KEEP­ING IT BRIEF

We take a look at some of the best brief­cases on the mar­ket for style-con­scious busi­ness­men and women

Gulf Business - - REVIEW -

madEByNa­tivE thE oLwEN miNi casE

UAE-based MadeByNa­tive is a col­lec­tive of skilled crafts­peo­ple and ar­ti­sans that cre­ates lux­ury hand­crafted prod­ucts. The group’s Olwen Mini Case (a smaller ver­sion of the $560 Olwen Case) is a good fit for busi­ness folk on the go, fit­ting most tablets or small lap­tops, along with other essen­tials such as a notebook and pens. The nat­u­ral Ital­ian veg­etable tanned leather is avail­able in seven dif­fer­ent colours, in­clud­ing mus­tard, plum, agave, mint, black, tan and tum­bled chest­nut.

$5,500 BōLE couNty Gov­Er­Nor BriEf­casE

The price-tag might bring a tear to many an eye, but this of­fer­ing from Swedish tan­nery and sadlery Bōle is not your av­er­age brief­case. Made from a sin­gle hide of spruce bark tanned Swedish cat­tle, with a Nordic rein­deer skin lin­ing, the County Gov­er­nor Brief­case also fea­tures Ital­ian brass locks, a 15 year guar­an­tee and a free an­nual ser­vice. If you’re pre­pared to part with even more cash, the com­pany’s Dou­ble Min­is­ter Brief­case – hailed as ‘ar­guably mankind’s crown­ing brief­case achieve­ment’ by one re­viewer – crashes in at $6,765.

Gucci wEBBy LEathEr BriEf­casE

De­signed with women in mind, this of­fer­ing by Gucci makes the kind of state­ment you would ex­pect from the iconic fash­ion house. Fea­tur­ing the Gucci Web de­tail in its sig­na­ture green and red com­bi­na­tion, the case has a sin­gle gus­set, open back pocket, am­ple space for busi­ness ac­cou­trements and a lock with de­tach­able leather key holder. Hand-painted edges, an­tiqued brass hard­ware and pro­tec­tive metal feet add ex­tra touches to the piece.

J.w. huLmE co. Port­fo­Lio BriEf­casE

J.W. Hulme Co’s Port­fo­lio Brief­case is avail­able in four styles: Grey­stone Can­vas, Amer­i­can Her­itage Leather, Sad­dle Her­itage Leather and Black 1905 Leather. The Grey­stone Can­vas case uses a hardy, 22-ounce grey waxed can­vas, which is claimed to be as tough as leather and de­scended from the mil­i­tary grade can­vas tents that the 112-year-old com­pany man­u­fac­tured for the US army dur­ing the First World War. Big enough to fit a 15-inch lap­top, the case fea­tures a sin­gle main com­part­ment and two ex­te­rior zip pock­ets.

$670 Korch­mar Lux EL­Liot

Celebrating its cen­te­nary this year, Korch­mar is re­garded as one of the finest mak­ers of brief­cases in the US. The Lux El­liot has a dou­ble gus­set in­te­rior with mul­ti­ple and ex­pand­able in­te­rior pock­ets, a built-in sleeve for tablets, op­tional shoul­der strap and com­bi­na­tion lock­ing sys­tem. Big enough for most 15-inch lap­tops as well as those all-im­por­tant busi­ness doc­u­ments, each case is made in the fam­ily-run busi­ness’s US fac­tory.

$560

$756

$2,690

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