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Briefcases are portable bags used to carry documents and flat objects. They were originally backpacks, but evolved into cases with frames and sleeves for protection. They come in various styles and materials, with handles or retractable ones. When choosing a briefcase, consider the size, style, and weight.

A briefcase is a portable bag designed to carry documents, books, files and other printed matter, as well as flat objects of relatively small size. Briefcases have historically been used by lawyers to carry documents on the way to court, hence the name, although they are also carried by business people. Many business people fondly remember their first briefcases, as the briefcase is such an important emblem in the business world.

The original briefcase was the backpack, a type of soft carrying bag. In the 1800s, bags began to evolve, with bag makers creating iron or wood frames, turning bags into cases. Sleeves can more effectively protect the documents inside, ensuring that nothing in the folder is wrinkled or bent, and are easier to protect against theft. Essentially, a briefcase is a very shallow box that includes a handle for easy carrying.

Briefcases come in a wide variety of styles and designs, and are usually produced in muted colors so they don’t clash with the wearer’s clothing. Many companies continue to produce leather briefcases, but it is also possible to find briefcases made of plastic and various metals. Metal cases are usually designed to be extremely secure, ensuring their contents cannot be stolen or damaged, and are sometimes padded so they can be used to protect electronics in transit.

A briefcase handle is usually small, designed to be held in the hand, although some briefcases have handles. In some cases, the handle may retract into the folder for aesthetic or practical reasons; a briefcase without a handle is known as a portfolio. Wallets tend to be larger and are designed to be carried under the arm. They can be useful for transporting large format items such as artwork.

Many office supply stores carry folders, with deluxe versions being produced by companies that make quality bags and other household items. When choosing a folder, it’s a good idea to think about the size of the documents it will be used with, and considerations such as style and weight can also be considered. If, for example, the briefcase owner wears a lot of silver jewelry, a briefcase with gold or copper-toned accessories may not be suitable.

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