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Utilitarian features like paraffin-treated twill, thick leather, dense padding, and plenty of pockets have made must-haves out of Filson’s simple, good-looking bags (from $97.50 for a tote). The $275 laptop briefcase, with brass fittings, a storm flap, and bridle leather handles, looks intended for a rugged safari, but it’s ideal for the daily abuses of city living. The line is available at Camouflage (141 Eighth Ave.; 212-741-5173) and Steven Alan (103 Franklin St.; 212-343-0692), who washes the bags to expedite the worn-in look.
Best Alternative Briefcase
From the 2007 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine