'As the briefcase became an item of historical reference, a new form of document carrying has blossomed'
The image of the 1980s in The City of London is one of high-spending, enormous mobiles and the finest leather briefcases. The briefcase synonymous with wealth, professionalism and success has since become as out-dated as the mobiles it used to carry.
The 21st century carry-case is the document wallet as the replacement of vast swathes of paperwork and bulky laptops has allowed slimmer cases to dominate. This new legion of leather and non-leather goods have been embraced by the grip of high fashion. Milan and Paris SS12 Menswear show season saw document cases clasped and gripped by the fast hands of buyers, brand directors and journalists as they swarmed from show to show.
My personal favourite was a royal blue leather weave document wallet that perfectly complimented the subtle grey suit. Another firm favourite was the open-hole weave wallet, with a grubby and rough beige colouring it is more suited to the rugged man.
Just remember when choosing a document of your own to consider its use, how it will work with your existing wardrobe and what do you want it say about you?