A quick review this morning of J Crew’s Biennial Briefcase
. I was considering a new handbag and looked at the Biennial Satchel online. Luckily my store had one and that bag is huge. Way to overpowering for my frame. Then the Briefcase showed up one Thursday as part of new arrivals so I decided to take a chance as my current laptop bag is plain old black.
J Crew’s description: A best bet among bags: Our newest Biennial, in a roomy yet sleek
briefcase silhouette (and a subtly gorgeous color palette). Crafted in
the most exquisite pebbled leather—our designers spent months perfecting
the finish to give it its pliable, supple feel and grainy consistency.
With enough room for a 15″ laptop—plus padded sides to keep your stuff
safe—and separate compartments for your wallet, keys, makeup, an iPad
and whatever else, it keeps things totally organized and makes an entrance. Online only.
- Removable, adjustable shoulder strap fully extends to 18″.
- 4 1/4″ handle drop.
- 11 ¼”H x 15 ¾”W x 3″D.
The color is called Black Grey Lace.
Gorgeous contrasting handles in black leather along with a padded shoulder strap. Love that this has both handles and a shoulder strap so if you need your hands free you can adjust the strap and make it a cross-body.
Both pebbled leather in “lace” colorblocked with a smooth “grey” leather. The leather is gorgeous and I wouldn’t expect anything less from J Crew.
The zipper pulls have magnets so they don’t flop around and you feel like your bag is securely closed. Also, there are zipper pulls on both sides, for a total of 4 ways to unzip the briefcase.
There are brass feet to protect the bottom.
One side has a big open pocket with an interior zipper pocket. This is where the laptop would fit.
The other side has another interior zip pocket as well as three additional pockets. There are two by the interior zipper, one big enough for an iPad and the other a cell phone. The larger pocket could also fit an iPad and then there is still room in between the two for your wallet, mouse, cords, etc.
I have my laptop, which is 15 inches, on one side. It has an external battery on it as well and fit just fine. It wasn’t bulky at all and that side zipped without issue. The other side has just Diva II* in her Kate Spade carrier. There was still enough room for my mouse, wallet, two cell phones and some make-up. All zipped up everything looks sleek (sorry about not taking that picture.)
This was definitely a major splurge for me but I was able to get it with one of the 30% off promos. This one is a keeper and I can’t wait until to use it on my next office trip.
Have a Great Day!
*I dropped Diva and shattered the digitizer (glass). She still worked but had to be replaced. If you buy any Apple products I highly HIGHLY recommend Apple Care. She survived Italy but not two dogs getting underfoot. I was lucky I was able to pull everything from the Cloud. Yay Cloud!