While the march of mobile office technology has transformed the design of men’s work bags, uncertainty in global economies is also having an impact. Whereas a canvas, poachers’-style shoulder bag used to signify that its owner was unpretentious, it no longer passes muster. Professional men need something that says, “Yes, your fortune is safe in my hands.”
Smythson’s Grosvenor Collection Single Laptop Case (first picture, £1,200) looks smart, traditional and has lots of room. The Mulberry Heathcliffe briefcase (£775) provides a softer, more contemporary take on a classic. For those who prefer a less formal look, Dunhill’s Bourdon Messenger bag (second picture, £650), with its long shoulder strap, has a chic insouciance. While Paul Smith combines leather and felt to create a stylish backpack (£750) that can also be carried by a handle.