable you to be confident in making the purchase or warn you to stay clear of it. Just remember though, quality costs money, but if you spot a good leather briefcase, it will look good for years to come.