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what kind of bags do you guys carry to work?

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May 25, 2009

I've yet to begin full-time, but I remember when I was in the office for interviews at the firm I'm working at, my friend (guy who got me a job) walked in with an Under Armour gym bag. I'd guess that's pretty acceptable.

Probably wouldn't rock a brief case quite yet. A backpack could probably be fine, but it would depend on the type of backpack.

May 25, 2009

I used to carry around a nylon Tumi until I realized there's really no need to bring a bag to and fro every day. Just leave one in the office.

Plus, when you walk into the office late it's really obvious that you just showed up; whereas, if you walk in sans bag, you can play it off like you were in a meeting or something. ...a great tip from a departing analyst last year!

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May 25, 2009
jackofalltrades:

Plus, when you walk into the office late it's really obvious that you just showed up; whereas, if you walk in sans bag, you can play it off like you were in a meeting or something. ...a great tip from a departing analyst last year!

Post of the week!

May 25, 2009

I carried papers always, even if I just went for a walk.

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May 25, 2009

i usually carry an employer branded messenger bag or duffel bag (if i'm planning to hit the gym). The company issued bag looks more acceptable than a regular gym bag or backpack. My main argument is that if it wasn't acceptable, they wouldn't have given it to me and stamped the company logo all over it.

I usually keep it in one of the closets near the elevator banks (so people don't notice you're coming in/leaving.

you don't really need to bring much with you, but it is helpful if you don't feel like jamming your cell phone, blackberry, keys, wallet, and iPod in your pant pockets.

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May 25, 2009

Haha. Yes, on several occasions I may or may not have gone into the kitchen/supply room on the way into work and grabbed a pad of paper and a pen -- and then complained about "early morning conference calls" if i ran into someone...

May 26, 2009

i had the employer branded bag the first few weeks of my internship - i actually had shit that i had to read & go over. then i switched over to a small to medium sized leather briefcase kind of bag.

May 26, 2009

Bump...I'm interest in hearing what people brought to work as well, especially as a summer analyst. In school, I just had a northface backpack, but its worn out now. I was planning on buying a new bag...thinking about getting a leather messenger bag. What do you guys think? During my internship, I might want to bring some bagged lunches / quick snacks to eat so I can get my meals in and still eat healthy. I also want to bring a notebook to take notes of questions I have, etc.

May 26, 2009

I use a leather brief bag. It's got a strap like a messenger bag, handles like a brief case, and is a little bit smaller than your usual messenger bag.

May 26, 2009
h.e.pennypacker:

I use a leather brief bag. It's got a strap like a messenger bag, handles like a brief case, and is a little bit smaller than your usual messenger bag.

Where did you buy it from and for how much? (Picture?)

May 26, 2009
pds:
h.e.pennypacker:

I use a leather brief bag. It's got a strap like a messenger bag, handles like a brief case, and is a little bit smaller than your usual messenger bag.

Where did you buy it from and for how much? (Picture?)

I got an all black leather one from my dad.

You can buy one online at banana republic, http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?ci....
It's not black leather, but that's the idea.

Edit: It's pretty much this (fits a laptop): http://www.leathertree.com/xl-leather-computer-por...

May 26, 2009

do you guys carry a cell phone as well as a blackberry?

May 26, 2009
goldmanballer:

do you guys carry a cell phone as well as a blackberry?

I used to carry both, when I first started, but i've found it's better just to have the blackberry.

May 26, 2009

Brief Bags

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May 26, 2009

In the US, those are called purses and only women carry them.

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May 26, 2009

I'm guessing you're one of those people that wears a backpack to work like a highschooler?

EDIT: I just looked up that bag and it's a legit woman's purse...Europe is so weird.

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May 26, 2009

Official WSO Unacceptable Work Bags

1) A large purse/ mom carry-all bag
2) School Bag e.g. LL Bean monogrammed, JanSport, Eddie Bauer, etc
3) Rolling suitcase style bags (if you cannot carry your laptop via your arms/shoulder you are a one-punch-kill)

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May 26, 2009
adapt or die:

***Official WSO Unacceptable Work Bags***

1) A large purse/ mom carry-all bag2) School Bag e.g. LL Bean monogrammed, JanSport, Eddie Bauer, etc3) Rolling suitcase style bags (if you cannot carry your laptop via your arms/shoulder you are a one-punch-kill)

<<< CONFIRMED >>>

This is actually hilarious :'-D

May 26, 2009

I use an under armour drawstring bag....

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May 26, 2009

Spaghetti straps are for womens' dresses

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May 26, 2009

The bag I use looks similar to this (I don't have a picture of it, as it was made by a local leatherworker):

http://i00.i.aliimg.com/wsphoto/v0/1071533286/Top-...
It does the job for me and looks good. Granted, I'm not in a more image-driven sector of the finance world, so maybe it's uncouth or shitty, but I like it. I prefer a classic, naturally tanned leather look.

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May 26, 2009

did you just post this thread to brag about how much you spent on a satchel?

to answer the question, I don't have a bag that I need to carry to work regularly. if I did happen to work in NYC, I'd probably have something a little more rugged and wouldn't spend >$700 on it

@adapt or die is a jansport acceptable if you've written all of your favorite quotes in white out pen on it? or am I the only one that did this in middle school...

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May 26, 2009
thebrofessor:

@adapt or die is a jansport acceptable if you've written all of your favorite quotes in white out pen on it? or am I the only one that did this in middle school...

"And if my day keeps goin' this way I just might break your fuckin' face tonight! GIMME SUMTHIN TO BREAK!!" --Limp Bizkit

"JNCO 4 Lyfe!!!!1"

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May 26, 2009

When you roll into your BB with some good quotes penned on there is definitely helps, but in my mind to get top bucket you need to have at least two iron on patches of some sort of punk/grunge band or nintendo graphic. Without that form of flair, you're just another cog in the BB wheel.

May 26, 2009

what about skateboard companies or an anarchy symbol? or is that like the back office of IB bag swag.

May 26, 2009

Anarchy symbols are more of a BO thing, the crew in FO is all peace signs.

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May 26, 2009

I will neither confirm nor deny the fact that one of my analysts has come into opsland wearing tony hawk shoes.

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May 26, 2009

ew, the hawk brand ones? no thanks.

now, if he came in wearing early/mid 90s airwalks? MAD RESPECT

May 26, 2009

Yes the hawk brand shoes you can find at kohls or target. The kind 4th graders wear that are not real skateboard shoes.

Side note: Only in ops can you see someone wearing a clip-on tie. Also, what is up with people wearing Mossimo, Faded glory, or dickie's button shirts in BO? I think I'm going to have to gift some ties and shirts for a few of these scrubs when it's the holiday season.

May 26, 2009

yikes. I guarantee the charles thyrwitt annual sale (3 shirts for $99) is within their budgets. dickies? that's just wrong.

May 26, 2009

Didn't know dickies made shirts. You know, some people just don't care about that stuff. To each his/her own, I suppose.

May 26, 2009

Yeah at least it's just more of a problem with the younger guys. The problem is we have like 4 or 5 guys that are like this who also hang out. I seriously would've thought that they would be in the IT dept.

Funny outfit from a kid I interviewed years ago: white pants, pink shirt, no tie, jacket had the elbow patches, and he was wearing flip flops. Not to mention the guy had a zit & pus infested face, unibrow, and had the 16 yr old dweeb facial hair.

May 26, 2009

On a related note, CT has a $29 sale on all shirts sometime in early June. Didn't know how good they would be, so I only bought 3 last year. I'm stocking up as soon as I get an email from them this time around.

May 26, 2009

believe it or not, i was actually just curious. i found it quite difficult to find a bag that was properly made, had just the right amount of space, wasn't a backpack, looked elegant without being boring etc. i had the brand recommended to me by a friend who raved about it, checked it out and ordered. now i have to wait a couple of weeks to get my hands on it as the bags are made to order. hope it'll be worth the wait.

anyway, if one doesn't care for design i see why the topic might be of little interest.

as for jansport, i'm not bringing in anywhere near enough money to pull that off with my boss.

May 26, 2009

I figured your husband picked it out for you

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May 26, 2009

i'd give you points for your subtle way of asking but then again... so to be clear: no, i won't go with you. not because i have any problems with homosexual men as such; besides the fact that i am not gay we're just too different you and i. you, the annoying, spotty kid who eats for comfort whilst being bullish on the keyboard; me, who if prompted somewhat hopes you'll also get a chance to feel happy one day but who otherwise doesn't care much about it.

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May 26, 2009

Dude fuckin chill haha

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May 26, 2009

holy fucking tool lol. you spent $600 on a women's bag, bud

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May 26, 2009

I rarely agree with patton oswalt, but he's right here...

https://youtu.be/Wuo8WK5U_YU?list=PLdCV1Q2BIN2TJ19...

May 26, 2009
adapt or die:

I figured your husband picked it out for you

:'''-D

May 26, 2009

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May 26, 2009

This is what I rock, but sometimes I'm afraid MDs will think it's too much:

http://static1.squarespace.com/static/546d61b5e4b0...

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May 26, 2009

is that custom?

May 26, 2009

No, it's from Zegna's new collection

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May 26, 2009

I actually used to work with a guy who brought all his stuff to work every day in a doubled up target plastic bag. Every day for 2 years he did it. He easily made 7 figures too. Pretty badass

May 26, 2009
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May 26, 2009

Check out Jack Georges briefcases - if you get one of the larger ones you can carry your laptop/folders/electronics. Buying one of these (though pricy) was one of my best purchases.

I also carry a small gym bag just in case I have time to work out in the evening.

May 26, 2009

I have a pretty plan Coach leather briefcase - good for carrying around NYC for local engagements, decent on the plane for work travel and doesn't look like every other schmo with a Tumi.

May 26, 2009

My parents gave me an LV Icare in Damier Ebene. Best travel bag I've used besides Tumi.

May 26, 2009
FinanceGuy15:

My parents gave me an LV Icare in Damier Ebene. Best travel bag I've used besides Tumi.

Wow.... what a wanker banker. Anyone in my office would be openly mocked if they had anything that ostentatious. That was awfully nice of mommy and daddy though.

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May 26, 2009

Translation for my NYC brethren:
"This kid has a nice bag his parents thoughtfully bought for him upon graduation. I'm jealous and work in a group that doesn't pull much coin, and therefore we'd make fun of this person's attire."

Your puny opinion doesn't matter to me kiddo.

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May 26, 2009
FinanceGuy15:

Translation for my NYC brethren:"This kid has a nice bag his parents thoughtfully bought for him upon graduation. I'm jealous and work in a group that doesn't pull much coin, and therefore we'd make fun of this person's attire."

Your puny opinion doesn't matter to me kiddo.

Your comments just confirm to me that you're either a vinyard vines douche or an insecure Asian kid (which the patterned bag would seem to confirm). Keep up the good work big guy.

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May 26, 2009

This bag makes me think of a French MD from BNP Paribas....

May 26, 2009

I use the bag my firm gave everyone during training lol. Works well enough. Pack my gym clothes in a backpack. Honestly nobody is going to give a shit.

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May 26, 2009

Just bring a big duffel bag, you can also throw your gym shorts in there along with a few bottles of gatorade

May 26, 2009

Lol not as bad as someone with the Gucci pattern tote...seriously I have been someone who works at Goldman in Hong Kong with one of those.

May 26, 2009

Tumi alpha backpack

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May 26, 2009

I use a black Dakine backpack like a normal human

May 26, 2009

There are only two brands I've really seen: Tumi and Jack Spade (I have the former).

The third option it your banking duffle bag. Just don't mix that with your PE shop'd vest ;)

May 26, 2009

Also, nobody really cares if you use a backpack, but don't ruin your suit coat. Skip the backpack and go for a duffel/laptop bag.

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May 26, 2009

I use a Bag of Holding I picked up for like 200g from the local item shop. Easily fits my laptop, gym clothes, and Sword of a Thousand Truths +5. Just gotta make sure to keep any Portable Holes away from it.

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May 26, 2009

My father's old black Picard. The bag's older than myself but still going strong.

May 26, 2009

This thread is hilarious. I hope the next one will be about the types of underwear they wear in IB and how it affects your chances during recruiting.

You killed the Greece spread goes up, spread goes down, from Wall Street they all play like a freak, Goldman Sachs 'o beat.

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May 26, 2009

FO: anything designer
BO: hanes/jockey
PE: 2UNDR, though it's making waves in HF on the west coast

for EMEA, it's uniqlo or GTFO, though moskova is a favorite of the french

May 26, 2009

and Seven Lemons are for interns and retail bankers only

You killed the Greece spread goes up, spread goes down, from Wall Street they all play like a freak, Goldman Sachs 'o beat.

May 26, 2009

Ops: Long johns in the winter.

May 26, 2009
thebrofessor:

FO: anything designerBO: hanes/jockeyPE: 2UNDR, though it's making waves in HF on the west coast

for EMEA, it's uniqlo or GTFO, though moskova is a favorite of the french

No way for PE. We're BSD's and the D can't be doing the S'ing in those nuthuggers. Buyside=commando. Baller. Plus our gonads are really big and need fresh air or they'll overheat and explode and that's a real fucking mess.

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May 26, 2009

you must not have heard of 2UNDR. they're only snug around the legs, they give the boys plenty of room to breathe. it's like having a 500sqft apartment but still having a king size bed, most of the time you're not comfortable, but the important parts are heavenly.

May 26, 2009

Hilarious thread.
On a serious note, this is good quality for money and doesn't look tacky:
http://www.oppermann-london.com/products/vallance-...

May 26, 2009

Wow, that thing is pricey.

May 26, 2009

In all seriousness, I sprung for this last year after 2 years of a random Swiss Army laptop bag that I bought the day before I started work: http://www.filson.com/luggage-bags/briefcases-comp...

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May 26, 2009

Great bag. I use the same in navy.

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May 26, 2009
May 26, 2009

If you're going for the sleek laptop carrier you probably could have just gone for a Tumi option which looks a little less "feminine". I understand your bag was expensive and probably is quite chic in Europe - but it reminds me of a cross between a Mansur Gavriel tote and the Tumi laptop bag I use (http://www.tumi.com/p/nina-commuter-brief-079391D).

May 26, 2009

Still wear my black jansport backpack from highschool (used it all through college as well, things a relic).

May 26, 2009

Jansport '98 model. Jet black to match my mood in the morning. Carries all the essentials - Camelbak 750ml water bottle, sack lunch (PB&J + Cheese Its), current non-fiction book I am reading, glasses case, CFA books and flashcards, text books for work when needed, calculators (two), pens, pencils - you get the idea.

I am 100% serious. I also have a Tumi bag when I need it, but function > form for me.

May 26, 2009
GoldenEagle2009:

Carries all the essentials - Camelbak 750ml water bottle, sack lunch (PB&J + Cheese Its), current non-fiction book I am reading, glasses case, CFA books and flashcards, text books for work when needed, calculators (two), pens, pencils

Haha, has anyone at work ever tried to stuff you in a locker?

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May 26, 2009

Not since grade school when I was 4'11" in 8th grade. But I dated half the girls in my class. #Baller

May 26, 2009

I'm 5'8" now for the record.

WHICH IS AVERAGE.

May 26, 2009

I am picturing you dumping all that bullshit in your bag out on the desk like the crazy chick in the Breakfast Club

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May 26, 2009

Jean Paul Gaultier.

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May 26, 2009

Saddleback Leather briefcases are hard to beat

http://www.saddlebackleather.com/business/briefcases

May 26, 2009

This thread just made me want to buy a leather bag.

May 26, 2009

Jansport

May 26, 2009

OP, the only deal-making done by someone who owns that bag ends in "your money's on the dresser"

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May 26, 2009
May 26, 2009

Nice satchel...just finish up your newspaper route??

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May 26, 2009

Say what you will about the price and potential for lackluster quality, but I recently copped this bad boy and have yet to break it out (waiting for the new job to start using it). Love the look/color combo:

http://www.settonbrothers.com/products/laptop-bag-...

May 26, 2009

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May 26, 2009

Anything Suitsupply offers is stylish, business acceptable and wont make you look like a women

May 26, 2009

Duffel bags

May 26, 2009

traditional backpack with company logo. gift for all analysts my year. i always get complimented on it.

May 26, 2009

Good variant is a leather briefcase. Apart from its functional role it also makes a man look classy and it is the definition of masculinity and professionalism. You can get anything from those with a vintage finish to modern ones and so you only have to choose what conforms to your tastes.

May 26, 2009

Superb Post ! All information together.

May 26, 2009

I have a hairy bag I take everywhere with me. I'm really close to it.

May 26, 2009

Rather interesting look ahead to returning

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May 26, 2009

Fannypack.

Or get a regulator belt like I had when I was a Machoke - helps regulate my strength levels and doubles as a storage device!

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May 26, 2009
Machamp:

Fannypack.

May 26, 2009

Rebecca Minkoff?

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May 26, 2009

Filson

May 26, 2009

The best possible bag which is the one that I also got, Saddleback. You can see it from saddlebackleather.com. The best bag to buy. Very professional but very expensive. But at the same time you're not paying for a name brand like Gucci or Gurka or any other fancy pants company. These bags are of the highest quality. Look into it.

May 26, 2009
quantitativeman13:

The best possible bag which is the one that I also got, Saddleback. You can see it from saddlebackleather.com. The best bag to buy. Very professional but very expensive. But at the same time you're not paying for a name brand like Gucci or Gurka or any other fancy pants company. These bags are of the highest quality. Look into it.

They're way too heavy, even for leather bags. I wouldn't want to be carrying that around...

May 26, 2009

simple black leather messenger bag

You can go as expensive as you want here, but I'd stick to manufacturers that specialize in leather goods. Don't get an Armani bag for $2K because it isn't worth $2K.
Used to wear a lot of brown and tan leathers, but I've kind of gotten bored of it and just stick to minimalism.

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May 26, 2009

I can vouch for Saddleback. My father has a knack for destroying leather goods. This is the brand I buy for him. You may even get tired of the color before the bag quits.

PE is the new black.

May 26, 2009

I have a Saddleback. Great bag. Just be aware that even when empty, it's pretty heavy.

May 26, 2009

For the bag connoisseurs on here, what is your take on Dunhill? Always admired their stuff.

May 26, 2009
Anihilist:

For the bag connoisseurs on here, what is your take on Dunhill? Always admired their stuff.

They have some beautiful leather briefcases. I like their soft ones better, but all quality stuff with understated design (mostly). Also not as crazily priced as similar quality ones.

May 26, 2009

I have a standard black leather Ben Minkoff. I like it.

May 26, 2009

Lots of leather fans on here. I got a Tumi bag as a graduation present and it looks as new as the day I got it.

May 26, 2009

What do you do that you need a bag?

May 26, 2009

Depends for what reason. If i'm riding on a bike ill go with a leather/canvas messenger bag but if it's just into the office I generally bring a standard leather briefcase.

May 26, 2009

I agree with quantitativeman13 - saddleback has great bags. They are expensive but they come with a 100 year warranty. Check out leatherlaptopbackpacks(dot)com to check out saddleback and some other great bags.

May 26, 2009

Check out lotuffleather. I love their stuff and the quality is amazing. Comes at a price though.

May 26, 2009

coach

May 26, 2009

Love my saddleback bag. Been using it for years now and its still looking great.

Price is a bit steep, but you pay for the top grain leather and lifetime warranty.

May 26, 2009

Gotta second the Saddleback. It takes any sort of wear and tear and keeps looking better. If you've got some time to kill, check out their website and read through. Great writing.

May 26, 2009

Get a Tumi bag. I got one when Nordstrom had its anniversary sale and its fantastic. It's not cheap, but it's quality and looks both professional and appealing.

May 26, 2009

jansport

May 26, 2009

First day of training they give you a bag and that's what most people use.

May 26, 2009

^Oh that is the standard at every BB? Well if that is the case you just saved me two hundred bucks haha. Do most people use that for work as well as training?

May 26, 2009
1styearanalyst1:

^Oh that is the standard at every BB? Well if that is the case you just saved me two hundred bucks haha. Do most people use that for work as well as training?

Yes, that's the standard for analysts during training. Some people get a bag once they start work, some people keep using it... no one really cares.

May 26, 2009

Doesn't really matter what you bring. Just don't get some insanely expensive bag and look douchey but also don't bring your shit to work in a plastic bag. Most firms give a nice company duffel or messenger bag during first week of training - if not the first day.

I see people in my office come with backpacks but play it safe until you know what's acceptable and what would be frowned upon.

May 26, 2009

Whatever you get, make sure there's tons of LVs plastered all over it

Apr 14, 2018

VP at a BB - I started with an Allen Edmonds single gusset briefcase bag and love using that, very classy for any work environment. I recently switched it to a briefcase bag from the company "swag store" because it's lightweight and I wanted to show some company pride.

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Atlas was once the briefcase of choice for MBB roadwarriors. A bit heavy, but roomy and indestructible. Does anyone still carry these?

Apr 17, 2018

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Saw intern kid w a old school brief case... he did not get an offer

Apr 17, 2018

Belt and shoes is a given, brown shoes and black belt literally makes my eyes water, but - some men are happy being repulsive to both sexes.

In regards to the bag/briefcase, I have seen both. I haven't seen a lot of people under 30 with briefcases, more of the messenger/document holder/etc. seems to be a lot more common.

Also, most common would be nothing at all - I mean unless you are taking lunch to work, you have your security pass, wallet and phone? Not much need for a bag.

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