Selecting a briefcase for a working man, particularly a young, reasonably stylish working man, can present some issues. Traditional, super-structured options are stylish in their Don Draper, retro-cool way, but they’re not an everyday solution for a man who doesn’t commit to the midcentury look with his full enthusiasm. (And trust me, it takes a lot of enthusiasm to make those hairdos happen on the regular.)

On the other end of the spectrum, many pieces that are intended as work bags have ventured too far into “casual messenger” territory to be appropriate for an office with anything more than a business casual dress code. Full slouch and weathered-looking leather just aren’t appropriate in many work environments. So what’s a stylish, suit-wearing dude to do? I’d recommend he pick up something like the Serapian Evolution Dual Compartment Briefcase.

This bag is a neat (both literally and figuratively) combination of most of the things consumers should be seeing from a modern brief; it’s simple, but not plain – the textured saffiano leather is both durable and visually interesting, and the shiny gold hardware gives the case a more formal look that would make it appropriate for even the most buttoned-up office. Because of the not-quite-rigid structure and the optional shoulder strap, though, this design is still perfect for a stylish young professional. It’s the best of both worlds, really. Buy through Barneys for $1495.

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