The $90 Leather Briefcase with Prime Shipping

The best leather briefcase under $100.
Affordable leather briefcase

Every man needs a toolbox.

Something that protects his daily instruments, and looks great too.

For generations, this took the form of tough steel boxes that were not only indestructible but designed in bright reds, blues, and greens. The gentlemen carrying these weren't simply technicians, they were craftsmen; artisans proud of their work who knew how finished a job looked was equally important to its longevity.

And just because your daily tools may not be hammers and wrenches, doesn't mean you shouldn't protect them.

One of the first accessory purchases a man makes after he's shown an interest in improving his appearance and how the world perceives him is some sort of “toolbox” to proudly carry the instruments of his work. It's not hard to understand why – standing in front of a mirror with an outfit perfectly balancing layers, colors, and form, and then slinging the messenger bag you've been shuttling around since sophomore year over your shoulder completely negates your style growth.

It's a cliche that one of the first things a woman notices is a man's shoes. They represent an attention to detail, a personal style beyond utilitarian, that defines more about a man than the pattern of his shirt or how well it's tucked in. And shoes are a relatively small percentage of the outfit as a whole. Now imagine a 16″ rectangle hanging off of your body. Your suit fits? Who cares – that Targus computer bag from Circuit City just killed the whole thing.

The problem is, as soon as you start looking into more dapper alternatives, the price immediately makes the prospect impossible. I'm a big fan of Saddleback Leather briefcases, but if you're not in a place in life where you can drop $400 on a laptop bag, what are you going to do?

I've been doing Primer for a long time – since 2008 – so I've come across a lot of cheaper leather briefcases and messenger bags. And the problem with any that are sub-$150 is that the leather looks so cheap, even when new.

Should we expect a frugal leather bag to look good after years and years and years of wear? Of course not. But if we're going to spend our hard earned money, we at least want it to look great when it's new.

Unfortunately those requirements meant we have to leave the idea of a leather bag off of the table and go for something like canvas. There are a lot of affordable canvas bags out there that look great and are made well, stay tuned for more of those.

But what if you really want an affordable leather briefcase?

What if you want the best leather briefcase under $100?

Then I've got just what you're looking for.

While doing research for a series on budget alternatives for canvas bags a la Filson I struck gold. I came across a beautiful leather briefcase on Amazon from an Italian company called Baccini.

The most amazing part? It's only $89.90.

I was skeptical, as we always should be, of affordable leather products, especially when they only have 8 reivews on Amazon. But the leather looked surprisingly nice in the photos and I dug the overall design – minimal and modern. So I pulled the trigger and hoped for the best.

It came 2 days later (Thanks Prime!) and I was smitten immediately. This bag is real leather. The details of what kind it is and where it comes from are sparse. But it's clearly an oil type leather, with qualities of nice “pull up” leathers. This gives the bag a look and feel of something that should cost much, much more.  The advantage to this kind of leather is that it wears well, but also because scratches can be rubbed out with your hand or with a damp cloth.

It also smells amazing, which I know is the first-line test every guy checks for on a leather good. 😉

One of the reasons I like the soft and unstructured leather construction is that it allows for overstuffing. My Saddleback bag is a tank, but its leather is thick and you can only fit so much in it. (Not to mention, it weighs a lot too.)

The Baccini bag has a nice finished lining with a ton of pockets and features:

  • The main interior compartment has two open pockets on one side and a deep zipper pocket on the other
  • On the outside, both sides have deep, full length zipper pockets
  • On the front side, there's a vertical zipper for a gadget pocket that would fit your phone or mini tablet
  • Leather handles with nice muted silver buckles
  • Perhaps the one detail that impressed me most is on each end of the main zipper are magnet closures like those found on nice purses
  • It includes a laptop sleeve that has a velcro closure
  • It comes with a cotton shoulder strap

The construction feels solid (apparently it's handmade). The leather is better than expected. It's roomy and versatile for everyday use and it looks like it cost a lot more than it did.

Will this bag last you years of tough wear? I doubt it, but I only say that because of its perceived durability based on price. It might last you forever if you care for it properly. It does look great and I believe you'll definitely get your money's worth. I've been using it daily for a little over a month and love it. Inspect the photo gallery above and then make the purchase, I bet you'll be as excited as I was.

Buy It On Amazon for $90

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.

  • Wes

    I love you so much, Primer.

  • Thorn1

    Wow that is a crazy find. I genuinely just buy everything you tell me to. Every other site even insta is just all overpriced stuff. I like that you guys are preaching real products for real people. Thx for everything!

    • Amy Jones

      Thorn, there is a site has real products for real people, https://www.zlay.com/, you are sure to find what you want with a good price.

  • Jesse

    You read my mind! I’ve been wanting a bag upgrade. The leather looks surprsingly good for the price.

  • db

    Ordered mine today. Something, I been looking for at a reasonable price.

  • Sean

    Any suggestions for a reasonably priced leather weekender?

  • Alex

    any idea of it has a strap on the back so that it can go over the handle of your carry on luggage? that a necessity for me when in and out of airports, hotels, etc.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      It doesn’t have a specific strap for that but I’ve used one handle or tightened the shoulder strap to do it with other bags.

  • Alexandre

    Sorry to be the party breaker here, but don’t buy this. This bag is made of genuine leather, which is one of the lowest quality leather available. If you want a bag that will last a long time that will only look better with age then I strongly suggest buying a full grain leather bag. Step up your game and buy something like this : http://www.amazon.com/Vicenzo-Leather-Professional-Grain-Briefcase/dp/B00EPWHNA4

    • Christian Naylor

      “Spend 2.5X what this post is describing and get a much better bag”

      Way different price point. If we were looking for something much more expensive, Andrew has already selected a few for us.

  • browneagle44 ロベルト

    I splurged on a Satchel & Paige mailbag when I got my first big contract. It’s lasted three years so far, with no signs of slowing down. This bag looks like a nice gateway drug for someone who wants the class of a leather bag without spending a few days’ pay on a Satchel or Saddleback bag.

    Bonus points! Amazon has some great leather weekend bags too, as do thrift stores-my current bag is a leather duffel I picked up for $10 locally 😀

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Whoa nice! S&Ps bags are gorgeous, congrats! Working on a weekender/duffel series, I’d love to know which Amazon bags you’ve found.

  • MCS

    I bought this bag on a fire sale (“We’re having a fire sale?!”) a couple years ago. It’s still going strong, and I couldn’t be more pleased with it.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Glad to hear that!! Thanks for letting us know.

  • TJ

    Interesting. If i needed a briefcase I would seriously consider this one. I’d be interested to see you do an article on this 6 months-1 year later to see how it’s holding up.

    • Piper

      @andrewsnavely:disqus Can we get the 1 year later update?

      • John D

        Just came across this review and would also like to know how the bag is holding up. Can we get a brief update?

  • Andrew Jefferies

    Hey Andrew, great name btw, do you have a recommendation for a basic laptop briefcase? I saw the Aurora by Olson and the Knomo Tokyo are no longer available. The Knomo Lincoln looks similar (and it’s on sale for $40 on amazon right now. It looks similar, but I wasn’t sure if they were the smae style, different name.
    http://www.amazon.com/Knomo-Lincoln-53-202-Briefcase-Black/dp/B00E6ODWRE/ref=sr_1_20?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1458615828&sr=1-20&keywords=knomo

  • Michael

    One of my biggest vices is men’s travel bags and luggage. I definitely appreciate the reasoning around carrying leather. I used to carry one years ago but haven’t gone back since. But THIS!!….this bag is making be me weak. It’s on my Amazon wish list…Might pull the trigger on it soon. Good looking out!

  • Joey Buyske

    You must have inspired everyone to go buy one because they are sold out on Amazon!

    • Amy Jones

      If you can not find one on Amazon, I believe you will find your favorite on https://www.zlay.com/, where a variety of leather products are available.

  • Clark

    Dang… apparently your post was popular, as the bag is no longer in stock on Amazon. Bummer, got a rare no-brainer approval from the wife to purchase.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Blast! Yeah this was really popular with everyone. Make sure you subscribe to Primer’s spam-free newsletter so you can jump on things http://eepurl.com/bLOCgD

    • JB32nd

      Clark, I picked one up and am about to throw it on eBay or CL. It was an impulse buy and I already have 4 other similar briefcases. If you are interested, let me know.

      • Chris Eyestone

        Hi there! Are you still interested in selling your extra bag? I would welcome the opportunity to work with you!

        • JB32nd

          I am sorry to say that since I didn’t hear back from Clark, I checked with Amazon and was able to return it for a full refund just yesterday.

  • Lindsay Schramm

    Sincerely, don’t know whether showing my fella this site was a blessing or a curse. On one hand, he has upped his game on several levels (fashion being the main one). On the other hand, he sees all these posts and buys himself the items before I can get them as gifts! J/K love ya, Primer. Wish I worked for ya’ll. Keep it up!

  • Tim Wilson

    Question, is it okay to carry these leather briefcases in the rain? I am saving up for a nice leather attache now. I currently have my eye on one that Pad and Quill make. I want to carry this bag everyday, but don’t wont to ruin it on rainy days.

    • Amy Jones

      Tim, please rest assure that the leather briefcase will not be ruined in rainy days. If you are still looking for a proper one, then there is a site that I must suggest to you. https://www.zlay.com/

  • William S Edwards

    G’day Andrew, Love your get-up articles, some awesomely cool stuff, It’s a pitty we can’t get these in Aus. looks like a great buy… c’mon Amazon, you have an online presence here but limit options. Sad Aussie 🙁

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      That’s a bummer, sorry about that.

    • Amy Jones

      William, actually, you can find many leather bags like this one on https://www.zlay.com/, which specializes in leather products such as leather bags and shoes. More importantly, you can get them though you are in Aus. Haha..

  • brownm279

    Love the leather. I don’t see any place to store the small stuff like charger cords, pens, etc. Some grid-its would be a must.

    • Amy Jones

      If you love leather product, then you must not miss the site https://www.zlay.com/, where sells a variety of leather products such as leather bags, shoes and accessories. The site specializes in leather products.

  • Andrew Leffler

    Do you recommend anything that has the luggage strap on the back? I fly every week and a bag like with that feature is nice because I don’t wrinkle my suit in the airport.

  • Jose Covarrubias

    They’re out of stock now :(. I should’ve bought it as soon as I saw this.