In the Fall of 2009, I purchased a Tom Bihn SuperEgo (large briefcase), Freudian Slip and Brain Cell. I posted a thread with photos of me and my purchase here.
I am now looking at acquiring other bags, including a backpack for business.
I was intrigued by ScottE22's thread and video from Dec. 2013 about using a Synapse as a portable office organizer. One thing I've noticed appearing, over and over again, is a sensitivity to style in discussions. The basic philosophy on these forums is, when in doubt, choose solid black for all briefcases, backpacks, etc., in a business environment.
Back in '09, when I was shopping for a briefcase, I posted on a forum for legal professionals who use Macintosh computers that I was wondering if there were any Tom Bihn customers there, and sure enough I found at least one. A cautionary note, though, was that I also encountered other points-to-view, including this...
There was quite a pronounced preference for leather briefcases, or so I found.I dont think anything compares with the Tumi line. Maybe its just my
line of legal practice but I think you send the wrong message when
you walk into a meeting with a ballistic nylon bag.
But as for other wares, in 2010 I acquired a black Bihn Side Effect, which I occasionally wear as a side hip-pack.
But why does black (or super-expensive leather) transmit the message (to some, at least) that one is "serious" about "business"? Have others encountered this kid of sentiment? If so, how pronounced was it?
NOTE: I am not in the legal profession.
ADDED NOTE: there was also this message from the lawyers:
Comments?I well remember the beat up briefcase carried by the Boston lawyer for
the corporation, Robert Duvall (Jerome Facher) in the case against
John Travolta (Jan Sclichtmann)'s clients--A Civil Action:
old, worn, and, at least in that round, effectively prevailing.