Best Slim Briefcases for 2018: Slim always looks slicker

I’m pretty sure no one’s going to go against me when I say “Slim always looks slicker” in the world of briefcases. As professionals – or aspiring pros – it’s important to look your best at all times.

The best slim briefcases do not only make you slicker than James Bond, but it can also make your working experience far more comfortable than any other briefcases.

Best Slim Briefcases Reviews

Best Slim Briefcases

Let’s get real with our briefcases discussion, and because I wanted to keep everything solid, I chose McKlein Daley Leather Attache Case as the first one to go in on our lost because it uses REAL leather.

Nothing beats the feeling and experience of using the real deal, it gives a sense of professionalism and competence than when compared to the other “conventional” briefcases on the block. 

Although the first thing most people look at in a briefcase is the design, it’s also important to look for other nifty features.

For example, McKlein Daley wanted to make sure that all of your important documents are safe. In order to fulfill what they wanted to go for, the designers decided to add a 3-digit combination lock.

This gives you a boost in your confidence knowing that no one can go through your papers due to its added security. Privacy is always an important factor when choosing for a slim briefcase.

Now, there’s more features to go around with. Honestly, I think the makers really did exert much effort in making this Attaché Case.

This has a main access compartment wherein you can neatly place all of your files. Also, the storage space is more than enough to fit all of your belongings.

Since the main point of owning a briefcase is to keep yourself organized, I appreciate how they put an organizer in the briefcase’s interior to keep everything intact.

This is a great upgrade for unorganized people (such as myself) as the section perfectly caters your business cards, phones, pens, papers, and even calculators.

Of course, the last thing we would want to see in our newly bought briefcase is for it to keep on falling over. Luckily, the peeps at McKlein Daley have thought of it in advance, and placed a protective feet on the case.

Also, you can easily get your needed documents as the main compartment remains upright at a perfect 90-degree angle. By the way, the 3-file organizer is adjustable, so you’ll be able to get the most out of it for your files.

In any case, you can never go wrong with this briefcase if you’re looking for a classic type of feel that can help you be organized with your daily humdrum.


  • Uses Real Leather for Class
  • 3-digit combination lock for added security
  • Offers an organizer section
  • Protective feet for stability
  • Easily accessible compartment


  • Locking hasps may need to be replaced 

Since we’re talking about slim briefcases, I might as well put Samsonite Classic Shuttle out here. Samsonite wasn’t kidding when they decided to make one of the slimmest cases I’ve ever come across – it’s only 2-inches in depth!

The only problem is, while it holds the promise of being one of the slimmest in the market, it also means it won’t be able to store much of your files.

Meaning, this won’t work for busy people who are planning to stack piles of documents into the briefcase.

Samsonite Classic Shuttle is made out of 1680D Ballistic fabric. I believe the makers really wanted to emphasize on its durability factor as they also include a thick metal zippers to complete the show.

Samsonite Classic Shuttle

There’s a catch though, just in case you haven’t figured it out yet, this is originally intended to be a laptop briefcase.

However, it does have two large zip pockets wherein you can keep your papers. Just don’t expect it to be as convenient as McKlein Daley Leather Attache Case. I would encourage professionals who tend to carry their laptops with them to and from work, it would definitely serve as a comfortable slim briefcase.

Now, if you’re still having second thoughts of pushing through this purchase, it’s fine. I was a bit skeptical as well, considering it can’t really hold anything.

But it gives a certain comfortability factor for my laptop. Also, I’m able to fit an extra notebook, binder clips, pens, and other important documents in its outer pockets. So there IS some justice to the Classic Shuttle.

The padding is also of good quality, it’s enough to save my laptop from all of the bumps and mini falls (because I can be clumsy sometimes.)

And for its final touch, I just LOVE how it can keep my laptop charger without showing any visible bulge – well, you know how uncool it is to carry around a briefcase with an unsightly lump.


  • One of the slimmest briefcases 
  • Thick metal zippers for durability
  • Uses 1680D Ballistic fabric
  • Comfortable experience
  • Sufficient padding for laptop


  • Lacks space to hold other files 
Kenneth Cole Reaction "Show Business"

Kenneth Cole can take you to a whole new level of class, style, and fashion. It blows my mind how they’re able to keep up making these masterpieces for everyone.

This list is in no particular order whatsoever, but Kenneth Cole Reaction "Show Business" is definitely one of my absolute favorites. The reason is pretty simple, too – it’s really AFFORDABLE. 

Its price tag is unbelievable, and for a luxury briefcase like this one, it should at least cost a couple of hundred bucks more. The briefcase is well-crafted by the designers, and it uses full grain cowhide leather.

If that’s not enough to make you swoon, then you’re going to love how it comes with thick zippers and buckles. Yes, it’s really classy.

The best part is that you can choose your own color – the options are a bit limited as it only comes in brown or tan color. But it doesn’t really matter to me as both of these colors has been selected to ensure the appearance remains attractive.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Show Business - Colombian Leather Flapover Computer Case - on

Let’s talk more about its exterior features. For the most part, it comes in with a lot of things to offer. For example, it has a large back open pocket where you can place your important belongings for accessibility.

The interior has plenty of compartments for you to go around with. This helps you keep yourself organized as you can separate your notes, pens, and docs, into these nifty sections. Naturally, it’s been padded generously to ensure your contents are being well-taken care of.

At first glance, it already gives that “IT” factor right away. In a nutshell, it makes the perfect bag for both business and casual meetings as it makes you look slick regardless of where you’re going.


  • Uses 100% Leather 
  • Affordable price tag
  • Generously padded for safety
  • Plenty of interior compartments
  • Great aesthetics design 


  • Briefcase is poorly stitched, it needs extra care

There’s no better way to end an article than with a kickass slim briefcase for the party – or in this case, for the business meeting. I’ve been a huge fan of slim briefcases for a very long time now, and Samsonite is part of my top favorite brands (along with Kenneth Cole.)

The thing about Samsonite is that it has never failed me. And I know that there are thousands of people from all around the globe who would agree with me in that statement. 

As expected, just like with my other Samsonite Briefcases, this one is particularly built solid. Of course, it has been made with all natural leather, and it’s being sold at a great price.

Samsonite Luggage Leather Slim Briefcase

In my years of being an enthusiast in this trade, I’ve spent a lot of briefcases that’s at least costs ten times more than this one, and I would gladly choose Samsonite over my expensive Tumi for everyday use.

Okay, I know that this won’t win any awards for being flashy, because its appearance is far from being sassy. But I’ve come to like its convenience and comfort, it makes a good partner for business travels.

Its main compartment paddings is really good, it’s solid and sturdy. If anything, it gives off a formidable impression. You can safely leave your laptop knowing that it won’t get affected by minor bumps here and there.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a perfect briefcase, and I can name a number of flaws in its performance. However, these flaws are very minors ones, and it can be ignored.

One of which is how it needs a bit more work on its handle strap on the back. But this can be easily fixed, so there’s nothing wrong with that.

Overall, I have no regrets choosing Samsonite. It has been effectively built to last for a good number of years before wearing out.


  • Zipper closure 100% Leather
  • Organized front pocket
  • Padded removable shoulder strap
  • Formidable compartment padding


  • Handle strap on the back needs work