Enter to Win a Hlaska Caliper V2 Briefcase!

Save the backpack for the gym and only use the messenger bag for school because when it comes to looking the part in a professional setting, you need to carry a briefcase. Luckily, we're giving one away.

We all need to carry things; whether it’s for work or play, this is just an unavoidable fact of life. For many of us, an old backpack or messenger bag seems like a perfectly acceptable choice but if you really want to take your game to the next level, neither of these should even be an option anymore.

Let’s be honest: if we’re willing to carry something around with us in our daily lives, that something must hold value – unnecessary, replaceable items are logically left at home or in the car. So whether it’s a cell phone, laptop, tablet, camera, sunglasses, or important documents, you owe it to yourself to protect your own mobile property.

Most backpacks are not made with this purpose in mind and the few that are built to last are designed for mountain hikes and paratroopers, not boardrooms or graphic designers.

Even a high-end canvas shoulder bag will look out-of-place in most professional environments and what’s worse: a sub-par satchel can negate all of your exhaustive efforts to appear stylish and well-adjusted. The unfortunate truth of human nature is that even if you’re wearing a thousand-dollar designer suit, if the bag slung over your shoulder is some lesser holdover carryall from college… the bag will dictate the way in which you’re ultimately perceived.

The obvious solution to this pouch of problems? A briefcase. And I know that when I say “briefcase” you will immediately visualize an archaic, cheap-looking upholstered container with straight edges and gold combination locks. But it’s 2011 – we’re not talking about transporting dirty money to bootleggers during Prohibition or paying off wise guys on Miami Vice, we’re talking about a classic, simple, smooth, and handsome piece of everyday luggage.

Modern briefcases are designed to get through the day AND to help you look great while doing so. One of our favorite examples of a modern men’s briefcase? The large Caliper Briefcase from Hlaska. Perfect for both the tech-savvy laptop user (the bag can hold any size model up to 15”) or the old school analog file folder follower, the Caliper is deliberately versatile in its functionality.

With a body made of acrylic and Italian leather (not to mention the Teflon coating), it’s also exceedingly durable and smart in its style. Available in three colors (brown, black, and grey), anyone who carries the Caliper will never need worry about the suitability of their accessory.

Founded in 2005 by Anthony Mazzei and Chad Hurley, Hlaska is a San Francisco-based clothing brand geared around the principle of creating innovative, smart luxury apparel and accessories for both men and women. Dedicated to responsibility and transparency, Hlaska aims to resurrect honest American production with style. Currently, all of their women’s products are made in the United States and they’re on their way to reaching that 100% plateau for every item in their men’s line, as well (you can keep track of just how much of their menswear is made in the USA right at the top of their website).

While we are particularly taken with their wonderful briefcase, Hlaska also offers a wealth of other goods that would instantly improve any wardrobe. From their gorgeous Italian leather Cognac jacket and timeless Mariner linen shirt to their sharp Black Out timepiece and incredibly cool Diving Bell belt, their entire line of products seem familiar while also standing out as remarkably unique. Further, their mission of high quality inspiration means that their wares will be a part of your lifestyle for many years to come.

Naturally, we here at Primer want to ensure you’re always well-equipped and so, we’re going to give one reader a large Hlaska Caliper briefcase for free. We’ll even let you choose the color! How do you enter? Just leave us a comment explaining which items are absolutely essential for you – what would you carry in your Hlaska briefcase everyday? We’ll accept entries from now until August 3.

UPDATE: We’ve got a winner!

Click here to read the contest’s official rules. No purchase necessary.

Justin Brown is a writer and artist living in Virginia. He channels most of his mind's molten river of creativity into his blog Esteban Was Eaten!. For even more information about him, check out his website.

  • alec

    Laptop
    wallet
    camera

  • Doug

    1. Macbook Pro
    2. Yaesu FT60
    3. Fountain Pen du jour

  • Joseph G

    Notepad
    Pen
    Laptop

  • Ben

    Stacks of money

  • Bill

    MacBook
    Pens (Ballpoint & Rollerball/Gel)
    Notepad
    External HDD

  • Don

    1) Laptop
    2) Supplies
    3) Files

  • Sean Kelly

    Kokuyo Campus Japanese notebook
    LAMY Safari fountain pen
    Amazon Kindle

    Damn, this bag looks perfect.

  • Ryan

    HP laptop
    Pen & Paper
    Business cards

  • Wilson

    Macbook
    Sketchpad
    iPod

  • Richard

    I’d carry a tube of Ritz crackers and a newspaper. Every day.

  • S. Karydes

    MacBook
    2 pens
    Flash drives
    Business Cards
    Art of War.

  • chris

    laptop
    journal
    notepad
    book(s)
    pens/pencils
    camera
    wires/cables
    flashdrive(s)

  • S. K.

    MacBook
    2 pens
    Flash drives
    Business Cards

  • Dustin

    Pens and a notepad
    Laptop
    USB
    Stashed away pictures of family and special lady

  • Nenette Seaux

    Computer, important papers!

  • Mahdi

    Laptop, notes

  • Travis Lueth

    The essentials that I have to carry everyday would be work materials: brochures, laptop, and applications. But more importantly I’d carry the things that usual go in my pockets to keep myself feeling lighter and fashionably to improve my silhouette.

  • Michael Douglas

    Laptop
    Patient Charts
    iPhone
    Latest issue of the Economist
    Pilot G5 Retractables
    business cards

  • Arthur

    Laptop, notebook, pens

  • Johnny Le

    Notebook
    Pens
    EVO 4G and Charger
    The Wallstreet Journal
    Sketchbook

  • Kyle Johnson

    iPad, Comp paper, Ads, iPhone, Pens, Markers!

  • http://about.me/rogersanchez11 Roger Sanchez

    I would carry my laptop, notebook, and supplies I would need for that day.

  • Hector

    laptop, charger, usb cable, pen, notepad

  • Matthew

    Laptop, iPhone, notebook, pens, & a book.

  • Tarun Suri

    1) Macbook
    2) Notepad (large)

    That is all!

  • Richard J

    laptop
    Blackberry
    Altoids
    iPod Touch
    Cross pen and paper
    Aleve
    Starbucks Via coffee

  • http://www.soundchurch.org Joshua Collier

    laptop
    ipad
    noise canceling headphones

  • N. Chokshi

    – ThinkPad
    – iPod
    – Notebook + Writing Instruments + Latest issue of the Economist

  • Brad M

    Labtop
    ipod
    wallet
    portfolio

    –done

  • http://thevisualstandard.com Matthew

    1. iPad
    2. Lumix GF1
    3. Moleskine journal

  • Jason J

    Laptop
    ipad
    Notebook
    University pen
    earbuds
    mints

  • NBL

    Notebook, Fountain Pen, Food, Default Reading Book

  • Kevin

    Lap top
    Pocket dictionary
    Journal

  • Daniel

    Leather journal
    Favorite pen
    Snacks of choice

  • Bob

    Axe
    Shovel
    Rope
    Tarp
    Lime

  • Travis

    laptop
    notebook
    BlackBerry
    pen

  • TJ Skrodzki

    Laptop
    Moleskine Planner
    Pens & Pencils
    German to English Dictionary
    Altoids
    School books/Work notebook
    Portfolio with Resumes

  • Dennis

    Netbook
    Sketchbook
    Notebook
    Pens and Pencils
    Whatever book I’m reading at the time.

  • Mathew

    Notepad
    Briefs
    Blank CCS forms
    Tablet

  • Mike

    iPad
    Cross Pen
    Wallet
    MP3 Player
    Etymotic earbuds
    Notepad
    Smartphone
    Money Clip
    Pocket Knife
    Mint Gum

    + Book of the week.

    My daily essentials.

  • Ryan

    -Pen and paper
    -Blackberry (work), Andriod (personal) and requisite chargers/cables
    -Business cards
    -Headphones
    -Wallet

  • Anthony

    -pen, pencil, paper
    -computer
    -business cards
    -current businessweek
    -spearmint gum

  • http://AlternativeGentleman.com Isaac

    I’ll be substitute teaching this fall while I work on earning my teaching certification. I’d use the briefcase to carry worksheets for the students, my laptop for online courses, textbooks &/or Kindle, journal, iPod & headphones, phone charger, business cards, pens, wallet, and snacks.

  • Kevin Jano

    Very sharp looking bag. Perfect for Chicago :)

    + Pens and pencils
    + Limestone notepad
    + Business cards
    + Camera
    + Sunglasses
    + Scarf for winter
    + Small umbrella during fall/spring
    + Pack of gum
    + iPod
    + External HD

  • Jason Olson

    – Laptop
    – Examples of student work for grading, very important!

  • Joe

    PC Laptop
    Pilot G2 Pen, 7mm
    Composition Notebook
    Hand Lotion
    Harmonica

  • Jeff

    Pen
    Notebook
    Current read
    Laptop

  • http://blog.pistolgripcg.com MIKE

    Macbook Pro
    Newspaper (still like the old school reading approach)
    Whatever book I’m reading
    Headphones
    Pens
    Field Journal
    Business Documents

  • Andy

    -Gradebook
    -Lesson plans
    -Papers needing to be graded
    -Laptop
    -Kindle/paperback
    -Pilot G2 pen
    -Moleskine notebook
    -Headphones

  • Andrew B

    Notepad
    Pen
    iPad
    Phone
    Wallet

  • Marc Hedglin

    Laptop
    assorted books for class
    rubik’s cube( calms the mind and stimulates problem solving)

  • James Trotier

    Laptop
    Class Notes
    Planner
    4-Color Pen by Bic (the best thing $3 can buy)
    TI-89 plus calculator
    Aviators

  • Mike P

    Laptop
    Notepad
    Pen
    iPhone
    B-Cards

  • Tyrel L.

    Moleskin.
    Newspaper.
    G2 Pen.
    Letter of love from my wife.

  • Dan

    MacBook
    Headphones
    Sunglasses
    Book I’m reading at the moment

  • Dexter

    1). Photographs of victim’s of my next prey
    2). Forensic evidence
    3). Duct tape
    4). Zip ties
    5). Strangulation cord
    6). Potent rapid acting general anesthetic pre-loaded into 10mL syringe

  • Khan

    Laptop
    Camera
    Moleskin

  • Andrew

    Laptop, for sure
    Notebooks
    Teaching materials
    Pens…

  • Kevin

    Wallet
    Ipod Touch
    Pad & a Pen
    A sleeve of double stuffed Oreos!

  • Jon M

    – netbook
    – camera
    – kindle
    – latest issue of BusinessWeek

  • Tyler

    -notebooks
    -regular book
    -pen
    -laptop
    -grocery bag

  • Jeremy

    Laptop and charger. And keys…I’m sure as hell not carrying keys in my pocket all day.

  • Jacob

    Always on my person:
    Phone + Keys + Wallet (obligatory)
    Pocketknife
    Small pad of paper
    Bic Crystal

    Always in my bag/briefcase:
    Flashlight
    Legal pad
    Laptop
    Calendar/to-do list
    The day’s newspaper
    Small paperback novel (just in case a moment arises)

  • Arun

    Laptop, iphone, books for reading on the subway

  • Harlan

    Two moleskins
    2 flash drives
    Pens
    Mechanical pencil
    Work ID’s
    Documents
    Lunch

  • Nick

    macbook
    hard drive
    moleskins
    books
    pens/pencils

  • Mackenzie Dunham

    Laptop, briefs

  • Christopher Miranda

    Wallet, Cellphone, Clipboard.

  • JB

    iPad, Keys, Celphone, 2 pens, pad of paper, gum and a flash drive.

  • cme27

    Gatta have a waterbottle, a knife, and some duct tape that a way if some tries steal it i wont be out a laptop and cell phone and all the other cool stuff everyone else mentioned.

  • Ivar Zhukovsky

    1) Laptop
    2) Wallet
    3) Glasses

    Would also definitely carry keys, sunglasses, cellphone, flash drive, pen, shoe brush and an umbrella if fits (you never know when it’s going to rain).

  • Japoy

    John Grisham’s The Rainmaker
    My Bible
    Notebook
    2 black pens

  • http://www.f4design.com Kevin Z

    What would I carry? Easy:

    My 13″ Macbook Air, because I use it for all of my coding
    iPad – for all of my surfing and notes
    Moleskin – because everyone needs a little pen and paper in their life
    A manilla folder – for all of the random papers floating around.

    The contents of the bag should be just as classy as the bag itself!

    Kevin

  • BG

    Laptop – I’ve often fantasized about not carrying my laptop with me every day; it’s nice to not be constantly connected. But, it’s become a necessity in so many ways.

    Notebook + pen – When I’m in a rush, I take notes with my computer. It is faster (and often more legible) to type rather than print by hand. A notebook is invaluable for the times I need to quickly sketch or make tables that I can later recreate in Excel or Word.

    Headphones – Not those earbuds you get with your iPod… I like to have a solid pair to drown out background noise and help me focus on the tasks in front of me.

    Oreos – I don’t actually do this yet, but Kevin (above) is onto something there.

  • Jon

    This would actually be great for me as my current computer bag (an Oakley AP computer bag, the kind seen on Dexter) is starting to wear out quite a bit, and it would be nice to have something a bit more professional looking. It would also force me to minimize the amount of stuff I normally carry with me, something I would do willingly. My laptop would definitely go in there, along with a couple pens and my Moleskine notebook. Aside from those items, a pack of gum, my Bible, and a couple chargers (for my phone and the computer), I think I’d be pretty much set.

  • Mike

    Scotch, single
    iPad
    Pens
    More scotch

  • Daniel

    iPad
    Camera
    Flash drive
    Sunglasses

  • Peter

    Notebook.
    Pens.
    Lunch.
    Whatever book I’m currently reading.

  • Kevin

    flask
    notebook
    leatherman
    RE sunglasses

  • mike

    Laptop
    Pen
    Briefts (no, not THOSE kinds of briefs)

  • Mark

    Laptop
    Pen
    leatherman
    specs
    meds
    snacks

  • Allen

    Laptop
    Journal
    Pens

  • Radek

    Pen and notepad
    Kindle
    Pocket knife
    Umbrella
    Flashdrive
    toothbrush and paste

  • Matt

    Netbook
    Notebook (Paper!)
    Sonicare
    Umbrella

  • Jacob

    What a cool bag! Thanks for offering up the contest.

    I’d fill it with:

    -Laptop – cuz work never ceases
    -Point-and-shoot camera
    -Phone
    -Time, Fortune, and Rolling Stone for killing time in transit

    Thanks

  • Brendan

    – iPhone
    – Planner (still using one!)
    – Swiss Army Knife
    – Laptop
    – Sunglasses

  • BenL

    -Note Pad
    -Laptop
    -Planner
    -Magazine

  • DanL

    Laptop
    Folio
    Mechanical pencil

  • Lee

    Since I usually don’t bring my laptop with me anywhere, I’d just bring work documents, books, and my portfolio so that I can network with anyone I happen to meet.

  • Luke

    Notebooks
    Laptop
    A good book
    Sunglasses
    And lastly, to my everlasting shame, a copy of the Bluebook

  • Justin

    Laptop
    Book
    Notepad

  • Colby

    laptop
    sunglasses
    pencil/pen
    business cards

  • TimL

    Notebook
    iPOD
    Phone
    Water Bottle
    Bible
    Book of the Day/Week
    Keys
    Pictures of Daughter

  • staffaction

    2 zebra pens
    ipad
    iphone
    book
    moleskine
    cliffbar

  • Jon

    I would carry my:

    Dell laptop
    Kindle
    IPhone
    Notebook and Pilot pen
    A few business cards

  • http://www.colebradburn.com Cole Bradburn

    just the essentials – macbook air, bose headphones, a “black n’ red” notebook and pens (black/red), iPhone 4, copy of the today’s schedule, and the latest issue of GQ.

  • David

    The most recent book/magazine that I’m reading. Pen/pencil & paper to jot down notes for a story or idea for an invention. Handful of DVDs to watch at a friend’s place.

  • Kirk

    Phone
    Keys
    Wallet
    MacBook
    Legal pads

  • T Graham

    I carry everything from a laptop to an IPad. My attempts to “go completely digital” will most likely never be realized. I still carry old school legal pd, ruler, calculator, sonic measuring device, camera and business cards. I’m somehow emotionally attached to these even though I have the digital counterparts.

  • Joseph

    In my pockets: cell phone, keys, wallet, chapstick, pocketknife, handkerchief, pen.

    What I would keep in a briefcase if I had one: tablet, paperback book, moleskin cookbook, important documents, jump drive.

  • Drew W

    iPad
    Notebook
    iPhone
    work document folder
    Sharpie Pens
    Business Cards
    Sunglasses in Case
    Indianapolis Business Journal

  • Kevin S.

    1) Blackberry Playbook
    2) Moleskin notebook
    3) Business card case
    4) USB thumb drive

  • Tom S

    Laptop
    iPhone
    Sharpie pens
    Moleskine

  • Mike

    Papers. Just papers. You know, my papers. Business papers.

  • Bobby

    Laptop, notepads, documents, and maybe a small, flat child.

  • Jessica1214

    Laptop
    Important papers
    Magazines
    A book
    Gummi bears – my favorite snack!

  • Andrew

    Ipad, Ipod nano, cross pen and pencil, post-it notes, flashdrive, spare tie (incase I need to be a little more formal in a moments notice)

  • Chris

    This bag would be ideal, fashionably and professionally, as I begin a new job working with the CEO of our company, as well as with our Counseling department.

    Laptop for work
    3-4 Pens, including at least one highlighter and perhaps a Sharpe
    Legal Pad
    Moleskine for personal use
    Business Cards
    Folder for files necessary to have with me for the day
    Jump Drive

    If I had room, that didn’t bulk it up – a current book that I’m reading

  • Simeon Duong

    Laptop, Moleskin, Umbrella. Gotta be prepared for anything!

  • GW

    1. Macbook Pro
    2. Leather Journal
    3. Pipes
    4. Pen
    5. Highlighter

  • Jay

    1. Phone
    2. Kindle
    3. Notebook (Rhodia dot pad right now)
    4. Pens
    5. Business cards
    6. Canister of coffee

  • Tom Connolly

    No matter how much I love gadgets, I have to use a paper-based planner. So that would be the first thing in. Next, I’m back in the 21st century with my Kindle. Taking my whole library and prayer book/Bible in one is amazing. Finally, a couple of tools; Swiss Army knife, a leatherman, a flint, compass, field mirror, and some first aid stuff in one case. After that, what else is needed?

  • Wayne

    1. Phone
    2. Macbook Pro
    3. Notepad
    4. Stationery
    5. Pens/pencil

  • adamrabo

    laptop
    work papers
    cell phone
    sunglasses
    planner

  • Evan

    I’ve been looking for a way to carry my mini briefcase without looking like a complete tool and the Hlaska Caliper V2 briefcase is the perfect solution.

  • Paul

    iPad
    Briefs
    Business Week
    pocket flashlight
    leatherman
    New York Times
    mints
    power bar
    pen & notepad

  • Adam

    Macbook
    iPod Touch
    Headphones
    Chargers / Spare Battery
    Pens / Notebook
    Magazine

  • Derek Froese

    Business Cards (so I know who I am)
    Broadsword (just in case)
    Butane torch (for spontaneous barbequing)
    Paper (should I find myself in need of a miniature airplane)
    Flashlight (the sun isn’t reliable enough for me)
    Sunglasses (for increased charisma)
    Pocket watch (see above)

    I may need the Mary Poppins edition, the one with the interior that defies the laws of physics. Thanks.

  • Mohit Bangia

    I have been looking around for a briefcase/backpack that i can use for both school and work but havent been able to find one in my price range and this one (also way out of my price range is probably the best option out there)

    ipad/keyboard for ipad
    legal pad
    pens
    sunglasses
    umbrella
    phone charger

    also thanks for your articles for a 22 year old, it really helps.

  • Jeff

    Laptop
    Moleskine Journal
    Pilot G-2 .07
    Trident gum (with Xylitol natural sweetener – learn more about the amazing health benefits: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xylitol)
    Sunglasses/Case
    The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (current read)

  • Erik

    Moleskin
    Business Cards
    Ipod Touch
    Cell Phone
    Keys
    Money clip
    Books

  • Brian N.

    Oh man! What a great idea!

    – iPad (that I’ll end up going out to buy because I’l finally have something to carry it in!)
    – moleskin idea journal
    – my freaking keys. I’m so done wearing them on a carabeaner… I feel like a hipster when I do nowadays.
    – my Kindle

  • Garrett

    CR 48 laptop
    Phone Charger (The HTC Evo is great, but an energy hog).
    Notepad

  • Ian

    Laptop
    Water bottle
    iPod Touch
    Extra shirt

  • Tony

    Phone
    Laptop
    iPod/iPad
    Moleskin
    Mech Pencil

  • http://kylerea.com Kyle

    MacBook Pro
    iPad
    Notepad
    Blue pens
    WS Journal

  • Andrew

    Strapped to the back of my Ducati for the morning commute to the office, the essential items my Hlaska would hold are:

    Files
    Small leather zipper case with phone, wallet, pens and keys
    Newspaper
    Some lunch items

  • David

    Moleskine
    Pencils
    Droid
    Granny Smith Apple
    3 Bliss Tidy Towels
    Shih Tzu
    Visine
    Flask half-filled with Jameson
    Breath Mints

  • http://www.angelfire.com/celeb/mrcoop Matt Cole

    1. other smaller briefcases
    2. sticky buns
    3. important business papers
    4. nipple clamps
    5. a towel
    6. duct tape
    7. a fish

  • JohnM

    Bible
    writing utensils
    notebooks
    iPod/iPhone
    chargers
    knife
    Teddy Grahams

  • Tin

    Laptop
    Ipad
    Pilot V5 Black Pens
    Mints
    Files/Papers

  • Alan

    Macbook
    Pens
    Notepad

  • Cory

    Pilot G-2 pen
    Dayminder Calendar
    USB phone charger
    Business Cards
    Emerald Natural Walnuts & Almonds 100-Calorie Pack
    Tiger’s Milk – Protein Rich Bar
    Cell Phone
    Wallet
    Check Book
    Files and resources for service coordination
    notepad
    sunglasses
    Epipen and inhaler

  • Greg

    Eyeglasses w/ case
    ThinkPad w/ charger & mouse
    Pen & legal pad

  • JimH

    1. Flash Drives
    2. Digi Cam
    3. Magazines for lunchtime reading
    4. A Head (ok not really, but it made me think of a great episode of “The Practice” that revolved around that scenario!)

  • http://www.rodg3r.blogspot.com Rodger

    1. Toshiba Laptop
    2. Engineers graph pad
    3. Good pen
    4. Business cards

  • http://www.chrisueda.com Chris

    ipad
    camera
    notebook

  • http://agingeraday.tumblr.com Adam Renz

    Moleskin lined notebook
    micro usb charger for blackberry and Nexus S 4g
    Laptop
    tide pen
    travel sized cologne
    headphones
    reading book
    pens
    keys
    mints
    umbrella (DC can turn on a dime and open the skies at a moments notice)

  • Cory

    – Lunch
    – Phone
    – Second lunch

  • Mike

    laptop
    wireless mouse
    pens
    usb cord
    power cord
    back up phone charger
    note pad
    ear buds
    gum
    umbrella

  • Shale

    notepad
    journal
    pens
    books.magazines
    folders/paperwork
    phone charger

  • Gabe

    Small companion pet.

  • http://bobdowns.info Bob Downs

    Three of my essentials when I’m out and about are (1) my laptop, (2) a notepad, and (3) a pen.

  • Jonathan Nguyen

    I would carry sunglasses, prescription glasses, extra set of casual clothes, laptop, Bible, mints, iPod, chargers, fixed blade knife, lunch, and flask of decent Scotch.

  • Jeff Kimelman

    Three ESSENTIAL “carry on” items in the LARGE CALIPER V2 from HLASKA…

    1. HLASKA 7.0 Wallet in Tangelo (Orange)
    —$145.00 on hlaska.com

    2. iPad 2 encased in my HLASKA iPad Sleeve, Tangelo (Orange)
    — $175.00 on hlaska.com

    3. “Leonard Maltin’s 2011 Movie Guide”…an essential for on-the-go movie lovers such as myself…
    —$9.99 on Amazon.com

    Jeff

  • Omar R.

    portfolio + pens
    a good book (right now Henry Miller’s “Tropic of Cancer”)
    Haynes manual for my car (I own a ’96 Geo Metro so I gotta cover my bases)

  • Kevin Cox

    Notepad
    Pen
    iPad

  • Andrew

    I would absolutely carry my macbook, molskine notebook, and sharpie pens.

  • Daniel

    Pen
    Moleskine datebook (that I do not look at)
    Lunch
    NYT crossword
    A few dog hairs that made their way in there somehow

  • Scott P.

    – Kindle
    – Schoolbooks
    – Lunch/Snacks
    – Bottle of Water
    – Notepad

  • Andrew Mac

    – Laptop
    – Cell phone charger
    – Notepad
    – Pen
    – Receipts for reimbursement (keeps the wallet slim)

  • Antilibrarian

    Laptop
    Cell phone
    reading material
    ereader
    paper calendar (keeps the Luddite boss happy)
    pen

  • Indiana

    Revolver
    Magnifying glass
    Notebook
    Paper & charcoal for making rubbings of findings
    Hittite-to-English dictionary
    Map of lost great treasures of the world
    Fedora cleaner

    Bullwhip

  • Brian

    I’ll most likely use it for my law firm interviews. I’d put in:

    My portfolio
    Copies of application material
    Cards from employers

  • Ari

    +laptop
    +moleskin notebook
    +planner
    +school books
    +stationary

  • Turner

    Dell laptop
    Moleskine notebook
    Ballpoint pens
    Flash drive
    Reading novel
    Pocket knife
    Planner

  • Kit

    Notebook
    Mini Bicycle Pump
    Lunch
    Pens
    Keys
    Phone

  • Pierce Hamilton

    Laptop (with power cable, flash drive, and USB adapters)
    Pens
    Legal Pads and Paper
    Resumes and other Important Documents
    Art of Manliness Stationary
    Business Cards
    A Novel by James Rollins

  • http://everythingbutyourlunch.com James Glynn Draper

    Three essentials:

    1) Laptop
    2) Notebook
    3) Latest Bestseller (right now: “In the Garden of Beasts”)

  • Marc Andre Lauzon

    Latest book (right now is A Dance with Dragons)
    laptop of course
    a healthy lunch

  • Barbara Szewczuk

    pens
    calculator
    PAPERWORK!

  • http://www.BayAreaBias.com/ Tyler

    Stacks of $100 bills. I will also need a set of handcuffs.

  • Mike

    Laptop
    Pens
    Paperwork
    Planner
    Keys
    Phone

  • Ryan Beer

    MacBook Pro, Work Papers, Pen and Planner.
    Copy of David McCullough’s John Adams, the newest edition of the Economist and the National Review.

    Now if only Primer had a paper version……..

    Now the most essential, an extra tie. Stains are about as unclassy as Janet Jackson at a half-time show.

  • John

    Laptop
    Lab Book
    Moleskin
    Pens
    Flash Drives

  • Chris

    Passport
    Macbook + Charger
    iPad
    Portfolio with writing pad
    2 Trojans – Going to need them with this briefcase
    Business Brochures
    Business Cards
    6-10 Passport Photos (The best addition to my bag ever!)
    Mini ziplock with international SIM cards & spare paperclip
    16mb Flash Card
    iPad/iPhone Charging cable
    Uniball Vision elite Pens, 2 black, 1 red, 1 blue
    8gb Flash Drive
    Blistex
    Emergency-C Packets
    Pillbox with Imodium AD, Aleve, Vitamins and Melatonin
    Earplugs w/ case
    Tide-to-go instant stain remover pen
    Tums
    Foldable toothbrush
    Spare Credit Card
    Spare Key & Swiss Army Key Knife (I always get through airport security with one of these)
    Spare Guitar pick

    These keep me ready for unexpected overnights or last minute business trips. It might look like a lot, but everything is light and small enough to carry everyday.

  • Jay

    Essentials include: Blackberry (all day long), gold Seiko watch, and my Macbook of course

  • Dan

    Lunch
    Computer
    Notebook & pencil

  • S

    1) Short-form Birth Certificate
    2) Long-form Birth Certificate
    3) Video of Live Birth

    :)

  • Kevin

    The essentials:

    Leatherman tool – for breaking into work, my car or my home
    spare keys – so I don’t have to break into work, my car or my home
    Wallet – mobile shelter to homeless moths
    ‘smart’ Phone – to keep in contact with people I don’t want to contact
    Flashdrive with portable apps – can never trust someone else’s setup
    Kindle – just in case I need to read for a month straight
    portfolio with graphing paper & pen (shamelessly taken from work) – so I can look busy anywhere, anytime
    extra business cards – so I can pretend to be a professional anywhere, anytime
    earplugs – so I can ignore people/things anywhere, anytime
    Bear spray – so I don’t have to worry about Bears anywhere, anytime

  • MattT

    iPad
    Legal Pad
    Black and Blue Pens
    Checkbook
    Extra phone charger
    Keys and wallet

  • the_cisco

    laptop
    phone
    ledger
    pens
    multitool
    gum

  • mp

    Can’t be without the smartphone!

  • Rus

    legal pad
    fountain pen
    files from work
    ipad

  • Pat

    1. Money
    2. Spy gadgets
    3. Mini me

  • Nicholas

    Company laptop, droid, ipod, notepad, pens, business cards, The Fountainhead (I’m currently reading), Ray-Bans, Tide-to-Go pen, gum/mints, chapstick, wallet, pocket-knife, handkerchief, cliff bar, and…I think that’s it.

    Cheers!

  • Kevin

    Computer
    Notebook
    A few pens
    iPod
    Phone
    Post-it notes
    A snack (granola bar)
    Keys
    Zyrtec/antihistamine (just in case. pesky allergies.)

  • Robert d

    A briefcase like that and I would definitely carry my laptop, notepad, and calculator. Would make those morning meetings slightly more enjoyable lol.

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  • Yabbs

    My laptop + Charger
    Leather “Portfolio” with notepad.
    Some Pens (G2 Extra Fines in Blue and Black)
    Cell Phone Charger

  • Dan

    Laptop
    Notepad
    Business Cards
    5 Passports
    Enough cash to leave immediately (with briefcase)
    Zippo lighter
    Cigars

  • http://www.fromiowawithlove.com Zach

    MBP
    Portable HDD
    Charger/USB cable
    Moleskine (multiple)
    Zebra Pen
    Sharpie
    X-Zcto knife

  • Michael

    laptop
    phone
    chargers
    pens
    notebook
    snacks

  • Boy

    Laptop
    Umbrella
    Current reading novel

  • Joshua Mindrum

    Laptop
    Calling cards
    Medium sized notebook

  • Matt

    Thriller Novel
    Book on Investment Strategy
    Bamboo Notebook
    Black Pilot G2 pens
    Laptop

  • MICHAEL

    phone
    important papers
    laptop
    keys
    a snack

  • JS

    Laptop
    wallet
    phone

  • Mark

    $5000 unmarked non-sequential bills.
    Glock 9mm w/ silencer
    Small humidor with 10 cuban cohiba cigars
    Flask filled with cognac

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  • Alan

    Laptop, keys, wallet, gum, sunglasses.

  • Stridar

    Wallet, phone, ipod, deodorant and library book

  • Ibex

    Red moleskine notebook
    Uni Kuru Toga mechanical pencil
    iPad with Pleco
    Lamy Safari
    Business cards

  • Yianni

    pens (lots of them)
    notebook
    magazine of choice
    usb flash drive

  • Ian Bratton

    Notebook + Pens
    Laptop + Power Cord
    Thumb Drive
    Floss
    Business Cards
    Head Phones
    Gum

  • Blase Pinkert

    Laptop
    Gum
    Client Documents
    Asst Pens
    Sunglasses
    Smokes
    Zippo
    issue of PVW

  • Loren

    Laptop/cord
    iPhone
    Pen
    Notebook

  • Nathan

    Notebook
    Kindle
    Pen
    Snack
    Business Cards
    Newspaper

  • Jacob

    * MacBook Air
    * Nexus One
    * Rhodia Pad

  • victor

    1) Imagination. (keep it with you at all times.)
    2) limitations. (a good man’s got to know his limitations)
    3) Moleskine and writing instrument. (tools)
    4) laptop or iPad
    5) power adapters for (4)
    6) confidence. (it’s in the clothes, the bag, the attire, and internal.)

  • Chris H.

    I’d have to take my:

    – Laptop
    – Moleskin
    – Pens
    – Engineering Handbook
    – Some work documents
    – Galaxy S

  • http://danielwhittingslow.blogspot.com/ Daniel Whittingslow

    My day is marked with business meetings, classes, brainstorming sessions, and metro commutes.
    In my quest to become a modern day gentleman I have been plagued with a terrible malady. My pockets constantly bulge. I have a Northface backpack and a small sling-around pack but neither of those exude the image I want to portray. I need a stylish briefcase.
    Every day I carry a collection of biomedical engineering articles (which I am currently studying in school), my 12 inch macbook, my beloved kindle, a flip camera, and of course my moleskin notebook for quick sketches, sudden inspirations, or invention ideas.
    I want to save the world. I want to fix mankind, but sadly I will never be able to do that nor earn the necessary respect if I am constantly gawked at because of my overflowing pockets and misshapen pants.

  • James Fagan

    Hmmm, this a tough one. If I was carrying around one of those briefcases, I don’t think my normal everydays would be appropriate.

    I would have to ensure that the contents adequately reflect the suave style of my bag and then fit my life around it.

    Therefore I propose the following:

    – A smart phone, the given standard in todays life. Preferably Android powered, just to stand out.

    – A leather folio containing sketches. Just so you can go up to ladies and say, “Hey, do you want to see my designs.” (Such forwardness from a man with a dashing briefcase is certain to go down well.)

    – A well used, worn edition of “A Moveable Feast” because nothing says manly like Ernest Hemingway.

    – A vintage fountain pen. Proof that you appreciate the finer things in life.

    – A small umbrella. No man ever wants to get caught out in the rain, and every man wants to be able to offer that Swedish model the use of their umbrella in a sudden downpour.

    – Some American Optics Original Aviators, for your inner Don Draper.

    – Current issue of The Economist. Real men know whats going on around the world and can talk about the fiscal policies of the Southern Sudan.

    Essentially I see this briefcase as a talisman for awesomeness.

  • Andrew Wong

    I’m still in college, so my laptop and a binder would be a must, as well as pens, pencils, my flash drive, and a notebook or Moleskine. I would probably also put some other trinkets related to some of my hobbies, such as a Swiss Army knife and a pipe tamper tool.

  • Alex

    Essentials: laptop, cell phone, security related stuff a few paper docs and a handkerchief.

  • Gus

    Essentials that would be carried in this briefcase include:

    1. MacBook – always a necessity, for everything. Hopefully mine will soon be replaced by a MacBook Air or iPad.

    2. Headphones – for listening to music, watching streaming video, and editing FCP projects on aforementioned MacBook.

    3. An extra pen – either a Pentel G5 or Uni-Ball Signo.

    4. Moleskine journal – if nothing else, it makes it look like you’re a thoughtful person.

    5. Sunglasses – no one likes a squinter.

    6. A Magazine – Snowboarder, Rolling Stone, Relevant, Spin, AP. Doesn’t really matter what, just as long as there’s some easily-accessible reading material.

    7. A camera – currently my Canon Elph, eventually a Canon t3i.

  • James Grant Repshire

    1. Moleskin planner.
    2. Moleskin notebook.
    3. Fountain pens (A couple nice ones and a few of the great disposable ones from Pilot)
    4. Personal stationery, never know when you will need to write someone a letter.

  • r. soy

    laptop, charger, and breath mints

  • Phil H

    Laptop
    My lucky Parker pen
    Sunglasses
    Latest good book
    Camera
    Whiteboard markers
    Folio with notebook paper
    Ipod
    Ibuprofen!

  • Charles Daleiden

    Archus G9 Tablet
    Planner
    Notebooks
    Sharpie Pens (the bees knees)
    My Work Blackberry
    Chargers
    Sunglasses

  • Andrew Feil

    Macbook Pro
    Moleskin Journal
    Kindle

  • Michael Alan Nelson

    Laptop
    Moleskin notebook
    Script and Art pages
    Pens
    Wacom Bamboo tablet

  • Robby

    Laptop & charger
    Folio
    Legal briefs & memoranda
    Ipod & earbuds
    Glasses
    Sunglasses
    Pens & highlighters
    Poop bags I’m always finding in my pocket after walking my dog

  • Brad B.

    iPhone
    Headphones
    Keys
    Chapstick
    Sunglasses
    Current issue of The New Yorker

  • Patrick Regan

    Laptop. More than anything else, my laptop. As a writer, I live my life on my laptop.

    Scripts, for reading. Highlighters, for marking up my scripts.

    Reading glasses, for long movie watching or script reading sessions.

    Business cards.

    Journal. Because ideas come from nowhere.

    Snacks. Because you never know.

  • Shinhee Son

    1. Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. Motivational read.
    2. Bug Spray. A breed of mosquitoes have just populated the states that bite during the day.
    3. A laptop to capture my glorious mosquito free day.

  • Larry

    Lunch.
    Business cards.
    Cell phone.
    Wallet.

  • yi jun tan

    The first item would be my SOG multi tool, followed by my Lamy Al-Star, and the notebook my girlfriend made for me. Even my laptop would be secondary to these.

    Oh, and a first aid kit. I usually carry the Lamy in my pocket, so I suppose it would count as three?

  • http://www.avidsports.wordpress.com Jon

    Laptop
    ‘Techy’ tools (since I work in technology)
    iPod
    Chargers
    Blackberries
    Business Cards

  • Lucas E Szymanowski

    Google laptop – The battery lasts forever, and its has 3G.

    A journal, something thats touch worthy, and if you dont know what that means, you must not enjoy writing with pen and paper…

    And, of course, a fountain pen. Something big and chunky, that makes you want to jot and write…

    Cheers

  • Mookie Blaylock

    – Smut

    If there is any remaining room (unlikely):

    – Laptop (just out of warranty, always running Windows 95)
    – Peripherals for laptop including external hard drive (usually incompatible), mouse (broken), etc, thumb drive full of photoshopped nudes (enemy blackmail)
    – Foreign currencies (depending on the daily exchange rate or a straight-up coin toss, sometimes monopoly money)
    – Classified documents (which I will fax to Wikileaks from Kinko’s)
    – Emergency briefs (underwear)

  • Shahriar Farkhan

    Macbook Air (Grad School and work requires it…)
    Moleskin Notebook (Always, always write your thoughts!)
    My father’s ~50 year old Parker pen (brings me good memories and luck)
    Gum (you never know)
    Keys (too bulky for pant pocket)
    Sunglasses

  • Chris

    -Toothbrush, toothpaste
    -Cologne
    -Condoms
    -Lube
    -Leather thong
    -Handcuffs
    -Small notebook containing client information
    -Peanut butter and jelly sandwich

  • gordon

    currently, in my backpack:
    laptop
    phone
    a small notebook
    pen and highlighter
    locker lock
    spare pair of scrubs
    stethoscope
    pager
    keys
    a briefcase would make me look less in debt -__-

  • Roy

    Macbook
    Midori MD notebook
    Faber Castell mechanical pencil
    Wallet
    A good novel
    Cowon J3 mp3 player

  • Vincent

    Macbook
    Keys
    Raybans
    Wallet
    Resumes
    Phone

  • Tim Heatwole

    Books, $, Knife, Flashlight, Lunch

  • Ryan

    1) White Ipad2 – Commuting in NYC actually takes longer than you think, specially if you live far. The ipad fills that time well with the ability for movies and games (Sid Meier’s Pirates is out for 3.99=awesome)
    2) Banana – Having food on hand is always good, it being healthy is just a bonus.
    3) Dentyne Ice Pure – Doesn’t hurt to have fresh breath and also something to offer others.

  • http://n/a Jonathan

    Apple Macbook
    Iphone
    wallet
    Legal Pad
    Pen

  • Mike T.

    1. Laptop
    2. Notepad
    3. Copy of current book I’m reading
    4. Pen
    5. Knife
    6. Headphones

  • Dennis Fullalove

    I would carry the following:

    Netbook
    Circa Notebook
    Kindle
    Client Documents
    Pens

  • Jewison

    I would definitely use this bag to hold my

    Macbook
    A physiology textbook
    Ipod
    And a picture of my Girlfriend I always carry for inspiration :)

  • Elwin Fernandez

    Things I have in my backpack:

    Laptop
    Pens
    Book to read while commuting
    Hand sanitizer

  • Sammy

    My laptop (for browsing primermagazine of course)
    Cash monayy
    Some pens
    Book
    Headphones
    School supplies

  • Scott

    I think I’d pack that bad dog right to the brim with:

    – pocket square / handkerchief
    – small moleskin in [email protected] custom leather cover (from my sweetie)
    – crappy android phone that should really be burned or drowned (not sure which)
    – even crappier headphones to use with the phone
    – cross rollerball pen
    – 1980’s military surplus BCG glasses
    – folding utility knife
    – 4GB USB key
    – bus pass and security card for work
    – keys
    – a book (serious literature like Dan Brown or Stephen King)**
    – a small Mogwai named Gizmo III*
    – a small amount of lint and Mogwai fur (kind of hard to avoid)*
    – etc.

    Basically, I’d be carrying just enough to handle whatever situation happens to come my way.

    * maybe these things are made up
    ** a book yes, but never one by those two authors

  • Bryce

    Laptop and lunch are the daily essentials.

  • Marcos

    TI-89 Calculator, Scratch pad, lead pencils, pens (all for work)

    Gum, flash drive, books

    It is partly for school (master’s degree) and partly for work.

  • http://Gentlemansjournal.wordpress.com Ryan

    I have every important document for my business jammed into a portfolio. A briefcase would be a Godsend. I am an insurance broker, so I carry leads, application paperwork, info folders on my clients, policies, my laptop, everything. As it stands now, I’ve got my arms full! Please send it my way!

  • Rustin Gramm

    Legal Pad for lists and planning
    Moleskine for personal thoughts, quotes, ideas
    Laptop
    smart phone
    magazine
    bible

  • Sam A

    A book I can start reading and get into at any time.

    One good inky pen

    A fountain pen when I want to feel fancy

    Ipod if I’m ever alone. NEVER in public.

    A small notebook or journal.

    Beautiful briefcase. Hope I get this one.

  • Ray L

    Kindle
    Leather binder
    Mac Book

  • Matt L

    1. Netbook
    2. Phone
    3. Keys
    4. Pens
    5. Sunglasses
    6. Legal Pad
    7. Lunch

  • Marshall

    Essentials-

    1. Toothbrush and Toothpaste – in case I end up in the “dog house” for staying late at the office reading Primer Magazine and subsequently have to brush my teeth in the sink over the “special dishes” that WERE at the table on time for the date dinner I forgot.
    2. Backup sunglasses.
    3. Wall Street Journal
    4. Zig Ziglar Quotes
    5. Mustache Wax
    6. Tuna Fish
    7. Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

  • Aleksis

    Iphone
    Top Siders
    Watch

  • Allen H

    Laptop
    Notebook
    Headphones

  • http://N/A Scott Kimberly

    Laptop
    Legal Pad
    A damn good pen (nothing is worse than those Bic cheapskate pens)

  • http://www.chalet1802.co.uk/blog/. charlotte

    Laptop
    Magazines
    Journal
    News papers

  • Oscar

    The grey color looks awesome, love to have one of them.

    Notebook
    Pen
    headphone
    water bottle
    keys
    maybe a book

  • Jacob

    Netbook
    Phone charger
    Pens
    Book
    Headphones

  • Barrett

    Laptop, notebook, lots of pens and pencils

  • Laith Nuqul

    15″ Macbook Pro (+ Mighty Mouse and Charger)
    multiple black Moleskin Notebooks
    lime green LAMY Fountain Pen
    Pencils and Eraser
    USB Flash Drive
    Sony Camera
    Scarf
    Sunglasses and case

  • James B

    macbook pro
    laptop charger
    earbud headphones
    moleskine notebooks
    blue and black skillcraft vista gel ink pens
    current book/novel i’m reading
    leatherman multitool

  • http://www.ilikerad.com Adam

    My essential items are my iPad 2, Sharpie Pen, Sharpie Accent Highlighter, medium notebook, iPhone, iDevice charger, reading glasses, business cards, CRKT pocket knife. This gets me by just fine.

  • Andrew

    I would carry a Moleskin, fountain pen, notepad, ipod and laptop.

  • http://seersuckerandsazeracs.com Ryan Waldron

    Macbook Pro
    Waterman Pen
    Little notebook

  • Patrick

    I would put my cloak, dagger, and flintlock pistol in this bag.

  • Brian

    1. Laptop
    2. Cellphone
    3. Textbooks

  • Ryan J

    For me the things I must carry all the time are as folows:
    1. iPhone & Headphones
    2. Wallet
    3. Pocket Knife
    4. Hanky
    5. Pen & Notepad
    6. Sunglasses
    7. iPad or ThinkPad
    8. Flashlight
    Sure hope I get a shiny new bag to pack my EDC around!

  • Michael

    1. Wallet or Money Clip
    2. Keys w/ small Swiss Army Knife
    3. Phone
    4. Pocket Knife
    5. My Wayfarer or Caravan Ray-Bans.
    6. A case for the sunglasses
    7. Two hankies (one to keep, one to give)
    8. A small note pad and pen (to write down ideas, numbers, whatever)
    9. My healthy, awesome sandwich for lunch!
    10. A phone charger (smart phones eat power).
    11. Microsoft Zune & cable & headphones
    12. A book. Right now I have the huge Idiot’s Guide To Pirates I bought somewhere for a few bucks on sale.

    I try to keep all of these things on me (or in my lunch bag) but one of those briefcases would be really sweet. Thanks!

  • Clark Minn

    That was very nice…It’s just I don’t like the colors…It looks old fashion…

  • Austin

    1. Stethoscope
    2. 2 small Moleskine plain journals
    3. Macbook 13 inch
    4. iPhone
    5. Penlight
    6. Small textbook

    I’m currently in med school and this briefcase would be a great transition from the current swiss army backpack into a professional look.

  • Brandon

    1. Clipboard
    2. Stethoscope
    3. Sunglasses
    4. Droid phone
    5. Chapstick
    6. Condoms

  • http://harryhova.com Harry

    Pens, business cards, resumes, notepad, Inc Magazine, Inked Magazine.

  • Ian

    1. Notebook (paper, not electronic)
    2. Toothbrush
    3. Clean underwear
    4. Finger collection

  • Dan

    Glasses, Macbook Pro, 2 legal pads, zebra ballpoint pen, a few files and my ipod shuffle.

  • Joey

    laptop, notebook, pens, current library book that I’m reading

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  • mrbill187

    1. Asus Transformer Tablet
    2. Research Documents
    3. Leather bound notebook and pen for meetings

  • http://jjcasas.me JJ Casas

    Macbook Pro 15″, Moleskine notebooks, Zebra Z-301, Zebra H-301, a current art/business magazine, and Kindle.

  • Brady

    Laptop
    Notepad
    Backup pens

  • CB

    Macbook
    Blackberry
    Headphones (Pandora’s the best thing I’ve got on the BlackBerry)
    Vintage ’70s Ray Bans
    Book of the day
    Pilot extra fine rolling ball
    Legal pad for notes and to-do lists
    Moleskine weekly planner

  • Anton Truong

    iPad
    Macbook Pro
    Papers to Grade (High School Chemistry Teacher)
    Headphones
    Extra Pens/Highlighters
    Livescribe 4 GB Pen and Notebooks

  • David W.

    Latest set of plans (I’m a civil engineer)
    Ideas notepad
    Work notepad
    Planner
    Sharpie pens, all of them
    Highlighter
    Pencil

  • Peter C.

    Macbook
    Legalpad w/ pen and pencil
    Planner
    Notebooks

  • James C

    Laptop
    Pen
    Books
    iPod

  • EY

    laptop
    notepad
    snacks/lunch

  • Cory

    iPad
    Quality pen(s)
    Notebook(s)

  • James

    MacBook Pro
    iPad 2
    iPhone 4
    Notepad
    Pen

  • Alex

    -Laptop
    -Textbooks
    -Sketchbook
    -Pens/pencils

  • Dave

    Laptop
    Umbrella
    Evo 4G

  • Michael

    MacBook Pro
    MoleSkin Planner
    Onyx Pen

  • Joe Gustafson

    Cigars
    Laptop
    Phone
    Pens
    Bottle Opener

  • Paul

    Laptop
    Legal Pad
    Pens
    Newspaper

  • Pat

    Laptop and charger, journal, day planner, business cards, book(s)

  • Eric

    Laptop/charger
    sudoku
    book

    obligatory TPS reports.

  • Michael Blankenberger

    Macbook Pro
    Ipad
    Sketch Pad

  • http://thingsthatpleaseme.tumblr.com Matt P

    It’d be great after I finish law school next year. I’d carry papers, macbook pro, maybe that new e-PL3 if I can get it.

  • Kevin Genske

    iPhone charging cord
    Pens
    chapstick
    notepad

  • Matthew Garcia

    TPS reports (in triplicate)
    3.5″ diskettes
    M&Ms
    that girl’s phone number

  • Matthew Baledge

    1. iPad
    2. Notebook
    3. Fountain pens
    4. Camera
    5. Phone
    6. Business Cards
    7. Whatever book I’m reading at the time
    8. Charging cords for electronic devices
    9. Lip Balm

  • Ratan R

    iPad
    Camera
    Pen and notepad
    Sanitizer
    Perfume
    Flash drive
    Snacks

  • René Gutiérrez

    MacBook Pro
    Moleskine
    Pens
    Ipod
    Papers

  • Colin Z

    Zebra F-701
    Moleskine weekly planner
    Pocket Medicine by Sabatine
    Other books depending on the rotation of the month
    AudiOHM canalphones
    iPhone 4G

  • http://kangalex.com Alex K

    Listerine Strips
    Field Notes
    Pen
    Macbook Pro
    Hand Sanitizer
    iPod Nano

  • Bryan B

    I don’t carry much, but there are three things I have with me almost every day:

    Laptop
    Kindle
    mini umbrella (though if I win I’ll have to see if that fits into this type of briefcase)

  • mark

    medicine
    leatherman
    stethascope
    laptop.
    gloves
    flashlight
    specs
    pen and pencil
    paper

  • Brett S

    laptop
    pens / paper
    gum
    Men in Black memory eraser

  • Amenda Winter

    I want to have this one!!They are unique and I think they are durable enough…

  • Mars

    Fountain pen
    Reusable water bottle
    Notepad
    Good reading book
    Plant/Bird/Mammal Field Guide
    Wallet
    Keys
    Phone
    Camera
    Flash drive

  • Eric m

    Macbook
    Journal
    Ipad
    Pens, other supplies,
    Resume. Im still trying to land that perfect job and this would help impress at would be job interviews

  • Michael

    My laptop is essential when I travel, as is a good book. My every day carry involves a card case, keys, phone, and usually a Timex Easy Reader watch with a nylon NATO strap from American Eagle (a lot like the ones from J. Crew). I’m about to switch positions in state government, and my new job will involve some travel throughout the US, so a nice, new briefcase would be a boon.

  • http://www.matthewbahr.me Matthew Bahr

    Gotta love my 1.5 hour commute.

    MB Air
    Kindle
    Mi-Fi
    Magazines

  • Christopher

    Novel
    Moleskine
    Pens
    Sentimental notes
    Portfolio
    Ipod

  • Vince B.

    1. My wallet
    2. Small notebook with pen
    3. A homemade packed lunch

  • Ryan C

    1. work laptop – allows me to do what i do to get paid. also allows me to read Primer everyday =D

    2. iPad2 – used for making my in-person client pitches and conveying my company’s service value to prospect leads.

    3. flash drive – where I keep all my important files for work and personal life. as well as the occasional movie files to watch when i’m on break or “hardly working” ;P

    4. top secret company documents – they’re top secret so i cannot say more on this.

    5. portable Logitech wireless mouse – because the touchpad on the laptop is just not efficient

    currently i’m using my dad’s old company messenger bag which he used for i’d say 15 years. he is now retired and this thing is old. just been waiting on a desirable and trendy briefcase or messenger bag to go on sale to replace this ugly thing. this Hlaska briefcase would be a WONDERFUL replacement =D

  • Casey T

    Let’s see…

    1) Macbook for work
    2) Day Planner
    3) Misc folders and papers for work
    4) Pouch for Meds
    5) 4 GB Flash Drive
    6) Empty grocery tote (for those days when I need to pick things up on the way home)
    7) Home-packed lunch

    and various small things like mini USB cables, keys, pens, wallet. I am currently using a black canvas rucksack to carry things to work, but this would be a much more professional way to come in in the morning!

  • Brett H.

    I’m working on my Ph.D. which sends me to the library on a daily basis. There are several key books that I have with me at all times along with my computor, moleskines, writing utensiles, and starbucks vias. At the moment I’m carrying multiple bags at a time. I think one of yours would be a nice substitute for the canvas grocery bag that’s currently bag no. 2.

  • DLP

    Sketchbook.
    Camera.
    Library book.

  • Alex

    Laptop
    Wallet
    Cell phone

  • Benjamin

    In my Halaska bag, I will carry…

    1) A Halaska bag, and in it I will carry…
    2) A Halaska bag, and in it there will be…
    3) My kit for Bagception

  • Ali

    1) HP probook
    2) Pininfarina USB storage key
    3) Ultimate Ears headphones

  • Greg Tinch

    1. Headphones
    2. Business Cards
    3. Good Book/ Something to read
    4. 2 Nice Pens

  • Caleb

    Notepad, Pens, Waterbottle and granola bars. I get hungry working.

  • david etheridge

    Laptop
    lesson plans
    clip board
    pencils

  • DM

    1. Laptop
    2. Planner
    3. Flash drives
    4. Pens/Pencils
    5. Notepad

  • Dom

    Flash drive, laptop, and a few pens that I overpaid for.
    Tissues, aspirin, chapstick, deodorant.
    More than a few notebooks, textbooks, library books.
    Camera, dice, cards, lunch, and a spare shirt.

    (Everything I need for a day of adventure.)

  • Mitchell

    1. Planner
    2. Padfolio
    3. Business Cards
    4. Mac Book
    5. A pen that doesn’t make me look like a poor college kid.

  • Ryan

    Moleskin Notebook
    Laptop and chargers
    Phone and chargers
    Pen

  • JJ

    MacBook Pro
    iPad
    Pens
    Notepad

  • Pete Bruck

    I would carry my MacBook Pro, a file folder or two and probably a magazine or two. But primarily, image is important and this bag just looks good!

  • TN

    iPad in Hlaska iPad Sleeve (Chocolate)
    MacBook Pro
    Some magazines
    Sunglass case

  • CA

    Toshiba Thrive
    Notebook
    Reading Glasses
    Business Cards

  • Geo

    iPad
    Circa organizer
    Business cards
    Ton of daily mail

  • Kris

    MacBook Air
    iPod + headphones
    Padfolio
    Reading book

  • Rudd

    Headphones
    Notebook
    My Lunch

    All problems can then be dealt with!
    x

  • Josh

    Macbook Pro
    biz cards
    books
    flask
    cash

  • Chris

    Laptop
    Pen
    Notepad
    Flash drive
    MP3 player
    Umbrella

  • wes

    MacBook
    iPod
    Headphones
    Umbrella

  • http://jssolichin.com Jonathan Solichin

    books, laptop, primer magazine

  • Jim

    iPad
    Notepad
    Big Red
    Casebook

  • Chris

    Headphones
    Android Tablet
    Hydryx Workout Towel
    mini bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Soap
    Pen w/ notebook
    Umbrella

  • John

    laptop
    iphone earphones and cords
    moleskine notebook and pencils

  • Matt

    Legal Size pad of paper

    Mont Blanc Pen

    Tablet (any make)

  • Brad Glemser

    I travel a lot for work and so far only have a book bag to carry things on the plane with me. It’s not a good look with my suit. I need to look as credible as possible, for I am a project manager fresh out of college working with physicians and nurses who have been in healthcare longer than I’ve been alive.

    Items:
    Laptop
    Charger
    USB
    Wallet
    Work papers
    Kindle
    Business cards
    Ethernet cable

  • Andy

    Pen
    iPad
    Work

  • jacobyjd

    iPad
    phone
    wallet

  • Rob Z

    1. Laptop
    2. iPad
    3. Kindle

    (Yeah, I like my tech.)

  • Tim

    Kindle
    Lunch
    Notebooks

  • Marco

    macbook
    iphone
    book

  • Ross

    1) Viewsonic G Tablet
    2) Netbook
    3) Writing Pad + Pens

  • David Stewart

    As a student, you’re bag must be as versatile as you are, but my key items include my laptop, my notebooks, books and papers. As well as the necessary charges, cords, and tech tools to stay online during the long lectures. And once winter comes, you gotta throw your coffee thermos in there. Nice contest, Thanks!

  • Daniel

    Macbook
    Iphone
    multiple books
    legal pad
    pens

  • AcK

    Files
    Laptop
    Engineering Pad
    Pencils
    Rainicorn

  • Ulrik

    Nex5
    Notebook
    Kindle
    Galaxy II
    3 pens, 3 pencils.
    Keys
    cell phone charger.

  • Ian

    iPod touch
    Das Lied von Der Erde (Mahler)
    MUJI notebooks
    Buck 110 folding knife

  • Kurt

    Hp Laptop
    Notepads
    Pencils/Pens
    Binders
    Sometimes a book, generally my Boy Scout Handbook.

  • Steve

    – business cards
    – notebook
    – pen
    – spare tie (because you just never know…)

  • http://www.mjmedia.co Mike Weiss

    1) Laptop
    2) Cell charger
    3) Checkbook

  • Chris

    1) Laptop
    2) Charger
    3) Headphones

    I am painfully dull. :)

  • Craig

    My current (inadequate) briefcase contains all of my ‘burb-to-city commuting essentials:

    Gadgets (iPad, iPhone, Kindle)
    Water
    Snacks
    Umbrella
    Headphones
    Train pass
    Book

  • Alex

    Headphones
    Laptop
    Notepad

  • Rajasekaran M

    Laptop
    Notepad
    Headphones
    Snack
    MP3 Player
    water
    charger (laptop, phone)

  • Clay

    Macbook Air
    Case briefs
    Lunch
    Paperwork

  • Andrew

    notebook, a pen, and a leatherman

  • Jim Ford

    work laptop
    pocket knife
    pen & pad
    my dignity! 😛

  • John

    Insulin
    Laptop
    Resumes

  • Jimmy

    As a student, here’s my list!

    Textbook
    Graphing Calculator
    Notebook
    Fountain Pen

  • Martin Fukui

    1) Laptop
    2) iPod
    3) Water Bottle
    4) Pens/Pencils
    5) Advil
    6) Tide To-Go Pen
    7) Earphones/Headphones
    8) Trail Mix Snack Bar

  • Louis

    Notepad
    Pen
    Laptop

  • Brenden

    1. computer
    2. kindle
    3. trail mix

  • Matt

    Laptop
    Kindle
    Gucci Sunglasses
    HTC Android phone
    Business cards
    Cross pen
    Sennheiser headphones
    Keys

  • Brooke

    laptop
    kindle
    mp3 player
    sharpie pens
    notebook

  • http://reddit.com Adam

    Notebook
    Laptop
    Book
    Candy

  • Dylan

    I’d carry my portfolio with my resumes, my kindle to read while waiting, and a moleskin for keeping notes.

  • Erick

    I would carry everything I need for work and play –
    My tablet, mp3 player, papers for work, a pen, screwdriver, various cables & adapters, and diabetic supplies.

  • Tom Rod

    I gotta have my daily planner, laptop, and my bike lock for it to be a productive day.

  • Dane

    Absolute essentials? Depends largely on where I’m going and for how long, but here goes…

    Wallet with I.D., Health Card, cash and credit card.
    Sunglasses with cleaning solution/cloth
    Eyeglasses with hardshell case
    Extra pair of brown or black dress socks
    Cell phone
    Flash drive
    Doublemint chewing gum
    Dental floss

    Any documents or papers I need I try to put on the flash drive, but sometimes hard copies are required, or just nice to have as a back-up.

  • Mario

    Just got my briefcase stolen with laptop and everything, i desperately need one.

    I would carry my HP laptop
    Pen
    Iphone
    Business cards
    picture of my daughters.

  • http://consummatestyle.tumblr.com Emmanuel

    Laptop
    Latest GQ & Details magazine
    mp3 player
    checkbook
    business cards

  • Dan

    Laptop, FranklinCovey day planner, financial reports, newspaper, misc., pens and markers, extra set of keys, and wallet.

  • david

    laptop.
    pen.
    cell phone
    wallet
    business cards
    toothpicks.

  • Greg

    Some old newspapers and an apple core. (a la Lionel Hutz)

  • Toby Stock

    My hopes of being E&Y Entrepreneur of the year 2013.

  • Todd Norton

    I’m a teacher and I need this! Plus, it will replace my fanny pack.

  • http://mattdemers.com Matt Demers

    1. iPad
    2. Notepad
    3. Pens
    4. Voice recorder
    5. Wired Magazine

  • Ben

    Laptop
    iPod classic
    Sennheiser IE8 In-Ears

  • Adam

    Laptop
    Notepad
    Pens
    Headphones
    Metrocards

  • Michael Valentino

    Its always important to carry the following:

    Cellphone
    Deodorant
    Pen
    Business Cards
    Sunglasses

  • Dusty O.

    This kit would be beyond helpful to my daily life. I’d stuff it with newspapers and magazines, sunglasses, knives, my planner, and possibly a pimento cheese sandwich. Bingo!

  • Brian P

    Pen
    Laptop
    Moleskine
    Swiss Army knife
    flask
    sunglasses
    Smart Phone

  • Andrew

    Hmm, tough.

    First and foremost, a Leuchtturm1917 Slim Master Notebook. Never be without a notebook, it has limitless functionality. Pair that with a pen and pencil–just something to write with. As an architecture student, these first few are pretty essential to have on hand.

    A copy of Interview Magazine, a cultural staple since the day Warhol started it.

    Miniature umbrella, less for yourself than for the beautiful girl who you conveniently have the opportunity to offer it to.

    A good book. There’s so many times during the day that I have the opportunity to read a few pages, but no book on my person.

    Perhaps one of those tiny, Altoid-tin-sized survival kits. Could be useful in a number of situations that aren’t too uncommon.

    Pocket address book. Yes, your contacts are in your phone, but that has a limiting battery life. Plus, little black books are neat.

    Macbook, occasionally. Love the thing, but I’ve found it’s less of a necessity for day-to-day operations than it used to be. A lot of the other items here are manual replacements for what the Mac would be used for.

    And other odds and ends, as seen fit.

  • Tyler

    Knob Creek Vanilla Bourbon – Large Batch
    Kamel Red Lite Cigarettes
    Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum

    …Gummy Bears.

  • justin

    disguises

    manifesto

    snacks

  • Cody

    iPad, Moleskine and far too many sheet of paper, in style.

  • Daniel

    iPad, molekine notebook, finepoint w/stylus cap, Nikon D5100

  • LDM

    1. A small assortment of stylish pens
    2. Notepad
    3. Sketch book
    4. My real phone
    5. Plan to take over the world*

    *may not be included

  • JOHN

    1. Smartphone
    2. iPod
    3. Smartphone/iPod recharger thingy that also doubles as a wristband fashion accessory
    3. A good book
    4. Small pocket mirror and a travel pack of Kleenex to deal with long-standing paranoia that there is visible snot in my nose when I’m talking to someone…. sooo embarrassing

  • http://muranoplace.com/blog/. Thomas

    I want to join and win of course!!

  • T.R.Parker

    Sketchbook
    Pencils
    Business Cards
    Laptop

  • Jacob

    MacBook Pro
    Legal Pad
    Pens & Highlighters
    Daily newspaper

  • http://www.charliesheenanswers.com David P Rinse

    I would carry only the necessary basics:

    Laptop
    Slim hard drive (you bnever know when you’ll need it)
    Notebook
    Ibuprofen
    Business cards
    Porsche pen

  • Brian

    notebook
    laptop
    pen
    “The Investment Answer” By Dan Goldie and that other guy

  • Todd

    Laptop
    Notepad
    Pen
    Flash Drive

  • kenny

    Laptop
    Lab book
    Pen

  • Gustavo

    Here goes:

    -MacBook Pro + charger
    -Ipod Touch + headphones
    -Black, Blue, and Red Pens
    -Highlighter
    -Mech. Pencil
    -Notepad
    -Leatherman micra
    -Wine opener
    -Reading material
    -A lighter
    -Bus. cards

  • http://natankuchar.com Natan

    MacBook Pro
    Fresh Undies
    Twix

  • Paul

    iPad
    Briefs
    Business Week
    Backpacker magazine
    pocket flashlight
    leatherman
    New York Times
    Altoids
    GU Energy gel & Clif bar
    Cross pen & notepad

  • Ron

    Notepad and pen
    iPhone charger
    Breath mints

  • Ron

    One of the things that this briefcase should have is a laptop. I probably made this bag as my laptop case. I will also put papers and other important documents when I travel.This briefcase is amazing.

  • Ryan C

    so who won? lol

    • http://www.primermagazine.com Andrew

      We’re announcing tomorrow! :)

  • Andy Clint

    I really wanted this briefcase and I am really sad I can’t join the contest…

  • Lydia

    Hi…I want the color of this briefcase and i am planning to have one for my office works…

  • Emily

    Everyone wants to have this and so do I…

  • http://www.outletbelstaffjackets.com Belstaff

    I want the color of this briefcase and i am planning to have one for

  • Robin

    I am looking forward to have a briefcase just like this one…It is awesome!!