Frank Clegg and his team are legendary for sourcing the most beautiful leathers in the world. Unlike a typical smooth leather hide, shrunken bison is not stretched during the drying process. Instead, it is laid flat and allowed to condense during the drying process, creating a unique grain that is tick, rugged and uniquely textured. This also makes the hide more resistant to the elements and less likely to show scuff marks or patina over time. We appoint our shrunken leather products with a smooth belting leather which creates a great contrast for the bags while also providing a structured carry.
I always loved briefcases but never really felt comfortable carrying them. They often seemed overly formal, rigid and conservative for my personal "casually tailored" style. I'm not a lawyer, or a doctor in the 50s. So when thinking about the ideal briefcase design for the AOS x FCL collab, I wanted something that could be carried with a suit (of course) but could also be used to elevate the style of a more casual look. Not quite a messenger bag (I hate messenger bags), but a similar vibe that is at once professional and sharp, but also laidback enough for a daily work carry.
Frank's double-gusset zip-top briefcase was the answer for me. In my opinion, this is the perfect work bag. Whenever I am taking my laptop somewhere I just throw it in this bag and go (often without a protective sleeve because this brief has a divider to keep your computer/tablet safe and secure).
This design was also the choice of President Obama when he was in the White House, so you know, extra points for that.
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