If you’re in search of a briefcase, something cool, or even a gift for someone a vintage Samsonite should be topping your list!

I personally own SEVEN, five slim and two “normal” size ones. They make an ideal daily business companion of function, and a great talking point. Seven Mint Condition Vintage Samsonite Briefcases

Top 5 Reasons Why They Make A Great Briefcase

  1. They are a briefcase! (I know that’s a bad one, but true…)
  2. Great talking point for being vintage and / or colorful
  3. Cool to imagine the history associated with the case, all the big deals that could have gone down within its life and who owned such cool pieces (what can I say I’m a romantic)
  4. Fun activity to search out, from Ebay to estate sales (it took me a long time to find a mint red slim one…but well worth it! see pictures below)
  5. Very affordable. I have amassed a collection of seven for less than the price of a designer briefcase (although I love these Dunhill ones). With, in my option all the kudos, functionality, and more….of their new counterparts. As for price I  would say a good condition one with keys should range from $50 -125

Bonus: one size fits all! I’m a big guy, so sometimes it’s hard to find vintage items in my size. The beauty of these cases (especially the slim ones) is that they look just as good in my hands as that of my girlfriends.

Top 5 Reasons Why They Make The Best Gift

Obviously for all the reasons above, but in a quick punch list:

  1. Unique & expressive designs
  2. Quality product / long lasting
  3. Functional
  4. Memorable
  5. Affordable

Why I Love Them

I have a thing for vintage and classic items. At the very least I always try to incorporate one vintage piece in every ensemble, and what could be better than a piece of pure function and style.

Favored Design – Slim

My personal favorites are the slim cases. I currently have five: white, blue, green, red, and brown. I’m also thinking about adding two more with a black and grey. But for sure, the colorful ones give you the best bank for your buck, as always a great talking point, and who doesn’t like a 60’s retro print!?

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Origins & History Of The Boutonniere / Lapel Flower

Men's vintage briefcase by Samsonite in green
Retro print in vintage red Samsonite briefcase
Samsonite vintage briefcase in blue with retro flower print

Cool floral print design in white vintage brifcase

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Highly Functional & Roomy

Seven briefcases in a row verticallyAs you can see from the green briefcase above although these are slim and very light, they are still perfect for today’s business needs. I usually carry my Chrome book, mouse, charger, phone charger, note pad, sunglasses, and papers with no trouble! The dimensions of the slim cases are: 17.5″ wide, 13″ high, and 3.25″ deep / thick (44.45cm wide, 33.02cm high, and 8.26cm deep)

Where Can I Find A Vintage Samsonite?

I have found most of mine on Ebay and / or Etsy, with search terms like: vintage Samsonite, retro Samsonite, slim briefcase, slim attache, etc… Outside of that there are a million other places you can find these gems, like yard sales, estate sales, flea markets,  thrift stores, vintage stores, and the list goes one.

So what are you waiting for….go get yourself one! Happy hunting.
As always I welcome your comments below or on social media, and please let me know / share if you have any other colors or internal prints.

About the Author:

Paul Anthony is the founder and creative director at Bespoke Unit. He has had a life long affair with design, watches, fragrance and clothing. Originally from England, he now lives in the USA splitting time between NYC & Philly. Favoring "British Style", but has an overall eclectic taste.

8 Comments

  1. Bobby September 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Really cool, I love the floral linings. Also thanks for the tips on how to search in Etsy and Ebay.

  2. Paul September 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Hey Bobby, no problem. Good luck!

    – Paul

  3. Samantha April 17, 2014 at 4:41 am - Reply

    Do you by any change know if the red case is the original lining inside? I am a Graphic Design student and I am putting my portfolio together and I am absolutely in love with the red case pictured and I would love to find one to use as my portfolio case.

    • Paul Anthony April 17, 2014 at 9:39 am - Reply

      Hey Samantha,

      Yes that is the original print. Samsonite had it going on back then!

      Someone in Instagram told me the print is a “Marimekko”. So maybe be worth looking that up.

      Good, luck the red ones are the hardest to find!

  4. Bryan February 24, 2017 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    I just started collecting vintage Samsonite briefcases for all of the above reasons. So nice to have some company! I also own seven – different sizes and colors, but just black, gray and brown.

    • Michael Oxman February 28, 2017 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Thanks for the comment, Bryan! Once you start branching out, it’s like an addiction.

  5. JPJP March 29, 2017 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Ever since I watched the movie, The Signal. I started collecting these vintage Samsonite briefcases. So far I have the slim versions in green, red and pink. I think the pink color was harder to find.

    • Michael Oxman March 30, 2017 at 8:43 am - Reply

      Hi JPJP,

      Thanks for the comment! Glad you enjoyed the article. We haven’t seen The Signal yet, but now we have more of a reason to!

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