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Thirteener Thin Leather Briefcase

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$399.00

What People Think

5

Get compliments almost every day

Get compliments almost every day
4th Mar 2021
George J.
5

Hands down the best-made anything

Hands down the best-made anything I've ever purchased. I just wish I'd opted for the larger case as I love this one and try to stuff too much in it and use it all the time. It is great but designed for smaller trips with less stuff. I'm shopping again for its bigger brother.
3rd Mar 2021
Paul A.
5

Perfect! I carry my iPad

Perfect! I carry my iPad Pro with case, laptop, chargers for both, a book , and some other cables. It keeps me light. Not enough space to put a lunch in there, but I’m ok with that.
3rd Mar 2021
John W.
5

Very nice

Husband loves it, fits his laptop. High quality leather that will last a lifetime!
3rd Mar 2021
Christine K.
 

Design
This slim leather laptop bag was over-engineered without a single breakable part and reinforced with extra stitching, rivets or hidden polyester strips that don't stretch. In some places on the leather briefcase, all three reinforcements are there. Only 3 large pieces of leather make up the body of the laptop bag to minimize the number of stitches in the bag. Each time a sewing needle pokes through the leather, it actually starts a tear. So the fewer holes the better. And we only allow 5 stitch holes per inch for strength. The closer they are in a leather laptop bag, the more like a perforation the line of holes become.

Materials
Leather: We use only thick full-grain leather, which is the highest grade of hide you can buy, to make all of our leather laptop bags. The grain is the toughest and most water-resistant part of the hide and is only on the top part. So when companies sand or split off the top part of the hide (see them split it in our How to Tan Leather video at min. 6:45) to get rid of scars and blemishes so they don't have to cut around them and throw that leather in the trash. That is the equivalent of taking the shingles off of the roof. But they save a lot of money making a leather briefcase. We just cut around them and throw the expensive leather in the trash.

Lining: But if that isn't enough strength, we lined the leather laptop briefcase with pigskin, which is more durable than the full-grain leather.

Thread: And then we sewed it all together with a thick and strong industrial-grade Polyester thread. Polyester is great and evil. It's great because it never decomposes and so holds a leather briefcase together forever. It evil in the form of bedsheets because you don't sleep as well. The reason we go with Polyester instead of Nylon is because nylon deteriorates when the sun hits it and Polyester doesn't. It's really strong.

Hardware: Our 316 Stainless Steel hardware is definitely overkill for a leather briefcase, but I tell you this, you NEVER have problems with your briefcase because of the hardware. If your life needed to depend on a piece of hardware, you'd want it to depend on ours.

Functionality
This thin leather laptop bag is our smallest leather briefcase and wide enough to fit any 13" MacBook Pro or laptop. The 2019 15" Macbook Pro, fits in the main compartment, but not in the soft laptop sleeve pocket inside. Two flatter front pockets to fit a charger, pens, cables, and papers. There aren't a lot of features and functionality, but that's on purpose. It's kind of just a simple briefcase.

Product Details
100-Year Warranty
Interior Key Strap

Dimensions (W x H x D) 
14.25" x 10.00" x 2.50""
Weight: 4 lbs

Bedtime Story

For The Kids About a Al-Shabaab on Vacation

The last small plane we were on was from Nairobi to Lamu. From there we took a 2 hour small boat ride to an island off the Northern Coast of Kenya, next to Somalia where a Kenyan friend of ours told us was a really super cool place for holiday. We didn't know about all of the Al-Shabaab terrorist activity and kidnappings in the area or we probably wouldn't have chosen it for our family vacation, but ignorance is bliss? The last night there was a little freaky. Okay, a lot freaky hanging out and discussing theology with the witchcraft practicing angel prophet of Islam, but that's for another place and time (or bag description).

So we finally get to our destination called Mike's Camp, run and owned by a British Kenyan named Mike. A charming chap who had made a barefoot luxury Gilligan's Island resort built almost entirely from woven reeds. The walls and floors were 100% woven and the ceilings were thatched. All of it was supported by branches and sticks.

It was SUPER COOL. Unbelievable. And that's why billionaires fly in to stay there all the time. Since we're not billionaires, we flew into Lamu and then took the little skiff to the island, but there are people who fly in at low tide, land on the beach and walk up the sand dunes to the camp. It's where you completely unplug. No laptop bags allowed. To read about the Angel prophet of Islam and our walk through the terrorists, go to the Slim Leather Briefcase page.

Anyways, each of those small plane bush pilots that land on the beach or take people to Lamu, have a smaller flight bag briefcase next to their seat. It's just what you dowhen you need all of your things in one small cramped place.

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  • Posted by Neil on 5th Mar 2021
    4
    Great bag, smaller than I expected
    Just got my Saddleback Leather Thirteener in Chestnut. First off, let me say that this bag looks AMAZING!!! You can tell from the moment you pick up the BOX that it's a quality item... it's heavy, and the smell of leather really comes through. The construction on the bag is top notch, per usual with anything Saddleback. Pockets are as advertised and do hold my 13 inch Dell XPS, a Murdy Creative binder, small book, and charging cables well. If you're looking for something with a lot of pockets and whatnot, this isn't it. It's a solidly built leather bag with no parts that appear to be breakable. It is however, slightly smaller than I expected... which is to say that it's a great size to ensure that I only bring the things I really need. I tend to overpack, so this bag will help me re-examine what I'm bringing with me. I'm sure this bag will stand the test of time, and who knows, maybe it'll be the start of me buying more (read LARGER, re-read MORE EXPENSIVE) Saddleback bags in the future.
  • Posted by George J. on 4th Mar 2021
    5
    Get compliments almost every day
    Get compliments almost every day
  • Posted by Paul A. on 3rd Mar 2021
    5
    Hands down the best-made anything
    Hands down the best-made anything I've ever purchased. I just wish I'd opted for the larger case as I love this one and try to stuff too much in it and use it all the time. It is great but designed for smaller trips with less stuff. I'm shopping again for its bigger brother.
  • Posted by John W. on 3rd Mar 2021
    5
    Perfect! I carry my iPad
    Perfect! I carry my iPad Pro with case, laptop, chargers for both, a book , and some other cables. It keeps me light. Not enough space to put a lunch in there, but I’m ok with that.
  • Posted by Christine K. on 3rd Mar 2021
    5
    Very nice
    Husband loves it, fits his laptop. High quality leather that will last a lifetime!