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Old 07-11-2012, 06:10 PM
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So I started working at a new job that's located in a class a office building. My last was a class c-. I need to buy my own laptop bag and I've just realized the ones you buy that are pretty nice, are a lot more expensive than the ones I used to get for free at my last job.

I'm thinking of a Briggs & Riley "Work" Medium Slim, but if anyone else has some suggestions, I would love to hear 'em.

Job is Finance and color will be black and price range $170-$230.
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:30 PM
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I have a Korchmar leather ......

http://www.korchmar.com/index.php?le...category_array[0]=2&product_category_array[1]=17

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Those Korchmars are nice bags, Hartmann still makes some classy stuff too.
I sell a lot of these bags thru my business, but the vast majority is the lower end product.
I can make some recommendations, but a couple of questions first:
- you mention Class A space, but what industry? You don't want to be walking around with an "old man bag" if you're working for a technology company.
- how old are you? Young buck or old fart?

I'm a true believer in the old adage "Image makes the man". To that end, here are a few things that will make you stand out:

- great shoes that are always polished
- nice slacks
- a crisply laundered button down
- a nice pen
- a nice watch
- a nice brief case....

I'm sure you've heard all of that before, but reminders never hurt. You can be in the 20th percentile in your office and rise to the top if you look the part (more times than not). If you're in the 70th, you WILL rise to the top!
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That looks real nice. I'm kind of a p()$$Y when it comes to shirts/suits/bags.

Here's what I'm thinking:
First example


Next one


Last one


Thanks for all input. I know I've spent probably $600 on new shirts slacks for the new job...not including the thousand dollar suit for the interview. Suppose this is a good problem to have
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I agree with Kismet - you gotta dress the part ...... I have a closet full european suits, shirts , shoes, watches, bags, etc, etc...

Thank god they are gathering dust ...... Now its ripped jeans and flip flops to work...
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I have two bags....

This for when I am doing a lot of work: Mcklein leather 2 laptop bag, the rear cart is removable and it has a very nice interior. Can probably get one for the $200 range.


This is my second bag I take when I need a brown bag and it was a fathers day present to me:
Coach, i believe you can I don't know what the wife paid but I saw it at an outlet a couple weeks ago for like $240ish....
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Originally Posted by mrandell View Post
That looks real nice. I'm kind of a p()$$Y when it comes to shirts/suits/bags.

Here's what I'm thinking:
First example


Next one


Last one


Thanks for all input. I know I've spent probably $600 on new shirts slacks for the new job...not including the thousand dollar suit for the interview. Suppose this is a good problem to have
Congrats on your new position. The last case seems to be a good fit for a start. Don't go running in to your new office looking completely different from everyone else. Start out with a nice case until you get settled in and can determine what others are using in similar positions. If you start out looking so different from your counter parts you may be in for a rough ride.
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Originally Posted by KismetLRC View Post
Those Korchmars are nice bags, Hartmann still makes some classy stuff too.
I sell a lot of these bags thru my business, but the vast majority is the lower end product.
I can make some recommendations, but a couple of questions first:
- you mention Class A space, but what industry? You don't want to be walking around with an "old man bag" if you're working for a technology company.
- how old are you? Young buck or old fart?

I'm a true believer in the old adage "Image makes the man". To that end, here are a few things that will make you stand out:

- great shoes that are always polished
- nice slacks
- a crisply laundered button down
- a nice pen
- a nice watch
- a nice brief case....

I'm sure you've heard all of that before, but reminders never hurt. You can be in the 20th percentile in your office and rise to the top if you look the part (more times than not). If you're in the 70th, you WILL rise to the top!
I appreciate your input. Most of the building is finance. Specifically, it's the old TransCo tower in Houston, now the Williams building. I work in Finance as a Credit Analyst for a large national bank, and although I don't know all the tenants; I would imagine quite a few work in capital allocation, insurance, finance and any other business that would need a quality presence.

I wear Brooks Brothers shirts (Supima/Egyptian Cotton) and BB slacks (sometimes Jos. A Bank...which will never last long) and Allen Edmonds shoes (simple/no extra stitching).

I would love to buy this
Briefcase Briefcase
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because I've been playing bass guitar all my life and I've carried these cases with me with throughout.

However, it's probably not the best idea
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Originally Posted by Severance View Post
Congrats on your new position. The last case seems to be a good fit for a start. Don't go running in to your new office looking completely different from everyone else. Start out with a nice case until you get settled in and can determine what others are using in similar positions. If you start out looking so different from your counter parts you may be in for a rough ride.
That's good advice. I'm going to order that one. Let your work stand out.
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Just bought the medium slim brief from briggs&riley.

Here's what it looks like:


It'll be perfect for what I'm doing.
Thanks for the advice everyone!
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I use a Shimano Butterfly Jig Bag. Holds my laptop and Ipad. I guess it's not for a class A Office though

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I've carried a laptop around for almost 20 years, and have had at least a dozen cases during that time of various styles.

What are your preferences - Style (Briefcase, Messenger, Backpack? Classic/Modern?) Material (Leather or Canvas)? How big of a laptop and what else will be in the case?

Personally, I don't like the 'brief' style, but that's mostly because I commute by train and don't like holding onto it, especially when it starts getting heavy (and leather makes it heavier, which is why I prefer canvas). The messenger style are (again, IMO) the most comfortable if you need to walk around alot, but if you're going from your car in the garage to your office, not as much of a concern. Not a fan of the backpacks....they usually end up being 'shoulder' bags, though if you bike to work and need your hands free, I supose they're an option.

Check out eBags.com for ideas. They have a pretty nice site that you can filter down by material, laptop size, use, etc....

I'm currently sporting the Oakley Sandbag bag, but it's probably too 'tactical' of a style for what you're looking for:
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Never heard of a Class A or C office.

That being said, I'm in the backpack crowd. I travel too much to have anything else.
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I have always prefered Tumi.

They are pricey though. If you travel for work then their suitcase is a must have....

http://www.tumi.com/product/index.js...ndSrc=paramNav
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Here is what I carry to work every day - and Yes I do also wear Brooks Brothers sports jackets and button down Oxford shirts....honest ..hey it holds my lunch a few books and magazines and my phone

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those other bags are fancy schmansy, but not very practicle. I recommend the backpack style, because if you will be doing any travel at all it is nice to have your hands free.

http://www.ebags.com/product/swissge...uctid=10111179
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those other bags are fancy schmansy, but not very practicle. I recommend the backpack style, because if you will be doing any travel at all it is nice to have your hands free.

http://www.ebags.com/product/swissge...uctid=10111179

This might be taken the wrong way but a backpack style appears a little junior, in my opinion. In my line of work, Account Exec's cary a folio/case while the SE carries a backpack.

Nothing wrong with it but I believe you were interested in perception as well.
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I guess I hadn't paid any attention, but where I work we don't have such protocols:

But I am the CEO so its ok


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This might be taken the wrong way but a backpack style appears a little junior, in my opinion. In my line of work, Account Exec's cary a folio/case while the SE carries a backpack.

Nothing wrong with it but I believe you were interested in perception as well.
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I travel a lot and I love this bag.

http://www.wengerna.com/patriot-whee...ter-case-12353

It has a pull out for the laptop when you board a plane and holds a lot more than just a laptop.
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