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We have long since graduated from the early days of portable tech — where laptops were decidedly clunky and the bags we lugged them around in equally dull — so it’s more than time to make sure your tech case is every bit as stylish as your workday wardrobe. Today, there is a plethora of chic options for carrying laptops, tablets and phones, made by some of our favourite brands both big and small. Read on to discover some of our favourite styles to give your sleekest workday essential a seriously stylish upgrade.
1. Carl Fredrik Vallance Bag
Founded by brothers Niklas and Mattis Oppermann in 2012, Carl Friedrik has quickly made a name for itself with its high-quality leather accessories that combine “craftsmanship and thoughtful design to create modern tools for success." Made in Florence, the slim Vallance bag (£275/RM1,500) expertly straddles the line between a briefcase and a laptop sleeve, holding documents, pens, and computers up to 13 inches long.
2. Maxwell-Scott Calvino Laptop Case
Based in York, Maxwell-Scott’s leather accessories splice rich materials and British design with Italian craftsmanship. Designed as an “antidote to throwaway fashion culture", pieces like the Italian-leather Calvino laptop case (£449/RM2,450) are sure to look even better as you climb your way up the corporate ladder.
3. Louis Vuitton Dandy Compact Sleeve
Treat yourself to an ultra-chic workday accessory by investing in one of Louis Vuitton’s tech cases. The Dandy Compact Sleeve (US$2,100/RM8,210) shown here is part of the house’s line of classic travel accessories and is made from luxe natural leather, subtly branded with Louis Vuitton’s VVV (Volez, Voguez, Voyagez) signature.
4. Smythson Grosvenor Folio
When Frank Smythson opened his first shop in 1887 on London’s Bond Street, he couldn’t have anticipated that his leather-accessories brand would produce products like the ultra-functional Grosvenor Folio (£795/RM4,340) alongside travel essentials like dopp kits, passport holders and classic leather bags. The calf-leather case features two pockets — the outer one is perfect for slipping your phone into, and a larger suede-lined one is great for laptops or larger tablets.
5. Fulham Knomad Organiser
Founded in 2004, London-based brand Knomo is dedicated to creating “perfect accessories that are beautiful on the outside and smart on the inside." The travel-focused label now has outposts in seven countries — all the better to road test its durable nylon and leather bags and small accessories using real digital nomads. This Fulham Knomad Organiser (US$99/RM388) — with its water-resistant waxed canvas exterior, RFID-blocking pocket (which keeps your contactless bank cards and passport safe from identity theft), and padded 13-inch sleeve for your laptop or tablet — is a serious upgrade to your standard tech case.
6. Moleskine Classic Case Ipad Air 2
The Moleskine notebook (that is, a notebook that you actually write in) has long been the favourite of literati and C-suite executives thanks to its simple, robust and high-quality style. Now, the brand has upped the ante with its tech cases, which have the same pleasing rectilinear good looks. The Classic Case Ipad Air 2 (US$79.95/RM313) is a sleek way to keep your tablet protected as you jet from meeting to meeting, and it will make a stylish statement once you pull it out of your briefcase thanks to its fiery cherry-red leather.