Good riddance to the decades when leather-and-brass briefcases were the hallmark of chic business travel. Legions of their bearers did not find their classy looks worth their (substantial) weight in gold. Thank goodness for high-end manufacturers who mercifully mine the realms of tastefully wrought polyester and other lightweight synthetics to create stylishly functional business bags. Take the new 2.2-pound Booq Saddle Carbon Business Brief. The sleekly tapered, meticulously tailored polyester shoulder bag is spacious enough to accommodate a 15.6-inch laptop in its own padded compartment, with several books, file folders, electronic devices, a water bottle, coffee mug, and other accessories in an efficiently organized array of zippered, slip, and mesh pockets - some with designated duties. A pouch in the front zippered pocket is just the right size for a smartphone; a large back pocket will keep a tablet computer close at hand; a detachable key ring is undercover yet easily accessible. Adjustable shoulder straps, double carry handles, and a luggage-trolley pass-through strap on the back provide a choice of carry modes. The black exterior is seriously scuff-resistant, the light gray interiors ideal for spotting contents. The bag is 16.5 inches long by 12.2 inches high and expands to nearly six inches deep - more if you really stuff it. But then, the added weight's on you.
Booq Saddle Carbon Business Brief is $130 at www.booqbags.com.