Evolution of the Briefcase
The term "briefcase" originated as lawyers typically used cases to carry and present briefs to court. The early bags were leather or hide satchels that eventually evolved into the hinged rigid framed cases so popular in the 1960's and 1970's. Although the hardside attache is not as popular as it used to be, there are still several options available for those who prefer that style, such as the Samsonite Delegate or Focus attache.
Briefcases have evolved as the laptop computer emerged as an essential tool for business people, especially those who frequently travel. It seems everyone has a laptop by their side at airports, hotels and coffee shops. Therefore, the laptop case has become the new briefcase. These bags are light and flexible and made of nylon or leather. They include pockets for cell phones, PDAs, CDs and other must-have business items.
Laptop briefcases have become much more fashion conscious as stylish businesswomen demand more than the basic black laptop case. McKlein's W Series, Lodis business cases, and Jack Georges Milano collection feature bright color and fashion-forward design.
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