5/3/10

I interned at a BB a while back and they gave us laptop bags with their corporate logo as parting gifts. I'm looking to buy a new bag (one with a strap, not a backpack). What are the best brands? I have seen Samsonite, Targus, American Tourister...

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5/3/10

You can get some really nice bags from Z Zegna, slightly pricier but a great buy!

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5/3/10

I'm very satisfied with my Briggs & Riley bag. Holds my 17" Macbook Pro well and wasn't that expensive either.

5/3/10

I have an older Kenneth Cole bag which I love.

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5/3/10

Get a Tumi. Good quality, good name, decent prices.

looking for that pick-me-up to power through an all-nighter?
5/3/10

i really like jack spade bag i bought at nordstrom (about 200) its lasted several years.

5/14/10

I had started a similar thread a couple of months back. Here's a link to that discussion in case you want more information.

http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/looking-for-...

Just FYI, I finally bought this business case ( http://www.briggs-riley.com/category/productDetail... ) from Briggs & Riley. They have a lot of other products in the laptop case(http://www.briggs-riley.com/category/group.aspx?ca... ) category, if you're interested.

5/17/10

Get a Tumi.

LIBOR said it and I can't believe he's the first. They offer a 5 year wararnty, with an anything-goes policy if it's in the 1st year - ie if it's so much as scratched they'll repair/replace. Lot of great sizes and classic nylon look or leather, both look great and both really stand out.

From the Tumi web site (here: http://www.tumi.com/about/warranty-five-year/):
Townhouse, Alpha Leather and Nylon, T3, Voyageur, Villa, LXT, and Theorem

For five (5) years after you purchase a Tumi product from an authorized Tumi store or dealer, you will be covered by our Limited Warranty.

First Year of Ownership: Worry Free
With limited exceptions, if your Tumi product is damaged during the first twelve (12) months you own it - including damage caused by wear and tear, airlines, or other transit damage - Tumi will cover all repair expenses, including shipping costs to and from our repair facility. If we determine that the product is damaged beyond repair, we will replace it. If we determine that a replacement product is not available, we will provide you with a product of comparable value. Damages not covered are damage resulting from abuse, cosmetic damage (such as scratched leather or stained fabrics), and incidental or consequential damages, such as damage to or loss of the contents of a bag, loss of use, loss of time, or similar expenses.

Years Two through Five: You're Covered for Defects
From the second through the fifth year you own your Tumi product, Tumi will repair any items that are defective in materials or workmanship, (for a nominal processing fee), including any structural defects (such as defective handles, zippers, or locks). For years two through five, however, we will not cover damage resulting from wear and tear that is not the result of defects in materials or workmanship. We also will not cover damage caused by airlines or other transit damage. Damage claims in transit cases should be filed against the carrier. Other damages not covered are damage resulting from abuse, cosmetic damage (such as scratched leather or stained fabrics) and incidental or consequential damages, such as damage to or loss of the contents of a bag, loss of use, loss of time, or similar expenses.

5/18/10

I wasn't really feeling Tumi's designs aesthetically.

Victorinox (Swiss Army logo) never let me down, personally. If you have the cash, Mont Blanc makes some really classic travel gear...

5/18/10

If you're doing any significant amount of travelling, I agree, can't go wrong with a Tumi.

But if it's just for rolling in and out of the office, then probably no point spending $500 on a Tumi.

5/18/10

Is this just a carrying case for your work laptop? Papers only? Or both?

Both = Tumi
Laptop = Tom Bihn
Papers only = LOT of quality choices...almost any decent leather products company will have a solution

5/26/10

do you need a laptop/messenger bag if they told you don't need to bring anything in?

5/31/10

Please show a little personality and get something besides a black Tumi.

6/1/10

LV.

6/1/10

Or Longchamps.

1/6/13

twang1:
Never had any problems with Tumi.

Tumi wouldn't be too big of an overkill for an undergrad coming into an interview, right?

1/6/13

I found Kenneth Cole to be a pretty good brand

1/6/13

Coach has really nice leather stuff $500ish. Way cheaper than zegna or ferragamo and still good quality

1/8/13

Bally perforated leather messenger
fantastic

Greed is Good.

1/8/13

I use a brown leather Fossil Bag bought a long time ago. Loyal companion for years, enduring abuse at many airports, meetings and trips. Good purchase at a nice price.

For light client meetings and office (documents, note pad, business cards) I have a brown leather portefuille from the bridge, very convenient for its size.

If possible avoid looking like a consultant clone (black synthetic laptop bag, with strap etc) , and depending on where you have to travel any flashy brand items, for fashion and security reasons.

1/8/13

Sorry, double...

1/8/13

It certainly has to match the color of your bra.

1/8/13
Macro Arbitrage:

It certainly has to match the color of your bra.

Hah!

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1/8/13

Just get a leather briefcase that matches your shoes and belt...

1/8/13

technically yes, it should match.

however i would not be limited to just brown or black. sometimes a green might do you well. really depends on the style of the bag, size, etc.

1/8/13

ru gay?

1/8/13

Your messenger bag is like a wallet. You use the same one everyday.... Do people with brown wallets only wear brown shoes/brown belt and people with black wallets only wear black shoes/ brown belt?

Now if you want to match wallet and bag...

1/8/13

Thank you guys for the help, I'll go for the black.

1/8/13

Go for a neon color...it'll really help you stand out

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1/8/13

Plastic bag

1/8/13

Looking for something a bit more reliable.

1/8/13

delete

1/8/13

Cardboard bag?

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-John D. Rockefeller

1/8/13

go to Century or Macy's sales...

1/8/13

Checked out both of their online stores, don't see to have the style I had in mind.

1/8/13

What did you have in mind? I'll look for some options for you.

1/8/13

I can't link here but if you search Etsy for the store hallandturner they have some nice briefcases in the vintage style I was thinking. Anything with a vintage leather look.

1/8/13

I can't personally vouch for aliexpress, but they seem to have what you're looking for.
http://www.aliexpress.com/premium/leather-briefcas...

1/8/13

Tumi

1/8/13

Samsonite, though not a leather bag, is a beast. I've been using it for over 3 years now.

I more frequently bring my Picard black leather to work now though. It was my father's old bag. So yes, it's a beast too.

Fortes fortuna adiuvat.

1/8/13

cargo shorts ftw, no bag necessary.

heard good things about herschel. couple buddies in bigger cities love them. a bit hipster for me (still use my college backpack because it's more functional and plain), but check them out.

also check this out: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/matador-militar... this is a company @"TheKing" started

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1/8/13

Thanks for the love. I've actually got an e-commerce site up now. We're only selling the backpack, wallet, and a belt right now. But the backpack is great for a laptop and whatever else you need to carry. Plus it goes for a great price ($90).

Here's the site: www.matadorsupply.com

1/8/13

Hi @TheKings, you have some nice looking products but not the style I was thinking of. Thanks for the link though!

1/8/13

Herschel looks promising, cheers for the suggestion!

1/8/13

Get a leather laptop bag for your internship. It can help you a lot while carrying things and also to keep things safe and secure. Moreover you can also handle them with ease.

1/8/13

Indeed. A bag can certainly help you in your internship, especially when carrying things. Bags are excellent spaces to store a wide variety of transportable goods and provide a particularly useful handle which contributes immeasurably to the carrying process. The fact that most laptop bags also come equipped with luxurious padding and a state of the art zip will undoubtedly keep things safe and secure, as you rightly noted above. Furthermore, the aforementioned handle (sometimes paired with a comfortable shoulder strap) ensure ease of handling for the lifetime of the unit. I believe the poster above has provided some essential bag related information and it is my absolute pleasure to supplement that post with some musings of my own in the hope that it contributes to your success in the financial services industry.

1/8/13

I would actually avoid leather if I was you. It is much heavier and when you're lugging it back and forth everyday the extra weight starts to add up. I use to have leather but switched to a lighter material. You can find something that looks professional that isn't leather.

1/8/13

Could you provide some links to products you have in mind (professional that isn't leather)?

1/8/13

Options:
1) Use whatever you already have.
2) Use whatever IT gives you.

1/8/13

Visit leatherlaptopbackpacks dot com and visit the post leather-briefcases-men-will-kill. This may be the perfect bag for you.

It's a backpack that looks exactly like a regular official leather briefcase / computer bag, but it converts in to a backpack when you want it to. I like the classic look and it's close to the price range you're looking at.

I hope this helps!!

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1/8/13

The one you chose is legit.

1/8/13

$170 for a messenger back? good god

1/8/13

Check out the bags by Filson and JW Hume. If you ever get tired of it, you'll be able to sell the bag for at least half of what you paid for it new. You can never go wrong with the American made classics.

1/8/13

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1/8/13

Though the bag you picked out is nice, I really don't see much of a need for it. Maybe it's because my group is really laid back, but a straight laptop case will work just fine (unless you really think you're going to need the additional storage space, but I don't see why you would). Dropping that much loot on a bag seems unnecessary, though it is a great looking bag. Just my two cents... maybe your group is really into appearances...

1/8/13

I like jack spade but they're pretty casual

1/8/13

Don't a lot of firms provide you with a laptop shoulder bag? At least in consulting, since they give you a laptop and everything. Might be different for IB.

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1/8/13
Proboscis:

Don't a lot of firms provide you with a laptop shoulder bag? At least in consulting, since they give you a laptop and everything. Might be different for IB.

He wants a nice one.

1/8/13
1/8/13

Please don't tell me you're buying this for SA...

1/8/13

even buying this for FT is ridiculous

1/8/13

Seriously. No need for a messenger bag of any sort.

1/8/13

a Tumi bag would be nice

1/8/13

Go Filson. Classy but with personality.

1/8/13
1/8/13

I'm partial to Jack Spade. They look slick, they're durable, and get better with age... within reason!

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1/8/13

The HBS guys have MAD SWAGGER. They frequently wear their class jackets to boston bars, strutting and acting like they own the joint. They just ooze success, confidence, swagger, basically attributes of alpha males.

1/8/13

gucci, louis, fendi, prada

1/8/13

DOUBLE POST FUCK

1/8/13
Ron Paul:

gucci, louis, fendi, prada

Basic bitches wear that shit so I dont even bother

1/8/13

can any1 DESCRIBE what THEY carry?

1/8/13

Cole Haan or Bally leather messenger baby

I'm too fresh

1/8/13

Honestly. Plastic baggies. Like the zip-lock kind.

The most I"ll every carry in is a Tumi gym bag I have, but it's nothing special and I've had it forever.

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1/8/13

Just the bags under my eyes

1/8/13

I have 2 of these one (or similar) black and one brown depending on what I'm wearing.

http://www.zappos.com/kenneth-cole-reaction-risky-...

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1/8/13

I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

1/8/13

idk i think a messenger bag is a must i put random shit in there-keys, papers, random protein bar or something if im bringing it to from work or food if im bringin left overs, you can't roll out of a bank with a plastic bag especially if all your clothes are really nice.

I have a buffalo leather messenger bag by hugo boss- google it. it's black leather and it looks nice as hell-wasn't too expensive i would say around 3-400 bucks. looks exactly like the bag that shia lebouf had in wall street (except his was an LV (too much for me).

1/8/13

Leather messenger (Cordovan/Aspinal).

1/8/13

Brown paper lunch bags, 100%recycled paper.
Bought a few hundred on ebay for roughly 5 dollars.

1/8/13

Leather attache case I got during a semester abroad.

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1/8/13
1/8/13

L.L. Bean school bag with my monogram on the the back.

1/8/13

If you're looking for a perfect vintage leather messenger bag, check out online at Soulful Collection. They have the best leather messenger bags at best possible rates.

1/8/13

If you're looking for a perfect vintage leather messenger bag, check out online at Soulful Collection. They have the best leather messenger bags at best possible rates.

1/8/13

There will be Fridays where you want to slip out past your staffer at 7PM. If you can look like you're headed to the bathroom/repro/etc. rather than leaving the office you'll fare much better.

1/8/13

I'm not exactly sure what you would need to put in it. Maybe use it the first day to bring everything you need to your desk. It's not like you would take work home; you just stay at the office. With both my internships this summer I've been perfectly fine without one.

1/8/13

use a banker bag with nothing in it but a folder with resumes and a tin of shoe polish

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

1/8/13

Get a banker box and sharpie it with "Project Dolphin"

1/8/13

I carried one at my firm. I rarely had a need for it, but I found it useful some days. I carried a tiny umbrella in there for emergencies, some snacks, sometimes lunch, reading material, etc. No one ever questioned why I had one - it was a hell of a lot better than carrying in a box of granola bars by hand every other week.

1/8/13

I agree with hamm0 , it often comes in handy.But then again not everyone is comfortable with hanging a bag on their shoulder.So go for whatever suits you.

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1/8/13

Thoughts? "Absolutely."
What else would you be carrying...?
No recs from me, men's fashion still has me baffled.

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Previously: investor relations (top consulting firm), M&A consulting (Big 4), M&A banking (MM)

1/8/13

I like using a black bag similar to that because I can use it for both work and school. Personally I prefer bags without that "flap" going over the top as it's easier to access my stuff. After each $25 bag that broke after ~2 weeks, I picked one up at DSW for ~$90. I'm not partial to any brands but I have to say the one I got (Kenneth Cole) is very well-made and will cost me less in the long run due to quality.

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lol. i actually just bought this one last month

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cant put a link because it triggers a "spam filter" :/ anywho just replace the style number from BTBanker's post with mine and you'll see.

1/8/13
jordonzwest:

lol. i actually just bought this one last month

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cant put a link because it triggers a "spam filter" :/ anywho just replace the style number from BTBanker's post with mine and you'll see.

Oh, I have this one with the leather from BTBanker's bag. (older style).

Never realised it's a guys briefcase though. No one's ever said anything, so I guess it doesn't matter.

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