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May 25, 2009 - 6:21pm

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 - 6:23pm

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 - 9:11pm

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 26, 2009 - 12:26am

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 - 1:12am

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 - 1:08pm
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 - 8:27pm
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,….

It's not black leather, but that's the idea.

Edit: It's pretty much this (fits a laptop):

May 26, 2009 - 8:48pm

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

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.

May 26, 2009 - 8:49pm

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...

May 26, 2009 - 9:16pm

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 ;)

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May 26, 2009 - 9:23pm

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

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May 26, 2009 - 9:28pm

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.

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May 26, 2009 - 9:41pm

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

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May 26, 2009 - 9:42pm

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 - 9:45pm

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

May 26, 2009 - 9:57pm

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May 26, 2009 - 10:05pm

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 - 10:09pm

New Bag for work..? (Originally Posted: 08/21/2013)

I was wondering what kind of bags you guys use for work. My strap for my current one broke this morning so I'm in the market for a new one.

Any recommendations or styles I should go for? Right now, I had a leather satchel but I'm open to something a little different.


May 26, 2009 - 10:11pm


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 - 10:12pm

Rebecca Minkoff?

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May 26, 2009 - 10:14pm

The best possible bag which is the one that I also got, Saddleback. You can see it from 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 - 10:15pm

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 - 10:16pm

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.

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May 26, 2009 - 10:17pm

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

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May 26, 2009 - 10:18pm

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

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May 26, 2009 - 10:20pm

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

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May 26, 2009 - 10:26pm

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 - 10:29pm

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 - 10:33pm

Bag for Training/FT (Originally Posted: 06/28/2011)

I was wondering what bag people use for training/FT? Ive searched around and people say you need a messenger bag or its casual and it looks dumb. I was about to buy a Jack Spade one but after reading comments am hesitant.

Are messenger bags ok?

May 26, 2009 - 10:36pm

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.

Apr 17, 2018 - 10:20am

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 - 10:26am

What bag to bring/fashion in wealth management (Originally Posted: 05/29/2017)

I will be a wealth management intern this summer, what fashion rules should I be aware of? Also any suggestions on type of bag (briefcase, messenger) and brands I should choose and/or avoid? I've also heard that my belt should match the color of my shoes is this true? Thanks!

Apr 17, 2018 - 10:27am

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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Apr 17, 2018 - 10:31am

Is this bag ok for Wealth management (Originally Posted: 05/29/2017)

Im considering buying a ted baker bengal leather satchel bag in brown (tan), would this be appropriate as a first year summer intern in wealth management? I can't post the link for some reason. Thanks!

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