Back in the day men wore the expected tailored business suit in my white shoe law firm, but there was always a couple guys who wore their neck ties with hush puppies and orange short sleeve shirts. They were viewed as eccentric but tolerated in good humor. Now in this alleged era of tolerance-worship a young gent better not come to work with a hard-sided brief case. Heh.Would never consider giving a hard-sided case to a 25-year-old. Would likely get shoved into a closet, never to be seen again. So many better options out there.
Walk proudly when carrying an old friend, such as that pictured in the post above!Well I must admit I don't carry either of mine these days. A lovely Renwick and a Hartmann. Both relegated to the closet.
I carry this when needed but still get the ho-ho's from the younger metro's in the office who carry sleek bags to match their calf hugging suit trousers
Did you happen to carry one of those ubiquitous Samsonite plastic ones?Back in the day men wore the expected tailored business suit in my white shoe law firm, but there was always a couple guys who wore their neck ties with hush puppies and orange short sleeve shirts. They were viewed as eccentric but tolerated in good humor. Now in this alleged era of tolerance-worship a young gent better not come to work with a hard-sided brief case. Heh.
Nope. Cordovan-colored leather. Lasted many years but finally abuse took its toll. Replaced it with a soft one similar to that posted by the Great Garbanzo above. Never gave a moment's thought to office-acceptability. Now retired but still use it occasionally for board meetings.Did you happen to carry one of those ubiquitous Samsonite plastic ones?
This is what I carried in college. It's hard to express the amount of abuse I heaped on this bad boy, and it never complained.
I'm not 25, but those are all the things I want out of my bag as well. I mostly carry my computer, various chargers, a few papers (again, I'm not 25!), and my iPad.If I were 25, I'd want the following in a bag:
- it protects my computer and other electronics
- I can retrieve items on-the-go, without needing to lay it down (like if I'm in a place, on a train, or my bag is on the floor next to my chair in a cafe)
- I can carry it cycling (ie. messenger bag style)
It is but that is a google image of the same model as mine. I have great patina as well but I've taken better care of the leather.I think the sleek bags of those young metros won't hold a candle to your uniquely aged and patina'd briefcase. It's a bit hard for my old eyes to make out, but is this one a Hartmann too, like the one in your closet?
There may be some special uses for these hard-sided cases. They are often useful for carrying materials that should be protected against being squeezed or squished. Another use might be to fill the case with polystyrene foam which is cut into specific shapes to house particular objects. One of my friends carries photographic lenses and cameras in a similar case, although it is a bit wider than standard briefcases.It is but that is a google image of the same model as mine. I have great patina as well but I've taken better care of the leather.
Timely subject. We are currently packing up to move and I was looking at both hard sided cases just this evening. I really can't see using these any longer just based on carrying capacity.
Should a person be bicycling or walking to work, a backpack can greatly simplify the process. In so many ways a backpack can be the right choice for some. Whether you are headed for the woods/mountains or on your way to work, a backpack frees your hands to do other tasks! Nuff said.I will say a backpack with a suit, or even nice business casual clothing, is a HARD NO for me. A messenger-bag style sling is fine, though.
Backpacks are for backpacking (and perfectly appropriate there)-- save them for that use.
Indeed. When I lived in Rochester (1975-81, graduate school plus a 2-year postdoc at the U of R on an NIH grant) I used to attend screenings of foreign flicks at St John's Fisher, a nice private school with a great film society then -- no idea if that sort of thing has continued. One of my Wisconsin colleagues, a philosophy and religion professor went to St John Fisher's some years ago, and she has said she enjoys the school very much.St John Fisher Grad here....1981