Leather briefcases and holdalls have timeless appeal, but when they also incorporate design elements from the latest fashion trends, they become even more of a must-have. The business bag for 2012 is a study in contrasts; you'll find sleek city stitching on rustic silhouettes, weathered looks on smart framed shapes and brilliant colours with businesslike designs. This gleeful mixing and matching gives today's totes a higher style profile than the subdued leather accessories tradition dictates.
You'll find this exuberant blend of whimsy and practicality in messenger bags from Prime Hide. The company's messenger bags feature classic, almost staid silhouettes with single or double buckles, but in unexpectedly luxurious leather. What looks like a rough-and-ready satchel worthy of Indiana Jones feels as exquisitely rich as a fine handbag. Prime Hide also features a range of accessories for your electronics that match their business bags in style, but come in a range of high-impact colours.
One trend that shows no signs of slowing is the passion for all things retro. The sleek lines and tailored shapes of mid-century modern styling get a 21st-century update from brushed metal findings. The hard-sided cases that were de rigueur in Don Draper's day no longer fit the assortment of essentials the modern business bag must hold. Designers like Chiarugi craft their leather into soft cases that look just as crisp, yet hold so much more. Chiarugi's selection of bags feature plenty of pockets for gadgetry in a pulled-together style. The rich sheen of Italian leather puts extra polish on these bags' professional style.
Hidesign's line of business bags. Hidesign even does away with most of the bag's visible metal fittings, instead relying on leather fasteners that cast the spotlight on function over ornamentation. Choose from styles with matching leather tabs or designs with contrasting fittings. A black Hidesign business bag with mahogany brown leather trim is a smart investment that pairs well with anything in your wardrobe.
Colour is especially hot this season. Keep a vibrant orange or rich red business-appropriate with impeccably traditional silhouettes. The more colourful your business bag, the more classic its shape should be. A satchel with striking contemporary hardware looks best in conservative black or mahogany, for example, while a thoroughly traditional portfolio briefcase gets a lift from its rich russet hue.Today's business climate is increasingly mobile, and that means your business bag has a higher profile. Get with the trends for 2012 and upgrade to a briefcase that does more than simply hold your belongings. Show your style and get noticed for all the right reasons.