No matter where our increasingly technological world may lead us, a piece of paper should continue to feel significant. After all, it contains a statement that was deemed so vital it needed to be committed beyond an instant transmission.
If you are resolute in your preference for paper, then you likely already appreciate the idea of housing your work in something that’s equal parts protective and stylish. Document holders and cases are enjoying a resurgence in recent years, appreciated by men and women alike for their sleek design and the ability to either stow your protected items inside a larger piece or carry what you need without the cumbersome addition of a backpack or messenger bag. Here’s a look at five of the latest cases, each perfect for ferrying your papers from home or office to off-site meetings and beyond.
Best Luxury on a Budget
The Resume Envelope
An envelope-style case serves two purposes: It protects your paperwork, while also allowing a moment of ceremony when you open it. That’s why M.M. LaFleur crafted The Resume Envelope in Italian leather, available in either olive-toned green or deep plum, each with a tonal suede interior. Matching passport covers and card cases are also available to build a collection that feels both luxe and practical.
$125, at mmlafleur.com
Best Tech Vibe
3.0 Thin Document Case
The black-on-black styling of Montblanc’s slim case is sure to draw the eye of those who like their accessories to look as high-tech as their equipment, hence the subtle graphic embossed styling on this black leather bag. Convenience is also key, thanks to features that include pockets, interior pen loops and a detachable shoulder strap. And with a CO2-neutral tanning process for its leather exterior and recycled-fabric lining, this Montblanc case is also imbued with feel-good elements.
$1,245, at montblanc.com
John Lobb Document Case
John Lobb has been making boots and fine accessories for Londoners and other well-heeled travelers since 1849, so it’s natural that any piece created in this label’s workshops is prized for both its construction and quality of leather. That’s certainly true of the house’s Document Case, which is constructed from a single piece of leather to ensure a product that feels seamless in its craft and beautiful grain. While this case also comes in navy and black, prune, seen here, puts one in mind of oxblood, a color that feels traditional while conveying an undeniable luxury.
$2,110, at johnlobb.com
Best Unisex Piece
Longchamp Croco Block Briefcase S in Navy
Crocodile-embossed matte leather imbues this slim briefcase with a chic elegance that’s sure to appeal to stylish men and women alike. The zippered case with convenient handle and silver metal hardware features a crimson silk interior printed with Long-champ’s equestrian-inspired ribbon logo and offers two interior pockets, one ideal for storing your phone. Also available in black and red, but this navy is equally appropriate with a suit or jeans.
$380, at longchamp.com
Best Designer Vibe
Goyard Sénat MGM Pocket
Since this French label opened in 1834, Goyard has been the go-to choice among stylish travelers who appreciate the subtle logo hidden within the house’s chevron print on its iconic coated canvas. Coated canvas is also sought-after because it’s quite simply bulletproof, looking as good in its 10th year as on the first day you carried it. The Sénat MGM Pocket case comes in a variety of Goyard’s signature colors, allowing the carrier to select a favorite hue that best matches his or her carry-on luggage.
$1,370, at goyard.com